SCARSDALE – Having lost to Albertus Magnus during the regular season, Edgemont knew to expect an aggressive team.
With this knowledge, the Panthers came out of the gates firing with four goals in the opening six minutes, and goalie Dani Mussof stopped most of what came her way as seventh-seeded Edgemont held off a late surge from 10th-seeded Albertus Magnus to a 10-8 win in a Class C first-round game on Thursday.
“Although it got close in the end, we didn’t stop playing until the end,” Mussof said. “We needed to play the full 50 minutes this time; we had to push through and we didn’t fold.”
Edgemont did not let off on the gas pedal for the first half and held a commanding 8-2 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Albertus Magnus began to mount a comeback. Kyra Clinton and Mairead Durkin opened the scoring to cut the deficit to four. Annekka Chao responded with a goal for Edgemont, but the Falcons got goals from Nikki Leone and Isabelle Cavallo to make the score 9-6 with 10 minutes left.
At this point, Edgemont coach Robert Breitenbach called a timeout.
With 8:10 left, Julie Miner scored off of a free position to put Edgemont up 10-6. Albertus Magnus’ Clinton scored twice in the final two minutes, but Edgemont was able to run the clock out.
“Our transition game did really well, we passed it instead of trying to run it out and that really helped,” Chao said. “(Mussof) was really the turning point for our confidence. She really kept us in the game.”
For Edgemont, Chao and Miner both had three goals, while Mussof finished with 19 saves, 12 of them coming in the first half.
Albertus Magnus was led by Clinton’s three goals, while Durkin and Isabelle Cavallo both had one-goal, one-assist games.
“It’s really disappointing, but we’re a young team and we can come back next year,” Albertus Magnus’ Amanda Silvestri said. “Hopefully, our girls will mature and become stronger.”
Edgemont moves on to play second-seeded North Salem. The Tigers defeated Edgemont 10-9 during the regular season.
“We need to play smart in that game,” Mussof said. “We had a lot of yellow cards in the end of that game, we just need to control our sticks and play to the best of our ability.”
Best of the rest: Raquel Gaudio had four goals and an assist for Byram Hills in an 11-7 win over visiting Brewster. Taylor Doria had three goals for the visitors. … Margaret Burhmeister and Kayla Moreau both had three-goal, one-assist games for Pearl River in a 19-4 win over visiting Blind Brook. … Kali Peeples had five goals and Maryclare O’Meara had four goals and three assists for White Plains in a 16-4 win over visiting Carmel. … Keely Connors had four goals and an assist for Fox Lane in an 18-14 win at Scarsdale. Sarah Mehlman had four goals and two assists for the hosts. … Emily Sardo had five goals and an assist for Westlake in a 13-4 win over visiting Valhalla. It was the first sectional tournament win in Westlake’s history. … Ellie Walsh had three goals and an assist and Charlotte Reynolds had two goals and three assists for Bronxville in a 19-3 win over visiting Pleasantville. … Katie McLoughlin had four goals and an assist and Brittany Yaeger made 10 saves for Ursuline in a 10-9 overtime win at Tappan Zee. … Anna Waterhouse had four goals and an assist for Horace Greeley in a 10-9 win at Ossining. Abby Squirrell had three goals and two assists for the hosts. … Katie Bradbury had five goals and Dana Bozek had three goals and six assists for Lakeland/Panas in a 19-7 win over visiting New Rochelle. Haley Fullerton had three goals for the visitors. … Nicole Nero had five goals for Briarcliff in a 22-12 win over visiting Ardsley. Jessica Siegel had four goals for the visitors. … Kim Harker had seven goals and two assists for Mahopac in a 15-3 win over visiting Clarkstown South. … Kaitlyn Murphy had five goals and Paige Werlau had four goals for North Salem in an 11-8 win over visiting Putnam Valley. … Jenna Richardson had five goals and Amber Feminella had three goals and an assist for Hen Hud in a 16-2 win over visiting Rye Neck.