By Nancy Haggerty
YORKTOWN — After the final whistle Tuesday, as his young son, Dominic, held on to him, tears running down his face, Somers coach Lew Janavey had maybe his toughest task of the game – cushioning the impact of a 12-7 loss to Yorktown in the class B Section 1 boys lacrosse semifinals.
But, as he tried to explain to his son, Janavey couldn’t be unhappy with his team, which, remarkably had pulled to within one goal in the third quarter of perhaps the best Class B team in the state.
“They have 10, 11 D-I players over there. We don’t have that many. But I would go to war with these guys any day. They had us there until the bitter end,” Janavey said.
Well, it wasn’t the bitter end but it was pretty close.
In the end, though, the battle and war was won by much-decorated Yorktown, whose boys lacrosse program includes 35 sectional crowns and six state champions.
The No. 1-seed Huskers, who will go for number 36 Thursday at 3 p.m. at White Plains High School vs. John Jay, had crushed No. 4 Somers by 11 goals earlier in the year.
In fact, the now-15-2 Huskers had outscored their Section 1 rivals 160-36 prior to Tuesday’s game.
But Somers, which finishes 10-9. kept the Huskers’ vaunted offense in check for a large portion of the game, utilizing a zone defense against Yorktown’s top players.
But, ultimately, Somers had no answer for senior Nick Mariano, who, as he did in the earlier game against the Tuskers, scored five goals. Fellow senior Brian Prestreau also had a hat trick.
Chris Marasco’s unassisted goal with 4:30 left in the third pulled Somers to within one, at 6-5.
But that seemed to be the goal that awakened the sleeping bear.
Just 14 seconds later, Prestreau scored unassisted, then he scored again seconds later with a low shot past the stick of Somers netminder Nick Genualdo, who’d finish with 11 saves to Yorktown goalie Zach Reilly’s 6.
And at 3:35, Mariano scored on a sidearm whip shot from about 10 yards out to give Yorktown a four-goal edge.
Dave Rubenstein pulled Somers to within three again with 2:37 left in the third on a pass from Tyler Devito, who had two goals.
But, essentially, it was all Yorktown from there.
“They are coached very well and we made some mental mistakes,” said Mariano, who explained of his five-goal night, “I just came out firing.”
Yorktown coach Dave Marr, who told his team it had to play harder Thursday, said his team didn’t shoot well but he was pleased with its presence.
“We were persistent and didn’t get down… We showed patience at the end,” he said.