SOMERS, N.Y — In 2011, Somers suffered a first-round loss in the Section 1 Class B playoffs. In 2012, the Tuskers got back and made history.
No. 5-seeded Somers (13-4) downed No. 12-seeded Beacon (4-13), 17-5, on Thursday to secure the program's first-ever playoff victory. The Tuskers will travel to No. 4-seeded Scarsdale for a quarterfinal matchup on Saturday at 11 a.m.
“We were in a good position because we had played Beacon two previous times since they are in our league, so we kind of knew what we were walking into and who to watch out for,” Somers coach Jamie Irving said. “We’re trying to peak right now and all the pieces of the puzzle are starting to fit together nicely.”
It was a complete team effort for the Tuskers. Sarah Mink and Emma Schurr led the way with four goals apiece. Tara Schurr added three goals and goalie Carly Shaw was solid in net with 8 saves.
Every playoff team wants to make a statement in the first round and Somers proved Thursday that they will be a problem for opponents both offensively and defensively.
“Sometimes we take a couple of minutes to get used to the other team and see what they’re bringing to us instead of going after it, but today that wasn’t the case,” Irving said. “We played 100 percent our game and didn’t worry about the other team. We did what we had to do to be successful.”
Somers goes from the familiar territory of a league opponent to the unknown when they take on the Raiders on Saturday. Coach Irving was already retroactively scouting Scarsdale just hours after the victory.
“Through the news you can find out a little about who their top players are and how they play, but not having seen them play puts us at a little bit of a disadvantage,” Irving said. “But it’s important going into it to make my players aware of the fact that we are going to play our game and try to make them change their game to deal with us.”