Mahopac Holds on to Beat Briarcliff

Morgan Kirby scoops up a groundball. Credits: Rob DiAntonio

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— Coming off a loss to defending Class A section champion North Rockland, Mahopac’ girls lacrosse team rebounded with an 11-9 win over visiting Briarcliff in its first league game on April 8.

The Indians got off to a fast start and built a 6-1 halftime lead. Briarcliff stormed back in the second half, but Mahopac (3-1) was able to hang on.

“After a tough loss last night it is nice to get right back on track and defeat a hardworking team like Briarcliff,” Mahopac coach Jim Lieto said. “Briarcliff never backed down and pushed our team to the limit, and I am grateful we were able to hold on and finish the week off with a victory.”

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The Indians led 9-3 midway through the second half before the Bears went on a 3-0 run to cut it 9-6 with just six minutes remaining. Kristen Maxwell ended Briarcliff’s run on a free position shot with just over four minutes left.

Morgan Kirby (six groundballs), Katie McDonough and Marella Verde each netted two goals apiece. Caroline Raymond had a goal and two assists, while Diana Good, Gabby Light and Briana Corace each scored a goal. Maxwell won 10 out of 18 draws. Natalie Scanlon had an assist and scooped up eight groundballs.

The Indians lost to North Rockland 11-6 on April 7.

Mahopac took a 2-0 lead behind two goals from Light but North Rockland answered with a 9-0 run to take a commanding 9-2 lead into halftime. The Indians battled back in the second half, but the Raiders ran out the clock by stalling on offense.

“I am proud that the girls never backed down,” Lieto said. “They fought to the last second to try to work their way back into the game. After the game, no one was sulking. The captains had everyone focused on how we need to get better to raise our play to the level of a team like North Rockland.”

Light finished with three goals and two assists to lead the charge. Raymond added two goals while Katie McDonough had one. Maxwell won 9 of 15 draws.

Mahopac travelled to Mamaroneck on April 12 and then heads up to Lagrangeville to face Arlington in a 4:30 p.m. showdown on April 18.

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