WHITE PLAINS Girls lacrosse sectionals begin May 15. Scarsdale, however, already has a playoff mentality even though the seedings won’t be determined for nearly two weeks.
The Raiders brought intensity to White Plains on Thursday, helping them to an 8-6 league win.
Scarsdale held a half-game advantage in the League II-A standings prior to the game. A win by either team meant control of its chances at a league championship.
Raiders junior midfielder Lindsey Repp (pictured bottom, right) thinks this year’s team has a good chance at winning Scarsdale’s first league title since 2009.
Repp and sophomore midfielder Sarah Mehlman led Scarsdale with three goals apiece as the Raiders moved to 5-1 in the league with two games remaining. The Tigers beat Scarsdale 11-9 on April 16.
“This is our year,” Mehlman said. “We want to win the league championship. I think that it’s so obtainable, and it’s so close that we can really get there.”
The Raiders took a 3-0 lead early and held a 5-2 advantage at halftime. A yellow card on White Plains’ Danielle Reggio late in the half also gave Scarsdale a man-up opportunity to open the second half.
At halftime, Raiders coach CeCe Berger emphasized keeping the intensity her team had at the start.
“I told them not to let up and try not to not let them come out of halftime scoring the first goal,” Berger said. “We knew that that would psych them up.”
The Tigers, however, did just that. Kate Leone scored just 23 seconds into the second half. Leone, who finished with two goals and two assists, had a hand in the next two goals as White Plains tied the score at 5-5.
Berger called a timeout, telling her team to get back to what they had done to build the three-goal lead.
“We weren’t taking the shots we wanted to,” Berger said. “That led to turnovers and let them get back. When I called the timeout, I said we need to go back to the offense that we wanted to run today, and you guys kind of got away from that.”
With the Raiders running a more patient offense, Dannah Strauss’ goal put Scarsdale back in the lead with 14 minutes remaining. Repp added another goal three minutes later to put the Raiders up 7-5.
“This was probably our most important game of the season,” Repp said. “I think we still have a lot of hard games left with Mamaroneck and Bronxville, but definitely winning this is going to push the momentum for the next few games.”
Photos courtesy of Frank Becerra Jr / The Journal News.