BEDFORD – Mamaroneck isn’t used to losing.
Tuesday it showed it has no intention of making it a habit.
Coming off a shutout loss to Scarsdale, the Tigers struck early and often in a 6-0 rout at Fox Lane.
“Mad and aggressive” is how first-year Fox Lane coach Kim Gigante described Mamaroneck’s style of play.
“Angry” is the word Mamaroneck sophomore Elizabeth Brissette used.
But sometimes angry works.
It certainly did for Brissette, who had a taste of the Tigers’ 2015 undefeated season by being called up for the playoffs.
Tuesday she scored four times, registering the game’s first three goals, the first before the game was 6:30 old on a Paige Danehy assist.
Player of the game: Who else? Brissette.
Turning point: When Brissette scored a little more than a minute after her first goal, on a reverse off a Brigid Knowles feed, it appeared clear the Foxes were in for a long day.
That day became longer still when Brissette tallied 8:14 before the half. Sophie Leighton had the assist.
Stat line: The score could have been worse. Fox Lane goalie Grace Kiernan shut down Emilia Prenty on a 1-on-0 before the half ended, one of her 10 saves.
She also had a very strong kick save, followed by a blocker save off a rebound midway through the second half.
But by then Prenty’s score off a rebound and Sophie Brill’s tally off a Knowles feed off a corner had made it 5-0.
Brissette wrapped up the scoring on a breakaway with 4:42 left.
Tigers goalie Emma Nishimura had only two saves. One was a fine, stretching kick save late in the game.
Quotables: That kind of chance didn’t happen for the Foxes early.
“In the first half we had the skills but not the mental toughness,” Kiernan said. “In the second half everyone was energized. We were more aggressive with corners and we all began to work as a team.”
Gigante, a first-year coach and former Foxes varsity player (2007-09), said her team initially let Mamaroneck’s reputation “get to their heads.”
“The last 15 minutes we had more of an offensive advantage,” she said, adding if the Foxes continue to play an aggressive, quick and hustling style, they will have a great season.
Mamaroneck, of course, is intent on doing the same.
“We worked to score quickly and move the ball and find the lanes to each other,” Brissette said, adding the game was “building definitely in the right direction.”