Through seven minutes of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class B boys lacrosse regional final, Yorktown found itself scoreless against Section 2s Queensbury.
The high-powered Yorktown offense fails to go more than a minute or two without scoring a goal. However, Queensbury was holding the Cornhuskers scoreless.
This would change soon, and when it did, the floodgates opened.
Yorktown scored seven goals in the final five minutes and went on to an 18-7 victory at Clarkstown South High School.
The Cornhuskers advance to the state final four for a second consecutive year. Yorktown will play Garden City (Section 8) in a semifinal, Wednesday, 8 p.m., at Hofstra University. The winner advances to the title game, Saturday, 4 p.m., at Middletown High School against the winner of Jamesville-DeWitt (Section 3)-Irondequoit (Section 5).
Garden City defeated Yorktown in a semifinal last year.
Brian Prestreau had four goals and Nick Mariano and Connor Vercruysse had a hat trick apiece.
We just came out slow and we were making a lot of mental errors, Mariano said. We cant come out and start like that on Wednesday or we will go home.
Vercruysse got Yorktown started at the 7:11 mark, finishing off a feed from Prestreau. One minute later, Vercruysse doubled Yorktowns lead, assisted by Conor Gately.
Once we scored that first goal, that got us into it and kept us going, Mariano said.
Yorktown went into halftime, leading 15-2. The Cornhuskers put on a display of crisp, quick ball movement and outstanding passes leading directly to goals. The second half Yorktown coach Dave Marr played his deep bench.
Everyone got involved in the offense and we were really moving the ball well, Mariano said.
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