It was another successful year for Yorktown and Lakeland’s varsity sports teams, highlighted by a state championship. Below Yorktown News breaks down the top five sports stories of 2015.
1) Lakeland field hockey just keeps winning, garners seventh straight state title
It is starting to become like Groundhog Day each year for the Lakeland field hockey team. Head up to states in mid November and come home with a state title. That easy, right? Wrong. The Lakeland field hockey team works tirelessly at its craft and it paid off with a seventh-straight Class B state title as the Hornets defeated Garden City 4-1 on Nov. 15 out in Binghamton. Lakeland finished a perfect 22-0 and increased its winning streak to 72 games, a streak that stretches over four years under the tutelage of legendary coach Sharon Sarsen.
2) Another notch in the belt for Yorktown boys lacrosse
When a team wins a section title virtually every season, sometimes it can be taken for granted but the Yorktown boys lacrosse squad enjoys every moment of it. The Huskers edged John Jay-Cross River 11-9 in the Section 1 Class B final on May 21 at White Plains High School to capture its 38th Section 1 title in team history. To claim a regional title, Yorktown crushed Albany Academy 21-9. Yorktown suffered a heartbreaking 10-9 defeat at the hands of Manhasset in the state semifinals on a last second goal from Matt Gavin. The Huskers finished their campaign at 16-5.
3) Third time not a charm for Yorktown girls lax
The Yorktown girls lacrosse team has had some very successful seasons of late, but the last three have all ended in the Section 1 Class B championship game. Yorktown fell to Somers 10-9 on a last second goal from Gabby Rosenzweig in the Section 1 Class B final on May 21 at Torne Valley Stadium. Yorktown was short-handed due to injuries, missing two star players in Emily Concialdi and Katie Comerford. Concialdi is also an accomplished skiier, making states the past few seasons. The Huskers fell in overtime to Somers in 2014 and lost to John Jay-CR in 2013. Yorktown completed its season with a stellar 17-2 record.
4) Ambushed at Arlington: Yorktown boys soccer reaches finals, but falls for second-straight year
Yorktown’s boys soccer team had another incredible season, this time reaching the finals in a stacked Class AA field, but fell to Arlington 1-0 in the finals on Oct. 31. Arlington scored its goal early in the contest when a controversial penalty kick was awarded, which left the Huskers scratching their heads. Despite the loss, nothing could take away from Yorktown’s monumental run to its second straight section final.
5) Husker heartbreak in section final on volleyball court
Coach Katy Sherwood helped put Yorktown’s volleyball team on the map as they claimed a Section 1 title in 2013 with a win over John Jay-CR. The last two years have been successful ones for the Huskers but have both ended in the same place: the Section 1 championship game. Yorktown lost to Walter Panas 3-0 in the Section 1 Class A final on Nov. 5 at Hendrick Hudson. The Huskers finished 16-4.