Conor Kelly was comfortable amid chaos.
The sophomore midfielder repeatedly emerged from a tangle of bodies with the ball, giving North Salem a big possession advantage earlier this week in a triple-overtime loss against Pearl River. He was a fiend whenever the ball hit the ground.
Kelly scooped up 17 ground balls in all — on grass.
The ability to deal with the bumps and bounces is getting rarer and rarer these days because a wide majority of schools have some kind of artificial turf in place.
“When you play on a grass field, you really gotta be low to get the ground balls,” Kelly said. “You have to get your backhand to the fore, get your head over the ball. It’s definitely an advantage to play here year round. We’re used to the field.”
The problem on Monday was the fact that the Pirates also play au naturel.
“It’s a lot different, almost two different games,” Pearl River sophomore midfielder Matt Bosco said. “Practicing on grass and playing home games on grass makes it easier for us. It does help. The ground balls are way harder. You can get unlucky. You can get real lucky. It’s definitely good to get the practice on it.”
Game of the week: Yorktown is right now a couple of steps ahead of every team in Section 1, and the Huskers will get a chance to earn some national recognition on Saturday when they host Chaminade, which is unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in the latest Inside Lacrosse/Under Armour power rankings. The game is slated for 2 p.m. at Murphy Field.
Name of the game: Fans are going to need a separate roster to keep track of the nicknames at Somers before long. Teammates were giving all kinds of support to Scooter right before he locked up a win over John Jay in the final minute with a big faceoff win.
That would be junior middie Justin Corpolongo.
“He’s just always running around,” senior attackman Chris Marasco said. “He never seems to stop. He’s always scooting around the field, so we call him Scooter.”
After each big save came a cheer for Waldo.
That would be junior goalie Nik Genualdo, and the nickname comes from the last two syllables of his surname.
Rebels on the bubble: It would be hard to blame Lakeland/Panas for looking ahead. The competition has been top shelf all season and the Rebels were 2-7 after Thursday’s loss to Putnam Valley. Teams generally need to win four games to be postseason eligible, and Lakeland/Panas has a very difficult road ahead. The run started with Saturday’s game against Fordham Prep, with John Jay, Bronxville, Yorktown, Hen Hud and Mahopac to follow.
In the crease: John Jay will be without standout attackman Tommy Beck for the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury. … Hastings coach Drew Wendol collected his 100th varsity win on Monday against Nanuet. … White Plains is 4-1 since moving Kevin McGee to attack to help settle the offense. … North Rockland closed the week with an 8-2 record. It’s the program’s best start since 2008 when the Red Raiders were 9-1 after 10 games.