Yorktown wins 34th Section Title over John Jay 14-5
COURTESY JOURNAL NEWS Mike Dougherty
SUFFERN — It's like riding the proverbial bicycle.
Yorktown knew exactly what to do when the final buzzer sounded. Sticks went up. Helmets went down. Gloves went in every direction. There was a pileup before the Cornhuskers gathered up their belongings and went to midfield to collect the hardware following a methodical 14-5 win over John Jay in the Section 1 Class B title game on Thursday at Suffern Middle School.
Nobody forgot how to celebrate.
There was a year's gap in between the 33rd and 34th Section 1 titles in program history, which only served to motivate a senior class that realized this week how consecutive losses on this stage would go over in town.
"No way," Justin Mabus said. "I don't think something like that's ever happened before and we did not want to lose again."
Yorktown moved on to a regional semifinal and will play Section 9 champ Saugerties on June 1 at Middletown High School. A win there comes with a trip up to Albany to play the Section 2 champion in the regional final.
It's a road many on the roster have been down in the past. The experience showed early on as the Cornhuskers jumped in front. Conor Gately set up Jake Thorpe four minutes in, an Ty Schuldt took a couple of hop steps eight minutes in before he let go and got Yorktown on top 2-0.
Jake Weil got the Indians on the board.
There was no momentum swing because the Cornhuskers were dominating possession. Frankie Fusco closed out the first quarter with a goal, making it a 3-1 cushion.
"I'm really not surprised it was easy," said Schuldt, who finished with four goals. "I'm ecstatic."
A high-powered John Jay offense was unable to settle down long enough to find any openings. Fusco opened the second quarter with a vicious left-handed rip, then Mabus and Gately upped the advantage to 6-1.
The efficiency was remarkable.
After the Indians got a chance to regroup in a corner of the field at halftime, they finally looked organized. Forrest Walter ran off a pick and scored, kicking off a 3-0 run. And it came to a sudden end when Mabus set up Schuldt with 1:46 to go in the quarter.
Weil came back with one more, then Nick Mariano threw in a heartbreaker with 4.7 seconds on the clock. And that's where it ended for John Jay, which gave up seven unanswered goals.
"Sometimes I think it's almost impossible to stop," Indians coach Tim Schurr said of the avalanche. "They're so poised and most of those kids have been in this situation before. Some of those seniors have probably been through it three or four times by now. And the bottom line is they're all really good lacrosse players."
Schuldt kept the run going in the fourth quarter, sandwiching a pair of goals around one by Brian Quigley. Mariano, Gately and Joey Sialiano finished it off.
"We all were just real fired up and playing with passion," Yorktown long pole Tyler Fahey said. "Everybody heard a lot about John Jay this season. This was supposed to be their year, and that really got us going."