BREWSTER, N.Y.— Mahopac’s boys lacrosse team endured two very different games to begin the season.
The Indians (1-1) scorched host Brewster 13-5 in their first game on Wednesday, March 29.
Junior forward Ryan Dugan exploded for a career-high seven goals and gathered five groundballs.
“We were moving the ball really fast,” Dugan said. “We found the open guy every time. It felt really good because last year I didn’t have as big of a role with a lot of seniors on the team.”
Senior captains Andrew Evans and Kyle Fergie padded on three goals in the dismantling of the Bears.
Evans played superb all-around, picking up eight grounders and winning 14 of 19 total faceoffs. In addition, he passed his way to three assists.
Jack Sarfaty scooped up five groundballs and had three assists, while senior George Weiss corralled five groundballs in the encouraging victory.
Mahopac’s home opener on Saturday went the complete opposite against thicker competition in the Northport Tigers from Long Island.
Its luck was just as well as the frigid spring weather in the 16-4 defeat. Evans drew first blood for the Indians with a goal early in the game, but the Tigers roared to pile four consecutive scores heading into the second.
Waking the squad up, Evans fired one home again from mid-range on a give from Shane McDonald to make the score 4-2 early in the second quarter.
Following a few missed scoring chances from a revitalized Mahopac offense, Northport whistled for timeout only two minutes into the quarter.
The quick break would seem to transform the Tigers as they erupted to tally six goals before marching into halftime with a 10-2 lead.
During the eventful second quarter, Evans was forced to the sideline for some time after suffering a minor injury.
“It shook some of our inexperienced players,” Mahopac co-coach Sean Mohammed said. “You could see the decline go from there. Any number of things just didn’t go in our direction.”
Northport’s elite passing and cutting ability was too much for the Indian defense to withstand, as it lagged behind a very fast opponent.
“We just need to go harder in practice,” Dugan said. “When they went on that run, we hung our heads and kind of quit. As a team, we didn’t play well at all. We need to move the ball faster and can’t ball-watch on defense.”
Usually dominant in faceoffs, Evans was challenged by Northport’s Connor Cronin to win only 8 of 19. Indians’ goalie Michael Argila did all that he could against constant pressure, saving 10 shots.
“It was a team effort on their part,” Mahopac co-coach Tony Tanzi said. “They played a better team. We have a lot of younger guys that were not used to a team of that caliber and now we are.”
Fergie and Weiss tacked on a goal apiece in the second half.
Sarfaty dished for two assists and had two groundballs. Defender Andrew Wright pitched in by trapping three loose balls.
Ready to put their second game behind them, the Indians hosted Mamaroneck on Wednesday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m.
“A lot of the mistakes we made are very fixable,” Dugan said. “Going forward we will learn from this.”