All of the overtime drama in the sectional championship last week inspired some healthy fear as Yorktown began preparing for today's regional championship game against Guilderland.
If nothing else, the Huskers are more determined.
"That was a crazy game," Ethan Fox said of the win over Lakeland/Panas in the Section 1 Class A final. "It would have been a lot better to play a game like that in the regular season. We made a lot of mistakes. We had trouble finishing shots. You don't want that in the playoffs. Thankfully, it was early in the playoffs."
And they survived.
Yorktown scouted the Section 2 champion Flying Dutchmen (20-2) before the title game, and started preparing for today's regional meeting on Friday.
"The second the Lakeland/Panas game ended we started learning what they do," said Fox, who noted there was a lot of attention to detail as the refocused Huskers went to work on formulating a game plan for the next round. "We already have our matchups."
Guilderland beat Lakeland/Panas 15-10 this season, and defeated Mahopac 11-0.
The game is scheduled to get under way at 5:30 p.m. at John Fallon Field at the University at Albany. Putnam Valley and Schuylerville are on the field at 3:30 p.m. Somers and Niskayuna are scheduled to close out the day with an 8 p.m. showdown.
Winners in each class play the Long Island champion for the right to go the state final in Rochester.
Somers might have the most daunting task.
Niskayuna (22-0) has ranked among the nation's best all season and has yet to surrender more than four goals in a game. There is one common opponent, the Silver Warriors beat John Jay 5-2 back on May 2.
"They like to possess the ball," said Tuskers coach Lou Janavey, who picked up some game film and enlisted scouting help from coaches upstate. "Everything they do is scripted. Their defense is very good, and their goalie is excellent."