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Town loses to GC in state semifinals 10-8

Varsity vs Garden City HS on 6/8/2011 5:30:00 PM
Posted Thursday, June 09, 2011 by Journal News

WHITE PLAINS — It was hard to pack up and go after coming so close to ending a frustrating run so Ty Schuldt and Justin Mabus lingered on the bench until they had to head for the bus.

There was no attempt to hide the telltale tears.

For the fifth time since Yorktown last made a state final appearance, the 'Huskers were tripped up by a Long Island opponent, losing 10-8 to Garden City in a Class B state semifinal at Glenn D. Loucks Field.

"It's the worst experience of my entire life," Schuldt said.

The highly regarded Trojans will return to the state title game for another shot at Jamesville-DeWitt, which is the defending champ.

A couple of second-half mistakes did in the 'Huskers.

"That was our Achilles' heel," said Conor Gately, who got three goals in the loss. "It kills any team, not just us. Garden City will capitalize and that's what makes them a very good team across the country. Next year we have to limit our mistakes and go from there."

Yorktown came out looking to make noise.

Alex Terry got the 'Huskers on the board first when he legged past the defense in transition and scored . Gately landed a defender on the ground with a vicious jab step, then came around for a goal to make it 2-0. The early run was capped by Schuldt, who came flying in after securing the draw less than five minutes into the game.

The Trojans called a quick timeout.

"I think we woke them up," Yorktown coach Dave Marr said. "We let them know that we were going to be in the game."

The comeback, though, started immediately.

Garden City won the faceoff, and Tom Gordon hustled in for a goal to make it 3-1 and quiet a throng of Cornhuskers faithful. Liam Kennedy got another one for the Trojans, but Frankie Fusco stopped the run when he picked up a rebound on the doorstep and threw it in.

Devin Dwyer and Gately traded goals, then Patric Berkery ran and ripped a shot into the cage in the final second, making it a 5-4 game.

The pace of play slowed as the second quarter unfolded, which favored the Trojans, who did a nice job of forcing Yorktown to rely on one-on-one moves for offense.

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"It was definitely a little tougher than other teams," Gately said. "We knew they were considered among the best defenses in the state, and they were very good, but we knew we had matched up against teams like this all year, so it was just another game."

Garden City's three long poles are D-I recruits and goalie Dan Marino is heading for the University of Virginia in two years. The Trojans had been giving up less than four goals a game.

Dwyer and Gordon took advantage of the patient offensive sets and put Yorktown in a 6-5 hole, but Fusco took a pass from Gately with 1:12 to go in the half to knot the score heading into the intermission.

Then came the mistakes.

Gordon picked up a loose ball and scored in transition, giving the Trojans a 7-6 lead. Mark Ellis took off running after the 'Huskers were called for a failure to advance, got inside the defender and made it a two-goal cushion.

"They just did a real good job capitalizing," Yorktown long pole Ty Fahey said. "There wasn't anything we could do."

Yorktown got within a goal to start the fourth quarter, but took a costly penalty and gave up a quick goal and went down 9-7. It was awfully hard to generate offense. Gately had the 'Huskers within a goal with 3:28 to go, but Kennedy converted another costly turnover.

"It definitely hurts being close every year, man," Schuldt said. "We were hoping this would be the one. We really brought it and weren't able to advance."

 

"It was definitely a little tougher than other teams," Gately said. "We knew they were considered among the best defenses in the state, and they were very good, but we knew we had matched up against teams like this all year, so it was just another game."

Garden City's three long poles are D-I recruits and goalie Dan Marino is heading for the University of Virginia in two years. The Trojans had been giving up less than four goals a game.

Dwyer and Gordon took advantage of the patient offensive sets and put Yorktown in a 6-5 hole, but Fusco took a pass from Gately with 1:12 to go in the half to knot the score heading into the intermission.

Then came the mistakes.

Gordon picked up a loose ball and scored in transition, giving the Trojans a 7-6 lead. Mark Ellis took off running after the 'Huskers were called for a failure to advance, got inside the defender and made it a two-goal cushion.

"They just did a real good job capitalizing," Yorktown long pole Ty Fahey said. "There wasn't anything we could do."

Yorktown got within a goal to start the fourth quarter, but took a costly penalty and gave up a quick goal and went down 9-7. It was awfully hard to generate offense. Gately had the 'Huskers within a goal with 3:28 to go, but Kennedy converted another costly turnover.

"It definitely hurts being close every year, man," Schuldt said. "We were hoping this would be the one. We really brought it and weren't able to advance."

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