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Varsity vs Shenendehowa HS on 4/20/2012 7:00:00 PM
Posted Saturday, April 21, 2012 by Lohud
 Town over Shenendahowa
Journal News

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS — The shots were going high and wide early on, but all of the near misses provided concrete foreshadowing.

And it was over in a hurry once Yorktown zeroed in.

Shenendehowa could no longer keep up once the ’Huskers recovered from a 6-for-24 start under the lights Friday and simply rolled to a 20-11 win. There was no loss of confidence because the shots were coming in bulk.

It was only a matter of time.

“Missing like that definitely is frustrating,” said Yorktown attackman Nick Mariano, who had four goals and two assists. “You just gotta change up your shot, change up where you’re going and hopefully it falls for you. And if not, you go to someone else.”

There are plenty of scoring options here.

Every starter on attack had at least two goals. Every starting middie had at least one, and the second line totaled four goals. It wasn’t a quick start, though. The ’Huskers had a 24-3 advantage in shots after the first quarter, but were only sitting on a 6-2 lead.

The percentages were slightly alarming.

Brian Rogers actually got the Plainsmen on the board first, but Brian Quigley evened the score four minutes in. Yorktown threw in five more before Shenendehowa answered. Conor Vercruysse capped the run with a pair of goals, but it wasn’t easy.

And when the second quarter began, everything went in.

“I think maybe the goalie was a little scared,” Vercruysse said after totaling three goals and one assist. “We took a lot of shots in the first quarter, so he knew they were coming. Once they started falling, there wasn’t much he could do.”

The ’Huskers went 7 for 9 in the second, extending the lead to 13-5 at the half.

Kyle Marr inched Shenendehowas closer, but Joey Raniolo made it 7-3 just 34 seconds later. D.J. Edict got that one back for the Plainsmen, but the answer came from Brian Prestreau 23 seconds later.

It was lightning quick.

Raniolo three in another with six minutes to play in the half, then Frank Fusco took a couple of steps inside the box and ripped in a goal to make it 10-4. Vercruysse and Mariano scored before Mike Jenkins ended the run.

Conor Gately, who had two goals and five assists, gave Yorktown a 13-5 cushion when he rolled to the right and fired with 33 seconds to go.

“Obviously, we’d like to shoot better,” said ’Huskers coach Dave Marr, whose team has scored 41 goals in the last two games. “But the fact that we’re getting the shots is good. We’re moving our feet, moving the ball. … We got crushed twice last week, so that gets you thinking and gets the ball moving.”

The losses to Chaminade and Smithtown West did have an effect.

Danny Manning learned something from going head to head with some of the best face off specialists in the region, and was in total control. Luke Palmadesso also won his share, and that led to more possessions.


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