WHITE PLAINS – Davis Allen politely responds to any and all of the nicknames.
The 6-foot-6 Pelham sophomore towers above his teammates and the voice is getting deeper, so Pelicans coach Mike Solazzo occasionally calls his biggest scoring threat Lurch, linking the Notre Dame recruit to the oversized butler from the old Addams Family sitcom.
Allen answered the bell on Wednesday, scoring with 53.5 seconds remaining to lift the Pelicans to a 10-9 win over White Plains. He was being shadowed the entire game by a Tigers midfielder, but still managed two goals and two assists.
Giving him any room is a mistake.
“They had a short stick on me, and not the same kid who was locking me off the whole game,” Allen said. “I don’t think they were quite ready for it. I drove with my left hand and pulled away thinking I was going to move the ball along, but the guy kind of drifted off me, so I let it rip.”
It was almost easy.
“We’re supposed to slide early on him,” White Plains coach Mark Armogida said. “Early means before he gets to the goal line extended, but I guess that got lost in translation.”
Quinlan Crowley won the ensuing face off, but Allen was forced over the end line with 36 seconds to play. It was nearly a costly turnover. The Tigers had one last chance, but Nick Ronan stopped a desperation shot from Brendan Johnson in the final seconds to seal the win.
The Pelicans (8-4) ended a three game slide earlier this week against Nyack, so a quality win like this helps restore confidence.
“It was a tough week, last week, and it would’ve been tougher had we not learned something from it,” Solazzo said. “When you play good lacrosse and lose, it’s fine, but when you don’t play good lacrosse and lose, it’s not fun. We needed this one, and hopefully get on a roll now.”
Jack Gilchrist had five goals to lead Pelham, the last of which came immediately after Kevin Trapp gave the Tigers (9-2) a 9-8 lead 5:02 remaining.
He kept slipping into seams at opportune times.
“They were locking off Allen, and when they slid to help they left the crease open,” Gilchrist said. “Every time we cut, there was an open lane, and I was able to finish. It’s a big win for us, a turning point for us going into the playoffs.”
Best of the rest:Jake Calcagni had four goals in Rye Neck’s 15-2 win over Blind Brook. … Kyle Bronzo had six goals and two assists for Putnam Valley in an 18-4 win over Peekskill. … Kyle Michella had five goals and three assists in North Rockland’s 13-7 win over Pearl River. … Nick Tarantelli had three goals in Carmel’s 15-10 loss to Arlington. … Brian McGreevy, Aaron Morales and Tom Fay each had three goals in Nanuet’s 14-7 win over Clarkstown North. … Ryan Friedman had four goals for Ardsley in a 16-4 win over Albertus Magnus. … Matt Haggerty scored his third goal in the final seconds of Clarkstown South’s 6-5 win over Tappan Zee. … Gerry Frost came in after Henry Grass left with an injury and had five goals and one assists for Bronxville in a 17-3 win over Irvington. … Wilson McCloy had five goals in North Salem’s 12-7 win over Pawling. … Deighton Anderson had eight goals for Suffern in a 17-9 win over Nyack. … Reed Malas had five goals and two assists in Mamaroneck’s 15-3 win over Scarsdale. … Dan Rivie had four goals and Jayson Aryee made 23 saves for Ossining in a 13-9 win over Haldane. … James Gordon had five goals and three assists in Westlake’s 12-6 win over Sleepy Hollow. … Justin Weissman had four goals and four assists for Rye Country Day in a 16-10 win over Hopkins. … AJ Cartelli had four goals and one assist in Somers’ 10-8 win over Greeley.