YORKTOWN - What separates Yorktown from the rest of the section's best teams right now is the ability to cover up mistakes.
It was hard to notice the imperfections last night because a hustling defense killed off penalty after penalty and Kevin Interlicchio created space for goal after goal during an 11-6 win over a visiting Somers team that came in with thoughts of an upset.
"Every single time, they give us a good game," 'Huskers midfielder John Ranagan said. "I don't know what it is, but the first half they always come out firing. It just takes us a little longer to get back and do what we have to do to win the game."
After the upstart Tuskers closed to within 7-6 on goals by JoJo Marasco and Erik Pfiffner five minutes into the second half, Somers goalie Chris Longo came up with a timely save to preserve momentum. The roar of approval faded, though, as the clearing pass was intercepted.
Remy Lieberman was in the right place for Yorktown, and he pushed to the middle of the field and set up Interlicchio, who fired and finished, making it 8-6.
It was a deflating moment for Somers.
"All those guys have great stick skills and can finish, so you make one mistake and it can hurt you," said Marasco, who finished with three goals against the section's best defensive unit. "They made a lot of transition goals and that killed us."
Giving the 'Huskers a pair of man-up situations also proved costly.
Interlicchio eventually spotted Ranagan, who had enough time and space to wind up and rip from 10 yards out. His goal made it 9-6 and forced the Tuskers to start overplaying on defense, which can be a major problem against a Yorktown team with this much natural talent.
A mismatch is only a couple of passes away.
Interliccho tacked on another goal four minutes into the fourth quarter. Somers was two men down. He also set up Joey Porcelli with six minutes to go.
"That's a legitimate team," Tuskers coach Lew Janavey said. "That's got to be the best team in Section 1 by far, and they pressure you and they play hard and there were a couple of situations where that hurt us. We needed to be a little more patient in certain situations and we weren't."
Interlicchio scored seven goals and has 26 after just four games.
"We definitely were practicing for a shut-off game, but I wasn't really surprised they didn't come out more because Somers always has a really good defense," he said. "It's a rivalry. It's a tough game. Every year it's close, and they're one of the top teams in the section this year so we wanted to come out and send a message."