Kelly Fanshawe (above), Section’s 1 leader in assists, scored her sixth goal with 1:52 left as Nanuet beat Rye 15-14 in another great game between the two teams. Rye has turned over almost its entire lineup from last year, but the Garnets still came up with the same outcome as last year’s Class C final, coming back against Nanuet only to fall one goal short.
While Nanuet certainly is more experienced, both teams are really young. The 24 starters included nine sophomores, eight juniors and seven seniors. So the teams that have combined to win five straight Class C titles (Nanuet ’03-’04, ’07 and Rye ’05-’06) are certainly built to continue that streak.
I will be interested to see who plays goalie for Nanuet in the next game. Standout Brianna Straut turned her right knee in the second half and did not return, forcing a field player to go between the pipes. I hope Straut is okay — she tore her ACL last year — but if she’s not, Nanuet just got a lot more vulnerable.
There were two other games called in today. Brewster beat another League I-B team, defeating Edgemont 15-12 behind five goals from Emily Biondi and Sarah Hogan. The Bears defeated Scarsdale 12-9 earlier this season, and have won seven in a row. They are all but locked into the No. 7 seed in Class B, so whoever finishes in the 2 spot (likely Greeley or John Jay) should definitely watch out.
Also, North Salem won its sixth in a row, beating Clarkstown South 17-11. Maria DeRobertis scored eight goals for the Tigers, who broke open a 6-6 halftime tie.
Finally, even though this is coming a day late I would be remiss if I didn’t point out one of the best individual performances of the season so far. Chrissy Gutenberger had a hand in 12 of North Rockland’s 13 goals (seven goals, five assists) as the Red Raiders defeated Pearl River 13-11. And congratulations to Tappan Zee, who picked up its first win. It looks like the Dutchies were placed in the wrong league for the second straight season, but their fighting through it.