Yorktown rolls past Mahopac, 17-2
By JOE LOMBARDI
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: April 12, 2007)
MAHOPAC - For the first time in memory, Yorktown's boys lacrosse team entered the season without having a single senior bound for a Division I program.
Couple that with the fact the Cornhuskers had their streak of eight straight sectional titles snapped last season, and it's not hard to understand why some had questions about this year's team entering the season.
There's a long way to go, of course, but after four games, Yorktown has all but silenced those skeptics.
And any remaining holdouts undoubtedly had to be swayed by what happened yesterday.
What happened was the Cornhuskers routed host Mahopac 17-2 in a game that could very well be a preview of a sectional semifinal or final.
"Some people outside the program may have had questions about this team," Yorktown coach Dave Marr said. "But I didn't. I knew what we had."
One thing Yorktown (4-0) has is an attack unit that has been racking up points at a prolific pace. It accounted for 12 goals and 10 assists. Brendan Kurpis (five goals, four assists), John Ranagan (four goals, three assists), and Nick Newman (three goals, three assists) comprised the trio.
"They all have good size (each is 6-foot-2) and good sticks and play well together," Marr said.
Newman, a senior and returning starter who is bound for Division III power Amherst, is the most experienced of the three.
"I knew if we came out and played like this, we could win pretty big today," Newman said "I guess it's a little surprising, but I knew we had it in us."
Kurpis, a junior, worked his way into the starting lineup midway through last year. He has 13 goals and six assists in Yorktown's last two games.
"We're playing real unselfishly and finding the open man," Kurpis said.
Ranagan, a sophomore, is a first-year varsity player.
"The game's a lot faster than JV, but I've been feeling more and more comfortable," he said.
Kyle Ahlers scored after winning the opening faceoff to give Mahopac (2-2) an early lead, then Yorktown went on a 9-0 run that ended with a man-down goal by Billy Kelsey which gave the 'Huskers a 9-1 lead midway through the second quarter.
"You never expect 17-2 in a game like this," Marr said. "And I told the kids we could be playing them again (in the sectionals), and if we do they'll be better. You can't get complacent."
The teams met in the semifinals last year and Yorktown escaped with a 6-5 win.
"They played a lot better than they did last year," said Mahopac senior Rob Izzo, who started in goal in both games. "We have a good team, but we didn't play up to our potential. We need to pick it up."