Yorktown defeated Darien 9-6 today to win the inaugural Tom Lener Memorial Cup.
Result: Yorktown 9, Darien 6
Headline: ‘Huskers earn some redemption
Thoughts: Michael Bonitatibus couldn’t remind the exact final.
“I think it was 17-4 or 17-5,” the Yorktown senior said.
Actually, it was 17-6. But that’s not the point. I asked the Loyola-bound goaltender if it was the worst game of his four years as Yorktown’s starting goaltender.
“Yeah, probably,” he said at first, before thinking some more. “Yeah, it was.”
Which makes today’s 9-6 Yorktown victory all the more special. Bonitatibus made 14 saves and the ‘Huskers won the inaugural Tom Lener Memorial Cup.
“This was the first time I ever beat Darien on any team I’ve played on,” Bonitatibus said.
The final result was not the typical score of a big Yorktown win against a highly regarded opponent. Check the scores when Yorktown has defeated national powers. They are usually in double digits. Not today. And that may be a good thing.
I really believe that although Yorktown has two of the premier talents in the state in Kevin Interlicchio and John Ranagan, it does not have the offensive depth it had in years past — including last year.
But with Bonitatibus, and defenders John Fennessy, Brendan Brunelle, Ethan Fox and Brett Cabriele, the ‘Huskers are as good in that department as they’ve been in years.
So what am I saying? Simple. If Yorktown is to beat teams like Chaminade and West Islip, look for scores similar to today’s — not the traditional higher scoring results.
Darien, meanwhile, has had a tough go of it. The Blue Wave lost their leading returning scorer from last year, Nikki Dysenchuk to a torn ACL.
The Blue Wave have suffered other preseason and in-season injuries. But coach Jeff Brameier, who was looking for his 400th varsity win today, has never used that as an excuse for losses to Manhasset, Malverne Prep and today Yorktown. In fact, about 20 minutes after the game today, he sent his team out to the track to do some extra running — showing the high standards that have helped Darien reached the level of success it has.