COLD SPRING HARBOR – It was almost deja vu all over again for Suffern.
Two weeks ago the Mounties traveled to Long Island and gave up 14 straight goals to Garden City in a nine-goal loss.
On Saturday in the Gains for Brains Lax Showcase at Cold Spring Harbor High School, the Mounties found themselves five goals down to the hosts before they were even able to get a shot attempt off.
“That just wasn’t us,” senior midfielder Liz Trojan said. “Our defense was off, we just weren’t fully into it yet.”
After calling timeout, Suffern staged a comeback attempt. But despite a surge in the second half, Cold Spring Harbor’s lead proved to be too much to overcome in a 13-11 loss.
“We realized we worked way too hard in practice to let this be the game we would get shut out,” junior attack Alli Iodice said. “Now that we know if we dig ourselves a hole and we can come out of that, it’s going to push us even more and gain our confidence.”
Suffern found itself down 10-4 at halftime. After regaining their composure, the Mounties got consecutive goals from Trojan, Caryn Takeuchi and Iodice to cut the deficit to 10-7 and get back in the game.
Suffern managed to cut the deficit to two goals but was unable to get any closer.
Having not lost a game in Rockland County since 2013, Suffern has made a habit of scheduling top Long Island teams the past few years.
“We like playing these guys out here, it’s a different style, it’s more aggressive and pace-oriented,” Suffern head coach John Callanan said. “The team in the first half wasn’t the team in the second half. We’re not the same team in the first four games as we are the last four games. We’re getting better each day.”
The game was part of the 2nd Annual Gains for Brains showcase, an event that raised money for the Making Headway Foundation. The showcase featured 18 of the region’s top programs, including fellow Section 1 school Yorktown.
“It’s such a great cause,” Callanan said. “We’re humbled and grateful to be part of this.”
Player of the game: Sam DeBellis, Cold Spring Harbor. The senior attack led an offense that had Suffern’s defense completely disjointed to start the game. The Duke commit finished with three goals and two assists, and also played a big role in whittling down the clock near the end of the game.
Turning point: Up 13-10 late, Cold Spring Harbor’s Caroline Kiernan drew a yellow card for a dangerous check to give Suffern a man-up advantage. Trojan scored with 1:38 left to cut the score to 13-11, but Cold Spring Harbor won the ensuring draw control and was able to run the clock out.
Stat line: For Suffern, Trojan finished with four goals and an assist, Jordan Drab had three goals and two assists, Iodice had two goals and three assists, Reilly Drab and Takeuchi had a goal each, Hannah Newman had three assists and Mikaila Cheeseman made six saves.
Quotable: “These guys had beaten Garden City pretty good a week or two ago, so it’s been a fun year so far,” Callanan said of how the top programs in New York have played. “Between the Island, what’s happened with us and upstate, it’s been a weird year. It’s almost like a free-for-all.”