Yorktown is definitely an improved team, and it's obvious now what the perennial lacrosse power was missing.
It's as simple as belief.
The 'Huskers had a big win on the weekend, and they did not break stride on Monday during a 13-7 victory at Somers.
"We have a lot of confidence now," said Yorktown senior Kevin Interlicchio, who had three goals. "We had a few struggles at the beginning of the season and we still have a lot of things to work on, but we're playing hard and together. It's working out."
Another big win in an unrelenting rain was the perfect follow up to a victory on Saturday against nationally-ranked Chaminade.
"That one was great for us," senior Remy Lieberman. "It really motivated us and sent a message throughout the section and the state that we can play with anybody.
Yorktown jumped in front quickly.
Frankie Fusco, Ty Schuldt and Nick Mariano had the 'Huskers sitting on a 3-0 lead just five minutes in. It was a shock to the system for a Tuskers squad that also came in riding an emotional high along with a three game winning streak.
"Yorktown is a great team and they know how to get the ball in the net," Somers senior Erik Pfiffner said after scoring four goals. "Those first three goals got us down, and then we came back and got it to 4-4 and they got three more and took our momentum. It was hard for us to keep up."
That was the plan.
"We kept our momentum from Chaminade," Lieberman said. "We kept going and played hard. We knew we could do it and put some goals in. It was a good start for us." Brett Emanual wrapped around to get the Tuskers (4-5) even with 9:16 to go in the first half, but Lieberman came up with the answer in transition less than two minutes later. Conor Gately added to the lead with 4:36 to go before the break and Schuldt came flying in with the ensuing faceoff and threw in another, making it a 7-4 advantage.
The ball is definitely moving, and the 'Huskers are getting scoring from a number of sources, which makes life easier for Interlicchio, who's been getting all kinds of extra attention.
"It's definitely awesome," the returning All-American said. "We lost a lot from last year, but everyone is stepping up and working hard."
The 'Huskers (7-3) are playing especially well with the lead.
Mariano started the scoring in the second half, and when Pfiffner spun back and scored to give Somers life with 4:35 to go in the third, Joey Porcelli came spinning in with a goal 40 seconds later, making it 9-5. Pfiffner added one more before the quarter was out.
The Tuskers got within 10-7 with 9:02 remaining, but Yorktown finished strong, too. Gately and Interlicchio diffused any thoughts of a comeback and made sure Yorktown didn't lose any momentum.
"I don't think it's a setback because I still like our effort," Somers coach Lew Janavey said. "That's a really good team. They are in a high gear right now and they just played better than us."