WHITE PLAINS - The gap has narrowed on Yorktown boys lacrosse, but it hasn't closed.
The Cornhuskers remain the toughest team to beat in Section 1, and that was once again proven yesterday in the Class A championship game at Glenn Loucks Field.
Lakeland/Panas, the neighborhood rival, found out the hard way ... again. The Rebels built a 9-4 lead by the middle of the third quarter, and when the Cornhuskers came roaring back to tie it at 9-9 with just over five minutes left, Lakeland/Panas punched right back on a goal by Shawn Honovich to regain the lead at 10-9 with 3:49 to go.
"I guess when we were coming back I felt we could tie it up," Yorktown coach Dave Marr said. "Then when we tied it up and they took the lead again, to be honest, that's when I really started thinking, 'Maybe we may not ...' I got a little nervous at that point."
The thing is, Yorktown almost always does find a way. The Cornhuskers have played in a Class A or Class B championship game for 30 consecutive years, and have won 28 titles in that span, losing only the '97 and '06 title games.
If you think that doesn't help when things get tight, if you think that history doesn't matter, think again.
So here was Lakeland/Panas, fully aware of the aura and the records, and the annual opponent in the Charlie Murphy Cup game, which is as big as a regular-season game gets, going up 5-2, then seeing Yorktown chip it to 5-4. And then L/P's William Fallo scored a late first-half goal, and Honovich, John Hittman and Jack Doherty scored to start the second half and it was 9-4.
"They were doing well on everything," Yorktown goalie Michael Bonitatibus said. "They had all the ground balls, all the clears, all the shots, goals, they were finishing their shots, they played good defense. I can't give them enough credit. They gave us the hardest game of our season."
Yeah, other programs have caught up to Yorktown