BREWSTER – Bright and clear weather is overrated.
At least it is to John Jay’s girls lacrosse team.
Early in the second half of the Indians’ game against Brewster on Friday, the light drizzle from most of the day turned into rain.
Almost on cue, John Jay’s defense stepped up, holding the hosts to one goal in the second half and overcoming a halftime deficit to pick up a 9-6 league win.
The defensive performance was an improvement from Wednesday’s game, when the team dropped a 12-8 decision to North Salem.“Our coach made a really good point, she said we practice in the rain all the time,” John Jay senior defender Sarah Raimondi said. “You’re never going to remember a game on a sunny, beautiful day, but you remember a game that’s in the downpouring rain when you win like this.”
“This is the first time we’ve played team-first, it was a team win,” John Jay head coach Ali Steinberg. “It was the first time I saw them put together a full 50 minutes.”
Brewster’s best chance in the second half came with around 3:40 left on a Mary Kate Lonegan 8-meter free position attempt, but John Jay goalie Kelly McKeon came up with the save. John Jay recovered the ground ball and ran out the clock to secure the win.
“We came together on attack and defense; we came together and said ‘we got this,’ ” Raimondi said. “We’re going to double, we’re going to get the ball back and give it to the attack so they can do their thing.”
The win also spoiled Brewster’s senior day. The Bears honored their six seniors: Ailish Erickson, Emma Lambert, Kathleen Regan, Danielle Minella, Taylor Doria and Mary Kate Lonegan.
Doria and Lonegan both came into the game sitting at 99 career points, and both were able to tally their 100th points in the loss.
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“I care so much about them and I love them to pieces,” Brewster head coach Sara DiDio said of her seniors. “They are definitely going to be missed and I’m really proud of what they have done for the program.”
After starting the season 1-7, John Jay has now won five of its last six, including wins over Fox Lane and Lakeland/Panas.
The Indians are a very different team than during the preseason.
“We know that this is the team that we are, and that this wasn’t the team at North Salem,” John Jay freshman Cara O’Reilly said. “It proves to us and everyone else that we can do this. We have confidence in ourselves.”
Player of the game: Cara O’Reilly, John Jay. The freshman has stepped up her production the last few games. In this game, she finished with a team-high three goals.
Turning point: John Jay took opened with a 3-1 lead, but Brewster battled back and took its first lead of the game on a buzzer-beating scorcher from Lauren Craft just before halftime. Lonegan opened the scoring in the second half, but John Jay began to win the draw control battle and scored three unanswered goals, the last one on a right-side shot from Tristen Novak, to retake the lead.
Stat line: Tyman Cronin and Jacque Manno both had two-goal games for John Jay, Jenna Donohue had a goal and two assists, Laura Minard had an assist and Kelly McKeon made six saves. … For Brewster, Craft had three goals, Lonegan, Doria and Danielle Regan had a goal each, Minella made eight saves and Emily Schaub made three saves.
Quotable: “There was one goal, I saw our entire team hop up; that feeling just takes over, it’s like a ripple effect,” Raimondi said. “Our biggest thing is discipline. It’s a big thing we’ve focused on, and it’s carried us a long way.”