Thanks to some dicey weather, the Yorktown/Fox Lane game today was postponed until tomorrow. Below is my story:
YORKTOWN Gaby Berne (pictured above) had the start to a game most players only dream of.
The Yorktown girls lacrosse senior captain had a hat trick less than six minutes into the Huskers’ game against Fox Lane on Wednesday.
The Foxes showed no signs of stopping Berne, or the rest of her teammates, as Yorktown jumped out to a 6-1 lead.
In the end, however, it was Mother Nature that slowed down the Huskers. The game was suspended by thunder and lightning with 8:35 remaining in the first half.
“We can’t control the weather anymore than we can control a lot of things in the world,” Yorktown coach Ellen Mager said. “So if this is the worst thing that happens to us, we’ll cope.”
The game will be resume where it left off, Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Yorktown.
“They’ve ended our season and we’ve ended theirs,” Berne said. “It’s just always a big game and everyone always looks forward to it.”
The Huskers wasted no time showing their enthusiasm to play the reigning Class B sectional champs, taking a 4-0 lead in the first six minutes.
It wasn’t just the offense that was on point. Huskers goalie Bianca Dente made three big saves early in the game.
“(Yorktown) is hot, so as a coach if I was on the other side I would be disappointed,” Fox Lane coach Bill Broggy said of the game being suspended. “Your team’s playing so well and now you have to stop, so it certainly benefits us. But, I still think they’re clearly playing exceptionally well.”
The Huskers will need to bring the same intensity that helped them build such a solid lead when the game resumes Thursday, Berne said.
“(Thursday) is a new day,” Berne said. “We still have to come out as strong as we did (Wednesday).”
Yorktown seems primed to make another run at a title after falling in the sectional semifinals in 2012. The Huskers (3-1) have reeled off three straight wins after a 13-9 loss to a talented Ward Melville team.
On the other hand, the Foxes (0-2) are in the midst of breaking in several new players after making it to the state semifinals last season. Fox Lane starts two eighth-graders, three freshmen and four sophomores.
Broggy said the success of Fox Lane teams should mean nothing to this current group.
“Each team has to earn that reputation, not inherit a reputation,” Broggy said. “That’s what I’m trying to get these girls to realize. You have to earn your reputation of being a Fox Lane lacrosse player, not inherit it.”
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