Mahopac Lax Undergoes a Makeover

Ryan Dugan is a big presence on attack.

MAHOPAC, N.Y.— With the loss of longtime standout midfielders Christian Donahoe and Dan Foley to graduation, Mahopac lacrosse is poised to have an entirely different look in 2017.

“Last year it was nice having [Foley and Donahoe] around but it has created some openings for some guys to see what they can do,” said Tony Tanzi, who serves as the team’s co-head coach alongside Sean Mohammed. “Some guys—now that they are in a brighter light—are taking on a bigger role. We saw it during winter league. Guys are stepping up in terms of taking more offensive roles for us. In general, we have to play as a team this year. We can’t give the ball to Dan Foley and have him create for us.”

For a youthful team short on varsity experience, Andrew Evans figures to be the great equalizer. The Marist-bound senior emerged as the section’s top faceoff man a year ago, winning 332 of 468 draws (71 percent) to help Mahopac hog possession after possession. Evans also proved to be more than just a FOGO, using his powerful outside shot to record 18 goals. 

Sign Up for E-News

“Andrew Evans is one of those people who has the ability to be one of the best players in the section,” Tanzi said. “It’s like you are starting a fast break with your best guy after every single goal.”

George Weiss and Jack Sarfaty are slated to round out the top midfield line. A trio of freshmen—Tommy Elliott, Zach Esteves and Andrew Dazi—will be counted on to provide depth.

Ryan Dugan, a returning junior, will anchor the attack. At 6-foot-4, Dugan has the size to post up opposing defensemen and the vision to find his teammates. He showed flashes last year as a sophomore, racking up 19 goals and 18 assists. Look for him to take on a bigger role as a creator in 2017.

“The rest is pretty open,” Tanzi said of his starting attack line. “We return Shane McDonald, a senior, who saw some time last year. He will see some time down there as well.”

Overall, Mahopac’s offense figures to rely much more on ball movement than isolation-heavy dodging.

“We don’t have guys who can just run down the field and score—with the exception of Andrew Evans,” Tanzi said. “We need to create offense with off-ball movement and stuff like that.”

Andrew Wright, a skilled technician, is back to spearhead the defense. Tanzi has high hopes for the senior close defenseman, who will likely match up against the opposition’s top offensive weapon.

“Andrew Wright is someone to watch as one of the better guys in the section,” Tanzi said. “He was one of our better guys last year. He’s a good takeaway guy, can run with most guys and he’s aggressive and a great leader. Last year he was stuck behind guys like Aidan Hynes and Zac Carlin. This year we will see more from him and he’s going to be leading that defense.”

Sophomore Zach Puckhaber, an end-to-end threat at long-stick midfield, is a newcomer to watch. He was pulled up for last year’s sectional run. Dillon McDonough, an imposing football player, will also play a key role at close defense. Jack McDonald is another defenseman expected to contribute.

Sophomore Mike Argila is pegged to start between the pipes after seeing some spot time in a few games last season as a freshman.

Per usual, Mahopac has assembled a rigorous schedule that includes marquee showdowns against Northport, Long Island (April 1), Mamaroneck (April 5), Somers (April 11), Yorktown (April 19), Fox Lane (May 1) and Pleasantville (May 9). The Indians are chasing the program’s 10th Section 1 title and first since 2011.

“We always expect to go as far as we possibly can,”  Tanzi said. “As a program, we always want to play our best all year—but it’s a matter of who is really playing their best lacrosse come May. That’s the way we have always been. We take a lot of pride in the way that we play at the end of the year because that’s what matters most. We design our schedule to kind of reflect that. It’s a buildup to prepare us for the sectionals. Lately, that’s why we have been getting a No. 8 or 9 seed going into the playoffs. It always seems to help us out. We got to the semis last year and the final the year before that, so we are trying to do the same this year.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


The Hatch Act and Immigration Updates

This is for information purposes only. So, when you see headlines like the recent “Kellyanne Conway cited for two violations of the Hatch Act,” you will have a working knowledge of what it means. First off, what is the Hatch Act? This has nothing to do with Orrin Hatch, senator from Utah. Simply put, it states one cannot advocate for or against candidates while serving in an official ...

There Is Always More to the Story

If you are getting your information from CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times or others in the mainstream media, you would think the Russians are no good dirty scoundrels, colluding with Trump to steal the election from the rightful heir, Hillary Clinton.

The leading Democrats in New York are all on board with this scenario, as are Democrats representing states across the country. You have heard ...

The ‘Feminist’ President ... Ha!

Incredibly, it wasn’t until 1987 that Congress finally acknowledged the part women have played in the great movements of American history, declaring March to be National Women’s History Month.

And each year since, as March rolls around, U.S. presidents have stood at the lectern, extolling the virtues of American women. In President Trump’s statement, released last week, he ...

To Harrison, L'Chaim!

At long last, the smile of spring approaches, as an angry winter recedes into good riddance. Our spirit is ready to be re-charged. Damn the power outages, full speed ahead!

For my wife, Elyse, daughter, Elissa, and me, this otherwise exuberant time of year brings a confusion of mixed emotions. In 2003, on the opening day of spring, March 20, which happens to be my birthday, our 15-year-old son ...

Anytown USA's Reality TV Show

Nowhere is the raw power of our Constitution’s First Amendment more earnestly practiced than in thousands of town halls across the land every time a citizen steps up to the podium to say his piece.

That also is where reality television can be seen at its rawest, as town meetings are televised to the local populace. All the familiar production values of reality TV are there in full color: ...

When It's Not OK to Ask If Everything's OK

There is this thing that I do that annoys the heck out of my family. Well, to be honest, there are a lot of things I do that annoy the heck out of my family, but I am thinking of one thing in particular.

Whenever someone is in the bathroom for what I determine to be an abnormally long period of time, I stand outside the bathroom door and yell,


I ...

I'm All Pumped Up

This time last year, I struggled with my New Year’s resolution to go to the gym.

This year, I have made significant progress. I am going to the gym on a semi-regular basis. And by semi-regular, I mean, I go often enough that I actually remember where it’s located between visits.

The bad news, however, is that my workouts are just, how would you say it? Lame. Yes, they’re ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, March 17, 7:30 PM

First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown, Yorktown Heights

Concert March 17: Songs of the Heart and the ...

Arts & Entertainment


Sat, March 24, 2:00 PM

South Putnam Animal Hospital, Mahopac

PCDOH Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic

Health & Wellness

Sat, March 24, 2:00 PM

South Putnam Animal Hospital, Mahopac

PCDOH Free Rabies Vaccination Clinic

Health & Wellness

Safety Is Schools' Top Priority

March 14, 2018

To the editor,

[Editor’s note: The following letter was sent by School Superintendent Anthony DiCarlo to Mahopac families and the school community.]

We are all saddened by the tragic events that took place in Parkland, Fla., several weeks ago, Mahopac’s collective thoughts and prayers for healing and strength are directed toward the families and students of Parkland.

I want ...