YORKTOWN — There will be no bold proclamations coming from this neck of the woods.
It’s pretty clear that Yorktown is more than a step or two ahead of the competition this season. The Huskers have run away from two longtime rivals, and are without question the favorite to win another Section 1 title.
So how good are they?
“We’ve still got a lot of games,” Yorktown coach Dave Marr said after his team downed Somers by an 18-8 margin on Tuesday under the lights following a re-dedication ceremony at Charlie Murphy field. “Every game we’re keeping it about the next contest, so the conversation in the huddle was about Mahopac.”
It’s called perspective.
Truth be told, a couple of issues need to be worked out before Thursday’s game against the Indians. A normally high-powered offense looked a little rusty in the early going, and Tuskers goalie Nik Genualdo was making big save after big save to keep it close.
A couple of untimely mistakes with the ball let the Huskers get away.
“We played really bad in the first half,” said Yorktown attackman, Nick Mariano, who finished with four goals and six assists. “We came out a little sluggish, but then we picked it up in the second half and canned all of our shots when we had the opportunity.
David Rubenstein had Somers in front, but then Brian Prestreau found an open ally to knot the score 1-1. The Huskers were on every ground ball.
Yorktown was stagnant when the offense settled, but moved in front with 5:38 Connor Vercruysse scored on a fast break. Mariano leaned in a short time later to make it a 3-1 edge.
Rubenstein got loose again to make it a one-goal deficit, and Genualdo finished the quarter with seven saves.
It wasn’t close for long. Mariano and Chris Marasco traded goals in the opening minutes of the second, but Danny Manning and Luke Palmadesso were dominating the faceoffs. They were 19-6 combined.
Mariano snuck in from the backside to start quick run, then set up Prestreau to end the outburst. It was a 9-4 Huskers lead at the break.
“They have a college offense in the fact that they are all triple threats,” Tuskers coach Lew Janavey said. “The scary thing is, it was 9-4 and probably could have been 4-4 if not for our turnovers. Teams like this, if you make a mistake, they bury you. And that is the difference. They have six guys that can bury the ball and their stick skills are above everyone else.”
And when they began to zero in and finish, Somers was in trouble.
The Huskers came out and started the second half on a 6-0 tear and put the game completely out of reach. What helps make this offense even better is the hours of practice logged against perhaps the best group of long poles in the section this season.
“We go very, very hard in practice,” said Prestreau, who finished with six goals. “And I do believe we’re facing one of the best defenses in Section 1 in practice. Those guys are phenomenal. They are the real deal this year.”