Here is my game story on North Rockland’s win over Clarkstown South. Kaitlyn Rau scored her 200th goal in the game, an impressive achievement for a junior.
WEST NYACK Kaitlyn Rau isn’t one for waiting.
It took the North Rockland midfielder just 12 seconds to register the first goal in the Red Raiders’ game against Clarkstown South Thursday.
Rau added four more goals before halftime, including the 200th of her career, as North Rockland defeated the Vikings 16-8.
For Rau, reaching 200 goals is an impressive feat, especially doing it halfway through her junior season.
“It was really exciting,” said Rau of reaching the milestone. “I like to think of it that it’s out of the way now.”
Rau, who finished the game with six goals and an assist, is just the third player in North Rockland girls lacrosse history to reach 200 goals, trailing Taylor Moore, who scored 242 and Brianna Warner (218).
For Red Raiders’ coach Greg Borchers, what’s more impressive than how quickly Rau reached the milestone was the circumstances in which she did it.
“It’s quite an accomplishment for a girl who has been locked off every game,” Borchers said. “That’s a lot to say for her and her character and not getting frustrated.”
Rau’s early goal was the start of a 6-0 North Rockland run to open the game. The Red Raiders (9-1) held a substantial advantage the rest of the game, never letting the Vikings (3-5) get within five goals of the lead.
“We knew we had to come out strong, so we were really excited to play,” Rau said. “We were just really hyped because it’s a league game.”
The Red Raiders will need another high-energy start on Tuesday when they face league and Class A rival Suffern.
“It’s going to be an intense game, but we know that we have to still keep up the intensity,” Rau said. “Come out strong and do what we have to do.”