By Mike Dougherty
YORKTOWN — Brian Prestreau interrupted the silence that followed a humbling loss to St. Anthony just long enough to remind his teammates to remember the feeling.
A little raw emotion might serve the Huskers well in the near future.
Yorktown was inexplicably absent in the early going Saturday, and fell behind another national power. A valiant comeback in the last six minutes forced overtime, but the Huskers fell silent when Dylan Molloy got loose 40 seconds in and gave the Friars a 13-12 win.
The upset ended a nine-game winning streak.
“It shows we are beatable,” said Prestreau, who finished with six goals. “We never want to feel this way again.”
Timing is everything, and it can be helpful to stumble a week before the playoffs get under way. Something has to be done to solve the poor starts.
“I can’t explain it,” head coach Dave Marr said. “We’ve done it a couple of times now… against Shenendehowa we were down 5-1, against Ridgefield we were down 6-3. When you go against good teams you can’t spot them goals and expect to keep coming back.”
St. Anthony jumped in front 3-0, forcing Yorktown to call a quick time out.
Connor Vercruysse finally got the Huskers started with a transition goal sparked by the hustle of Tomas Rodriguez. The jolt of adrenaline did not change a thing. The Friars kept spinning inside a normally strong defense and were up 6-2 when the first quarter ended.
“I would just say that St. Anthony is a good team,” Huskers defender Trevor Keolsch said.
The Friars (10-3) have so far only dropped a pair of games against Chaminade and one against Delbarton (N.J.) so they are to be respected.
Yorktown (12-2, including losing to Shenendehowa) found some motivation as the game progressed and netted a couple of perimeter shots when St. Anthony decided to change things up with a zone defense. At the intermission, the Huskers were down 8-6.
The game was extremely physical.
Stringing goals together in the second half proved to be a struggle for the Huskers, who fell behind 12-8 with 9:12 to go when Molloy leaned on a defender and spun off, netting his third goal of the contest.
And then came a tidal wave of urgency.
Yorktown came to life when Prestreau scooped up a ground ball on the fly some 30 yards out and initiated the comeback with 6:12 to play. He scored again three minutes later.
The crowd got back into the game when Nick Mariano pin-balled through heavy traffic and made it 12-11.
“I guess you look at the clock and you say, ‘We gotta turn it on. We gotta turn it on,’ ” Koelsch said. “We saw we were down three goals, four goals and it was like now or never, so we gave it our all those last few minutes.”
Mariano struck again with 45 seconds left, knotting the score 12-12.
“We just have to do that in the beginning of the game,” Prestreau said.
The Friars won the overtime faceoff when Jon Lamonica corralled a ground ball. A quick time out was called, and St. Anthony set up the play for Molloy, who triggered a wild celebration.
“It just feels great to win against a big team like this,” Molloy said. “We knew it was a huge opportunity.”