By Mike Dougherty
BREWSTER — Right now, Yorktown is a couple of steps ahead of the pack. The rest of the contenders in Class B are working feverishly to create a little separation.
Somers is beginning to inch away from that crowd.
Except for a hiccup early in the second half, the explosive Tuskers were in control against Brewster and left Thursday with a 13-8 win. They forced turnovers, worked the ball around to find a favorable matchup and finished.
It’s a simple formula that leads to success.
“Our offense is very unselfish,” Somers attackman Tim Cousin said after getting two goals and four assists. “We’re always looking to make the extra pass, and that makes things a lot easier.”
The Bears (2-1) were looking to play ball control if they couldn’t find anything in transition, but the plan was thwarted by a string of early miscues.
“We had possessions, but we had so many turnovers,” Brewster coach Michael Honey said. “That just takes away so much momentum, and when you play a team like Somers or John Jay, you just don’t have any margin for error. You give them even two or three more possessions and it starts adding up.”
In a hurry.
David Rubenstein and Cousin had the Tuskers (2-1) in front by two within minutes, but Liam DaRos got the Bears rolling when he fit a perimeter shot into the top corner. The shot was precise enough to go through a mouse hole.
He finished with four goals and one assist.
Alex Corpolongo put Somers in front 3-1 at the end of the first quarter, then Brewster goalie Ed Schoenig robbed Cousin, and started a break. Nick Dingee scored at the other end. Chris Marasco made it a 4-2 edge and Tyler DeVito scored the first of his three goals seconds later.
“We’re starting to gel offensively now,” said Corpolongo, who had three goals and one assist.
DaRos rattled in a goal for the Bears to make it 5-3 and Anthony Alfonzetti followed suit to make it a one-goal contest. A turnover let Marc Fiocco start another Tuskers run, and Michael Cegielski netted a goal in the final seconds to make it a 7-4 lead at the half.
Brewster was having trouble solving a floating zone defense.
“It’s hard to tell what’s going on,” DaRos said. “You dodge left, one guy slides over. You dodge right, another guy slides over. It’s kind of like an amoeba defense.”
Somers began the second half with an extra man, and was up 8-4 in a matter of three passes. Marasco got the goal. The Bears then went two men down, and somehow found new life. DaRos got loose and scored a man down, then went spinning into the middle for another.
The Tuskers settled down, and Cousin and Devito got the breathing room back, making it 10-6 late in the third quarter.
It’s that kind of response that will keep Somers a nose in front.
The crowd will eventually thin, but right now John Jay, Rye, Hen Hud, Greeley, Brewster and Fox Lane all believe they have a chance to make a Section 1 finals appearance.
“We’re all going to be competitive,” Corpolongo said. “I think every team really wants it this year. We’re tired of Yorktown dominating every season, so we’re all going really hard.”
(Photo by Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)