It was a long and very eventful day and White Plains High School again proved to be the perfect site for the games. The crowd for the nightcap was perhaps the best I’ve ever seen for a lacrosse game. It made for an insane atmosphere. Below are the links for all three game stories, along with some random thoughts. Don’t forget to check out the photo galleries. They went up last night, but were expanded this morning. And if you got the early version of the Yorktown-John Jay game story, the one that I filed at the start of overtime because deadline had come and gone, click on the link and read the late game story with all the postgame quotes.
Mamaroneck 9, Mahopac 8: Believe me, nobody outside that locker room saw this coming. It was an up-and-down season for the traditional powers in Class A so it was good to see it end with a good story. The only problem is New Rochelle – which beat the Tigers during the regular season – believes it’s a contender now. Yes, that’s sarcasm. Mamaroneck is coming back next season with a strong team, and that’s a good thing. Class A was getting a little thin so it’ll be nice having a deeper talent pool.
Player of the game: Thomas Brill – He learned on the fly after Jake Danehy underwent shoulder surgery last winter and came up with 20 big saves in the biggest game in program history.
Yorktown 9, John Jay 8 OT: It has to go down as an instant classic. The stands were literally bouncing after Frazier Bostwick and Daniel Lobosco each came up with a goal for John Jay in the last 40 seconds to force overtime. We call them deadline killers in this business. I can’t think of a reason to disagree with the Indians choosing to isolate Jack Lambert in OT, especially with Tommy Beck on the sideline with a hand injury. Those are the only two guys who consistently draw a slide. John Jay goalie Tom Branca was outstanding. In the end, Yorktown won because it forced a ground ball, scooped it up on the run and let a prolific offense go to work. Conor Gately’s setup on the game-winner might’ve been the best assist I saw all season.
Click here to read the game story.
Player of the game: Connor Vercruysse scored his third goal of the game with 1:38 to go in overtime to give Yorktown its 35th sectional title.
Bronxville 12, Hen Hud 6: I thought Hen Hud looked nervous early on, turning the ball over five or six times before coming up with a good possession. And despite living dangerously in the first quarter, it was a game once the Sailors began to finish. They were only down 5-3 at the half. And then Bronxville got into transition and won faceoffs. Game over. With a little bit of luck, this could become a nice rivalry in the coming seasons. If you’re wondering, Eliot Astor, a senior, got the start in goal over Eddie Gilman, a sophomore who committed to UNC, because it was his turn. The kids were not comfortable splitting time in games, according to Hen Hud coach Craig Sololmon, so they decided to alternate games.
Player of the game: Henry Grass came up with three goals and four assists to help Bronxville repeat.