In a highly-anticipated match-up, Lakeland continued its perfect season, defeating Mamaroneck in a very close 1-0 win. I can’t emphasize enough how close this game was, as it really could have gone either way.
The Tigers really put the pressure on in the second half, but Lakeland goalie Alex Halpin came up big. She only made six saves, but most of them were off of high-quality scoring chances.
MSG Varsity’s Jordan Griffith tweeted this after the game:
After the game, @lakeland_sports team said @mhsvarsitysport was the toughest they faced this year, including two CT powers. Big compliment.
— Jordan Griffith (@MSGV_JGriffith) October 15, 2014
Big compliment indeed.
Below is my game story, as well as the day’s scoreboard in what was a very busy day for field hockey in the area.
With Lakeland being one of the dominant teams in the nation, Alex Halpin doesn’t usually have to do too much work.
Against a top program like Mamaroneck, however, the senior goalie showed why she is committed to the University of Massachusetts, making six saves in the Hornets’ 1-0 win over the host Tigers on Wednesday.
“She doesn’t get as much attention because she doesn’t rack up the saves, but she is clearly a top goalie,” Lakeland head coach Sharon Sarsen said. “When a game matters, she’s phenomenal.”
The game was a match-up between Section 1’s two best teams. Both teams came in with perfect records. Lakeland has wins against top Connecticut programs Darien and Wilton, and Mamaroneck had yet to give up a goal in the season.
When Mamaroneck began to pile on the offensive pressure in the second half, Halpin stepped up. With 23 minutes left in the game, Mamaroneck’s Elizabeth Clarke got a 1-on-1 chance in front, but the Lakeland goalie managed to make the point-blank save to keep the game scoreless.
Mamaroneck, with head coach John Savage emphasizing the team shut down Lakeland star midfielder Dana Bozek, had several corners in the second half, but were unable to put one by Halpin.
“I stayed on my toes,” Halpin said. “I knew they had a lot of deep tippers trying to tip it in.”
Later in the game, Lakeland pushed the ball up quickly after a shot from Mamaroneck’s Grace Fitzgerald just missed wide right. The Hornets got the ball in front of the goal and during the scramble, Meghan Fahey touched the ball to Molly Fitzpatrick, who buried it past Mamaroneck goalie Jamie Schiff.
“We kept pushing it up,” Fitzpatrick, a senior captain, said. “I was at the stroke line, it came to me and I pushed it into the goal.”
It was a tough way for Mamaroneck to lose its first game of the season, especially after a strong second half. It was a game that could have gone either way.
“We just didn’t convert on our chances,” Savage said. “The ball bounced their way. The kids agreed: we didn’t play our best, but we played good enough to win.”
One thing is clear, however: expect these two squads to be in serious contention for their respective state class titles.
“The kids battled,” Sarsen said. “We’re just looking to get better and better when sectionals start.”
Mahopac 3, Rye 2
Jane Kasparian scored twice for Mahopac, including the game-winner with 4:28 left in the game. Emily Westin got the Indians’ other goal. Mahopac trailed 2-1 at the end of the first half. Emily Antinozzi and Fusine Govaert scored for Rye.
Scarsdale 6, Pelham 0
Erin Nicholas had two goals and two assists to lead Scarsdale. Jilly Mehlman and Emma Coleman both had one-goal, one-assist games, Eliza Brosgol and Peyton Malsch each had a goal and Olivia Henkoff had two assists.
Suffern 6, Clarkstown North 0
Liz Trojan had two goals to lead Suffern. Sydney Rondina had a goal and an assist, with Alexa Caridi, Anna Muni and Brianna Witt rounding out the scoring. For Clarkstown North, Rebecca Fliegel made 23 saves.
Nyack 2, North Rockland 0
Arleigh Rodgers and Erika Viviano each had one-goal, one-assist games for Nyack.
Pleasantville 3, Briarcliff 2
Michelle Alvarez scored two goals and an assist, including the winner, as Pleasantville overcame a 2-0 deficit in the second half. Jaime Danyko had one goal and one assist for the Panthers, while Briarcliff got goals from Nikki Silberman and Hanna Feuer.
Horace Greeley 1, Ursuline 0
Megan Graham scored the lone goal. Ursuline’s Danielle Fucci made seven saves in the loss.
Hackley 5, Riverdale 0
Molly Harmon and Arielle Stern each had two goals for Hackley, while Claire Meyer had a goal and an assist and Ally Petitti had two assists.
Hastings 2, Irvington 2
For Hastings, Lorna Martel had a goal and an assist while Ashley Bannon had the other goal. Irvington got goals from Taryn Grande and Lindsay Chafizadeh.
Rye Neck 6, Sleepy Hollow 0
For Rye Neck, Nicole Miller had three goals and three assists, Briana Cefaloni had two goals and an assist and Rosella Salanitro had a goal and two assists.
Pearl River 1, Clarkstown South 0
Courtney Ocasal scored the lone goal.
North Salem 1, Valhalla 0
Raquel Coppola scored the winner with 2:38 left in the game. North Salem’s Chelsea Morin, normally a midfielder, put on the pads and made 10 saves in net for her second shutout of the season.
Yorktown 6, White Plains 1
Jenna Gammer had four goals to lead Yorktown, while Catherine Calidonna scored twice. Victoria Savarino scored for White Plains.
Ossining 2, Ketcham 1
Sade Tukuru scored both of Ossining’s goals.
Byram Hills 0, Nanuet 0
Pawling 2, Panas 2
Croton-Harmon 0, Edgemont 0
Carmel 3, Brewster 1
(Photo credit: Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News)