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Boys lax: The mighty Casey stands tall in Yorktown's comeback win

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, mdougher@lohud.comPublished 5:17 p.m. ET April 15, 2017 | Updated 6:12 p.m. ET April 15, 2017

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Yorktown came from behind to defeat John Jay 11-10 in boys lacrosse action at Yorktown High School April 15, 2017. Frank Becerra Jr./Lohud

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS - Kyle Casey settled into a comfort zone on the edge of the crease and went to work, backing a defender in and completing an emotional comeback with a power move.

A credible go-to scorer doesn’t need a scripted play.

Casey applied the exclamation point to an 11-10 win over rival John Jay, scoring the last of six unanswered Huskers goals with 2:31 to play on Saturday at Charlie Murphy Field.

There was a fair amount of exaltation when the ball crossed the line.

“I tried not to show too much emotion,” said Casey a senior attackman who’s heading for Albany. “But that goal, especially against John Jay, made us feel a whole lot better. I let it all loose.”

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He finished with three goals and one assist.

“We call him the tree because it’s hard to get in his way,” Yorktown defenseman Jose Boyer said. “In practice, he’s absolutely miserable to guard.”

The Indians have come very close in each of the last three meetings with their biggest rival, but have dropped 14 straight in the series.

“I don’t know, they’re probably better lacrosse players than we are,” John Jay coach Tim Schurr said. “They must be. They win all the time. Give them credit. Their defense and goalie stepped up at the end. Offensively, they pushed the ball very well. We had to play a lot of defense. We have to do more to win, obviously.”

From left, Yorktown's Kyle Casey (15) tries to getBuy Photo

From left, Yorktown's Kyle Casey (15) tries to get around John Jay's Isaiah Rust (34) and Thor Adamec (27) during boys lacrosse action at Yorktown High School April 15, 2017. Yorktown won the game 11-10. (Photo: Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)

Closing was the biggest issue for the Indians.

The offense was playing without fear most of the way, and Bryce Ford gave John Jay a 10-5 advantage when he buzzed the crease and flipped in a goal. Shane Dahlke and Jamison Embury narrowed the deficit before a high-intensity third quarter came to an end.

Momentum was beginning to shift.

The Indians began to rush offensively, hoping to put the game away in the fourth quarter. Poor decisions with the ball only fed the Huskers’ run.

Dahlke picked up a loose ball and scored with 10:42 to play, then Casey got Yorktown within 10-8 when he cranked in a topside shot. A beautiful setup from Dom Cioffi led to another Dahlke goal that tied matters, 10-10 with 3:51 to go.

“They’re an awesome team so we expected that they were going to be flying all over the place, but to come back and show that we’re not going to be stopped for anything, that was awesome, the heart we showed there,” Boyer said. “I love those 34 guys. I wouldn’t want to be out there with anyone else.”

Player of the game: Dahlke. Big things are expected in critical moments from a player like Casey, but it was the sophomore attackman who turned the tables. Dahlke finished with three goals.

Turning point: John Jay was feeling pretty good with a five-goal lead, but giving up two goals late in the third and letting the Huskers go into the fourth down 10-7 proved costly.

John Jay goalie Chase Goldman (4) makes a save on aBuy Photo

John Jay goalie Chase Goldman (4) makes a save on a shot by Yorktown's Jamison Embury (3) during boys lacrosse action at Yorktown High School April 15, 2017. Yorktown won the game 11-10. (Photo: Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)

Stat line: Jamison Embury also netted three goals for Yorktown. Hunter Embury and Anthony Altimari had the other scores. Louis Ragusa made nine saves. … Only two penalties were called in the game, one against each team. … Sean Nolan, Michael Minard and Jack Gorman finished with two goals apiece for the Indians. Tommy Beeby and Dean Ford also scored. Jackson Rieger had three assists and Chase Goldman made 10 saves.

Quotable: “They had all of the momentum in the first half,” Casey said. “They were getting every ground ball. They were definitely outworking us. …  I feel confident dodging from behind. I know where I can finish from on the field, so I know if I can get to my spots, I can get a shot off and hopefully they go in.”

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