LINCOLNDALE — As the defending Class B champions, Somers knows there is little margin for error around this time year.
Playing against seventh-seeded Nyack, the second-seeded Tuskers left little doubt early,building up a 4-0 lead within the opening two minutes before Nyack could even get a possession on offense and eventually winning 17-10.
“We got most of the draws in the first half, and our transition was really good today,” Somers’ Livy Rosenzweig said. “We worked together as a team.”
With 7:24 left in the first half, Somers built up a 10-1 lead. Nyack scored twice in the final five minutes and opened the scoring in the second half, but Somers followed that up with five-goal run to end any chance of a comeback.
“Going into sectionals, it’s important to jump out and get the other team on their heels,” Somers coach Jamie Irving said. “They came in ready to play, so I’m proud of them.”
For Somers, Livy Rosenzweig played the role of facilitator, finishing with three goals and eight assists in the game. Nicole DeMase had four goals and two assists, Gabby Rosenzweig had four goals and an assist and Izzy LaRocca had three goals.
“I know everyone, that if I set them up for a good pass, they are going to finish,” Livy Rosenzweig said. “They showed that today, and I had fun feeding them the ball.”
For Nyack, Jennifer Farrell had three goals and an assist, Danielle Lydecker scored twice, Tara Blinn had a goal and an assist and Olivia Demetres made 10 saves.
“It kind of startled all of us,” Farrell said of Somers’ strong start. “The team as a whole was shocked. They scored four goals in the first three minutes, in showed how startled we were.”
Somers will continue its journey to defend the section title in the semifinals on Tuesday. The Tuskers will host Rye, a team that they defeated 15-10 back on May 5th.
“We know that no matter who we play, they are going to be tough and are going to bring their A game,” DeMase said. “No matter who it is, we got to come out strong.”
(Photos by Adrian Szkolar/The Journal News)