LINCOLNDALE – For the first time this season, Somers found itself in a difficult spot.
Playing against league rival Fox Lane on Friday in chilly temperatures, the score was tied at halftime in a see-saw affair.
In the end, a surge midway through the second half allowed Somers to come away with not only a 15-12 win and a 5-0 record to start the season, but some lessons learned as well.
“We were struggling with our composure and letting Fox Lane control the tempo,” Somers senior midfielder Gabby Rosenzweig said. “But once we settled down, we were able to control the game.”
Gabby and her younger sister Livy took care of business on the offensive end, especially late when it mattered most. Gabby put up five goals and an assist while Livy had four goals and four assists.
For most of the game, neither team had a lead larger than two goals.
“They were very even to us, they had multiple threats and not relying on just a couple of players,” Somers head coach Jamie Pryschlak said. “It was great for us to see that. There’s teams out there that want to come here and beat us.”
With the score tied at several points, junior goalie Jess Monaco held her ground. She made 11 saves, a couple of them at point-blank range off of Fox Lane free positions.
“We started getting draw controls in the second half, that’s how we pulled it together,” Monaco said. “I think we can work on our chemistry, there are a few things we can work on, but overall we’re in a good place.”
Despite the loss, there were plenty of positives for Fox Lane, which suffered a 17-11 upset loss to Ursuline on Wednesday.
“I saw a lot of good things to build off, so I’m very pleased with today,” Fox Lane head coach Bill Broggy said. “In our game the other day, we just didn’t have it. They knew after Wednesday they had to pick it up.”
Before the game, a moment of silence was held for White Plains girls lacrosse head coach Mike Leone, who passed away on Thursday.
“He was a great guy, great coach, did a lot for the community,” Pryschlak said. “He’s a big loss for Section 1. I wish strengths and prayers to the White Plains school district and the program.”
Player of the game: Gabby Rosenzweig, Somers. With the Tuskers unable to break away by more than one goal, the UPenn commit scored consecutive goals to put Somers up 11-8 with 13:52 left.
Turning point: With 6:34 left, Fox Lane managed to claw back to within a goal after a goal from Alison Moky. Thirty-eight seconds later, Livy Rosenzweig scored to put Somers back up 13-11, and Sophia Fiorino followed that up with a goal on a feed from Gabby Rosenzweig to put the Tuskers up three with 4:24 left.
Stat line: For Somers, Emily McCormack scored two first-half goals, Izzy LaRocca had a goal and two assists, and Teagan Lucchese and Sydney Ericson each had a goal. … For Fox Lane, Catharine Schreiber and Lindsey West both had hat tricks, Gianna New had two goals and two assists, Olivia Dey had a goal and an assist, and Brooke Shepard had a goal.
Quotable: “We can always be working on something, and right now, we’re going to be working on our compusure,” Gabby Rosenzweig said. “We haven’t been in this situation before, where it was really back-and-forth. It was really good for us; each game is a learning lesson.”