MAHOPAC – Rye lost its coach and lost most of its players after last season.
But if anyone who’ll face the defending Section 1 Class B runner-ups thinks they’ll be an easy mark perhaps they should think again.
The Garnets jumped out to a blink-of-an-eye 3-0 lead against host Mahopac Monday en route to a 5-1 win.
All-everything senior Fusine Govaert, who’ll play for Princeton next year, scored the first three goals and added a pretty, reverse, backdoor assist late in the game.
The game was Rye’s opener and its first official contest under new coach Simon Hochstenbach.
“I always tell them you have to be aggressive at the start,” Hochstenbach said. “It was 3-0 after five minutes. … The only thing I didn’t like is they (Mahopac) got back to 3-1 and it stayed at 3-1 a little too long.”
Actually, the start wasn’t quite that impressive, but almost.
Govaert scored her three goals in the first 6:57. The first came just 1:11 into the game off a pass from Lainie Agosta. She dribbled in and scored unassisted for her second goal and her third was off a penalty corner.
The Indians’ Briana Corace cut the lead to 3-1 with 25:26 left in the second half on a Kim Brower assist.
That’s how it stood until Alex Meyer made it 4-1 with 11:23 to play off a KJ Langer assist.
Kate Stevens finished the scoring with 1:20 to play, sneaking behind the Mahopac defense and to the far-side post as Mahopac swarmed Govaert. Govaert’s reverse backdoor pass found Stevens alone and Stevens tapped the ball in.
While the score board was decidedly uneven, Rye only led 10-8 in penalty corners.
Rye goalie Maggie Devlin made eight saves (one a fantastic sliding stop with 8:18 left).
Mahopac goalie Gianna Brigante also had eight saves. One was a great stop on Agosta on a 1-on-0 with 6:47 to play.
She also got some help little more than a minute later when Julia Brower swatted a rebound shot out of the air before it could cross the goal line.
After traveling to Pearl River Tuesday, Rye will have one day off to plan for what will be a rematch of last year’s section final against Lakeland.
The Hornets won that game, then went on to win their seventh consecutive state championship.
“We’re very happy we’re playing them in-season this year and not waiting for the sectional finals,” Hochstenbach said.
While not predicting the outcome, he remarked, “If we play 110 percent every game – we need to do that – and if we do that we can win every game.”
Recaps of other September 12 games
Lakeland 9, Yorktown 0: The battle of Yorktown proved to be a one-sided affair.
Cornhusker goalie Olivia Sanchez had 18 saves but couldn’t shut down Lakeland’s unrelenting offense, which shared the wealth with eight players scoring.
Kelsey McCrudden led Lakeland with two goals and two assists. Cali Cortese had a goal and three assists. Caroline Cahill had a goal and an assist and Emily Kness, Mia Lennon, Cameron Lischinsky, Meghan Fahey and Julia Wanamaker also scored.
Yorktown didn’t muster a shot on goal against the defending state Class B champions, who are 3-0 this season.
Scarsdale 5, Bronxville 2: Lizey Mehlman had a hat trick and Erin Nicholas scored twice as the Raiders remained undefeated.
Nicholas, Abby Glaser, Emma Coleman and Jilly Mehlman had assists.
Mia Bettino and Ellie Walsh scored for the Broncos and Walsh had an assist on Bettino’s goal.
Hannah Sanders had four saves and Lila Horwood three saves for Scarsdale.
Katie Gordon stopped 12 shots for Bronxville.
Valhalla 3, Edgemont 1: Lauren Kreder scored twice and Breanna Dockett also scored in the Vikings’ win.
Sophie Scherr had Edgemont’s goal.
John Jay-East Fishkil 4, Brewster 2: Alyssa DeMichael, Makena Mohl, Kendra Garrett and Jenna Fusco scored in the Patriots’ win with Jenna Fusco picking up two assists and Garrett one.
Emily Schaub scored both Bears’ goals, with Lindsey McLaughlin recording both assists.
Brewster’s Samantha Anfuso stopped 14 shots and Antoinette Guerriero two.
Alison Peritz had two saves for John Jay.
Rye Country Day 6, Horace Mann 1: Natalie Alpert scored three goals and Elizabeth Friedberg had a goal and an assist for the Wildcats.
Nanuet 3, Hen Hud 0: Alex Ryan, Vianne Palad and Jess Kleber scored.
Ryan, Liz Clarke and Jess Dillon recorded assists.
Carole Sincacore had 14 saves for Hen Hud. Jenn Franchino had four stops for Nanuet.
Briarcliff 1, Byram Hills 0: Briarcliff won on a Teresa Marinaccio goal.
Holy Child 2, Fieldston 0: Augustina Garate-Griot scored and Lila Pfohl added an assist.
Some games were reported late from last week but we’re adding them here.
Briarcliff 2, Hastings 0: In a game played Friday, the Bears got goals from Devon Litchfield and Emily Silverstein.
Charlotte Luttkus and Sophia Gelard has assists.
Hastings goalie Hannah Sperber had six saves.
Field hockey notes
Horace Greeley coach Sukhi Sandhu’s Shooting Star club team still has space for players to compete in the November 25-27 showcase in Richmond, Virginia. Interested players may apply at