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Town 14-8 over Somers 2017

Varsity vs Somers HS on 3/27/2017 4:30:00 PM
Posted Wednesday, March 29, 2017 by Lohud Journal News

LINCOLNDALE – There are marquee players committed to Division I colleges up and down the Yorktown roster, but none of them had quite the impact Brendan Williams and Louis Ragusa had in the season-opener.

They gave the Huskers needed wiggle room in a close game.

Williams, a sophomore midfielder, came up with six faceoff wins in the second half and Ragusa, a junior goalie, made nine saves after the intermission, leading Yorktown to a 14-8 win Monday at Somers.

“Louis is very good,” Huskers coach Sean Carney said. “He was just playing behind Liam Donnelly last season. Louis played great. Brendan, we kind of threw him in there. We have two other faceoff guys who are going to play in college, so he’s our third guy, but he was the best one out there today. Brendan turned everything around for us and got us rolling.”

They both earned a lot of trust from established teammates.

Jack Kessler and Graham Roediger gave the Tuskers a quick 2-0 lead, but Hunter Embury and Kyle Casey answered before the first period came to a close. Jamison Embury and Keegan Doller gave Yorktown a 4-2 edge but Roediger and Vince Cartelli knotted the score at the intermission.

Somers was thinking upset.

“I was a little scared at the beginning when they were out-hustling us,” said Casey, who finished with a game-high five goals. “We brought the energy in the second half and kept it going all the way to the end.  We had to calm down. We took a breath and got back to playing the kind of lacrosse we’re used to playing.”

Yorktown's Dom Cioffi runs past Somers' Jack KesslerBuy Photo

Yorktown's Dom Cioffi runs past Somers' Jack Kessler during their game at Somers March 23, 2017. (Photo: Peter Carr/The Journal News)

Cartelli netted another goal in the opening minute of the second half to get the Tuskers back in front, but Casey spun off a pole made it a 5-5 game, then scooped up a loose ball, sprinted around the backside of the cage and finished with a lefty flip. Dom Cioffi picked up a rebound off the pipe with five seconds to go in the third period and gave the Huskers a 7-5 edge.

The level of anxiety dropped considerably.

“We knew we had to start moving faster,” Cioffi said. “Everything had to be faster. It definitely wasn’t a perfect first half, at all, so in the third quarter we knew we had to step it up, work harder, put more heart in. … We were lucky we had another half to play.”

The level of execution really picked up in the fourth and Yorktown went on a 7-3 run to close out the win.

Player of the game:  Casey finished with five goals and one assist. His timing was impeccable, getting two goals late in the third to get the Huskers back in front.

Turning point: Somers did a great job at the faceoff X, but after Williams came up with four wins in five draws late in the game, Yorktown was off and running away with the win.

Yorktown's Jamison Embury scores past Somers goalieBuy Photo

Yorktown's Jamison Embury scores past Somers goalie Tyler Carr during their game at Somers March 23, 2017. (Photo: Peter Carr/The Journal News)

Stat line: Cartelli and Roediger each scored three goals for the Tuskers. … Michael Cliff and Connor Janus were a combined 15-10 on faceoffs. … Jamison Embury had three goals and two assists for the Huskers. Carvallo had two goals and one assist. Hunter Embury scored twice. … Ragusa finished with 15 saves.

Quotable: “I’m really proud of the effort,” Somers coach Vin DeGregorio said. “I think we executed well, and maybe if we get a couple more plays to go our way, the outcome might be different. These guys are excited. They know there are some things we can’t change and they don’t focus on that. They focus on things we can change

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