Here is James Carlucci’s story on Suffern’s win over Scarsdale.
HILLBURN — With their four-goal halftime lead cut to two, the second-seeded Suffern Mounties responded with patience and execution, pulling away mid-way through the second half in their 18-8 win over No. 3 Scarsdale in a Section 1 Class A semifinal at Torne Valley Field Tuesday.
Suffern will play No. 1 North Rockland in the Class A final Thursday at Mamaroneck at 3:30 p.m.
“We know each other so well, we’ve worked together all of our lives, and I know we’re young, but we have so much experience,” said sophomore Caitlin Leary, who dominated the second half with five goals and one assist. “I think that puts us to an advantage. All of us had a different intensity from the first half.”
The Mounties, comprised mostly of freshmen and sophomores, will try to win their first sectional title since 2005.
Suffern took an 8-4 lead into halftime behind four goals and one assist from Jordan Drab. Scarsdale junior Lindsey Repp had three goals at halftime to keep it close.
“I was just aggressive with the ball and I kept my head up,” Drab said. “We knew that they were going to come out stronger because of the score, but we’ve been playing together for many years, so we all knew what to do.”
As expected, the Raiders made a run. Scarsdale’s Bridget Horwood made it 10-8 with 17:43 left.
“I know at one point, we had a chance to bring it to 10-9,” Scarsdale coach CeCe Berger said. “We had possession down there, so we were in it for three-fourths of the game. (Goalie Julia Ross) was keeping us in it for a while.”
Leary, who finished with seven goals and one assist, scored two of the next three goals as the Mounties forged ahead. Suffern controlled possession thereafter.
“Regina Sharp came up big on some of the draws, which allowed us to maintain possession after goals,” Suffern coach John Callanan said. “(Goalie) Mikaila Cheeseman made some great saves at critical points where if that ball goes in, it changes momentum. It changes what you can do.”
Suffern’s Tonianne Magnelli and Elizabeth Trojan each scored two goals in the second half. Baley Parrott, who had two goals and one assist, and Ally Iodice were instrumental on ground balls and draws, according to Callanan.
Callanan praised his team for showing poise and extending possessions.
“Despite their youth, they do have a lot experience,” Callanan said. “Impulsively, you want to pressure, you want to build a lead. It’s part of the maturation process of the players to not become overly anxious to try and do something when you’re not needed to. We were fortunate to be able to control the draws for that final 15 to 17 minutes.”
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