Class A: Yorktown 11, Lakeland/Panas 10 (OT)
Class B: Somers 14, John Jay 9
Class C: Putnam Valley 10, Rye 7
Photos by Ray Gallagher
(For a gallery of photos from the three championship games, click here.)
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This year’s Section 1 championships may well be most remembered for what almost happened rather than what actually did.
That’s because Yorktown nearly fell in the sectional finals for what would have been just the third time in the last 30 years before rallying to defeat Lakeland/Panas 11-10 in overtime.
And John Jay and Rye, meanwhile, were both denied bids for fifth straight sectional titles thanks to inspired efforts by Somers and Putnam Valley respectively.
Here are recaps from today’s games at Glenn D. Loucks Stadium at White Plains:
Class A: Things looked bleak for the Yorktown ‘Huskers late in the fourth quarter today. The second-seeded Rebels, who lost to Yorktown 17-5 in last year’s final, jumped out to a 3-1 lead and rallied to go ahead 9-4 in the third quarter after goals by Conor Prunty, John Hittmann and Jack Doherty.
But Yorktown rallied to tie it at 9-9 with five minutes to go when Remy Lieberman scored his second goal off a Joey Porcelli feed.
Shawn Honovich then scored his third goal with just under four minutes to go to give the Rebels a 10-9 lead.
The ‘Huskers then tied it at 10-10 with 52 seconds left in regulation when Kevin Interlicchio pinned the lower right-hand corner.
After the Rebels won the opening faceoff of overtime, Yorktown defenseman John Fennessy stripped the ball away to give the ‘Huskers possession.
John Ranagan then scored unassisted 1:33 into overtime the give the ‘Huskers the win.
Lakeland/Panas effectively shut off John Ranagan and Kevin Interlicchio, collapsing on both Hopkins-bound all-Americans whenever they touched the ball. Particular entertaining was the matchup of 5-foot-1 Lakeland junior defenseman Andrew Fazio on the 6-4 Ranagan.
(For a feature on Fazio from earlier this season, click here.)
Yorktown will play the Section 2/9 champion on Tuesday in the state quarterfinals at 5:30 p.m.at either Albany or Middletown.
Class B: They’re a team of characters, but the Somers Tuskers proved tonight they are also a team with plenty of character too.
The Tuskers, known for their physical style of play on the field and free spirit off it, entered tonight’s game being in the uncharacteristic position of being a No. 1 seed that was also the underdog.
But that’s more a credit to how well a young, third-seeded John Jay was playing entering tonight’s game. Which makes Somers’ accomplishment even more impressive.
The Tuskers (15-4) hit up a John Jay defense that had been stellar during the second half of the second, led by the four-goal outing of Syracuse-bound senior JoJo Marasco.
While the two-time all-American came up big, so did the rest of the Tuskers’ offense. Junior attackman Greg Petre had three goals, including one seven seconds into the game after classmate Erik Pfiffner won the opening faceoff.
Three players Colin Tullgren, Kieran Donohue and Cole Partenza each had two goals for the Tuiskers.
Somers’ close defense of Erik Zmuidins, John Bello and Eddie Schurr effectively shut off John Jay all-America midfielder Will Stewart, holding him to one goal. Junior goalie Chris Longo enjoyed his second outstanding effort of the season against John Jay, making 17 saves. Sophomore midfielder Mike Daniello had four goals and two assists for the Indians (10-9). Drew Beck also scored three times.
Somers will play the Section 2/Section 9 winner likely to be Section 2’s Niskayuna on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the University at Albany (if the Section 2 team wins) or Middletown High School (if the Section 9 team wins).
Class C: Dillon Chesnut scored five goals, including the 100th of his career, as top-seeded Putnam Valley picked up a 10-7 win over No. 2 Rye for its first sectional title since 2004.
The game was tied 2-2 after the first quarter and 4-4 at halftime before Put Valley (14-4) outscored Rye 4-0 in the third quarter.
After Jack O’Callaghan pulled Rye (12-7) within 8-6 in the fourth, Chesnut scored his fourth of the game and 100th of his career to give PV a 9-6 lead with three minutes remaining.
O’Callaghan and Matt Foristell each had two goals for Rye.
Brendan McCrudden made 15 saves for the Tigers.
The Tigers, who lost to Rye in the 2005, ’06 and ’07 sectional finals, will play the Section 2/Section 9 winner Tuesday in the state quarterfinals.
Tuesday’s Long Island championship matchups are now complete with the completion of today’s Suffolk County title games.
Here are recaps of today’s games at Stony Brook University:
Class A: In the featured game of the day at Stony Brook, a strong second half lifted West Islip to a 9-5 win over Ward Melville.
Andrew Hodgson had four goals for West Islip (19-1). Teammate Nicky Galasso added three.
Greg Smith had two goals for the Patriots (16-2).
The Lions will play Hicksville on Tuesday at 6 p.m. for the Long Island championship at Stony Brook University.
Class B: Doug Meehan’s fourth goal of the game midway through the fourth quarter snapped a 9-9 tie as Sayville defeated Smithtown West 11-9.
The Golden Flashes (14-5) will play Garden City Tuesday at 8 p.m. in the Long Island championship game at Stony Brook.
Class C: Top-seeded Mount Sinai (12-6) got three goals each from Joey Bongiorno and Shane Henry in an 11-8 win over Glenn to advance to Tuesday’s 3 p.m. Long Island championship game against Manhasset.
Kyle Calabro scores today for Putnam Valley.
(Photo by Ray Gallagher)
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