Yorktown Keeps Cup Behind Second Half Surge

The Huskers get together for a team shot after defeating Lakeland/Panas 13-6 in the Murphy Cup on May 7. Credits: Bob Castner

SHRUB OAK, N.Y.— The Embury brothers, Jamison (2G, 3A) and Hunter (5A), helped Yorktown to a 13-6 victory at Lakeland/Panas on May 7, giving the Huskers their 24th victory in 27 meetings in the Murphy Cup, named after the benefactor of Yorktown lacrosse, Charlie Murphy.

“The Murphy Cup is a must win game every year,” Husker sophomore attackman Jamison Embury said. “Lakeland/Panas is always a big rivalry. We always have the pressure of bringing it back home and we try to do that each and every year.”

Yorktown broke open a 5-5 game late in the third quarter by outscoring the Rebels 8-1 the rest of the way.

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“We all met up as a team and said we have to bring it hard in the second half,” Jamison Embury said, “and we made sure to do that.”

Helping the Huskers (10-5) do that was Kyle Casey (4G, 1A), Dom Cioffi (3G, 2A), Justin Cavallo (3G), Steven Veteri (1G), Jose Boyer (1A) and Liam Donnelly (15 saves).

Kevin Prunty (2G, 1A), JoJo Janavey (2G), Tim Fallo (1G), Drew Thompson (1G), Joe Cortese (1A), Chris Conti (1A), Nick Vazquez (1A) and Kevin Dyckman (9 saves) all got into the box score for the Rebels.

Tyler Cunnington (3G, 1A), Nick Sanfardino (3G), Veteri (2G, 1A), Jamison Embury (1G, 2A), Cioffi (2G), Matt Concialdi (2G), Keegan Doller (2G), Hunter Embury (2G), Stephen Foley (2G), Thomas Donatelli  (2A), Brendan Williams (1G, 1A), Michael Salcedo (2A), Anthony Altimari (1G), Sam Spallone (1A), Louis Ragusa (3 saves) and Giovanni Santini (2 saves) all took part in Yorktown’s 21-3 triumph against visiting Horace Greeley on May 5.

Veteri (3G), Hunter Embury (2G), Jamison Embury (2G), Donatelli (1G), Casey (2A), Cioffi (2A) and Cavallo (1A) did the offensive damage in the Huskers’ 8-6 win at Fox Lane on May 3, which clinched the Conference I League C Title.

“I was just trying to get into an open spot and my teammates just got me the ball and I tried to finish it,” Veteri said.

Donnelly came up clutch with 14 saves against the Foxes.

“Liam is a freak, he’s a great goalie and a great guy at practice,” Veteri said. “It’s very hard to score against him and in that game some of the saves he made were crazy and he got us the win.”

Lakeland/Panas (14-2) defeated visiting Suffern 15-4 on the Rebels’ senior night on May 5 paced by Janavey (5G), Fallo (4G, 1A), Prunty (2G, 3A), Cortese (2G, 3A), Sean Makar (1G, 3A), Vazquez (3A), Kyle Castner (1G) and Dyckman (6 saves).

Makar (4G, 4A) led the host Rebels to a 12-5 triumph against Wappingers on May 3 to clinch the Conference I League A Title.

“The defense played extremely well and allowed us to get lots of lengthy possessions,” Makar said. “Our offense works the ball around well and is always able to find the open man. We also do a good job of finding the best matchup and I was fortunate enough to have it.”

Fallo (3G, 2A) and Janavey (2G, 1A) also played key roles in the win.

“JoJo and Tim work well on the crease together and are able to separate themselves from their defenders, allowing us to get the ball to them for open looks,” Makar said. “Tim and JoJo have excellent finishing skills and always find the back of the net.”

Cortese (1G, 1A), Thompson (1G), Prunty (1G), Vazquez (1A) and Dyckman (5 saves) also contributed.

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