YORKTOWN HEIGHTS – At the highest levels of high school girls lacrosse, complicated defensive schemes, typically running a mix of man and zone coverage, tend to be the norm.
After getting carved up by Yorktown’s quick passing plays and finding themselves down 7-5 at halftime, instead of mixing the defense up more, Somers dialed things back.
“We have defenses that we throw in, but we didn’t really use them,” Somers head coach Jamie Pryschlak said. “Any defense we threw, Yorktown would capitalize. It was literally back to basics; protect the 8-meter, protect the goalie and be ready to slide.”
Somers was able to mount a comeback, held Yorktown scoreless in the final 13 minutes of the game and scored an 11-10 win.
“We just stayed calm and stayed humble,” said Somers senior defender Allie Arcidiacono. “The past couple games we had trouble on defense; this game, we really talked and worked as a unit.”
Down 10-8, Somers got a goal from Gabby Rosenzweig to cut the score to 10-9 with 13:22 left. Five minutes later, her younger sister, Livy, broke out of a double team from the left side and rolled to the net to tie the game.
With 7:08 left, she scored the eventual winner on a similar move as the tying goal.
With 1:18 left, Yorktown’s Rilea Fusco got an 8-meter free position, but shot the ball over the net. Somers got possession back, moved the ball into Yorktown’s end and ran out the clock.
“Our offense was patient and we waited for the right opportunity, and that’s why we were successful,” Livy Rosenzweig said. “I knew that we needed draws and goals. Being down by two, you just need to get possession and just bury the shot.”
With the win, Somers improves to 9-0. The Tuskers are one of only two teams in Section 1, the other being Scarsdale, to still have a perfect record.
After losing to Yorktown twice in the regular season last year, one of them in a 10-goal loss, Somers has now won the last two meetings, including last year’s sectional final, which ended in a dramatic 10-9 win.
“Their big kids made more plays than our big kids and they won the game, it’s not that complicated,” Yorktown head coach Ellen Mager said. “We have a lot of things we have to work on if we want to be a good team down the stretch.”
Player of the game: Livy Rosenzweig, Somers. The junior attack had game-high five goals to go with one assist, despite being heavily guarded most of the game. She also won several draw controls in the second half to help jump-start Somers’ offense.
Turning point: Down two goals at halftime, Somers’ Livy Rosenzweig won the second half’s opening draw control and 43 seconds in, got a goal from Teagan Lucchese. Rosenzweig won the ensuing draw control, got the ball to Sydney Ericson, who then found Lucchese all alone in front to tie the game 12 seconds later.
Stat line: Gabby Rosenzweig added two goals and an assist for Somers, Ericson and Hannah Tiso both had one-goal, one-assist games and Izzy LaRocca and Emily McCormack both had an assist each. … For Yorktown, Casey Duff had three goals and two assists, Fusco had a hat-trick, Michelle Seger scored twice, Julia Cook had a goal and two assists, Katie Comerford had a goal and Ashley Stilo had an assist. … Somers’ Jess Monaco made five saves for the win, while Yorktown’s Catherine Calidonna made six saves in a losing effort.
Quotable: “It’s always a really good game, whether they are having an off-season or we are having an off-season,” Livy Rosenzweig said of playing against Yorktown. “We just match up really well; it’s always fun to play them. This game wasn’t make or break us, but it’s nice to stay undefeated.”