Indians Edge Admirals in Thriller

Hannah Lieto clears. Credits: Deena Bell

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— It was down to the wire as Mahopac’s girls lacrosse team hosted Arlington on Thursday, May 4, and the Indians pulled out a thrilling 12-11 win.

“This was a well-earned victory for our team,” Mahopac coach Jim Lieto said. “The girls gave it everything they had.”

The Indians trailed 11-9 with three minutes remaining but quickly tied up the game with 2:19 on the clock.

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Katie McDonough then drew a foul with 14 seconds left and buried the ensuing 8-meter for the game winner.

Morgan Kirby (4G), McDonough (2G, 3A) and Diana Good (3G) paced the Indians’ attack.

Briana Corace (1G, 1A), Caroline Raymond (1G), Kristen Maxwell (1G) and Natalie Scanlon (1A) rounded out the offensive output for an Indian squad which led 7-4 at halftime.

“The matchups between our team and [Arlington’s] are always great,” Lieto said. “Since they beat us to force a share of the league title in 2015 and we had to come back and win the league title against them last year, we knew they were going to come out hard on us both at the start of the game and the start of the second half. I am extremely proud of how our girls handled adversity and came away with the victory.”

Emily O’Shea made seven saves in net. McDonough also scooped up five groundballs for Mahopac, which improved to 8-5.

Mahopac lost to visiting Brewster 13-12 on May 2 on its senior night.

“I really hope our seniors are proud of the effort we put forth tonight,” Lieto said. “We just came up a little short. I am so proud of all the accomplishments of this senior class. They stuck together for years and are one of the biggest classes in the history of Mahopac girls lacrosse.”

McDonough (3G, 2A), Good (3G, 1A), Corace (3G), Raymond (2G, 3A, 8 of 14 faceoffs), Kirby (1G, 5 groundballs), Maxwell (1A), Marella Verde (1A) and O’Shea (7 saves) stuffed the stat sheet for the Indians.

The Indians trailed 6-3 at halftime. They cut the deficit to 7-6 early in the second half but Brewster scored the next five goals to take a commanding lead.

Lieto was proud of all 11 of his seniors and what they have meant to the program over the years. He added that they all will be truly missed.

“Diana Good plays with so much heart and got us going by scoring the first three goals when we could have lost control of the game,” Lieto said. “Hope Mantovi plays with passion and is always a positive supporter of her teammates. Gabby Light worked extremely hard coming up with many key turnovers. Marella Verde was flying all over the field keeping the offense moving and putting pressure on their defense. Kristen Maxwell is a tremendous leader and the heart and soul of our team. Briana Corace’s calm and cool demeanor really got us going on the comeback trail tonight. Nicole DeMealo went out on the field and laid it all on the line and had two key stops.

“Allison Reilly refused to allow Brewster to stall and her intensity on attacking the ball carrier paid off multiple times. Jenn Laga stepped up on the defensive end as she made stop after stop. Emily O’Shea was rock solid between the pipes making save after save early on. Kim Schiera may not have been able to step on the field due to injury, but her presence was felt all over the field as she coached and encouraged all her teammates to be in the right spot and believe in our ability to mount a comeback.”

The Indians hosted Yorktown on Wednesday, May 10, and travel to rival Carmel for a 4:30 p.m. game on May 12, to close out the regular season.

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