Yorktown over Mahopac 14-7
YORKTOWN HEIGHTS — A month from now, Yorktown and Mahopac could meet for the Class A championship. If so, the Indians must answer two new questions: How will they overcome Thursday's loss? And how can they stop Kevin Interlicchio?
Two days after resting his knee late against Putnam Valley, the Johns Hopkins-bound senior looked especially fit, burning visiting Mahopac for five goals and two assists in Yorktown's 14-7 win.
"It was a good test. They're good competition, but we just had a very good game today," said Interlicchio, whose rest on Tuesday was precautionary. "They're a good team and it's a long season, so we have to keep that in our heads."
Four goal scorers — with two by Joey Porcelli — staked the Cornhuskers (4-3) to a 5-0 lead. They pulled ahead 9-1 at halftime behind three straight goals from Interlicchio and another from Porcelli, but the real strength came on faceoffs.
Porcelli and Ty Schuldt won 9 of 11 in the first half alone. With a few timely ground balls, Yorktown possessed the ball all half.
"We just didn't come off the bus," Mahopac co-coach Dave Haddeland said. "I don't know if you can blame us, or blame them, but we had a full week of practice. We should have been ready."
Down 11-2 early in the third quarter, the Indians (4-3) finally found a spark in the third quarter. John Brandofino and Chase Thompson combined to score four goals in a 3:11 span, cutting the Cornhuskers' lead to 12-6. But neither team scored in the final six minutes of the period.
After a string of faceoff wins for Mahopac, Yorktown goalie Derek Koelsch stoned Anthony Berardis in front of the net with 3:18 left in the third. The save was one of 12 for Koelsch and it halted the Indians' momentum. They never threatened again.
"He calmed us down nicely with a couple saves there that were big," Cornhuskers coach Dave Marr said. "If they get a couple more there and the lead gets under five, guys will start looking at each other wondering what's going on."
Porcelli and Remy Lieberman each finished with three goals for Yorktown. Brandofino scored three for Mahopac and Thompson added two goals and one assist.