MAHOPAC – There was no sense keeping everyone back at school in suspense after Christain Donahoe got a dose of good news at the doctor’s office, so he quickly rattled off a text message.
The band was officially back together.
Dan Foley was back in the lineup after missing two games with a shoulder issue, so Mahopac was hoping Donahue would be ready for Thursday’s showdown with Lakeland/Panas in the opening round of the Section 1 Class A tournament after sitting out nine games with a hand injury.
It was all systems go, and the Indians rolled to a 9-5 victory.
“We didn’t know about Christain until right before the game,” fellow midfielder D.J. Pearl said. “We kind of knew Dan would play. Christain finally let us know in a group chat with a couple of guys, and it was good to get him back.”
The Indians have endured a number of stumbles this season, the end result of constant lineup juggling.
“Dan and Christain are so important to us,” Mahopac coach Mike Haddeland said. “If you look at our schedule, we really haven’t lost when they have been able to play. When they aren’t in there, a number of guys have to play out of position.”
The Rebels have endured the same health issues, but they were relatively intact for this one.
“It’s now or never,” head coach Jim Lindsay said matter-of-factly before sending his team onto the field to start the game.
Mahopac (9-8) had a much higher level of intensity.
Pearl scored the first of his two goals a man up with 7:47 to go in the first quarter, and Foley made it a 2-0 lead with a nasty overhand rip. The shoulder looked pretty good. Sean Makar answered for Lakeland/Panas (5-11), but Donahoe used a pick to get loose and score.
Kevin Prunty was playing with a case of strep throat, but managed three goals for the Rebels.
It was a 3-2 game after his first, but the Indians responded with a decisive run. Foley posted up a long pole and Joe Frezza scored a fast-break goal with 44 seconds to go in the first, making it 5-2. The senior who stepped in on attack when Pearl had to move back to the midfield to cover for injured teammates walked in for another to start the second and Pearl came spinning in for another a short time later.
Johnnie Ward extended the lead to 8-2 with 6:02 left in the half.
“The last time we played this team, we had just lost Christain and they beat us,” said Aidan Hynes, a long-stick midfielder who led Mahopac with four ground balls. “We were scrambling to make the offense work in that one so it was good to get some revenge.”
Best of the rest:Gus Carlson had four goals for John Jay in a 20-2 win over Sleepy Hollow. … Matt Nichauls had six goals and one assist in Pelham’s 16-12 win over Greeley. … Matt McLaughlin had four goals and two assists for Nyack in a 10-7 win over Nyack. … Mike Smith had seven goals in Hen Hud’s 18-7 win over Tappan Zee. … John Guido had three goals for Eastchester in a 7-4 win over Ossining. … Seamus Carroll had three goals and one assist for Rye in a 15-6 win over Pearl River. … Tyler DeVito returned from a season-long injury and scored twice in Somers’ 10-7 win over Byram Hills. … Keaton McCann and Danny Millner each scored twice for Briarcliff in a 9-2 win over North Salem. … Sam Provet had five goals in Hastings’ 11-8 win over Rye Neck. … Henry Grass came back from a leg injury and had four goals and two assists for Bronxville in a 23-3 win over Keio. … Brian McGreevy had three goals in Nanuet’s 7-6 win over Croton. … Aidan Draper had a career-best four goals and two assists for Haldane in a 24-10 win over Lourdes. … Kyle Bronzo had three goals and two assists in Putnam Valley’s 9-4 win over Dobbs Ferry. … Owen Peterson scored his fourth goal in the second overtime, giving Westlake a 9-8 win over Irvington. … Chris Kownacki had three goals for Iona Prep, which closed out the regular season with a 19-5 win over Stepinac. … Mike Kehoe had six goals for Albertus Magnus in a 12-5 win over O’Neill.