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 against 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 loss to Scarsdale on a last-second goal 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 were able to build 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.”
Tuskers’ sophomore Nicole DeMase, who had two goals and an assist, said having a slow start and playing from behind wasn’t an option.
“We know how hard it is to come back,” DeMase said. “We knew we had to come out strong if we wanted to control the game.”
It had been an up and down season until the Tuskers got on a roll. After starting 3-4-1, Somers went on an eight-game winning streak to end the season. Part of that run included a 16-15 win against perennial Class B powerhouse John Jay. The victory against the Indians proved Somers could win a big game, something the Tuskers 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.”
On Tuesday, the Tuskers will get another chance to let their sticks do the talking.
“Sectionals is such a great point in the season,” DeMase said. “This is why we play. There is so much energy. The farther we go the better.”