At the conclusion of his team’s dramatic 2-1 overtime win over Lourdes on Monday, Lakeland coach Tim Hourahan took a business-as-usual approach. The eighth-year coach knew that it wasn’t any ordinary win, but what he didn’t know was that his team was also aware of the significance.
“I had no idea they knew what was going on,” he said. “But after the game, they rushed me and presented me with the ball.”
The Hornets were celebrating Hourahan’s 100th career win; a milestone that establishes their coach’s place among the best in Section 1. Entering play Saturday, Hourahan had a career record of 100-37-11, but the win that really put Lakeland on the map came in last season’s Class A final. In their third section title game under Hourahan, the Hornets upset Port Chester to capture an elusive championship.
“We were chasing that sectional title for a while here,” he said. “It means I got to coach a lot of good players. We have a special program with a lot of tradition, and we get a lot of support with the community.”
Red-hot Red Raiders: In the first season under new coach Chris Dwyer, North Rockland is establishing itself as a contender in Class AA. Entering play on Friday, the Red Raiders were undefeated under the rookie head coach at 6-0.
“We knew coming into the year that we had a good squad with a lot of seniors, so we just knew that if we all played our game, played hard in practice and stayed focused, we could take it far,” said midfielder Chris Filor, who recently notched a hat trick in a 6-1 win over Ramapo.
North Rockland has received offensive contributions from several players, but the biggest key has been goalkeeper Steven Hegner and an experienced defense. The lone goal scored by Ramapo was the only one allowed by Hegner through the first six games.
Along with Mamaroneck and Arlington, the Red Raiders are one of just three remaining unbeaten teams in Class AA.
Impressive strikers: There have been a handful of standout goal-scoring displays in the past week. Byram Hills’ Jon Berry continues to set the pace in Section 1, as he scored two more goals this week to improve his section-leading total to 13. Harrison’s Ryo Inkyo scored three goals in a 4-0 win over Rye on Monday, making it two consecutive games with a hat trick. Mahopac’s Joseph Iraola scored a whopping five goals in a 6-0 win over Pelham, while Port Chester’s Winston Arroyo scored four goals in a 5-1 win over Scarsdale, including three in a 19-minute span.