VIDEO: Somers’ Nicole DeMase and Emma Schurr.
SOMERS From the moment the final whistle blew on Somers’ loss to Yorktown in the sectional semifinals last season, the goal for 2014 was set: Win a sectional title.
One year later the Tuskers are on the cusp of doing so for the first time in program history.
Top-seeded Somers built a large lead and weathered a late rally by visiting No. 4 Nyack to secure a 17-13 win Thursday in the Class B sectional semifinals to secure a spot in the sectional finals for the first time in program history.
“We knew what a strong team we had coming back and the potential that we had,” said Somers junior Nicole DeMase, who had four goals and two assists in the win. “We pretty much established anything less than a section title is not what we wanted.”
DeMase and Livy Rosenzweig (four goals, one assist) helped Somers (16-0-1) build a 12-6 lead at halftime that proved too much for the Indians (15-3-1) to overcome, despite a late rally thanks to Katie Fischer (five goals) and Andie O’Sullivan (three goals).
The Tuskers’ hot start was due, in part, to the way their quarterfinal game ended. DeMase scored with 15 seconds left to give Somers an 11-10 win over Fox Lane on Saturday.
“I think the Fox Lane game kind of scared us a little bit,” said Tuskers senior Emma Schurr, who had three goals and an assist. “I didn’t know if I was going to ever play lacrosse again.”
Somers will face No. 2 Yorktown in the sectional final Thursday at Torne Valley at 3 p.m. The two teams played to a 13-13 tie on April 22, the Tuskers’ lone draw in their undefeated season.
“There is no one that we’d rather see in the finals than Yorktown,” DeMase said. “We have a little bitter taste in our mouth.”
Somers held a 12-8 lead with just under 23 minutes remaining, but allowed the Huskers to make a 5-1 run to close out the game.
“It was in arms reach, and we let it slip,” Somers coach Jaime Irving said. “It’ll keep us hungry (for the final). Had we won, our mindset would have been a little different.”
Photo courtesy of Frank Becerra/Journal News.