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Town advances to face LP in Section Final

Varsity vs Suffern HS on 5/27/2010 4:30:00 PM
Posted Friday, May 28, 2010 by Journal News
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YORKTOWN — Kevin Interlicchio went over them like a pole-vaulter. This was Tuesday, when he scored five goals for Yorktown in the Section 1 Class A boys lacrosse quarterfinals.

He leaped over Roy Colsey (177) and Paul Carcaterra (178) to break the school record for career goals. Breaking that kind of record at Yorktown is, to say the least, a bit bigger than breaking it somewhere else.

Thursday Interlicchio buried two more in a 12-6 Class A semifinal win over Suffern at Charlie Murphy Field, giving him 181.

And he'd trade all 181, the record and having his name in the conversation for a state title — preceeded, of course, by a 34th Section 1 title with a win over rival Lakeland/Panas Wednesday at White Plains High.

 

See, Interlicchio's brother Tom started playing at Yorktown in 2004, the year after the Huskers' last state championship. Kevin's career began in 2007. For seven seasons now, he noted, his parents have been coming to Yorktown games to see the brothers play.

"It's not just me," he said. "It's my brother. It's everyone in the community. We live in a lacrosse community and we all know that you're supposed to win state championships, so that's our motivation from the beginning of every season."

Yorktown coach Dave Marr, who played with Colsey and Carcaterra in the 1990s, when they won state championships, and who holds the Johns Hopkins career assists record, said he, too, would trade it in to win a state title this year. Colsey and Carcaterra won state championships for Yorktown and national championships at Syracuse.

 

 

"It's obviously a great honor to be atop those names — Paul Carcaterra, Roy Colsey, Dave Marr, Ron Kavovit," Interlicchio said. "Right now I'm focused on other things and after the season I'll look back on it. But it's definitely something you don't even think about growing up in Yorktown — you're going to break Paul Carcaterra's scoring record. That doesn't even cross your mind, so when I did it I was just kind of overwhelmed."

Marr said that Interlicchio is definitely in the same conversation with those players, though he did it differently. Marr noted that Interlicchio played four seasons, and therefore more games. He also pointed out, though, that these days the schedule is much more difficult, and that there are fewer opportunities to pad stats.

Thursday it wasn't about records. It was about advancing.

"We knew we had a chance to play Lakeland/Panas (which beat Yorktown for the annual Charlie Murphy Cup this season) again in the finals, and we came out fired up," Interlicchio said. "We don't want to stop playing together, and if we lost today, obviously I would have been done. So there was so much motivation going into today's game.

 

There were obstacles. Suffern arrived half an hour late, which delayed the start of the game. Just 35 seconds into the second half, lightning in the distance halted the game for about an hour and a half. And the last time that happened to Yorktown was the 2006 championship game on the same field, when the second half was suspended for two days, and John Jay beat the Cornhuskers 10-9.

That thought crossed their minds. You bet it did. It crossed Marr's mind. Interlicchio said it was probably good that so many of the younger players don't remember it.

And Suffern sliced a 6-3 Yorktown lead to 6-5, then 7-6. But in the first 1:07 of the fourth quarter, Remy Lieberman and Ty Schuldt scored — Schuldt getting his fifth of the game — and then freshman Nick Mariano scored an enormous breathing-room goal.

"Tyler gave us a real spark," Marr said. "That was nice."

"It's playoff time, man," Schuldt said. "We always say it's our new season."

One more game for the section title. Then who knows?

Schuldt was asked about Interlicchio's record.

"I feel honored just to play on the same field," he said. "It's crazy."

Suffern's season ended at 13-5. It sure gave the 'Huskers a game, but it would have been a lot to ask to win that semifinal on that field.

"It would have been very challenging, very challenging," Mounties coach Dave McNally said. "You're walking into tradition, you're walking into their home field. It's a tall order, yes.

"But," he said, "it's all about growing up and maturing as young men. And I think they matured as the season went on — little bumps here or there, but the kids did whatever we asked them to do, and they're high school kids. If you can get them to do whatever you ask them to do, or most of it, without messing up, that's a good thing."

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