YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — In the 28th annual Murphy Cup, named after Charlie Murphy, the benefactor of the legendary Yorktown boys lacrosse program, the Huskers made quick work of visiting Lakeland/Panas in a 12-3 victory on May 6 at Charlie Murphy Field.
It was Yorktown’s seventh-straight win in the Murphy Cup as it holds a 25-3 advantage on the Rebels in the history of the annual game.
“We still teach the boys about when Mr. Murphy started the program, why he did it and how he did it, in a selfless manner, giving back, and paying it forward,” Yorktown coach Sean Carney said. “He was here all the time. He gave back to the community, opened up his home to everybody, to Yorktown lacrosse players for years and years and years and generations. So these boys know what that means to the alumni, town and that’s why you see them come flying out at the end of the game.”
One of the Huskers (8-3) who were flying around the field after the game was senior captain and All-American Jose Boyer.
“It means the whole world to us,” Boyer said. “Mr. Murph gave so much to this town, to this program. We wouldn’t be here without him. To get this for him honestly means so much to me personally but it also means so much to the rest of these 34 guys.”
The rivalry also means a lot to the guys on the other side.
“It's amazing,” Lakeland/Panas senior Tim Fallo said. “There is so much history surrounding the Murphy Cup so it is really something special to be a part of it.”
Kyle Casey (3G, 3A), Jamison Embury (2G, 3A), Hunter Embury (3G), Shane Dahlke (3G), Justin Cavallo (1G) and Dom Cioffi (1A) provided the Husker offensive output with Louis Ragusa (8 saves) and Giovanni Santini (2 saves) doing the job in goal for a Husker team that led 6-0 after one quarter and didn’t look back.
“Our faceoff guys were lights out to start the game,” Boyer said. “That was huge to play make it take it lacrosse. Our offense was moving the ball around and making its shots, you can’t ask for more than that.”
Hunter Embury (5 of 7 faceoffs won), Anthony Altimari (3 of 5 faceoffs won) and Brendan Williams (2 of 4 faceoffs won) led the Huskers’ faceoff crew.
Lakeland/Panas (11-2) got on the board with a goal by Fallo, assisted by Drew Thompson, cutting Yorktown’s lead to 6-1 with 10:40 remaining in the second quarter.
The second quarter, which each team scored once, was the Rebels’ best quarter.
“I think we settled into our style of play,” Fallo said. “We were able to posses the ball a little more on offense and come up with big stops on the defensive end.”
Matt Hodges led Lakeland/Panas with two goals with teammate Kevin Dyckman making nine saves and J.P. Walsh had one save.