Yorktown’s John Ranagan. (Photo by Ray Gallagher)
When they talk about Yorktown’s 13-10 win tonight over John Jay years from now, most folks will start with two words.
The Hopkins-bound senior midfielder had one of those games that will forever will etched in the memories of those who witnessed it.
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Ranagan had five goals and two assists, but that was the least of it. He put on a prototypical display of what two-way midfield play can and should be all about.
When Yorktown needed a big faceoff, he won it.
When it needed a big groundball, he got it.
When a good, clean hard hit was required, he took care of that too.
Simply stated, Ranagan turned in as dominant a performance in as many different areas of the game as you will see.
And for those that did, it was unforgettable.
While his individual effort was jaw-dropping to say the least, the ‘Huskers could not have picked up by their second straight win over the Indians without some other key contributors.
Junior attackman Remy Lieberman, who scored a career-high four goals.
Senior attackman Tom Casey, who had two goals and three assists.
Sophomore standout Ty Schult, who dished out three assists.
John Jay, meanwhile, had an outstanding game plan and executed it to near perfection. That’s rare for a team comprised mainly of underclassmen.
Defensively, the Indians ran the lax equivalent of a basketball box and one with Geneseo-bound senior Jeff Dunworth holding Hopkins-bound junior attackman Kevin Interlicchio scoreless in the first half. Interlicchio finished with two goals and one assist.
Williams-bound senior Will Stewart, meanwhile, turned in a superb effort with four goals, an achievement that will certainly look good on his all-America résumé.
John Jay, which led 4-3 after the first quarter, built a 5-3 second-quarter lead, and at that time, I felt it was in a very good position if it could settle the pace of the game. Going in, I felt for the Indians to win, they could not allow more than nine goals.
But Yorktown was able to get its lethal fastbreak offense going in the second quarter outscoring John Jay 4-1.
It was a rare game in which both teams could walk away with plenty of positives.
Yorktown wrapped up another unbeaten season vs. Section 1 teams.
John Jay turned in an outstanding effort against the No. 2-ranked team in the LaxLessons.com Top 25 regional rankings.
It was what great rivalry games should be all about.
Note: Tonight’s game can be seen Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on MSG Plus. Jimmy Cavallo calls the play-by-play with former Yorktown and Syracuse star Paul Carcaterra providing analysis and Maggie Gray reporting from the sideline.
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