YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Yorktown lacrosse is as much a part of the regional high school sports scene as Yankee baseball is to the professional sports scene.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Huskers never got a chance, to add to their legendary tradition, which includes seven state titles and 40 sectional crowns this spring.
“It was definitely one of the biggest setbacks I’ve ever experienced,” said Timmy O’Callaghan, a recent Yorktown graduate who played offensive midfield and attack. “Sports are such a big part of my life, especially lacrosse in Yorktown. This year we had an unbelievable group of players, and it absolutely crushed us that we couldn’t show the nation what we could do.”
O’Callaghan said that he is “absolutely itching” to get back to playing lacrosse, which he will do at the College of Holy Cross.
“Competition is something I have been thirsting for, and although it’ll be with a new group of people, I’m more than ready to get back to playing the sport I love,” said O’Callaghan, an All-Section and All-League player in both lacrosse and soccer. “Once we get back, I will appreciate every single moment I have with my team from day one. Although I have always appreciated the opportunity to play, I now understand how fortunate we all are, to be able to share special moments with our teammates, on and off the field.”
O’Callaghan couldn’t be more excited to be a Crusader.
“Holy Cross has an extremely welcoming atmosphere and an elite coaching staff, as well as a very talented roster that I’m honored to now be a part of,” O’Callaghan said. “On top of this, competing in the rigorous Patriot League allows us to play some of the top-tier teams in the country. As a team, we would obviously be looking to win the Patriot League title, along with picking up impressive out-of-conference wins. Individually, I hope I can make an impact on the team from the moment I arrive on campus. I would also like to bring the deep love, and dedication, to the game, that my coaches, and teammates, instilled in me during my time at Yorktown.”
Although playing lacrosse at Yorktown brought O’Callaghan many incredible memories, the one that stands out to him was the second game of his sophomore season.
“We were playing St. Anthony’s, who was, at the time, Top 10 in the nation,” O’Callaghan said. “I scored the first 2 goals of my varsity career in what was a huge 10-5 statement win on Charlie Murphy Field under the lights.”
O’Callaghan also was part of some of the most successful years in Yorktown boys soccer history.
“During my sophomore year, we won our first section title in 27 years,” O’Callaghan said. “In the semi-final game, we met No. 1 seed, nationally ranked Arlington. Defensively, we had one of the best performances I have ever seen, and I managed to score the decisive goal 5 minutes into the second half, en route to a big 1-0 upset. Although we managed to make it to the regional final afterwards with some incredible victories, this was the game that we all realized just how special our team was.”
What O’Callaghan will miss most about being a student-athlete at Yorktown, is all of the connections he’s made with his coaches and teammates.
“I’ve had the pleasure of having some of the best people I’ve met as my coaches, and I’ve formed great friendships through sports at Yorktown High School,” said O’Callaghan, who was mainly a central midfielder, and striker, on the pitch.