WILTON, C.T.— Another week, another cup secured for Yorktown.
The Huskers won 11-6 at Wilton on May 9 to claim the Turnbull Cup, named after Jim Turnbull, Yorktown’s first-ever coach.
It came just three days after defeating visiting Lakeland/Panas 12-3 for the Murphy Cup.
“This win means a lot to this team,” Yorktown senior captain Justin Cavallo said. “Coach Turnbull was one of the best coaches in Yorktown history and made our program what it is today, so to win it for him is awesome.”
Cavallo had a big game for the Huskers, leading them to the victory with four goals and an assist in a rivalry contest that goes back to the 1960s, according to Yorktown coach Sean Carney
“Justin played outstanding against Wilton,” Yorktown senior captain Kyle Casey said. “He started playing with so much confidence and couldn’t be stopped by their defense.”
Cavallo said teamwork was the key in his being able to get on the scoreboard as much as he did.
“My teammates are the ones who should get the credit for the four goals,” Cavallo said. “They were doing their job and they were able to find me when I was open and lucky I was able to cash in my chances.”
The first half was a defensive battle, with Casey (2G, 1A) scoring halfway through the second quarter to put the Huskers up 2-1 at halftime.
“In the second quarter I came running in from the box and got a pass and no one was playing me so I went in as if I was going to take a shot but then faked and got under the defense and scored,” Casey said. “This gave us a lot of momentum going into halftime. We knew how they played and that we could score against them.”
Yorktown did just that in the third quarter, as it outscored the host 8-1 in that decisive stanza, with Cavallo scoring three times in that quarter.
“The key in the third quarter was our ball movement,” Cavallo said. “We started really moving and sharing the ball and playing as a team.”
Dom Cioffi (2G), Steven Veteri (2G), Jose Boyer (1G, 1A), Hunter Embury (2A, 9 of 12 face-offs won), Jamison Embury (2A), Anthony Altimari (6 of 9 face-offs won) and Louis Ragusa (8 saves) also helped the Huskers in their win.
The face-off play of Hunter Embury and Altimari was especially important.
“Anthony and Hunter work every day on face-offs and put all their work to use during games and against Wilton they were both able to win cleanly,” Casey said. “They’re important because it helps us control the game and keep getting more possessions with more chances to score.”
Yorktown (11-3) beat host Ossining 20-4 on May 11.
Tyler Cunnington (1G, 4A), Matt Concialdi (3G, 1A), Keegan Doller (3G, 10 of 10 face-offs won), Altimari (3G, 7 of 7 face-offs won), Michael Salcedo (3G), Veteri (3G), Casey (2G, 1A), Shane Dahlke (1G), Richard Giannasca (1G), Reese Andrews (1A), Michael Broder (1A), Cioffi (1A) and Giovanni Santini (5 saves) all did the job against the Pride.
The Huskers finished the week with a 20-6 win against visiting Mamaroneck on May 13, led by Jamison Embury (5G, 4A), Cavallo (6G, 2A), Hunter Embury (3G, 1A, 10 of 13 face-offs won), Casey (1G, 1A), Dahlke (1G, 1A), Veteri (1G, 1A), Altimari (1G, 8 of 12 face-offs won), Connor Koelsch (1G), Chris Perrino (1G), Cioffi (1A), Brendan Williams (1 of 1 face-offs won) and Ragusa (6 saves).