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Town 9 Rye 2

Varsity vs Rye HS on 4/2/2009 4:00:00 PM
Posted Friday, April 03, 2009 by Journal News

YORKTOWN 9 RYE 2

RYE - In order to keep everything in balance, Yorktown plays with multiple personalities.

On the offensive end of the field, the 'Huskers like to settle in and calmly work the ball around. The approach is noticeably different on the defensive end where they force the issue and body up anything that moves.

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It's a pretty strong combination.

Yorktown methodically wore Rye down yesterday on both ends, posting an impressive 9-2 win over the Garnets.

"We always like to push it in transition when we can, but we're definitely going to want to give our defense a break this year," 'Huskers midfielder John Ranagan said. "And what they did speaks for itself, holding a really good team like Rye to only two goals."

The rest was appreciated.

"It helps a lot because the last couple of years we've been playing a lot of defense," longstick midfielder Ethan Fox said. "Our offense would go down and score on a fast break, and then we'd play defense for two minutes, and the offense would go down and score real quick again. They were always good at scoring, but they never gave us a break, so it's real nice like this."

The 'Huskers (2-0) held the ball for two minutes right off the opening faceoff, but they did not score because Timothy Jones knocked down two shots while another ricocheted off the crossbar.

Kevin Interlicchio got Yorktown on the scoreboard first when he faked left, and came spinning off a defender into open space. He added four more goals. Cole McCormack answered with 2:25 to go in the first quarter off a feed from Andrew Wood.

Staying patient is not something that comes easily to the 'Huskers.

"Oh, it's real hard,'' Ranagan said. "I know me and Kev, we look to push the ball every time we get it because we always think we can score, but we're definitely holding back this year."

There's a reason for the sudden control.

"It's very hard to slow down, but that's where experience comes in," Interlicchio said. "All those playoff games at the end of the season, holding on to the ball, that's what it comes down to."

Ranagan gave Yorktown a 2-1 lead in the opening minute of the second quarter after he powered in. He set up Interlicchio a short time later, and then made it 4-1 when he took a run at the crease from 25 yards out, caught a pass from Tom Casey in stride and went over the shoulder.

Even the Rye sideline was captivated.

"I think we just lost focus," Garnets defenseman Donald Keough said. "We came out real hot, and then I don't know what happened. It's so hard to keep up with them. You have to always focus on three people, and that's hard to do for us. We tried, but they played awesome.''

Casey finished the first-half scoring.

The 'Huskers were a little sloppy in the third quarter, but settled back in and made it 8-1 before Rye scored again.

"I think we were crazy on both ends for a while, especially in the third quarter, we weren't helping the defense out much," Yorktown coach Dave Marr said. "We were a little bit helter skelter there, but at times we were patient. At the end of the game we controlled the ball and we were smart about it, which is good to see."

Reach Mike Dougherty at mdougher@lohud.com.

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