Yorktown senior goaltender Derek Koelsch came up big today with 15 saves as the Huskers beat Chaminade 11-9 for their third straight win and fourth in the last six meetings against the Flyers. (Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com)
The tripleheader that made up the “Lead the Way Lacrosse Day of Heroes” at St. Anthony’s today is accounting for the majority of the 100-plus comments on our our “Scoreboard Central: Saturday/4.24.10” thread.
Yorktown’s 11-9 upset win over Chaminade is naturally the center of most of that discussion.
Wait. Did we say “upset”?
Considering the fact Yorktown has won three straight against Chaminade and this new age of parity, was it really an upset?
Probably not. The fact is, coaches and players throughout the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut area that I have talked to all say the same thing.
There really isn’t much separating contending teams in this new age of parity and increased participation no matter what region they are from, or how renowned their programs are in terms of tradition or any kind of recognition or rankings are concerned.
Play the hardest, hustle after ground balls, win the majority of faceoffs, limit turnovers, have a hot goaltender, opportunistic offense and limit penalties.
If a team can get most or all of these things to happen in a game, it can win regardless of the disparity in talent because, well, there just isn’t much of a disparity in talent these days.
Hopefully that makes sense. At least as much as anything does in this new world order of lacrosse.
I realize this may frustrate many traditionalists who like to see things in black and white and view their own opinions as fact, but maybe now we’ve all learned that assessments in this new age of lacrosse, blanket statements on teams and regions of supposed superiority are not what they used to be.
With that in mind, in this space, we highlight a reader post on a widely discussed topic.
Today, we check out the thoughts of “John FANagan” on Yorktown’s 11-9 win over Chaminade. Earlier this week, in a comment prior to Saturday’s game, FANagan predicted Yorktown would pull out a 10-9 win. (To view that, check Comment No. 90 on this thread.)
By the way, gang, before we go any further, just a reminder that you can catch the entire “Lead the Way Lacrosse Day of Heroes” tripleheader on Sunday on the MSG Network at the following times: 8 a.m. (New Canaan vs. St. Anthonys); 10 a.m. (Yorktown vs. Chaminade); and noon (Manhasset vs. Darien).
“Scoreboard Central: Saturday/4/24.10”
Comment by “John FANagan”:
“Yorktown wins three in a row in annual competition in Chaminade. And that’s four out of the last six.
Yorktown played great defense today. How else could they win when they lost the faceoff battle 16-4? Great work by (Alex) Poritzky keeping their much bigger players in front of him at all times. Was very impressed by freshman Trevor Koelsch (and brother of senior goaltender, Derek). He made some key stops on the ball and he has a bright future ahead of him. On the other side of the family tree, not enough can be said about the big stops Koelsch made in the clutch, disallowing the Flyers to complete the comeback.
The much smaller Town team kept themselves in the game with quick feet and forced turnovers- and thats how they kept possession of the ball.
In the midfield, great hustle plays were made by (Justin) Mabus. (Eric) McLees speed caused some trouble for Chaminades D-I and big defense. The midfield did a good job of drawing defenders away from the attack and then finding the open man.
Town had players step up and that played an integral role in their win. With contributions from (Frank) Fusco, (Nick) Mariano and (Conor) Gately, KI (Kevin Interlicchio) had help along the way.
The win was branded with Interlicchios performance as he caused too much trouble for the bigger Chaminade team. Mariano and (Remy) Lieberman each contributed some big-time goals at attack, and (Ty) Schuldts goal from 15 yards out was truly a backbreaker.
16-4 in the faceoff circle really wasnt what it seemed to be. Yorktowns (Michael) Sullivan used his strength to prevent the Flyers from getting quick goals right out of the faceoff circle. Nonetheless, the FO issue should be addressed because it will be key in close games down the stretch and can win the Huskers some big games if they get their faceoffs down.
Yorktown has a huge week coming up with Somers on Monday night, Arlington on Thursday night, and the biggest game of the regular season- The Murphy Cup on Saturday. Hopefully the boys can keep up their great play into this week and into the latter end of the season!”
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