SUFFERN, N.Y.— It was a loss to learn from after Somers’ varsity girls lacrosse team endured a 10-9 setback against host Suffern on Friday, April 28.
Emma Kittredge’s unassisted goal tied the game at 9-9 with 5:08 to play, but the Mounties’ Abby Bosco scored with just 16 ticks on the clock to give Suffern the win.
“[Suffern] is a great team and we kept up with them last game, so I think that we just need to make a few small changes,” Tusker senior Katie Campbell said. “Simple things like taking care of the ball and capitalizing on each possession will make a huge difference going forward. We’re excited for the rest of the season and think that this game was a great one to learn from.”
Somers trailed 7-4 at halftime, but held Suffern to just three second-half goals to get back in the game.
“We started off a little slow, so we need to try to win the draw and capitalize off of possessions earlier in the game,” said Campbell, who paced the Tuskers with four goals and an assist. “We also turned the ball over a lot in transition so making small changes like cleaning transition up will make a big difference in future games.”
Livy Rosenzweig (1G, 3A), Teagan Lucchese (1G, 2A), Lauren Colavito (1G) and Hannah Lustig (1G) were factors offensively.
“Losing to Suffern was a good learning experience and helped to show us that nothing comes easy and we can’t beat ourselves,” said Lucchese, whose team faced Suffern again on May 2 at home. “We need to take the energy from this loss and use it towards the next time we play them.”
Jess Monaco was impressive in net with 15 saves.
Lucchese tallied six goals and an assist, while Rosenzweig had four goals and six assists in a 15-8 win over visiting Brewster on April 26.
“The key to success in our game against Brewster was taking everything we talked about in practice and applying it to the game,” Lucchese said. “We spread out wide and made sure not to clog up the eight, along with making sure everytime we had possession of the ball it was resulting in a goal.”
Sophia Fiorino (2G, 1A), Hannah Tiso (1G), Campbell (2A), Colavito (1G), Kittredge (1G) and Monaco (nine saves) rounded out the stat sheet.
“Our defense and Jess played awesome in the game against Brewster,” Campbell said. “Brewster was getting the draw a lot but the defense held them back and stopped them from scoring too many goals. Our attack also moved the ball really well when we had it, which created a lot of scoring opportunities.”
The Tuskers (7-2) travel to John Jay-Cross River for a 4:30 p.m. game today and head out to Rockland County to face North Rockland in a 2:30 p.m. contest two days later.