NORTHPORT, N.Y.— Moral victories are usually frowned upon by most athletes, but Mahopac’s opening game had to be looked at as one considering the caliber of the opponent it was against.
The Indians travelled out to Long Island and fell in a tight 17-15 contest to Northport on March 26.
“I personally am not a big moral victory guy for the most part, but I can’t help but take a lot of good from the loss,” Mahopac senior Christian Donahoe said. “All preseason we talked about what we believe is a high talent level and an experienced team. It was all just that though — talk. This game showed us that we can play with the best teams in the state like Northport. I think we also didn’t play our best ballgame so I’m excited about how well we can play if we don’t make any mistakes.”
Donahoe and senior Daniel Foley led a spirited offensive effort, combining for 11 goals. Donahoe had six goals and two assists, while Foley netted five goals and dished out an assist.
“Offensively, we run many different sets,” Donahoe said. “The key in every game is finding which matchups we feel we can take advantage of. Our coaches do an outstanding job putting us in position to be successful and that’s just what they did Saturday. They put us into matchups and sets that we could be successful in.”
Senior Johnnie Ward (three goals), junioe Shane McDonald (one goal), sophomore Ryan Dugan (two assists) and senior Mike Aurisicchio (nine saves) also got in on the stat sheet.
It was a tight contest that saw neither team gain a substantial lead. The Indians trailed just 14-13 after three quarters.
“It was a great game,” Mahopac co-coach Sean Mohammed said. “There was never more than a one or two goal lead by either team. It was a great start for this team, they played solid offense.”
Mahopac travelled to Yorktown on March 29 and will host Horace Greeley at 4:30 p.m. on March 31.
“In order to rebound we need to clean up some mistakes we made,” Donahoe said. “That’s expected, in the first game of the year you’re never going to be perfect. Once we work out the kinks and play our best ball the wins will come. We try not to worry too much about the win or loss each game, but how we got better and can get better to be playing our best ball come playoff time.”