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Town over John Jay 13-10

Varsity vs John Jay CR HS on 5/15/2009 7:30:00 PM
Posted Saturday, May 16, 2009 by Journal News

CROSS RIVER - With less than six minutes to go before the intermission, there was no way to discern who was more surprised about the score. Eyes were wide in disbelief on both sidelines. 

John Jay wasn't supposed to be winning this game by a couple of goals, rivalry or not. The non-stop crowd noise only added to the scene. Yorktown was the first to regain composure, and pulled away for a 13-10 win last night under the lights. It wasn't a clean getaway, though.

"We're not going to crush people in the playoffs," said Remy Lieberman, who scored four goals for the 'Huskers. "I don't like playing close games like this, but it's definitely going to help us down the road. From here out, it's about winning close games."

Lieberman quickly helped his team to a 2-0 advantage, exploiting an overplaying defense.

"The first one gave us a jump start," Lieberman said. "I haven't been producing like I really want to be this season. I wanted to do more, and the second one really seemed to get us going."

Jake Weil and Drew Beck dulled the momentum.

"I was thinking we had to get it going soon," Indians defender Jeff Dunworth said. "Those guys pulled it off, and everyone was surprised. We just couldn't hold onto it."

Weil and Beck converted to knot the score 2-2, and then John Ranagan made his presence felt. Every single time Yorktown (15-1) needed a goal to prevent the situation from becoming desperate, he wound up and fired. Ranagan found the back of the net with 5:47 to go in the first quarter to quiet the crowd.

It was a temporary lull.

Forrest Walter got the Indians even, then Will Stewart went spinning inside a defender and fired low to give John Jay (8-8) a 4-3 lead. Beck scored a man-up goal early in the second quarter, and the home crowd was up in a frenzy. It was hard to imagine a better scenario for the Indians.

"They played hard competition this season and got better," Huskers coach Dave Marr said. "They came out with a lot of emotion at home on a Friday under the lights. We didn't play great, and we still got the win. We have to keep getting better, though."

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Ranagan, though, struck again.

Actually, he scored three more times before the half ended. Lieberman threw one in, as well, giving Yorktown a 7-5 lead at halftime.

"When our team needs a goal, I try doing what I can," said Ranagan, who finished with five goals and two assists. "With my team helping me like that, it becomes really easy."

Teammates more or less get out of the way.

After the break, Tom Casey and Kevin Interlicchio got involved, giving the Huskers a 9-5 cushion. The ball was moving better, and John Jay was being limited to short possessions at the other end by a hustling defense. Stewart and Mike Daniello triggered another run, making it a 9-7 game heading into the fourth.

Interlicchio and Brendan Morris traded goals, but the Huskers ended it there.

"This is what we want," Lieberman said of the many contributions on the offensive end. "They were able to slow Kevin down, so we needed more from everybody. This really shows what we can do."

It's no exaggeration to say the same thing about the Indians.

"We are taking a little confidence from this one," John Jay coach Nick Savastano said. "I thought if we could stick one more in there and go up 6-3 they might have tightened up a little, but they came down and made it 5-4 and 5-5 like that. They are hard to hold down. Our goal was to hold them under 10, but we weren't able to do that."
 

Ranagan, though, struck again.

 

Actually, he scored three more times before the half ended. Lieberman threw one in, as well, giving Yorktown a 7-5 lead at halftime.

"When our team needs a goal, I try doing what I can," said Ranagan, who finished with five goals and two assists. "With my team helping me like that, it becomes really easy."

Teammates more or less get out of the way.

After the break, Tom Casey and Kevin Interlicchio got involved, giving the Huskers a 9-5 cushion. The ball was moving better, and John Jay was being limited to short possessions at the other end by a hustling defense. Stewart and Mike Daniello triggered another run, making it a 9-7 game heading into the fourth.

Interlicchio and Brendan Morris traded goals, but the Huskers ended it there.

"This is what we want," Lieberman said of the many contributions on the offensive end. "They were able to slow Kevin down, so we needed more from everybody. This really shows what we can do."

It's no exaggeration to say the same thing about the Indians.

"We are taking a little confidence from this one," John Jay coach Nick Savastano said. "I thought if we could stick one more in there and go up 6-3 they might have tightened up a little, but they came down and made it 5-4 and 5-5 like that. They are hard to hold down. Our goal was to hold them under 10, but we weren't able to do that."


 

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