MAHOPAC – After he was pulled from out from under the excited mass of humanity, Dan Foley wobbled over to the sideline and requested a bag of ice for a sore back.
There was no equal and opposite force until he was hit by a swarm of celebrating teammates.
Foley powered in for six goals on Saturday, lifting Mahopac to a dramatic 10-9 win over Somers. The junior midfielder backed a defender in with 1:35 to go in regulation to knot the score, then posted up and calmly found a corner to end the game with 2:44 to go in overtime.
“I have to keep going to my strength, and that’s obviously my left hand,” Foley said. “I got to set the last one up, and I got lucky.”
There was more than good fortune in play.
“He’s an excellent player, and we knew about him coming in so you do the best you can to prepare, but he’s just a big, strong kid who plays hard,” Tuskers coach Vin DeGregorio said.
Aidan Hines knows all too well what the undersized Tuskers poles were dealing with.
The Indians’ talented long-stick midfielder frequently tangles with his 6-foot-1 teammate in practice, and it’s usually a heated battle
“He’s too big,” said Hynes, who chased down and gathered in the face-off ground ball that set up Foley’s game-winner. “You can’t let Dan post up on you. If he gets into your body, it’s all over. You might as well go to the face off X.”
And that’s exactly what happened, time and time again.
“It helps every day going against Aidan,” Foley said. “He’s going to Yale, and helps me become a better player each time we go at it. We’re best friends. We’re very competitive in practice. … I was a little mad at the end of the game. One of their players said something that set me off.”
Joe Hashmall broke a 7-7 tie when he scored a man-up goal. Andrew Lowman made it a two-goal advantage with 2:23 to play in regulation.
And then Foley scored the last three goals.
Johnnie Ward, Shane McDonald, Christian Donahoe and Max Littleton each scored once for the Indians (5-3), who have won four in a row. Bob Zottola and Hashmall each scored twice for Somers (2-6), which continues to search for a statement win.
“We’re moving in the right direction,” DeGregorio said. “If we keep putting the pieces of the puzzle together, we’ll be right where we need to be in May. … With this group of kids, I’m not worried about (them getting frustrated). They come to work positive, smiling every day.”
Best of the rest:Henry Grass ended a scoring drought with six goals, leading Bronxville to a 14-4 win over Greenwich, Connecticut. … Sam Welch reached 100 career points with two goals and two assists in Hackley’s 18-11 win over Stepinac. Max Delamater added six goals for the Hornets. … Anthony Sardo had seven goals and two assists for Westlake in a 13-7 win over Rye Neck. … Sam Makar had two goals and two assists for Lakeland/Panas in a 12-9 loss to Wappingers. … Keaton McCann had three goals and Graham Goldheim made 15 saves in Briarcliff’s 7-5 win over Weston, Connecticut. … Kyle Bronzo had five goals and three assists for Putnam Valley in a 10-2 win over North Salem. … Michael Dedvukaj had six goals and Liam Donnelly made 14 saves for Yorktown, which retained the Turbull Cup with a 10-9 win over Wilton, Conn. … Michael Smith had six goals in Hen Hud’s 19-6 win over Lourdes. Nick Marra added three goals and three assists. … Matt Haggerty had six goals and one assist for Clarkstown South in a 16-8 win over Edgemont.