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Yorktown wins Class B Section Title

Posted Friday, May 27, 2011 by MSG VARSITY

Yorktown Wins 34th Sectional Title

Yorktown wins the program's 34th Section 1 title on Wednesday, downing John Jay-Cross River, 14-5, in the Class B finals.

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Box Score
 5/26/11 at SHS
 No. 4 John Jay-CR (13-7)
 No. 2 Yorktown (12-7)
Top Performers
John Jay-CR: Jake Weil (2G, 1A); Forrest Walter (1G); Brendan Morris (1G); Dan LoBosco (1G); Jack Lambert (1A); Tom Branca (9SV)
Yorktown: Justin Mabus (1G, 6A); Conor Gately (2G, 3A); Ty Schuldt (4G); Frankie Fusco (2G); Nick Mariano (2G); Joey Sialiano (1G); Brian Quigley (1G); Jake Thorp (1G); Matt Sialiano (7SV)
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SUFFERN, NY — In most towns, a sectional championship is a big-time accomplishment.
In Yorktown, well, it's merely the expectation.
After failing to measure up to that expectation last year, the Huskers entered the 2011 season on a mission.
On Thursday at Suffern Middle School, they accomplished it, erasing last year's sectional finals loss to rival Lakeland/Panas with a 14-5 trouncing of John Jay-Cross River in the Class B championship. It was the 34th sectional title in the program's storied history. The Huskers will play Section 9's Saugerties in the regional semifinals at Middletown's Faller Field on June 1 at 5:30 p.m.
“The whole season we were talking about redemption,” Yorktown standout middie Ty Schuldt said. “While this isn't the same team, a section final is a section final. We knew this was a huge game for us and knew we had to win. ”
The dynamic duo of Schuldt and fellow senior middie Justin Mabus proved too potent for an overwhelmed John Jay squad. The two had a hand in 11 of Yorktown's 14 goals. Schuldt played the role of finisher with a team-high four goals, while Mabus played the role of facilitator with a goal and six assists.
Schuldt, in particular, has given John Jay nightmares this year. He burned the Indians for two goals and an assist in Yorktown's season-opening win back on April 2. Heading into the rematch, John Jay coach Tim Schurr pegged Schuldt as one of the biggest concerns. Needles to say, his dominant performance did little to ease them.
“We tried putting our best long-pole, Jack Lambert, on him,” John Jay coach Tim Schurr said. “(Schuldt) is just a very opportunistic player. He's going to get his shots and likes to let it fly. He's a tough guy to guard and he proved so tonight.”
As a unit, the Huskers' offense clicked on all cylinders. They worked the ball around with a telepathic precision, slicing up John Jay's defense en route to grabbing a 6-1 halftime lead. Overall, Yorktown outshot John Jay by a staggering count of 69 to 32.
Conor Gately (2G, 3A), Frankie Fusco (2G), Nick Mariano (2G), Joey Sialiano (1G), Brian Quigley (1G) and Jake Thorp (1G) all benefitted from the superior ball movement.
“It was great team play,” Schuldt said. “We moved the ball great and got a lot of open looks. If we move the ball great and move it fast, that's what's going to happen.”
To its credit, John Jay made a valiant comeback attempt in the second half, going on a 4-1 run to trim Yorktown's lead to 7-5 with 24 seconds left in the third quarter. But the Huskers snuck one in 20 seconds later, as Mariano beat the buzzer to extend the lead to 8-5.
Scoring with time dwindling down was a theme for Yorktown, which had a goal inside the final minute of the first three quarters.
“That sort of breaks your back and gives you a swing you don't want to be part of,” Schurr said.
Yorktown fed off the momentum of Mariano's last-second goal, outscoring John Jay 6-0 in the fourth quarter to turn a hotly contested battle into a laugher.
Even Schuldt didn't think the game would end up in a blowout.
“But our team played hard — and that's what happens when you play hard,” he added.
GAME NOTES: Yorktown's Justin Mabus set a career-high with six assists. He now has 29 on the year, which is good for second to only Conor Gately (47A) … Yorktown's Ty Schuldt, who missed three games earlier in the year with a concussion, still leads the team with 43 goals. He has scored three-plus goals 10 times this season.
Keys to the Game
1. Huskers More Hungry: Yorktown dominated all the hustle stats, winning 17 of 23 faceoffs and scooping up 20 ground balls to John Jay's 13. It just looked like this game meant a lot more to the Huskers, who were looking to avoid becoming the first Yorktown team to lose back-to-back sectional title games since 1976.
2. Primetime Ty Schuldt: Dating back to his sophomore year, Yorktown's Ty Schuldt has amassed 26 goals in 11 playoff games for an average of 2.33 goals a game. Not only is he the Huslers' most dangerous player, but he's also the most clutch. That's an extremely dangerous combination.

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