By Jaclynkelli Kronemberg
TopLaxRecruits.com, Posted 4/5/114
EAST SETAUKET, N.Y. – Daniel Bucaro came from behind the net and scored the game-winner in overtime today to give host Ward Melville an 8-7 victory over Yorktown in a Long Island-Hudson Valley game.
The contest was dedicated to the memory of Brendan Cody a former Ward Melville superstar who died in November at age 44 from cancer.
Bucaro, who had three goals and two assists, snuck the ball past Yorktown goalie Austin Grahm to lift the defending Class A state champion Patriots to 4-2.
The Cornhuskers, No. 19 in the Warrior/TopLaxRecruits Rankings, fell to 3-1.
“It’s exciting to win this game we needed it to build our relationship better and become a family,” said Bucaro, “When we got the ball in overtime we called a time out and coach said I’m getting the ball.
“I came off righty and rolled back lefty and I slipped and I think that helped a little bit because the goalie came out. So I came around and saw there was no goalie I missed with my bottom hand and just shot it one handed and it went in. All I was thinking is that we need to win this game for Brendan Cody, our town and our team.”
This game was a close battle until Ward Melville gained their biggest lead and went up 6-4 with 4:50 remaining in the third quarter. Yorktown cut the lead on a goal by Billy Strassman with 2:23 left in the third, sparking a 3-0 run putting them up 7-6 with 5:34 left in the game.
Bucaro fed Young Hur for the tying goal with 34 seconds remaining in the game, sending it into overtime.
Brendan Simpson tallied three goals and Thomas Moore grabbed nine saves for Ward Melville.
“We played four good quarters of lacrosse today and it was the first time all year we played four good quarters,” said Ward Melville first-year head coach Jay Negus, “I’m very happy. The boys played together and didn’t give up.
“They played really hard against a very good Yorktown team. This was my first overtime as the head coach and my boys got it done today. I told my boys if we continue to play with the heart and intensity that we had for four quarters we are going to be a very good team.”
Connor Vercruysse tallied two goals and three assists, Luke Palmadesso tallied two goals and one assist and Austin Grahm grabbed seven saves for Yorktown.
“I’m disappointed in the outcome,” said Yorktown head coach Dave Marr. “I don’t think we really played our best. Both teams were a little sloppy. We both had opportunities to win and they took advantage and we didn’t.”
Ward Melville 8, Yorktown 7
WM: Daniel Bucaro 3G, 2A; Brendan Simpson 3G, Matt O’Rourk 1G; Young Hur 1G
YT: Connor Vercruysse 2G, 3A; Luke Palmadesso 2G, 1A; Nick Del Benee 1G, 1A; Eric Mevreles 1G; Billy Strassman 1G; Nicky Bonitatibus 1A
Saves: Thomas Moore (WM) 9; Austin Grahm (YT) 7