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Section Champs 17-3 over JJ

Varsity vs John Jay CR HS on 5/24/2013 3:00:00 PM
Posted Friday, May 24, 2013 by MSG Varsity


Yorktown wins another sectional title

Isaac Cass


Highlights: Yorktown 17, John Jay-CR 3VIDEOSPostgame: Yorktown's MarianoVIDEOS

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DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win" blared from the speakers at White Plains High School as Yorktown's boys lacrosse team trudged off the turf.

If ever there was a song and a moment that perfectly described a program, this was it.

Section 1's winningest team added yet another trophy to its overflowing case on Friday afternoon, thrashing third-seeded John Jay-Cross River, 17-3, in the Section 1 Class B final. It marked the third straight sectional title and 36th overall for the top-seeded Huskers (17-2).

"We played with an intensity that couldn't be matched today," Syracuse-bound junior defenseman Austin Fusco said. "We are looking to keep that going moving forward."

Yorktown will face the Section 2 champ — Niskayuna or Ballston Spa — in the regional semifinal on May 29 at SUNY Albany at 3:30 p.m.

Against the rival Indians, the outcome was never really in doubt. Unlike last year's overtime thriller between the two Class B powers, all fingernails were left intact. Yorktown jumped out to a commanding 7-1 first-quarter lead that grew to 11-1 at the half.

"We came out firing and they looked a little flat early, so we just kept pouring it on," senior middie Brian Prestreau said. "We expected to do this. In practice, I think we go against the best defense in the country, so that's why I think our offense has been so successful."

Once again, Nick Mariano was the driving force behind the Huskers' explosive offense. The UMass-bound senior attackman tallied six goals for the second straight game, bringing his team-high points total up an eye-popping 109 (61G, 48A).

Mariano's recent scoring binge has coincided with what seemed like a snub from the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic, which features 44 of the best players from across the country. But the senior captain insisted it hasn't crossed his mind.

"I don't think about all that stuff," Mariano said. "I'm thinking about this family right here — the band of 31 — and that's really it. We have one goal in mind and we still haven't finished that."

Prestreau and Connor Vercruysse also had big games with four goals and three goals, respectively. Nick Bonitatibus (4A), Nick Del Bene (2G), Ryan Baker (1G), Luke Palmadesso (1G, 2A) and Danny Manning (1A) rounded out the offensive production. Simply put, there were just too many weapons for an overwhelmed John Jay-CR squad to maintain.

"(Yorktown) is a tremendous team," Indians coach Tim Schurr said. "They have five or six All-American-caliber players. They are just terrific."

Huskers goalie Zach Reilly, a former backup who started his fifth straight game, was solid with seven saves. Palmadesso and Manning owned the dot, winning 17 of 20 faceoffs to help Yorktown build its insurmountable lead.

"Danny and Luke have been dominating all season," Fusco said of the faceoff duo. "They get us the ball and when our offense gets the ball we dominate."

Seems like a pretty simple formula, right? It was one the Indians were unable to crack.

"(Yorktown) controlled the ball and they controlled the pace," Schurr said. "They were far superior to us."

Shawn Smith, Jack Lambert and Andrew Duffy notched one goal apiece to lead John Jay-CR. Overall, the Huskers owned a 36-12 advantage in shots on goal. Early turnovers and missed assignments seemed to bury the Indians before they had a chance to get their footing on the big stage.

"I think the moment might have been a little big for some of our guys," Schurr said. "We made some uncharacteristic mistakes early and when you make mistakes they capitalize."

For Yorktown — which has dominated its sport like few in teams in Section 1 history — pressure is merely fuel to the fire.

"With the history we have at Yorktown, we definitely have a lot of pressure to win the section," Fusco said. "That gets us amped up to go out there and do the job."

And it never seems to get old.

"Doing this with your boys — there isn't another thing like it," Fusco said.

The Huskers' biggest job to date will be getting past the Section 2 champ, which will likely be Niskayuna. The Silver Warriors are undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the state in Class B. Not surprisingly, Yorktown welcomes the challenge.

"We are just gonna get after it," Prestreau said. "I'm kind of pumped to play them."

GAME NOTES: Yorktown and John Jay-CR have met in the last three Section 1 Class B titles, with the Huskers winning all three … The 17 goals against were a season-high for the Indians.

John Jay-CR 1 0 1 1  3
Yorktown      7 4 6 0 17

First quarter
YT (10:37) Nick Mariano unassisted | 1-0 YT *
YT (9:05) Nick Del Bene unassisted | 2-0 YT
JJ (7:40) Shawn SMith unassisted | 2-1 YT
YT (5:04) Prestreau unassisted | 3-1 YT
YT (4:27) Del Bene unassisted | 4-1 YT
YT (1:45) Prestreau unassisted | 5-1 YT
YT (0:53) Connor Vercruysse from Luke Palmadesso | 6-1 YT
YT (0:05) Vercruysse from Nick Bonitatibus | 7-1 YT
Second quarter
YT (10:14) Mariano unassisted | 8-1 YT
YT (5:00) Mariano from Bonitatibus | 9-1 YT
YT (2:45) Prestreau from Palmadesso | 10-1 YT
YT (2:28) Mariano unassisted | 11-1 YT
Third quarter
JJ (11:17) Andrew Duffy unassisted | 11-2 YT
YT (10:20) Prestreau from Bonitatibus | 12-2 YT
YT (10:14) Mariano from Danny Manning | 13-2 YT
YT (7:40) Ryan Baker unassisted | 14-2 YT
YT (6:54) Palmadesso unassisted | 15-2 YT
YT (4:11) Vercruysse unassisted | 16-2 YT
YT (0:38) Mariano unassisted | 17-2 YT
Fourth quarter
JJ (1:00) Jack Lambert unassisted | 17-3 YT
* Indicates manup goal

John Jay-CR: Jack Lambert (1G); Andrew Duffy (1G); Shawn Smith (1G)
Yorktown: Nick Mariano (6G); Brian Prestreau (4G); Connor Vercruysse (3G); Nick Bonitatibus (4A); Nick Del Bene (2G); Luke Palmadesso (1G, 2A); Ryan Baker (1G); Danny Manning (1A)

John Jay-CR: Rob Looney (6 saves); Christian Davey (2 saves)
Yorktown: Zach Reilly (7 saves); Austin Graham (3 saves)

Email Isaac Cass at Icass@cablevision.com | Follow him on Twitter @MSGV_Icass


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