John Jay’s Mike Lupinacci celebrates after scoring the winning goal in the final second of overtime against Somers in the Section 1 Class B boys lacrosse semifinal game at Somers High School. John Jay defeated Somers 11-10. (Photo by Seth Harrison).
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My story is filed, so I’ve had a couple of minutes to reflect on the game, and the only thing running through my head is … wow. It was insane how quickly the moods and momentum shifted when the fourth quarter got under way. I thought maybe John Jay was safe when Evan Chen scored with eight minutes left to make it an 8-5 lead. Not. Somers just never goes away and the Indians could find a way to stop the onslaught.
You could see the concern become worry … and then fear.
Kevin Cousin scored. Rob Cegielski scored. Kieran Donohue scored. Anthony Lombardo scored. The home crowd was having a grand time. And then it came apart shortly after Donohue netted one more with 1:21 to make it 10-8. That goal gave the Indians a chance to get the ball.
And they did.
Jake Weil and Forrest Walter came up with two pressure goals to knot the score. And then came overtime. Somers had a two-minute possession before it lost control. Walter set up Mike Lupinacci for the game-winner three seconds before the buzzer.
Definitely worth the price of admission.