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Yorktown over Chaminade 9-8 in OT

Varsity vs Chaminade HS on 5/9/2009 2:00:00 PM
Posted Sunday, May 10, 2009 by Journal News

YORKTOWN - Kevin Interlicchio's intentions were fairly obvious even before he began rolling left in search of an opening.
There was urgency in every stride.

Interlicchio waited patiently for the perfect angle to open up, and then whistled a shot into the back of the net, giving Yorktown a 9-8 overtime victory against Chaminade yesterday afternoon in a battle of nationally ranked boys lacrosse powers. The arms went up in celebration immediately, prompting an emotional green-and-white mob scene in front of the goal.

"From the look in his eyes, I knew Kevin was going for the cage," said 'Huskers midfielder John Ranagan, who moved the ball in behind the crease and hit Interlicchio in stride.

Interlicchio finished with four very important goals.

"Once the ball came to me, I knew I was going to shoot," Yorktown's leading scorer said. "I just kept running until it seemed like almost half the goal was open, and I was able to sneak it past the keeper."

It wasn't a perfect game, but there was no shortage of drama.

Yorktown again was a little timid early and was down 3-2 at halftime. It would've been worse if not for the hustle of Ethan Fox on defense and the play of Michael Bonitatibus in goal.

"We told everyone to take a deep breath," 'Huskers coach Dave Marr said. "It was kind of the same situation we faced against Ward Melville, so the kids had their heads down. We were only down a goal, so it wasn't that bad, and they responded in the second half."

The spark came from Joey Porcelli.

"Joey is one of the smallest guys on the field, but pound-for-pound one of the toughest," Ranagan said. "When the littlest guy is playing that hard, we know we have to step it up."

Yorktown (11-1) came in ranked ninth in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse poll, but was getting outhustled and outmuscled until Porcelli stuck his nose into the middle of a loose-ball scramble and got planted.

"I guess it got people going," he said. "Everybody got more intense."

Remy Lieberman scored a man-up goal to knot the score, but the Flyers answered with two goals before the 'Huskers really got revved up. Ranagan won a faceoff and came steaming in for a goal that made it 5-4, and then Interlicchio got a step on the defense and flipped in a backhanded goal to even the score again.

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He added one more with 58 seconds to go in the quarter, making it 6-5.

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"Our defense was playing very aggressively," Chaminade attackman Will Himler said. "We found a way to hang with them, and then I don't know what happened. Their big players started making plays."

After the Flyers surged ahead 7-6, Interlicchio drew out the goalie with a shot fake and scored with 2:03 remaining, forcing another tie. Ranagan won the faceoff and stormed in for another goal six seconds later, giving Yorktown an 8-7 lead.

No. 13 Chaminade (11-3) took advantage of a 'Huskers turnover in the final minute and began to zero in on Bonitatibus.

Steve Chmil was high with eight seconds to go. Matt Gillan was dead-on with three seconds to go, immediately silencing the crowd.

After winning the faceoff to start overtime, Ranagan came straight in for another blast, and just missed, high and wide. The 'Huskers eventually lost the ball over the end line, but got another chance when a long outlet by Flyers goalie John Connors sailed out of bounds.

"We definitely did not come out the way we should have against one of the best teams in the country," Ranagan said. "It was like the Ward Melville loss. At halftime, we just decided it can't happen again. The seniors, it was our last regular-season game here, so we had to win."

He added one more with 58 seconds to go in the quarter, making it 6-5.

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"Our defense was playing very aggressively," Chaminade attackman Will Himler said. "We found a way to hang with them, and then I don't know what happened. Their big players started making plays."

After the Flyers surged ahead 7-6, Interlicchio drew out the goalie with a shot fake and scored with 2:03 remaining, forcing another tie. Ranagan won the faceoff and stormed in for another goal six seconds later, giving Yorktown an 8-7 lead.

No. 13 Chaminade (11-3) took advantage of a 'Huskers turnover in the final minute and began to zero in on Bonitatibus.

Steve Chmil was high with eight seconds to go. Matt Gillan was dead-on with three seconds to go, immediately silencing the crowd.

After winning the faceoff to start overtime, Ranagan came straight in for another blast, and just missed, high and wide. The 'Huskers eventually lost the ball over the end line, but got another chance when a long outlet by Flyers goalie John Connors sailed out of bounds.

"We definitely did not come out the way we should have against one of the best teams in the country," Ranagan said. "It was like the Ward Melville loss. At halftime, we just decided it can't happen again. The seniors, it was our last regular-season game here, so we had to win."
 

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