Mike Zacchio stopped by Suffern Middle School earlier today to check out the Mounties in action. His recap is below and videos will be added later. Follow Mike on Twitter at @Zacchio_LoHud.
SUFFERN — Off the field, Suffern coach Gaby Somma and Pearl River coach Shane Carlacci are good friends. After completing the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Suffern used one of its nominations on Pearl River, who obliged.
On the field, however, it’s all business.
After the Pirates won their first-ever league title, disposing of Suffern along the way, the Mounties will seek redemption this fall. Somma said that after watching her team through summer league, there were a number of players who were stepping up at different times.
Two of the team’s top scorers, Sidney Padilla and Sydney Rondina, will be back in uniform, along with senior Amy McNally, who will be a vital part of Suffern’s midfield. McNally said the team’s chemistry resembles that her sophomore year, when the Mounties won the section title.
“I think we have a good group of girls and that we all click,” said McNally, who is committed to Niagara University for lacrosse. “I think this year we’re going to get pretty far.”
Somma said that Suffern has a solid defensive line, which should mean less stress for sophomore goalkeeper Alyssa Sanchez. The Mounties will be set in the net for years to come, with eighth grader Maddie Nicpon ready to take the reins when Sanchez graduates.
Nicpon worked with McNally over the summer, impressing the senior in the process.
“She’s awesome,” McNally said. “We did some 1-on-1 stuff and I think she did amazing. … She has a lot of passion for the sport and that she just works hard; that’s what you need.”
Somma said that a key to Suffern’s success will be the senior leadership.
“If every senior shines on this team this year, we’ll be great,” she said.