BEDFORD – A little too much drama unfolded in the final minutes, prompting a proper sigh of relief from a weary Aidan Hynes.
“Let’s go home,” Mahopac’s hyperactive long stick midfielder said after the Indians survived a furious comeback and posted a surprise 13-12 win over Fox Lane in a Section 1 Class A quarterfinal.
History more or less repeated itself.
Mahopac had an up-and-down season last spring, too, before upending the Foxes in the playoffs.
“I think it’s just a coincidence,” Indians midfielder Christian Donahoe said. “This goes back to (former coach Mike Haddeland), who always taught us the importance of playing your best ball in May. It’s just kind of a mindset we have. Even though we finish up around .500, we still have confidence.”
Fox Lane came into the season as the favorite to win Class A.
Another familiar postseason rival is waiting for the No. 7 seed. The Indians visit Mamaroneck on Saturday.
The catalyst was Andrew Evans.
He won 22 of 29 faceoffs, which helped Mahopac dominate time of possession. An explosive offense didn’t have a lot of scoring chances after halftime. Donahoe and Dan Foley were the finishers.
“We tried everything we could against him,” said Fox Lane coach Chris Coughlin, whose team came into the playoffs seeded second.
Evans gave the Indians a 13-8 cushion when he scored with 6:28 left.
“It’s a secret move,” he said. “I’ve been saving it for the last couple of games and I’m not saying what I’m doing.”
Thomas Tenney, Matt Magnan and Cullen Morgan did what they do in the last four minutes, bringing the Foxes within 13-12 with 1:21 left. A couple of unnecessary shots by Mahopac kept the run alive.
A costly turnover with 15 seconds to go cost Fox Lane one last shot.
“We did it to ourselves,” Hynes said. “It’s not like they did anything different. We got too confident up four. We did some things we didn’t need to do and they capitalized. They’re a great team and thankfully we pulled this one out.”
Player of the game: Donahoe, Foley and Hynes were all really good, but the Indians are still playing because of Evans and the secret move.
“The kid is a stud,” Donahoe said. “Andrew flipped a switch 10 games ago and is winning like 75 percent of the faceoffs. That’s what it came down to today. You don’t beat a team like that when the time of possession is equal.”
Turning point: Mahopac had the ball for nearly 10 minutes in the third quarter.
Stat line: Donahoe led the Indians (11-7) with four goals and four assists. … Foley had three goals and one assist. He also picked up nine ground balls. … Ryan Dugan had two goals and one assist for Mahopac. … Magnan and Cullen Morgan each had three goals and one assist to lead Fox Lane (12-5). … Colin Smith made 16 saves for the Foxes. … Tenney added two goals and two assists.
Quotable: “We had a flurry there at the end,” Coughlin said. “If we had a little bit more of that energy earlier in the game it would’ve ended differently.”