Sustained success is incredibly tough to achieve in the world of high school sports. Kids graduate, others transfer out and the talent usually comes in waves.
Of course, one program has managed to overcome all these factors: Yorktown lacrosse.
Like the sun rising in the east, the Huskers always field a team with state championship aspirations.
Yorktown’s dominance has been particularly noteworthy of late. The Huskers (2-0) thrashed host John Jay-CR (0-2), 15-8, on Saturday afternoon to record their 44th consecutive victory against Section 1 opponents. Their last loss came against Mahopac in overtime all the way back in 2011.
“Our goal every year is to win out in the section,” senior midfielder Mike Dedvukaj said. “We want to go undefeated to set a statement going into the playoffs.”
The Huskers’ streak appeared to be in jeopardy after a lackluster opening half against the Indians. Yorktown struggled with turnovers and an overall lack of movement, leading John Jay-CR to take a 4-2 advantage into the break.
“We weren’t playing well as a team,” Huskers coach Dave Marr said. “We were selfish, slow and watching each other with the ball. We just had to start to play.”
And play they did.
Yorktown outscored the Indians 8-0 in the third quarter to blow the game wide open. Dedvukaj sparked the torrid stretch with two straight goals in the span of 31 seconds to make it a 4-4 game with 10:29 left in the third quarter. Nick DelBene gave the Huskers the lead for good at the 8:42 mark, cutting toward the crease and finishing a precise feed from sophomore attackman Kyle Casey.
“We had a really sloppy first half and the coaches said we had to pick it up really bad because we are going against the big teams like Chaminade and Ward Melville (this season),” Dedvukaj said. “It’s not going to be pretty if we play like we did in the first half. We started the second half off with a bang and I was lucky enough to get us rolling and everyone else started from there.”
Delbene and Logan Peters led Yorktown’s offense with three goals and one assist apiece. Casey (2G, 2A), Dedvukaj (2G, 1A), Ryan Baker (2G, 1A), Justin Cavallo (2G, 1A) and Billy Strassman (1G) rounded out the production.
Yorktown’s rebuilt attack unit — which lost leading scorer Connor Vercruysse and top feeder Nick Bonitatibus to graduation — looked formidable. Peters (6-1, 220) and Cavallo (5-11, 190) could have easily been mistaken for Canadians due to their straightforward and powerful approach to the game. Casey, a lanky 6-foot-3 sophomore, showed flashes of his all-around potential.
“Those kids are going to cause havoc for defensemen,” Dedvukaj said. “They move the ball well and they are great scorers.”
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Matt Lupinacci buried two of his team-high three goals in the first half to power John Jay-CR, which dropped its ninth straight against Huskers. The Indians haven’t scored a win in the rivalry since 2010.
“We can’t crack their code,” said Lupinacci, who added a pair of assists. “We haven’t beaten them since my brother’s junior year. It was awesome coming out hot, but we need to play a full game.”
Ryan Baker, who took over faceoff responsibilities from Luke Palmadesso, helped the Huskers go 14 of 25 at the dot to control possession throughout.
Sophomore defenseman Jose Boyer was omnipresent on the turf, scooping up a team-high eight ground balls while holding Indians high-scoring attackman Ryan Lee to a single goal.
Fittingly, Boyer inherited current Syracuse freshman and former Yorktown defensive captain Austin Fusco’s No. 13 jersey. It was almost like a passing of the torch.
“(Boyer’s) got that natural speed and instincts, a great stick and he’s a tough competitor,” Marr said. “He’s great to have for the next three years.”
For Yorktown, the talent always seems to be coming down the pipeline. Names and faces change, but the results always seem to remain the same.
“As a team, every game we try to come out and play the best we can,” Marr said. “The system is the system and it’s just different players.”
Yorktown 1 1 8 5 15
John Jay-CR 2 2 0 4 8
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