LAGRANGEVILLE, N.Y.— Mahopac has been on the right side of some thrilling wins this season and that trend continued in an 11-10 overtime victory over host Arlington on Thursday, May 11.
Andrew Evans, a senior captain and face-off guru, scored the game winner with just over three minutes left to cue the celebration.
“The defense forced their offense to turn the ball over and we gave the ball to George Weiss to clear the ball over [midfield], then (coach) Tony (Tanzi) called a timeout,” said Evans, who had two goals, an assist and won 22 out of 25 face-offs. “Shane McDonald dodged down the alley and then rolled back back to me and passed the ball. I caught it, ran down the alley and bounced it in.”
The win came at an ideal time for the Indians with the Section 1 playoffs on the horizon this week.
“Arlington was a very tough opponent,” Mahopac co-coach Sean Mohammed said. “We always look to play our best in May and the win against Arlington may have been the boost we needed.”
Ryan Dugan led the way with four goals and an assist, while Weiss added two goals and three assists. Michael Argila made 14 saves.
Pleasantville cruised past visiting Mahopac 19-7 on May 9. Mark Carey (1A) and Evans had two goals apiece for the Indians (7-9).
Mahopac closed the regular season with a 12-5 win over visiting Putnam Valley behind four goals from Dugan.
Weiss (1G, 3A), McDonald (2G, 1A) and Carey (2G, 1A) also contributed in the victory.
Despite an up and down regular season, Mahopac feels ready for the Class A playoffs after going up against a top-notch schedule.
“The key to making a run in sectionals is to play smart and take care of the ball,” Evans said. “We need to make every shot count. And move the ball around and run the offense. I know the team can make a run and upset some teams.”