YORKTOWN There were no league or sectional title on the line Friday at Yorktown in the Huskers’ game against Hackley, but that didn’t mean the stakes weren’t high.
It was the one game the Hornets, winners of the past two New York State Association of Independent Schools championships, would play against a Section 1 opponent this season, and Yorktown wanted to prove a point.
“It’s definitely more competitive,” said Yorktown sophomore Katie Comerford. “We wanted to show who we are and how good we are.”
The Huskers did just that, topping Hackley 14-9 for its first loss of the season. It’s the third-straight season the Hornets have had their undefeated season spoiled by a Section 1 opponent. Hackley’s only setback in 2012 came against Rye. The Huskers were the Hornets only defeat last season.
Yorktown coach Ellen Mager said the girls felt some responsibility to represent the section.
“Since we were the only Section 1 team playing them, we certainly didn’t want to do that to our section,” said Mager of losing.
Comerford had three goals and an assist while Jenna Gammer added a hat trick for the Huskers (6-2-2). Sydney Stern had two goals and two assists while Rilea Fusco posted two goals and an assist in the win. Laurel Cassidy (three goals, three assists) and Sammy Mueller (three goals) led Hackley (7-1).
A strong start to the second half proved to be the difference, as Yorktown went on a four-goal run to take a 9-5 lead six minutes into the second half.
Emily Concialdi (two goals), who is still recovering from an ankle injury suffered earlier this season, won a string of draws to help spark the run.
“I think the draw is probably the place (Concialdi) has the biggest impact on the game, despite her offensive abilities,” Mager said. “When she does that for us on the draw circle, we’re going to be a tough team to beat.
For Hackley, it’s about continuing to develop the program.
“We don’t have a lot of challenging, close games, so it’s a great learning experience for us,” Hornets coach Jenny Leffler said. “For us it’s about growth. We’re disappointed for sure, but we know that we have to move forward.”