At the conclusion of Yorktown’s season-opening 9-6 win over Suffern, it was pretty clear from talking with both coaches that each team has quite a bit of work to do. This is to be expected at this early juncture, and the good news is that they have a few months to correct those errors.
“I thought there were a lot of good moments, but I also thought there were many moments for concern,” Yorktown coach Ellen Mager said. “I didn’t think we did a very good job of taking care of the ball, and I thought there were a lot of first game jitters.”
“I thought we came out flat,” Suffern coach John Callanan said. “I was particularly perturbed about six minutes in, but I think after that we neutralized their attack somewhat. We just didn’t generate the offense that we needed to in the beginning.”
The Mounties certainly did come out flat, as the ‘Huskers jumped out to a 5-0 lead 11 minutes into the game. It was the Lindsay Scott show, with Katy Cartelli playing the role of distributor. Of the first five unanswered goals, Scott accounted for three with one assist, while Cartelli scored two with one assist. Cartelli did a good job early of dishing to open cutters from behind the Suffern net. The first goal to a streaking Scott three minutes in was a pretty sight.
“She has very good stick skills, and she’s a returning starter at attack,” Mager said of Cartelli. “The other three kids are new, so I think it’s going to take time for them to feel more comfortable and confident. Katy and Lindsay played like the returning players on that end.”
While the fast start was clearly the biggest key of the game for Yorktown, two of the goals were from point blank range coming off of penalty calls. That, coupled with a Meg McNally shot that missed by about an inch and an Alli Califano goal that was called back on a crease violation, could have resulted in a much closer game early on. Yorktown goalie Katie Frederick also made some clutch first half saves. Scott was tremendous, as to be expected, but Mager said she was disappointed with the lack of offensive production from the rest of the team.
“She’s a big time producer,” Mager said of Scott. “We thought they would do more to try and take her out of the game. We were lucky that they didn’t because I think some of the kids we expected to score for us didn’t put their shots home… They’re going to have to produce for us to win.”
My early prediction is that Cartelli is Mager’s best bet to take on that role. The senior finished with two goals and three assists, and showed the ability to feed her teammates from behind the cage.
While the offense was lacking for the ‘Huskers after the opening ten minutes, its their defense that they will hang their hats on this season. Led by Lindsay’s twin Sarah, Yorktown did an excellent job of pressuring Suffern on its clears and preventing them from establishing any offensive rhythm.
“They have a lot of new and young players,” Mager said of the Mounties. “If you’re not going to pressure young kids, then there is something wrong with what we’re doing.”
There was definitely a strong youth presence on Callanan’s squad, with five eighth-graders in his starting rotation. It showed, as Suffern finished with 20 turnovers for the game, but they bounced back a bit in the second half.
“I think it’s going to take time for them to get their footing and adjust to the speed of the game,” Callanan said. “This is a good experience, playing a team of the quality of Yorktown.”
The Mounties fought back with a late rally to cut Yorktown’s lead to 9-6, but the ‘Huskers fast start proved to be the difference.
Scott finished with six goals and two assists, while Califano led the Mounties with four goals. Suffern outshot Yorktown, 17-16.
“I think we’re both out of sync right now,” Callanan said. “I think we have some firepower on offense, we’re just not meshing yet. It will improve. The learning curve will be pretty dramatic.”
Here are the the results from the other two games today:
Byram Hills 14, Irvington 7: At Byram Hills, Alex Fritz had three goals and two assists, including her 100th varsity goal.
“It was pretty cool watching her get 100,” said her father and coach, Jeff Fritz. “Her and Katie Byrne have been our big scorers over the last couple years and she’ll join her pretty soon.”
Teammate Claudia Hammerschmidt had four goals. Kristen Palese had five goals for the Bulldogs.
Mamaroneck 18, Eastchester 6: At Eastchester, Abby Baigelman had six goals and two assists. Lauren Rush had four goals and four assists. Clarissa Mejia scored three goals for the Eagles.
And here’s the schedule for Wednesday:
Briarcliff at Ossining, 4:15 p.m.
Mahopac at Somers, 4:30 p.m.
North Salem at Putnam Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Kennedy at Carmel, 4:30 p.m.
Brewster at John Jay, 4:30 p.m. (I’ll be covering this one)