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Yorktown Seniors Lead Lacrosse Into 2012 Season

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Each year, the Yorktown boy’s lacrosse team graduates a talented class of players and when this happens the Cornhuskers reach into their deep talent pool to reload. The defending Section 1 Class B champions, who advanced to a regional final last year, but lost to Garden City, reloaded once again, led by their seniors. Yorktown begins defense of its Section 1 crown on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m., hosting archrival, John Jay-Cross River. This could very well be a preview of the 2012 Section 1 Class B title game. “It was tough losing a very good group of seniors, but as a program, we have to move on,” said senior Conor Gately, who will attend Marquette and play lacrosse next year. Gately headlines the talented senior class. Along with Gately are Frank Fusco, Eric Cooley, Joe Raniolo, Brian Quigley and Joe Sialiano, to name a few. The captains are Gately, Fusco, Raniolo, Cooley and defenseman Trevor Koelsch. Fusco is going to play at Drexel, Cooley at Rutgers and Raniolo at Springfield. Cooley leads a staunch defensive trio, which includes Gzim Lajqi and Koelsch. Gately, an attackman, said going against the first-team defense helps raise the offense‘s level of play. “Our defense is spectacular,” Gately said. “We have a lot of bruises but that’s what happens when you have an excellent defense.” The offense will once again will be a Yorktown strength with Gately, Fusco and Raniolo initiating things. “We have six guys on the field at any given time that pose a threat to the other team,” said Gately of the offense. Yorktown’s schedule is once again loaded with the top teams in New York and Connecticut as the Cornhuskers look to pull a seven. “We want to get back to where we were last year and go further,” Gately said. “We want to try and bring back the seventh state championship for Yorktown, but we will take it one game at a time.”

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