WHITE PLAINS – After graduating several starters on attack from last year’s team, Scarsdale girls lacrosse coach Genette Zonghetti had one question.
Who would step up?
Thanks to the emergence of several underclassmen, offense has been the least of the Raiders’ concerns through the team’s first four games.
Scarsdale took control early and finished strongly in an 18-9 win over league rival White Plains on Wednesday to remain unbeaten.
“We’re excited to have this start, we feel like we’re in a good place,” Zonghetti said. “Our goal is to improve each game. We still have a lot of stuff to work on and we want to get better every time we hit the field.”
Scarsdale has outscored its opposition 70-22 over the first four games.
“I’m so happy to be on the team, every aspect of it has been amazing,” said freshman attack Chessy Greenwald, who had a goal and a game-high four assists. “I’ve learned so much; the players and everybody are amazing. It’s so much fun.”
Greenwald, fellow freshman attack Lizey Mehlman and sophomore attack Lily Steckel have filled in just fine in the Raiders’ established core of seniors Eliza Brosgol and Michaela Nicholas and junior Jilly Mehlman, Lizey’s older sister.
“They understand how our offense works better now, they’ve worked on their cutting and know how to cut better,” Jilly Mehlman said. “As they’ve become more comfortable with the way we move the ball, they’ve actually improved it.”
White Plains fell to 1-3 under first-year head coach Gabe Robles, who took over before the start of the season from Mike Leone, who left the team due to health issues.
Player of the game: Jilly Mehlman, Scarsdale. The midfielder showed off her speed in several instances, putting up a game-high six goals. She also had an assist and won three draw controls.
Turning point: Down 11-3 at intermission, White Plains scored three unanswered goals less than four minutes into the second half, prompting a Scarsdale timeout. The teams exchanged scores, but the Raiders closed the game out by scoring five of the last six goals.
Stat line: Erin Nicholas had four goals for Scarsdale, with Michaela Nicholas and Brosgol both scoring twice and Steckel scoring once. … For White Plains, Kali Peeples had three goals, one assist and five draw controls, Katie Avezzano had two goals and two assists, Abby Leone had two goals, one assist and five draw controls, Makayla Fee and Maddie Povemba had a goal each and Christina Stumpf had three assists. … Angie Burns made eight saves for Scarsdale, while Jennifer Ortega made seven saves for White Plains.
Quotable: “The team has gotten so close; in the past, I haven’t been on as serious of teams, so I haven’t really learned how important it is that the teammates have good relationships,” Greenwald said. “It’s a huge part of why we played well today. We’ve had a lot of fun.”