SHRUB OAK, N.Y. — No matter how many times they play it, the annual Murphy Cup game which takes place between the Yorktown and Lakeland/Panas boys lacrosse squads in honor of the Huskers’ program benefactor Charlie Murphy, is always special.
Yorktown senior captain Brett Makar showed how much it meant to him as he took the cup off the scorer’s table and sprinted on the field with it to celebrate a 17-3 victory with his teammates under the lights at Lakeland on May 4.
“This means a lot,” Makar said. “Unfortunately, in our generation we didn’t get the chance to meet Mr. Murph and be around him, his greatness. That sums him up, his greatness. You hear all these stories, they sound like tall tales. How he welcomed everyone into his house, how open he was to make kids better at lacrosse, to do whatever it took to get the Yorktown lacrosse program to what it is today. We are thankful for everything he did because without him we wouldn’t be here today. For us to honor him, play this game for him and bring that cup home, that’s Yorktown. It’s crazy, I got to do it four years in a row. That’s one of our goals at the beginning of the season, don’t let that cup leave this town.”
Senior Husker captains, twins Hunter and Jamison Embury, made sure it stayed at Yorktown for the 26th time in 29 years by tallying four goals and two assists each.
“It’s unreal,” Hunter Embury said. “Ever since I started, getting a stick as a little kid, I’ve heard about Charlie Murphy. He’s the most special character here for our program. It never gets old winning this game.”
Makar dazzled the crowd, going coast-to-coast to score the game’s first goal with 7:14 remaining in the first quarter.
Hunter Embury later scored with just 10 seconds remaining in the opening quarter, giving the Huskers a 4-0 lead at the end of it.
“We always preach try to start off strong and carry the momentum throughout the game,” Hunter Embury said. “Little errors in the beginning just because we were a little nervous but we started off strong and we carried it to the end.”
However, goals by Rebel senior captain Joe Janavey, Phil Dellamonica, assisted by Janavey, and Janavey again, with just three seconds left in the half, cut Yorktown’s lead to 6-3 at halftime.
“Just dodging hard, at 6-0 you just have to make a play,” Janavey said. “We were fighting hard to get back in the game. With a team like Yorktown, you go down 6-0, it’s tough but we fought and clawed but you have to play a full 48 minutes against these guys and maybe a little bit more. We just didn’t do that. We had a good second quarter and that may have been it.”
Yorktown squelched the Rebels’ momentum in the third quarter, outscoring the host 6-0.
“They had a lot of momentum going to the half,” Hunter Embury said. “Credit Joe Janavey, he’s a great player, but we went into halftime and we said, ‘Listen, we are up but we forget about that half. We go straight into the next one, like it’s a new game.’ We preached energy, bring focus and play our game.”
Shane Dahlke (2G, 1A), Justin Comerford (1G, 2A), Mike Broder (1G, 1A), Alex DeBenedictis (1G, 1A), Keegan Doller (1G, 1A), Richie Giannasca (1G), Matt Finnegan (1G), Chris Perrino (1A), Louis Ragusa (11 saves) and Dan O’Meara (2 saves) all contributed to the victory for Yorktown (9-3).
J.P. Walsh made nine saves for the Rebels.