MAHOPAC, N.Y.— After starting the season with two losses and enduring a mediocre first half against Horace Greeley, Mahopac was looking for a spark.
The Indians found it with a five-goal third quarter, which propelled them to a 10-5 win over the visiting Quakers on March 31.
After trailing 4-3 at halftime, Mahopac outscored Greeley 7-1 in the second half and held them scoreless in the third quarter.
“As much as you tell kids not to look past any team I think that may be what happened in the first half against them,” Mahopac co-coach Sean Mohammed said. “Greeley has a good team — they are very well coached. Going in to the half down one was an eye opener for us. We told the boys to relax and settle the offense; when they did that the boys were able to see the scoring opportunities present themselves.”
Senior Dan Foley took full advantage of those opportunities and headlined the surge, finishing the game with three goals and four assists.
“We played an awful first half so we came out with a lot of intensity, which led to a lot of goals in the third quarter,” Foley said.
The LIU Post-bound Foley, who missed the entire basketball season due to a back injury, has returned for lacrosse and is getting healthier with each passing game.
“I have been feeling better and better each game,” Foley said, “and hope to continue that route for the rest of the games.”
Senior Johnnie Ward was also a significant factor in the win, adding three goals and two assists. Tom Murray had two goals and an assist, while Andrew Evans and Ryan Dugan each added a goal. Christian Donahoe dished out two assists.
Mike Aurisicchio made seven saves in net for the Indians.
Mahopac (1-2) fell to defending Section 1 Class B champion Yorktown 15-8 on March 29.
The game was tied at 1-1 after one quarter, but the floodgates opened up in the second as the Huskers outscored the Indians 6-2 to take a 7-3 lead into halftime.
“We feel that we played bad against Yorktown,” Foley admitted. “We had them in the first quarter but they made a great run in the second quarter which eventually led them to victory.”
Murray and Donahoe each had two goals for Mahopac. Foley and Ward both had one goal and one assist. Evans and Jack Sarfaty notched one goal apiece. Aurisicchio stopped 12 shots in net.
“After Yorktown we wanted the boys to be able to understand resiliency and being able to fight through hard times,” Mohammed said. “We started our season playing two really tough opponents.”
Mahopac hosts Putnam Valley at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7 and will travel to Somers for a 3 p.m. contest on Saturday, April 9.