Blue Devils play powerhouse Yorktown for Class B state championship at St. John Fisher College

The Victor boys lacrosse team has been here before.

So have the Yorktown Cornhuskers. Eight times before.

As the Blue Devils continue to build their tradition, they’ll put it on the line against the history and tradition of Yorktown in Saturday’s Class B state championship game. Faceoff is set for 12:30 p.m. at St. John Fisher College, and Victor is playing a school that has eight state championships in the books, although just two of those titles have come since 2003. The last championship for Yorktown came in 2014 in Class B.

Of course, that doesn’t mean much of anything to the Blue Devils, who last spring in the Class A final beat a Ward Melville team that was going for its ninth state title as well. 

Still, the Cornhuskers (17-4) are no team to take lightly, and the Blue Devils understand this. They’re meeting a team that has won six straight coming into Saturday, which includes Wednesday’s double-overtime win over Garden City. They’ve won seven straight Section I Class B titles and have 40 overall titles. 

Junior attackman Jamison Embury leads Yorktown with 50 goals and two others, senior attackman Justin Cavallo (44) and junior midfielder Justin Embury (40) help form a potent trio to lead an offense that has five players with 25 or more goals. 

For Victor (18-3), Andrew Russell (40), Mitchell Cain (34), Zach Estabrooks (33) and Connor Keenan (32) are the key contributors to a balanced unit that saw eight different players score in Wednesday’s win over Vestal.

Junior goalie Chayse Ierlan has been at 60% or better in save percentage over the last three games. He’s getting superb help in front of him from defenders Tanner Hay, Matt Gardner and Mike Novitsky, and Sutton Boland has been solid in getting the ball upfield as well.

But that this point, numbers don’t really mean all that much, especially when it comes to teams like Yorktown and the quality of opponent they face week in and week out in Section I.

“We have to find a whole new level,” said Victor coach Jim Andre after Wednesday’s win over Vestal. “Our kids are starting to mature, but I have two days to figure out what we have to do against Yorktown.”

So while Andre and his staff have been working on that, the answer to the question that’s been on your mind the last two days is this: Yorktown got its Cornhuskers nickname because the high school was built on what was once a cornfield. Look it up.