It wasn’t the shootout they had in March, but Wednesday’s game between John Jay and Yorktown was just as exciting. These two squads seem destined to meet in the Class B playoffs, so I doubt it’s the last we hear of this rivalry.
Below is my game story.
YORKTOWN Whether it’s the natural rivalry between the schools or the strength of both programs, when the Yorktown and John Jay lacrosse teams meet, the players are a bit more energized.
That was certainly the case with Emily Concialdi (pictured above). The Yorktown sophomore midfielder registered a hat trick in the first half, helping the Huskers to a 9-7 win.
“They’re one of the best teams that we have to play against in our league,” Concialdi said. “We get really motivated each time we play them. We try our best to set a good tone in the beginning of the game.”
Concialdi got the Huskers going, but it was a pair of juniors, midfielder Emalee Mongno and goalie Bianca Dente, who wrapped things up.
Mongno (three goals, one assist) scored two goals and assisted on another in the second half to maintain Yorktown’s lead. Dente posted seven saves in the final 25 minutes.
“The defense really helped me out a lot down there cutting off the major players,” Dente said. “I was just able to see the ball better.”
It was the second time the Huskers (9-1) beat John Jay (8-2) this season. Yorktown edged the Indians 13-12 on March 30 when Mongno scored with 36 seconds left.
On Wednesday, Neither team held more than a one-goal advantage through a first half that had five lead changes. Concialdi’s third goal, with 28 seconds remaining, gave Yorktown the lead heading into halftime.
Mongno and freshman midfielder Casey Duff scored to push the Huskers’ lead to three, their largest of the game, to open the second half.
John Jay cut the lead to one after Molly O’Reilly (three assists) found Delaney Spencer with three minutes remaining.
The Indians would win the ensuing draw, but two saves from Dente kept Yorktown ahead.
“I thought the defense put them in some tough shots,” Yorktown coach Ellen Mager said. “I think Bianca had a better sense of where the ball was going to go, so I think that might have helped her. But, she’s quick. She’s athletic. She reacted really well.”
John Jay regained possession in their defensive end with just over a minute left, but was unable to clear the ball.
John Jay coach Christina Smith said the Indians’ inability to execute little things like stick handling and shot selection led to the loss.
With both teams in Class B there is a good chance the rivals will meet in the playoffs.
“It’s very hard to beat a team three times in a season,” Smith said. “The girls are coming with a vengeance. I’m looking forward to playing them again.”
Photo courtesy of Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News.