SCARSDALE, N.Y.— The momentum was with Mahopac as the Indians opened the second half Saturday on the road at Scarsdale.
Mahopac went into the halftime break fired up as Tommy Elliot scored at the buzzer to tie it up at 2-2.
Then Andrew Evans started the second half by winning the opening faceoff and going straight upfield and ripping a shot for a goal and a 3-2 lead.
Unfortunately, that was the last goal of the game for Mahopac as the host Raiders rallied and held on for a 4-3 victory May 6. With the win, Scarsdale improved to 12-3 overall, while Mahopac fell to 5-8 on the season.
“That goal before the half and then right off the faceoff, we put ourselves in position (to win) and we just didn’t click on offense,” Mahopac coach Sean Mohammed said. “We knew they’re a good team and we’re very young and inexperienced. It was a question of could our guys hold them off.”
Mahopac had scored first as Mark Carey put the Indians on the board with just over three minutes left in the first quarter. Scarsdale answered a minute later to even it up at 1-1 and then the Raiders took the lead early in the second period.
It looked like that would be the score heading into halftime, but the Indians came up with a loose ball with less than 30 seconds left and went to work. Elliot was able to rip a shot just before the buzzer to tie it up at 2-2.
Evans did the job all game long on faceoffs, including the one to open the second half as he won it clean and raced upfield and fired a shot past Scarsdale goalie Jeremy Wolfe for a 3-2 lead.
Once again Scarsdale responded as Jackson Borenstein scored to even it up, and then Alex Miller scored with 3:20 left in the third to give the hosts a 4-3 lead.
That would be the last goal of the game as both defenses stood tall in the fourth quarter. Mahopac goalie Michael Argila and the Indian defense kept it a one-goal game as they held the high-scoring Scarsdale offense in check.
“Defensively, we matched up well and did a really nice job,” Mohammed said. “Argila did a phenomenal job in goal and Andrew Wright did a great job. Dillon McDonough also played well defensively and Brendan Diorio did a great job helping us out on clears.”
Just two days earlier, the offense was clicking for Mahopac as the Indians were able to pull away for a 15-8 victory over rival Carmel.
“That was a good win for us, a league win and always nice to get that win,” Mohammed said. “Carmel is still a relatively new program and they’ll be a presence and make themselves known in the next few years. A lot of good athletes and that’s a good team, so that was a good win for us.”
Carey led the way for Mahopac as he scored three goals for the hat trick, while Evans, Ryan Dugan and Shane McDonald each scored a pair of goals as the Indians used a balanced attack to pull away for the win.
With the loss to Scarsdale, Mahopac added another close loss against one of the top teams in the section as the Indians’ tough schedule should help them get ready for a strong finish in the playoffs.
“One thing we always do is to try and make it a tough schedule so that come playoffs we know what it’s like to play the harder teams and not run into a buzz saw,” Mohammed said.
Mahopac was set to close out the regular season with three games this week, starting with a game on the road at Pleasantville on May 9. The Indians were then set to travel to Arlington at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, and finish up the regular season at home at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 13, against Putnam Valley.