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Town keeps Murphy Cup 17-3 2018

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Posted Sunday, May 06, 2018 by LOHUD

Boys lax: Yorktown completes the job, retains the Murphy Cup

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, mdougher@lohud.comPublished 11:16 p.m. ET May 4, 2018

Highlights from Yorktown's 17-3 win over Lakeland/Panas in the 29th annual Murphy Cup Lacrosee Game Friday night. Seth Harrison, sharriso@lohud.com

SHRUB OAK – There hasn’t been a lot of Murphy Cup drama in recent years, so there were good seats available when Yorktown and Lakeland/Panas lined up for the latest installment of a friendly neighborhood rivalry.

No matter how many times they win, celebrating with the slightly tarnished sterling prize remains a treasured memory for the Huskers.

“It definitely means a lot to us,” Yorktown long pole Brandon Meyreles said. “The coaches spoke to us every day in practice about how much of an impact Charlie Murphy had on everyone who played lacrosse for Yorktown and Lakeland. We come out here and it’s kind of our job to keep the cup at home.”

Yorktown celebrates a goal as they defeated Lakeland-Panas

Yorktown celebrates a goal as they defeated Lakeland-Panas 17-3 in the 29th annual Murphy Cup lacrosse game at Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak May 4, 2018.  

Actually, that’s painstakingly spelled out for the players.

“There’s a tremendous amount of pressure that comes with this,” Huskers coach Sean Carney said. “You sign up for that when you start playing youth lacrosse in Yorktown. They know they have to win this game and the last thing I told them on the bus was, “This is your job to get this cup back on the bus and to Town.”

Again, there wasn’t a lot of drama.

The Huskers jumped to an early lead Friday, squelched a comeback attempt in the opening minutes of the second half and rolled to a 17-3 win under the lights at Lakeland High School.

“I wouldn’t want to be at practice the next morning if we ever lost this game, I’ll tell you that,” Yorktown midfielder Hunter Embury said. “It’s the most important game on our schedule. It’s for Charlie Murphy. We came out today thinking that way and we really carried it through.”

Brett Makar went coast to coast for the first goal of the game five minutes in.

The Huskers (9-3) were up 4-0 after Richie Giannasca, Alex DeBenedictis and Hunter Embury closed out the first quarter with goals. JoJo Janavey powered through a double team with time about to expire and scored a desperation goal to make it a 6-3 game at the break.

It was a relatively close game.

“They had a lot of momentum at halftime, so give JoJo credit for that,” Embury said.

Yorktown's Tim O'Callaghan goes flying after takingBuy Photo

Yorktown's Tim O'Callaghan goes flying after taking a shot on Lakeland-Panas goalie JP Walsh during the 29th annual Murphy Cup lacrosse game at Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak May 4, 2018. Yorktown defeated Lakeland-Panas 17-3. (Photo: Seth Harrison/The Journal News)

Lakeland/Panas made a few mistakes and began to lose energy as the Huskers poured in six goals in the third quarter and five more in the fourth. Hunter and Jamison Embury led the charge, finishing with four goals and two assists apiece. Shane Dahlke added two goals and one assist.

Janavey scored twice for the Rebels (4-9) and set up Phil Dellamonica for the other goal.  

Yorktown has a 26-3 record in the series and hasn't lost since 2010.

“It get harder to deal with every year," L/P pole Tommy Briscoe said. “I’m a senior now so I know what to expect. They’re a great team. They’re skilled every year, but the losses hurt more as you play them more. They’re just good, so I guess we have to work harder for next year.”

The Huskers defense has only given up nine goals in the last four games. Makar, Meyreles, Connor Koelsch, Chris Torres, Keith Boyer, Thomas Cane and goalie Louis Ragusa are in lockdown mode.

Yorktown's Richie Giannasca scores on Lakeland-Panas

Yorktown's Richie Giannasca scores on Lakeland-Panas goalie JP Walsh during the 29th annual Murphy Cup lacrosse game at Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak May 4, 2018. Yorktown defeated Lakeland-Panas 17-3. (Photo: Seth Harrison/The Journal News)

And playing just three games in the last 15 days has rejuvenated Yorktown.

“We always go hard the first couple weeks of the season, playing teams like Darien and St. Anthony’s,” Hunter Embury said. “We had two weeks of straight competition in practice, going offense versus defense. We’ve come together more as a unit and I think we’re going to carry this into the playoffs.”

Despite the record, the Rebels could very well be in contention for a third consecutive Section 1 Class A title in a few weeks. There is no real favorite.

“That’s our game plan,” Lakeland/Panas coach Jim Lindsay said. “I’m hoping it sinks in. We’re young and some of the guys have not played a lot, so we make a lot of mental errors, which those guys will kill you with. We can play well in spurts, but Yorktown is very good defensively. We don’t have any good matchups on that end of the field and that’s tough because you’re asking a lot of your defense. We’ll see. We’re going to keep pushing.”

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