SUFFERN – With 9:06 left in the first half of Suffern’s game against Long Island power St. Anthony’s on Saturday, it looked like a similar story would play out for the Mounties, who found themselves down by four goals against the CHSAA power.
Suffern battled back from a five-goal deficit two weeks ago at Cold Spring Harbor but came up short. Two weeks before that, the Mounties suffered a first-half beatdown from Garden City in an eventual loss.
Saturday’s game would have a different ending.
Suffern battled back to tie the score, then with 3:29 left took the lead on a goal from Liz Trojan off an assist by Alli Iodice. Iodice won the ensuing draw control cleanly, and the Mounties ran out the clock for a come-from-behind 8-7 win.
“We knew we had to snap out of it; before the game, we knew that we had to get a big Long Island win,” Trojan said. “We’re more of a second-half team. We knew we had to come out and play the way we know how to.”
The Mounties improved to 7-3. All three losses have come against Long Island schools, including a 10-8 loss at Wantagh earlier this week.
“We needed a Long Island win,” Suffern junior defender Alyssa Conklin said. “We showed we can beat upstate teams, we can beat New Jersey teams. Long Island is a lacrosse powerhouse, so to beat a Long Island team is a big thing.”
Although Suffern has struggled at times in the first half of games, the team’s conditioning level, partly helped by running on the high school’s large hill during the preseason, gives the Mounties an advantage late in games.
“We played very well defensively as a team today; we talked, we slid and we anticipated things,” Conklin said. “It showed that we knew how to take our composure and our way through the entire game. We didn’t get nervous.”
St. Anthony’s fell to 10-3. The Friars’ other losses were to Cold Spring Harbor and to Manhasset, the latter of which Suffern will host next Saturday.
“Hopefully, we can have another Long Island win,” Conklin said.
Player of the game: Liz Trojan, Suffern. In addition to scoring the winning goal, the senior midfielder also scored the opening goal, as well two game-tying goals late. She finished the game with a team-high four goals to go with one assist.
Turning point: Suffern battled back in the first half and got goals from Jess Gay and Reilly Drab to cut St. Anthony’s lead to 5-3 at halftime. In the second half, Suffern managed to tie the score 6-6 on a goal from Trojan, but St. Anthony’s Sabrina Cristodero scored off a free position with 9:39 left to put the Friars back up a goal. A minute later, a goal by Trojan, set up by Jordan Drab, tied the score again at 7-7.
Stat line: For Suffern, Reilly Drab scored twice, Jordan Drab added a goal, Iodice had two assists, and Mikaila Cheeseman made four saves. … For St. Anthony’s, Kira Accettella, Cristodero and Meaghan Graham all had two-goal games, Emily O’Neill had a goal, Maggie Reynolds had an assist, and Delaney Galvin made five saves.
Quotable: “Throughout the year, they’ve been digging themselves a hole out there on the Island. This time, we were able to keep it close going into halftime,” Suffern assistant coach Mike Sullivan said. “The girls have been working hard, they are in great shape. They’ve been dedicated in practice to their conditioning and it’s starting to pay off, especially in big games like this.”