MAMARONECK – How evenly matched were the Mamaroneck and Scarsdale field hockey teams that played Monday for the second time this season?
Consider that after a scoreless first half, Scarsdale scored, only to have Mamaroneck answer 64 seconds later.
And then just 2:24 after Mamaroneck took a 2-1 lead, Scarsdale answered back.
That was with just 1:59 on the clock and the game had “tie” written all over it.
But Mamaroneck, whose only loss this season was a 4-0 shutout against Scarsdale in early September, wasn’t going to be satisfied with a tie.
And on a penalty corner called with 18 seconds left and played after time expired, junior Molly Banks nudged in a rebound inside the left post to give host Mamaroneck a memorable 3-2 win.
“We ran our six, which is one of our stronger plays,” Banks said. “We move the ball across the circle to throw off the ‘D’. My job is to be on the post, ready for anything.
“Knowing we were either going to win or tie was very motivating,” Banks added. “I really think everyone put in extra effort during that play.”
The win boosted Mamaroneck to 13-1-2 on the season.
Scarsdale fell to 13-2-1.
“They cut to the ball much better,” Scarsdale coach Sharon Rosenthal said of the Tigers. “Mental mistakes cost us that game and Mamaroneck plays to the end.”
Scarsdale’s Emma Schwartz opened the scoring with 25:17 left off an Erin Nicholas assist.
Elizabeth Brissette tied the score off a penalty corner with 24:21 left. Paige Danehy had the assist.
Two minutes after Scarsdale just missed scoring, shooting just wide off the left post, Brissette scored with 4:23 to play off a penalty corner and another Danehy feed.
But then Jilly Mehlman tied the game 2-2, with Nicholas assisting.
Player of the game: Nicholas had multiple interceptions to go with her two assists and Brissette not only had the first two Tiger goals but started multiple rushes down the sidelines. Still, Banks gets the nod with her winning score.
Turning point: Banks’ goal after time expired was clearly the turning point.
Stat line: Scarsdale goalie Lila Horwood had five saves. Tiger keeper Charlotte Mackie stopped four shots.
Mamaroneck dominated in corners, 9-2.
Quotables: “These girls never say die. They just play the game and never give up,” said Mamaroneck coach John Savage, who was particularly pleased all three Tiger goals came off corners.
“Scarsdale is a great team and I think we’re a great team,” he said, noting the two could face each other again in sectional play.
Banks said her team’s passing was better than it had been the first time it played Scarsdale. But she added there was more to it than that.
“We had more heart and energy and were ready to get revenge,” she said.