YORKTOWN The No. 1 Yorktown girls lacrosse team came to a harsh realization at halftime of its Class B sectional semifinal against No. 4 Somers Tuesday.
With the score tied, Yorktown saw that its season could easily come to an end within the next 25 minutes.
“We really got together, and we basically said to look at that scoreboard,” Huskers senior Amanda Makar said. “It could be done right now … but we decided we’re here to play. We made it this far, so keep trying.”
Yorktown erupted early in the second half for five straight goals, helping to secure a 13-11 win and a spot back in the sectional final after a year hiatus.
The Huskers (16-2) will play No. 3 John Jay (13-4-1) in the final Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at Mamaroneck.
Yorktown missed the final last season after making six straight appearances, something that motivated the Huskers this season.
“They’ve worked very hard since last season to get back to this spot,” Yorktown coach Ellen Mager said. “We watched the championship game last year together over at Fox Lane. They set a goal, especially the seniors, that they didn’t want to ever do that again.”
Somers (12-5-1) won six of nine draws in the first half, helping the Tuskers maintain possession for the majority of the half. Gabby Rosenzweig gave the Tuskers a 4-3 lead with just 32 seconds remaining, but Casey Duff answered just 24 seconds later to tie the game at 4-4 heading into halftime.
The start of the second half was all Yorktown, the Huskers scoring five straight goals in the first seven minutes to take a 10-4 lead, thanks in large part to winning six of the first seven draws.
“I think it was just a mind-set,” said Yorktown senior Gaby Berne, who scored two goals. “We knew once we had the ball we knew how to score, so we just did our job.”
Nicole DeMase (four goals) and Emily Englert (three) helped Somers cut the Yorktown lead to three with more than six minutes remaining.
Huskers goalie Bianca Dente came up big down the stretch, recording seven of her 12 saves in the second half.
“We always say thank you to Bianca after a game,” Makar said. “She saves our butts so many times. She stands strong and saves us all the time.”
On Thursday the Huskers have another chance to show how far they’ve come since last season.
“We wanted to prove to everyone we’re here,” Makar said. “Last year was in the past. We wanted to really prove to everyone that wasn’t us last year. This year we’re here ready to take it far.”
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