My story on Hackley’s win over Rye Country Day.
VIDEO: Hackley’s Laurel Cassidy and Ann Wechsler.
TARRYTOWN Hackley cruised to a 14-7 win against visiting Rye Country Day Tuesday thanks to a strong defensive stand in the second half that saw the Hornets hold the Wildcats scoreless in the final 25 minutes.
“We came out in the second half with a mindset of being patient, always looking for girls who are open and really thinking about what the best move is to make,” said Hackley goalie Ann Wechsler, who finished with 14 saves. “The reason I was able to make some saves is because I had a defense that was always working to get the help, get the slide and have great communication.”
The game was headed in the direction of a shootout initially. The Hornets held a 10-7 advantage over Rye Country Day at halftime.
Hackley coach Jenny Leffler talked to her squad about settling down and slowing the tempo in the second half.
“The end of the first half got a little frantic and crazy,” Leffler said. “We just wanted them to calm down, but we also wanted them to just know that they were in control and play as if they were in control.”
Laurel Cassidy led the Hornets (11-1) with three goals and three assists. Stef Frolo added a hat trick, and Sammy Mueller posted two goals and two assists. Taylor Regan led Rye Country Day (9-2) with two goals and two assists. Ally Mueller held Wildcats star junior midfielder Julia Massaro, who is verbally committed to Stanford, to just one assist.
It was the 47th straight win for the Hornets against a private school. The two-time reigning New York State Association of Independent Schools champions’ last loss to a private school came against Poly Prep on May 23, 2011, in the NYSAIS tournament semifinals.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Cassidy said of the streak, “but it also puts a huge target on our backs.”
Best of the rest: Lauren Mazza had five goals, including her 100 and three assists in North Rockland’s 19-8 win at Clarkstown South. … Kali Peeples scored four goals in White Plains’ 8-1 win at Mamaroneck. … Abby Bosco scored five goals in Suffern’s 20-4 win at Clarkstown North. … Carly Wooters had four goals and two assists in Ursuline’s 13-11 win at Irvington. … Clarissa Mejia had five goals and an assist in Eastchester’s 15-4 win against visiting Keio. … Kate Fischer had four goals and two assists in Nyack’s 13-1 win at Valhalla. … Courtney Keane had three goals and three assists in Tappan Zee’s 17-10 win against visiting Nanuet. … Lindsey Repp had three goals and three assists and tallied her 300th points in Scarsdale’s 15-10 win against visiting Bronxville. … Madison Kandoth scored four goals, including the game winner with 29 seconds remaining, in Albertus Magnus’ 11-10 win at Pearl River.
North Rockland 19, Clarkstown South 8
New Rochelle 16, Ardsley 13
Ursuline 13, Irvington 11
White Pains 8, Mamaroneck 1
Eastchester 15, Keio 4
Hackley 14, Rye Country Day 7
Nyack 13, Valhalla 1
Suffern 20, Clarkstown North 4
Tappan Zee 17, Nanuet 10
Scarsdale 15, Bronxville 10
Albertus Magnus 11, Pearl River 10