CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – The Mahopac High School field hockey team knew what was coming when the Indians took on No. 1 Greeley in last week’s Putnam-Northern Westchester large schools playoffs semifinal round.
The Indians had suffered a 5-0 loss to the Quakers in the final game of regular-season play, and were better prepared for the rematch.
Mahopac held the top seed scoreless for the first half, before the Quakers broke through with two goals in the third, and finished the game with a fourth-quarter goal to take a 3-0 win.
Mahopac, the No. 4 seed, closed its season at 7-5-1. Top-seeded Greeley went on to beat Carmel, 2-0, in the championship game.
Greeley dominated corners, but Mahopac’s defense held up throughout the first half.
“We didn’t have a lot of offensive chances,” Indians coach Dona DiMaggio said. “They had 25 corners to our two. But the first half was actually pretty even, and we did have a few opportunities. But our defense was fantastic shutting them down.”
Indians keeper Maddie Orsini was busy all game, turning back 20 shots on goal.
“Maddie made save after save,” DiMaggio said. “She was really impressive. She had confidence and played hard, she’s a dynamite goalie. She also stopped two penalty strokes.
“Krista Dietz and Gabby Gonzalez were also both exceptional,” the coach added. “Our defense—Avery Przymylski, Emma Witt, Kerrianne King—were all solid. The ball was in our territory a great percentage of the time, and they kept denying.”
DiMaggio said her team went into the game confident they had a chance for an upset.
“We went in with a lot of confidence,” DiMaggio said. “We felt we could pull it out, we were definitely going for an upset. There were some tough calls that we didn’t get, but we never let down. The girls were disappointed for sure, but it was pretty exciting because we really gave them a fight, so we were pleased about that. And the future looks bright, we have a lot of young players, and they’re all back. So, we’re feel excited about the future.”