YORKTOWN – There isn’t a lot of recovery time built into the schedule.
A stinging dose of humility was delivered Saturday, but Yorktown has to learn from a string of self-destructive miscues and move on quickly following a 12-3 loss to nationally ranked Darien (Conn.) at Murphy Field.
It’s going to be a busy week.
“We have three games this week, so it will be in the back of our minds to work hard and make sure this doesn’t happen again,” said Huskers goalie Liam Donnelly, who kept the Blue Wave from pulling away before halftime.
The Blue Wave exposed a number of shortcomings.
Yorktown has a chance to practice before Ridgefield (Conn.) visits on Tuesday. The Huskers (3-1) hit the road to play Bronxville on Thursday and Ward Melville on Saturday.
It’s not hard to see what has to change.
“Hopefully lessons were learned today and we play better next time,” Yorktown coach Dave Marr said. “The inexperience showed and we don’t have the athletes they do. We’re smaller and not as fast, so that makes it harder to get your hands free and move the ball or beat somebody and draw a slide. We have to have more energy.”
The Huskers struggled to pass and catch, and were continually running into trouble and losing the handle.
Darien was up 5-1 at the half, and could’ve been resting even more comfortably if not for the handiwork of Donnelly.
Kyle Casey’s extra-man goal was the only highlight.
“We weren’t moving. We weren’t cutting. We all stood still,” he said. “We have to pass the ball around quicker and get shots. It’s very frustrating. It’s a wake-up call for us.”
The Blue Wave (1-0) took advantage of a weary defense in the second half, rattling off six consecutive goals to deflate the home crowd.
Player of the game: There was a glimmer of hope at halftime with the Huskers down four, and that’s because of what Donnelly was able to do in goal. He was under fire right from the start, finishing with 16 saves.
Turning point: Justin Cavallo set up Casey with 9:12 to go in the first half, and the goal made it 3-1. A defensive breakdown and turnover led to a pair of Darien goals before the break.
Stat line: Kevin Lindley and Jack Kniffin each had three goals for the Blue Wave, the No. 6 team in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse High School Power Rankings. … Yorktown took 16 shots.
Quotable: “We’ll try to put it behind us,” Marr said. “We play again on Tuesday, so at least we’re getting right back out there against another really good team. For scheduling reasons, this is just the way it worked out. We get through next week and we’re halfway through the season, and we can reassess.”