John Ranagan will never forget the feeling.
No matter how hard he may try.
It was two years ago and Ranagan and the Yorktown ‘Huskers had just suffered a crushing 10-9 loss at Lakeland/Panas. It ended a string of 12 straight Yorktown wins in the Charlie Murphy Cup game.
“I wanted to make sure I never felt that way again,” said Ranagan.
Tonight, Ranagan made sure of it. He had five goals and one assist as the ‘Huskers held on for an 11-8 win over the visiting Rebels before a crowd estimated at more than 2,000.
In many ways, this game followed what has become a familiar script.
Yorktown jumps out to an early lead, appears on the brink of putting its foot on the Rebels’ throat and then somehow, someway, the Rebels come storming back.
Tonight, Yorktown raced out to 3-0 and 4-1 leads. But back came the Rebels, pulling within 4-3 after the first quarter. After the ‘Huskers outscored LP 3-0 in the second quarter to go ahead 7-3 at the half, they seemed on their way to pulling away.
But LP coach Jim Lindsay didn’t think so.
“This game isn’t over by any means,” he told me at halftime.
With Yorktown up 10-6 with just over eight minutes to go, it appeared it may be. But then just about the last thing you would want to have happen in that situation did for Yorktown. The ‘Huskers received two bench penalties. Within minutes it was a two-goal game. Ranagan then scored a key insurance goal with time winding down. He finished with five goals and an assist. Kevin Interlicchio had four goals.
Another player every bit as vital to the victory was Yorktown senior defenseman John Fennessy. The Towson-bound Fennessy, who earlier this week was among 44 seniors selected to play in the June 27 Under Armour all-America game (along with Ranagan and Somers’ Joe Marasco), limited Binghamton-bound all-America attackman Jack Doherty of the Rebels to two assists. Shawn Honovich and James Bugeya each had two goals for the Rebels.
Yorktown coach Dave Marr later received his second bench penalty, resulting in his automatic ejection. This means he will have to sit out an automatic one-game suspension on Tuesday at Bronxville. It was the third time in the last three years Marr has been ejected from a game and the second time in the Murphy Cup.
This year’s Cup nearly wound up being a 10-9 game for what would have been the third year in a row. Last year, after that narrow regular-season win, Yorktown went on to roll past the Rebels 17-5 in the sectional final.
This season, there once again appears to be a very good chance they will be seeing each other again for the sectional championship.
Cup on Cablevision
You can catch Cablevision’s broadcast of the Murphy Cup in Yorktown, Peekskill and Ossining Cablevision systems on Channel 118 at 6 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. on Monday. You can also catch it on video on demand.
During the game, we talk to Hofstra junior Tom Interlicchio, the former ‘Husker all-American, who was on hand to see his brother in action for the first time this season. You can also catch the little visit I paid to “The Crop” midway through the second quarter.
Murphy Cup results
Heres a year-by-year look at results from the annual Charlie Murphy Cup game:
1990: 7-6 Yorktown
1991: 9-8 Yorktown
1992: 9-3 Yorktown
1993: 12-9 Yorktown
1994: 10-6 Lakeland/Panas
1995: 9-5 Yorktown
1996: 14-6 Yorktown
1997: 6-5 Yorktown
1998: 10-9 Yorktown
1999: 5-4 Yorktown
2000: 10-3 Yorktown
2001: 16-4 Yorktown
2002: 11-3 Yorktown
2003: 16-11 Yorktown
2004: 9-3 Yorktown
2005: 12-9 Yorktown
2006: 18-9 Yorktown
2007: 10-9 Lakeland/Panas
2008: 10-9 Yorktown
2009: 11-8 Yorktown
Total: Yorktown 18, Lakeland/Panas 2
Somers holds on to beat Iona Prep
Last year, the Iona Prep Gaels picked up groundbreakinng wins over Lakeland/Panas and Somers.
This year, they were in position to do just that once again.
However, Iona Prep wound up losing to both teams by one goal after today’s 13-12 setback to visiting Somers. (The Gaels fell to Lakeland/Panas 10-9 earlier this season.)
Somers managed to beat the Gaels even though star attackman JoJo Marasco was held without a goal for the first time since who knows when. (Credit the defense of Chris Jackson for that.)
But Marasco, who has 181 career varsity goals, took what the defense gave him and had a season-high six assists. Junior attackman Greg Petre, who has quietly emerged as one of the premier players in the section, equaled a career-high with six goals. Petre has as hard and accurate shot as you’ll find anywhere. Teammate Kieran Donohue scored three goals. Colin Tullgren had two goals and one assist.
Myles Gillespie and Nick Trizano each had five goals for the Gaels.
Somers junior goaltender Chris Longo, who has come up big against quality opponents this season (with two of his best games vs. Yorktown and John Jay), did so again today, making 23 saves.
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