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Posted Wednesday, March 28, 2018 by LOHUD

Boys lax: Yorktown finds a comfort zone and dispatches St. Anthony's

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, mdougher@lohud.comPublished 12:12 a.m. ET March 28, 2018 | Updated 7:51 a.m. ET March 28, 2018

Yorktown defeated Saint Anthony's 10-5 in boys lacrosse action at Yorktown High School March 27, 2018. Frank Becerra Jr./Lohud

YORKTOWN – When the pulse begins to race, newcomers only need to glance in the direction of standouts like Jamison Embury or Brett Makar for an example of how to play under extreme pressure.

They call that keeping the culture going in these parts. 

Yorktown came back from a shaky start on Tuesday, posting a decisive 10-5 win over St. Anthony’s in a longtime rivalry game where the margin of victory is rarely comfortable.

The seniors, including Hunter Embury, led the charge. The youngsters, including Tim O’Callaghan, followed along.

And the last three quarters were impressive.

“Last year we had seniors like Jose Boyer, Justin Cavallo and Anthony Altimari,” said Hunter Embury, who had four goals and one assist. “Those guys passed it down to us and we’re trying to do the same thing, keep the culture going here in Yorktown. We’ve got a lot of young guys who are doing a lot of good things – Timmy O’Callaghan, Richie Giannasca, Keegan Doller. These guys can all get it done for us.”

From left, Yorktown's Hunter Embury (23) and ShaneBuy Photo

From left, Yorktown's Hunter Embury (23) and Shane Dahlke (29) celebrate a goal by Embury against Saint Anthony's during boys lacrosse action at Yorktown High School March 27, 2018. Yorktown won the game 10-5. (Photo: Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)

 

The Friars had a 2-0 lead less than four minutes into the game when Brennan O’Neill, a powerful attackman who committed to Penn State as an eighth-grader, leaned in for a score.

O’Callaghan got the comeback going with help from Giannasca in the opening minutes of the second quarter. Hunter Embury knotted the score and Jamison Embury gave Yorktown a 3-2 lead after Makar legged the ball up in transition.

“The kids see Brett and they believe they have the best defenseman in the country out there with them,” Huskers coach Sean Carney said. “The kids watch Hunter and Jamison and they see the lacrosse IQ because those guys are usually the smartest players on the field every time we step out. So they see those three out there with some other fantastic players, and they follow. No matter who we play, the team believes.”

From left, Yorktown's Jamison Embury (3) tries to getBuy Photo

From left, Yorktown's Jamison Embury (3) tries to get around Saint Anthony's Brady Kencally (11) during boys lacrosse action at Yorktown High School March 27, 2018. Yorktown won the game 10-5. (Photo: Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)

O’Neill powered in again, tying matters for St. Anthony’s (0-1), but Hunter Embury picked up a ground ball on the doorstep in the final seconds of the half and made it 4-3 with a nifty wraparound.

He got two more shortly after the break when Jamison Embury threaded highlight-worthy passes through serious traffic around the cage.

“There are times when I am surprised he finds me, but for the most part me and Jamison are on the same page,” Hunter Embury said. “When he’s behind the cage, he loves to feed.”

It was a 7-4 Yorktown lead at the end of three.

The offense held the ball for long stretches. The defense was quick to the ball and created turnovers.

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From left, Yorktown's Dan O'Meara (12) stops a shot against Saint Anthony's during boys lacrosse action at Yorktown High School March 27, 2018. Yorktown won the game 10-5. (Photo: Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)

Jamison Embury added two goals and three assists for the Huskers. O’Callaghan finished with two goals. Alex DeBenedictis and Shane Dahlke also scored for Yorktown, which improved to 2-0.

Next up is a league game on Thursday with Fox Lane.

“St. Anthony’s is a great team every year,” Jamison Embury said. “They are loaded. For us to come back like we did, second game of the season, I’m so proud of my team. It’s still early, but we’re playing like it’s the middle of the season. … We graduated so many guys from last year – Jose Boyer, Justin Cavalho, Kyle Casey – but hats off to the young guys. They’ve been working so hard for this.”

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