The state tournament is under way in Connecticut. On Saturday, it starts in New York, although Long Island teams, of course, have a bye into next Tuesday’s state quarterfinals, or Long Island championship games.
Here’s a rundown of the Section 1 vs. Section 2 first-round matchups in a tripleheader on Saturday at Yorktown High School’s Charlie Murphy Field. For a look back at Wednesday’s Section 1 class finals at White Plains High School, click on “Continue reading.”
State tournament opening-round tripleheader at Yorktown
Saturday, June 5
Section 1 championship reviews
By Ed Boulat
John Jay 9, Somers 6
After the game was tied at 3-3 at the half, John Jay scored six unanswered goals between the third and fourth quarters to come away with its fifth title in the last six years and avenge for last year’s 14-9 loss to Somers in the sectional final. Somers scored twice in the last minute of the contest but by then the game was very much over. Somers simply could not crack John Jays mix of man-to-man and zone defenses, and junior Forrest Walter was on target all game for the Indians, finishing with four goals. Classmate Mike Daniello chipped in with one goal and two assists. Evan Chen and Jack Lambert each scored once, with Lambert, a freshman defender, scoring a CJ Costabile-esque score on a fastbreak seconds after a clean faceoff win. Somers, which lost for the third time this season to the Indians and saw its eight-game win streak snapped, was led by sophomore Kevin Cousin who had two goals on the day. Senior Matt Deiana also had six ground balls for the Tuskers. John Jay was without Army-bound starting midfielder Will ODonnell because of an elbow injury.
This was the same field and same team as last year, Walter said. We knew we had to bring it. As soon as the horn blew my heart just leapt. Im ecstatic right now. We played forty-eight minutes of good lacrosse and came out with the win.
Putnam Valley 10, Rye 9
Putnam Valley held Rye scoreless in the fourth quarter, and scored three goals in the last 3:11 of the game to overcome a 9-7 deficit and win its second straight Class C title for the first time in school history. St. John’s University-bound senior Ryan Fitzgerald scored the winner with a little over one minute left in the game, and finished the game with five goals. Putnam Valleys Dan OGorman added one goal and three assists, and Kevin Christopher scored twice on the afternoon. Rye was paced by junior Jack OCallaghan with four goals, and Garrett Chapman, Christian Bonaventura, and Briggs Barton, who all had one goal and one assist. Rye was without senior midfielder Cole McCormack who was on the sidelines on crutches because of a torn hamstring. O’Gorman helped the Tigers win 13-of-21 faceoffs.
Were taught to never give up, so we just dug down in the end and we knew we could pull it out, Fitzgerald said. We were behind last game against them and we came back and won so we knew we could do it again.
Lakeland/Panas 8, Yorktown 7, OT
Senior Will Fallo scored the game-winning goal with a little over 90 seconds left in the first overtime period, ending an intense back-and-forth matchup and giving the Rebels a two-game season sweep of their crosstown rivals for the first time in school history. The score was tied at 3-3 at halftime, and neither team took more than a one goal lead in the game. Junior Rob Caffrey ended the game with two goals and two assists for LP. Junior Ty Schuldt netted three for the Huskers. LP played great defense on Yorktown standout Kevin Interlicchio, in particular 5-foot tall defenseman Andrew Fazio, Fazio held Interlicchio, the all-time leading goal scorer in YHS history, to only one assist in the contest.
Last year, in the sectional final on the same Glenn D. Loucks Memorial Field, LP squandered a four-goal fourth-quarter lead and lost to the Huskers 11-10 in overtime. It was Yorktown’s 28th sectional title since 1980. The only years Yorktown has not won titles during that span are 1997, 2006, and now, 2010.
It was just a release of four years of emotion and of losing to these guys three years in a row, Fallo said. Its amazing to finally come through and win this year.
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