MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Facing a three-goal deficit with about 12 minutes to play, Mahopac’s girls lacrosse team needed a spark and to lock down on defense to rally for a win.
The Indians did exactly that, surging back as senior Diana Good capped off the comeback on a feed from Caroline Raymond with 55 seconds left to hand Mahopac a thrilling 9-8 win over visiting Scarsdale on March 31.
“I’m proud of the team in all aspects of the game,” Mahopac coach Jim Lieto said. “We were down most of the game, but the girls never gave up hope. They kept their composure and showed what they are made of—all heart.”
Scarsdale had a chance to tie it, but Emily O’Shea (seven saves) came through with her biggest save of the game to seal the win.
Briana Corace found Kristen Maxwell for a goal to start the comeback. Good, who finished with three goals, then got loose for a score with Raymond setting her up again to cut it to 8-7.
With just over four minutes to go, Katie McDonough (2G, 1A) fed Raymond (2G, 3A), who found the back of the net to tie the game.
Lieto was proud of the way his defense stepped up to shut down the Raiders down the stretch.
Natalie Scanlon added a goal and secured seven groundballs in the win. Maxwell won 12 of 16 draw controls to help the Indians dominate possession and collected four groundballs.
“It was a tremendous team effort tonight to get the win in a game that could have easily gotten away from us after falling behind early and with the freezing cold weather,” Lieto said. “We knew they were a great team and that they would be looking for revenge after we had a comeback win in the sectional quarterfinals against them last year. The girls played phenomenally today and deserved the big-time victory.”
Mahopac (2-0) began its campaign with a 13-9 win over visiting Kingston on March 29. The Indians led 13-4 with just over nine minutes left as Kingston rallied for five late goals.
“We are extremely happy to get the season off to a successful start,” Lieto said. “At the start of both halves the team looked incredible, showing tremendous patience on offense and tenacity on defense.”
Raymond (3G, 1A), Gabby Light (2G, 1A), Maxwell (2G, 1A, eight groundballs), McDonough (1G, 1A), Good (1G, 1A), Marella Verde (1G, 1A), Morgan Kirby (1G), Scanlon (1G, nine groundballs), Devin King (1G) and O’Shea (seven saves) paced the Indians.
“It was really great to have Kristen Maxwell back on the field after a devastating knee injury last year. Our defense was rock solid for long stretches of time and our senior-laden attack showed poise and discipline. We were able to get most of our newcomers some time out on the field and they stepped up immediately, including Devin King scoring a crucial fifth goal with four minutes to go in the first half, which ended up being the reason we went into halftime with the lead.”
The Indians host North Rockland at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6. They’ll then face visiting Briarcliff at 7 p.m. on April 8.