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Yorktown over Somers 14-6

Posted Friday, April 11, 2014 by MSG VARSITY

Yorktown rolls past Somers

by Isaac Cass on
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 1:03 AM — @MSGV_Icass

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The gap between Yorktown and the rest of Section 1 widened even further on Thursday evening at Somers High School.

The Huskers (5-1) turned a relatively close game into a one-sided affair over the final two quarters of play, outscoring the Tuskers 8-3 en route to a convincing 14-6 victory.

Yorktown was coming off a 22-2 win over Arlington earlier this week. Overall, they have won 36 straight games against Section 1 opponents and eight straight against Somers (4-2). The Huskers are 5-0 against Section 1 teams this season and have outscored them by a combined total of 73-26.

That the latest lopsided victory came at the expense of Somers made it even sweeter for Yorktown. 

"During football we usually never beat (Somers), so we know this is always a sport we can give it to them in," junior middie Mike Dedvukaj said.

Dedvukaj powered the Huskers' offense with a game-high four goals, showcasing a rocket launcher-like shot.

"Somers was playing zone and I was just finding the alley and letting it fly," said Dedvukaj, who bagged a first-quarter hat-trick to help Yorktown grab an early 5-0 lead.

After missing much of last year due to injury, Dedvukaj has become a key contributor in 2014. At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, he gives Yorktown a powerful attacking presence from up top.

"Mike stepped up huge," senior captain Luke Palmadesso said. "He didn't play much last year but this year he's exploding onto the scene and having a huge year for us. He's shooting the heck out of the ball and played well tonight."

Palmadesso was similarly impressive, notching two goals and two assists while winning the faceoff battle against Somers standout Justin Corpolongo.

"Corpolongo's a good faceoff man and tough," Palmadesso said. "I tried to do my best tonight and stay locked in."

Somers crept back into the game in the second quarter, outscoring Yorktown 3-1 to trim the halftime deficit to 6-3. Corpolongo and Tim Cousin led the Tuskers with two goals apiece.

But Yorktown kicked it into overdrive with a little under six minutes left in the third quarter, ripping apart Somers' zone defense with four straight goals to take a commanding 10-3 lead into the fourth.

Billy Strassman sparked the surge with a laser at the 5:43 mark. Dedvukaj blasted his fourth goal at 3:26 and then Palmadesso scored directly off the ensuing draw. Nick Del Bene (2G, 1A) flipped in a transition goal to cap the run with 35 seconds left in the quarter. 

"It was all about movement," Palmadesso said. "(Somers) sat in that zone and locked off Connor (Vercruysse), so we just had to work around it, battle through that adversity and just find the spots on the offense."

Ultimately, the Tuskers were doomed by the third-quarter lapse.

"We made some mistakes, didn't clear the ball and then (Yorktown) scored and won the faceoff," Somers coach Lew Janavey said. "That's lacrosse. That's the bad thing that can happen to you. It's a domino effect and it came back to haunt us."

Yorktown seems to be rebuilding momentum after suffering a heartbreaking overtime loss to Long Island power Ward Melville last weekend. Based on their last two outcomes, the Huskers are going to be a better team for it.

"That game slipped out of our hands and we could've beaten (Ward Melville) by four or five goals if we played well," Dedvukaj said. "Now we have that loss behind us and we are rolling like a machine. We just have to keep going."

Yorktown 5 1 4 4 14
Somers    0 3 0 3  6

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