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Town wins Murphy Cup 11-7

Varsity vs Lakeland/Panas HS on 5/7/2011 7:00:00 PM
Posted Tuesday, May 10, 2011 by MSG Varsity

 Box Score
 5/7/11 at YHS
 Lakeland/Panas (6-6)
 Yorktown (9-4)
Top Performers
Lakeland/Panas: Conor Prunty (2 goals, 1 assist), Rob Caffrey (2 goals), Mike Zingaro (12 saves)
Yorktown: Nick Mariano (4 goals, 1 assist), Ty Schudlt (4 goals, 1 assist), Justin Mabus (1 goal, 4 assists)

Yorktown Wins 22nd Murphy Cup Title
YORKTOWN, N.Y. — The intensity was palpable, the crowd was rowdy, and the coveted Murphy Cup was on the line. Yorktown and Lakeland/Panas took the field in the latest installment of the intense rivalry, and a strong second half gave Yorktown the victory, 11-7.

“All year our second half has actually been our poor spot,” Yorktown coach Dave Marr said. “It was really nice to see us finally play a good second half.”

The game was tied at the half before Yorktown outscored Lakeland/Panas 5-1 in the second — including four goals by Ty Schuldt — to capture the Murphy Cup for the 19th time in the 22-year history.

Both teams came out ready to play. Just 53 seconds in, Nick Mariano got the scoring started for the Huskers. Mariano had four goals and an assist. Joey Raniolo followed with a goal to put Yorktown up 2-0.

Tony Laguerre answered for the Rebels, cutting the Huskers lead before Conor Prunty tied the game with 3:56 remaining in the first quarter. Goals by Andrew Sofroniou and Robert Caffrey gave the Rebels a short-lived two-goal lead.

Mariano then scored his second goal of the contest to bring the Huskers back within one as the first quarter came to a close.

Forty-five seconds into the second quarter, Schudlt scored his first goal to tie the game for the Huskers. But Caffrey responded with his second goal of the game to regain the lead for L/P.  

Mariano continued his strong second half with two straight goals, giving Yorktown back the lead. Laguerre then scored his second goal of the contest with just 12 seconds remaining in the half, and the game was tied 6-6 at halftime.

“Last year during halftime we came out a little slow and we lost the game,” Mariano said. “This year we had to come out firing on all cylinders.”

Fire on all cylinders they would, as Schudlt got the scoring started early in the third quarter, and the Huskers never looked back. Justin Mabus scored to give the Huskers a two-goal lead before Schudlt scored his second goal to put the Huskers ahead 9-6 after three.

Schudlt’s fouth goal of the game would be the dagger, as Yorktown would cruise the final 1:48 for the very deserving victory and earned the right to hoist up the Murphy Cup, winning it back after the Rebels had won it last season.

Game Notes: Marr, who played in the first-ever Murphy Cup game in 1990, said that he had the honor of going to Charlie Murphy’s house, the man whom the cup is named for, since he was a third grader, and claimed that he was a great man and that Section 1 lacrosse would not be where it is without him…Both Nick Mariano and Ty Schudlt explained that the Murphy Cup is always a close game no matter how good or bad either team may be, and were both extremely happy to have won it this season. 

Keys to the Game

1. Defense:
 The first half was a back and forth battle, but Yorktown played shutdown defense in the second and allowed only one goal to secure the victory.

2. Play until the final second: With time winding down in the first half and the teams separated by just one goal, Tony Laguerre scored the game tying goal despite the fact that just 12 seconds remained on the clock.

3. Respect the past: Understanding the importance of what Charlie Murphy did for Section 1 lacrosse in Yorktown, both teams take the game very seriously and played with a lot of intensity. After the game, all players and coaches gave Murphy respect while being interviewed.
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