LINCOLNDALE The No. 4 seeded Somers’ girls lacrosse team was playing for more than just each other when it took the field Saturday for its Section 1 Class B quarterfinal against No. 5 Tappan Zee.
A win meant Somers would play in the sectional semifinals for the first time in program history, showing continued growth from a school that has made big strides in the sport in recent years.
“It’s just good to keep moving forward for the program,” Tuskers junior Emma Schurr said. “I just want to keep it going, and get Somers out there on the map. Show them that Somers is there to play. We’re here to win.”
Playing in only its second quarterfinal game ever, Somers’ 10-4 win over the Dutchies proved the program is still on the rise. The Tuskers will head to No. 1 Yorktown Tuesday for the semifinals at a time to be determined.
The Tuskers came into Saturday’s game motivated by last season’s last-second loss to Scarsdale in the quarterfinals.
“We just didn’t want that to happen again,” said Schurr, who had two goals and an assist. “We all got really pumped up before the game. We are all so passionate about this sport.”
Somers’ determination to advance showed as it jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 15 minutes. The Tuskers then built on their lead, taking a 7-1 advantage into halftime.
“Every time they got they ball we just stopped them and killed their momentum, and our offense would just finish,” said Somers’ junior Tara Schurr, who had three goals and an assist. “We dug them a hole.”
It had been an up-and-down season for the Tuskers until they got on a roll down the stretch. After starting 3-4-1, Somers went on an eight-game winning streak to end the season. That run included a 16-15 win over perennial Class B powerhouse John Jay. That victory proved Somers could win a big game, something they have struggled to do over the past couple of years, according to coach Jaime Irving.
“It’s always like, ‘We can do this guys,’ but it’s only words,” Irving said. “You can say what you want, but until you do it it’s only words.”