MONTROSE, N.Y.— Last season Mahopac had a mediocre start, but found its groove late and rode that wave to the Section 1 Class A championship game.
This season is playing out similarly as the Indians have rallied from a slow start, winning five of their last six games.
Mahopac (8-7) started the week by defeating host Hendrick Hudson 14-8 on May 3 behind six goals and two assists from Johnnie Ward and five goals and an assist from Daniel Foley.
“Johnnie Ward is a quality player, he was getting good looks and taking advantage of opportunities,” Mahopac co-coach Sean Mohammed said. “Dan Foley plays like a warrior. There are times that he just won’t be denied a goal. As much as he is a team player he also can use brute strength and determination to will the ball to the back of the net.”
The Indians netted six goals in the second quarter to take a 9-5 lead into halftime.
“The boys committed to finishing offensive play with positive results: no turnovers and high quality shots,” Mohammed said of the key to the victory over the Sailors.
Ryan Dugan and Tom Murray contributed a goal and three assists apiece, while Mike Aurisicchio made seven saves.
Mahopac cruised past rival Carmel 14-3 on the road on May 5.
Christian Donahoe paced the attack with three goals and four assists. Foley added four goals and Murray had three goals and two assists. George Weiss netted two goals.
The Indians lost to host Bronxville 10-8 on May 6. Ward (1A), Foley and Donahoe tallied two goals apiece. Aurisicchio made seven saves.
“We had played a physical Carmel team the night before; then on the road to Bronxville is a tough scenario,” Mohammed said. “We played well and stuck to our game plan. We did have a few turnovers that led to some Bronxville goals. Bronxville also capitalized on some man-up opportunities. We try to look at some positives after a loss like that.”
Mahopac routed visiting Suffern 16-3 on May 9 behind five goals from Andrew Evans. Foley had three goals and three assists. Donahoe added a hat trick and an assist. Aurisicchio made six saves.
The Indians close out the regular season when they travel to Brewster for a 4:30 p.m. game on May 12.
“The athleticism on our field is among some of the best in Section 1,” Mohammed said. “Our improvements are seen in planning and using personnel appropriately. We ask that the boys play at the top level every time they come out.”