SUFFERN, N.Y. — For the second year in a row, Yorktown’s girls lacrosse squad is going back to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B Final Four.
Yorktown clinched its second straight final four trip when it took on Section 2 champion Niskayuna in the regional championship game at Suffern Middle School and defeated the Albany-based squad 13-3 on June 3.
The Section 1 champion Huskers will now play Section 8 champion Garden City at 9 a.m. Friday, June 9, in a state semifinal contest at SUNY Cortland. The Huskers fell to Garden City 16-5 in last year’s championship game.
If Yorktown wins that game, it will participate in the state title game for the second consecutive year and play for the school’s fifth state championship at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 10, also at SUNY Cortland.
“It means the world to be going back to Cortland,” said Yorktown senior captain Michelle Seger, who registered a game-high six goals and added two assists against Niskayuna. “Last year was one of the best times of my life and I can’t wait to be back there with my best friends. It’s amazing knowing that we have the opportunity to compete for a state championship and we are going to work harder than ever.”
Husker junior Ellen O’Callaghan is also very excited to be going back upstate.
“It means so much,” O’Callaghan said. “We’ve worked so hard to get back there and it’s the greatest feeling to know we’ve done it. Our trip to the final four last year was one of the most memorable experiences and I can’t wait to relive that.”
O’Callaghan (1G) and her teammates will have the opportunity to relive that experience because they were able to get the jump on Niskayuna, going up 10-0 at halftime.
“We were able to get up quick because we did a great job on the draw and we took care of each possession,” Seger said. “We knew we had to start off strong and urgent if we wanted to come out the victors of this game.”
Getting the Huskers the ball where they needed it to be was Rilea Fusco, who tallied a game-high five assists to go along with two goals.
“Rilea works very hard during practice and after hours on perfecting her feeds and being patient,” Seger said. “She reads her teammates very well and always knows when to make the right play.”
Besides a prolific offensive effort, Yorktown’s defense in front of goalie Lexi DelBene (two saves) was stellar.
“Our team played phenomenal defense today because we were organized and prepared to do so,” O’Callaghan said. “We communicated very well and were confident in each other’s abilities.”
Caroline Keenaghan (1G, 3A), Ciara Frawley (3G) and McKenna Duff (1A) also played important roles offensively for the Huskers (12-8).
“The offense really stepped up today,” O’Callaghan said. “This helped our defense tremendously because we knew every time we forced a turnover the offense would capitalize. We wanted more than ever to regain possession for them.”