I never thought my fingers would be cold enough to struggle handling my phone in late April, but that was the case on Thursday at Suffern Middle School. The Mounties suffered a heart-breaking loss to Manhassat, the top-ranked Class B team in the NYSSWA rankings, after holding an 8-3 lead with less than 11 minutes left. It isn’t going to get much easier for Suffern, as they take on the team ranked second in that list, Garden City, on Saturday.
In other news, Ossining’s Gabby Hagerman got her 100th career goal against Pleasantville, and Pawling defeated Yonkers for its first-ever win in program history.
SUFFERN – For a while, it looked like Suffern had Manhasset, one of Long Island’s best teams, on the ropes.
Up 8-3 with 10:53 left in the game, the Mounties were unable to hold off a late surge from Manhasset, giving up the game’s final six goals in a heartbreaking 9-8 loss on Thursday.
“There’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s disappointing, but we’ll be back,” Suffern coach John Callanan said. “You had two of the country’s best teams going at it. I think the fans got their money’s worth.”
After Erin Barry tied the game with 3:51 left, Manhasset took the lead on a goal from Lindsey Ronbeck with 2:24 left.
Suffern got the last possession of the game, and called a timeout with 12.7 seconds left. On the ensuing play, Alli Iodice found a cutting Dana Gisonno, but her shot was stopped by Manhasset goalie Shahpar Mirza.
“I tried to make the best shot that I could, but the goalie was there,” Gisonno said.
Manhasset was up 3-2 with 10 minutes left in the first half, but Suffern got goals from Caitlin Leary and Iodice in the final four minutes to go up 4-3 at halftime.
In the second half, Iodice dominated on draw controls, and the Mounties got goals from Gisonno (two), Jordan Drab and Baley Parrott to take a commanding five-goal lead.
After that, Manhasset began to win more draw controls, and began its comeback.
Gisonno led Suffern with three goals, Parrott had a goal and three assists, while Iodice and Leary both had one-goal, one-assist games. For Manhasset, Barry finished with five goals.
Earlier in the season, Suffern lost to Milton, a top-ranked program from Georgia, after holding the lead, and lost in similar fashion to Wantagh, another Long Island school, last week.
“I think we’re just struggling right now putting teams away,” Parrott said. “It’s kind of frustrating when you’re right there. It’s not a bad loss, but it’s very bittersweet.”
The Mounties, who fell to 6-4, will have to regroup from the loss quickly. On Saturday, they travel to Long Island to take on another top program in Garden City.
“We know we can do it, we just have to get the draw controls” Gisonno said. “Alli Iodice did great on the draw, so we all have to come together to help finish it.”
Video of Suffern’s final shot attempt
Scoreboard for 4/23
Dobbs Ferry 10, Blind Brook 5
For Dobbs Ferry, Olivia Smith had four goals, Emily Bohl had three goals and an assist and Camille Rapay made 13 saves.
Eastchester 8, Harrison 5
For Eastchester, Jordyn DiCostanzo had four goals, while Emme DiPasquale and Clarissa Mejia both scored twice.
Valhalla 7, Rye Neck 4
For Valhalla, Sofia Mazza had a hat trick and Jeannie Yamazaki had three assists. Four different players scored for Rye Neck.
Ossining 17, Pleasantville 5
For Ossining Abby Squirrell had eight goals and an assist, Stefanie Svoboda had three goals and an assist and Gabby Hagerman had three goals, including her 100th career goal. For Pleasantville, Nicole DiFabio and Nancy Howe both scored twice.
Pawling 12, Yonkers 8 (OT)
For Pawling, Erin Daley and Chelsea Henke scored three goals each in the program’s first-ever win. Henke scored two of her goals in overtime, while teammates Aichia Matmati and Lauren McGreal both scored twice. Pawling goalie Shannon Barker made 14 saves in net.
John Jay 14, Horace Greeley 7
For John Jay, Amanda Flayhan had five goals and an assist, Jilli Schell had three goals and Hannah O’Reilly had two goals and an assist. For Horace Greeley, Emma Lowrey and Alison Buseck both had two-goal, one-assist games.
Albertus Magnus 14, Nanuet 5
For Albertus, Mairead Durkin had five goals, Camryn Donegan had four goals and Kyra Clinton had three goals. For Nanuet, Kiera Young and Morgan Poman both scored twice.
Wappingers 13, Lourdes 10
(Via the Poughkeepsie Journal) For Wappingers, Dana Volk had four goals and an assist, Jenna Fusco had three goals and Jessica Lasapanara had two goals and two assists. For Lourdes, Danielle Keenan had five goals and Cat Gallery had four goals and an assist.
North Rockland 15, Clarkstown North 2
North Salem 16, Beacon 2
Manhasset 9, Suffern 8
Schedule for 4/24
Pearl River at Nanuet, 4:15 p.m.
Keio at Yonkers, 4:15 p.m.
Greens Farms at Rye Country Day, 4:15 p.m.
Mahopac at Carmel, 4:30 p.m.
Somers at John Jay, 4:30 p.m.
Horace Greeley at Yorktown, 4:30 p.m.
Fox Lane at Brewster, 4:30 p.m.
Tappan Zee at Albertus Magnus, 4:30 p.m.
Ursuline at New Rochelle, 4:30 p.m.
Scarsdale at Mamaroneck, 5 p.m.
Ardsley at Valhalla, 6 p.m.
Briarcliff at Hen Hud, 6 p.m.