SOMERS, N.Y.— The Somers girls lacrosse team was ready for the challenge of facing two local rivals in Mahopac and Lakeland/Panas and notched two impressive wins.
Livy Rosenzweig had a memorable performance with seven goals and three assists in a 16-9 win over visiting Mahopac on April 24 to improve the Tuskers’ record to 6-1.
“My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball when I was open and clearing space for me,” Rosenzweig said. “The offensive success starts with the defense. Even though we struggled on the draw and groundballs, we caused a lot of turnovers. (Goalie) Jess (Monaco) also made amazing saves and cleared it quick to start fast-break opportunities.”
Hannah Tiso (3G), Lauren Colavito (2G), Emma Kittredge (1G, 2A), Katie Campbell (1G, 1A), Hannah Lustig (1G), Sophia Fiorino (1G), Teagan Lucchese (1A) and Jen Campbell (1A) rounded out the offensive production.
Jess Monaco made eight saves to preserve the win for a Tusker team that led 8-5 at halftime.
Somers jumped out to a 10-5 halftime lead and defeated visiting Lakeland/Panas 14-9 in a league contest on April 20.
Rosenzweig and Lucchese each had three goals and an assist. Colavito (2G), Katie Campbell (1G, 1A), Tiso (1G, 1A), Fiorino (1G), Kittredge (1G), Mary Murphy (1G) and Lustig (1G) contributed.
“We knew that they were going to be a good team and that we need to come out strong and capitalize on both ends of the field,” Rosenzweig said. “We moved the ball well and played together as a team. We had a lot of scorers and I think that’s what made us successful.”
Monaco led a stout defensive effort with 11 saves.
“The key to defeating Lakeland/Panas was having high energy and controlling the tempo throughout the game,” Monaco said. “Defensively, I think we had great communication with each other, which in turn helped us create turnovers.”
Somers hosted Brewster on April 26 and heads to Suffern for a 4:30 p.m. contest on April 28.
“We have been progressing slowly but surely,” Monaco said. “We learn from each game we play, and as our season goes on we are starting to work our kinks out. I think we can improve on draws and moving the ball quickly on offense, but we are definitely on the right track.”