MAHOPAC, N.Y. — Mahopac’s girls lacrosse team was on both sides of a close contest last week. The Indians picked up a road win over Fox Lane but dropped a home contest with Lakeland/Panas two days later.
Trailing by a goal at halftime, Mahopac surged past the host Foxes with an 11-9 win on Thursday, April 5.
The game was tied 8-8 with 10 minutes left but the defense stepped up and Sophia DeFrancesco (3G) scored two of the final three goals. Ally Conlin added one goal down the stretch.
Caroline Raymond tallied four goals and three assists to lead the Indians (3-2). Gigi Genovese (2G), Christina Lopreato (1G) and Lindsay Neilis (1A) also contributed in the win.
“We really feel like we are climbing the mountain and getting better each day,” Mahopac coach Jim Lieto said. “The girls spent a lot of time reviewing film and going hard through practice to step up their game today. Fox Lane is a fantastic team and I admire our team’s ability to stay positive, lift each other up and come away victorious tonight.”
Jordan Barbagallo made eight saves in net for an Indian defense that held Fox Lane to just four goals in the second half after trailing 5-4 at halftime.
Siobhan Hynes had two interceptions. Natalie Scanlon scooped up two ground balls.
On April 7, Mahopac fell to visiting Lakeland/Panas 7-6. The game was tied 4-4 at halftime but the Rebels were able to quickly gain a 6-4 lead. Conlin tallied two straight goals to tie it up with 11 minutes to spare.
Lakeland/Panas took the lead for good with four minutes left on a goal from Emily Kness. It won the ensuing draw and was able to possess the ball for the final few minutes.
Neilis, DeFrancesco and Scanlon had a goal apiece while Barbagallo made seven saves. Raymond won five of eight draws and gained two ground balls.
“It’s tough to lose a close one at home like this,” Lieto said. “We felt like we did a lot of things well, but we just couldn’t finish off a couple of scoring opportunities. Credit to both defenses and goalies for such a strong game on both sides.”