I went out to North Salem this morning and caught a close game between the Tigers and visiting Hen Hud. North Salem, despite spending much of the season practicing indoors and not using the main field due to the weather, is off to a 6-1 start.
In the area’s other games, two players made history for their respective programs. Putnam Valley’s Eva Rabson became the first player in Putnam Valley history to score 200 career goals In Eastchester’s loss to Edgemont, Jordyn DiConstanzo became the first Eagle to hit 200 career goals. Interestingly, both players had five-goal, one-assist games. Edgemont also saw Julie Miner score her 200th career goal in the game as well.
NORTH SALEM — While they were on their home field, Saturday morning was a relatively unusual setting for North Salem.
The Tigers have barely been on the grass field this season due to the weather, but that seemed to matter little in the team’s 11-8 win over visiting Hen Hud.
The Werlau sisters, Lydia and Paige, led the way for North Salem, scoring seven goals between themselves.
“It feels great that we were able to come back and be on this field when we’ve been indoors all season,” Lydia Werlau, who finished with four goals, said. “As a team, we played really well.”
After Hen Hud’s Amber Feminella opened the scoring, the two teams exchanged goals until Lydia Werlau scored to make it 4-3 with three minutes left in the first half, giving North Salem its first lead. By halftime, North Salem led 5-4.
With 18:46 left, Ryann Shaughnessy scored off a free position to put North Salem up two. Fourteen seconds later, Kaitlyn Murphy extended the lead to three goals, and 13 seconds after that, Lydia Werlau scored to give North Salem a sudden 8-4 lead.
Additional goals from Paige and Lydia Werlau gave North Salem a six-goal advantage with 8:20 left in the game.
“Our team was really excited to play,” Lydia Werlau said. “we lost to them last year and really wanted to beat them this year.”
Hen Hud, which came into this game following a win at Briarcliff the previous evening, found life late in the game, getting goals from Feminella, Kate Kenny, Gabby Blitzer and Montana Garrett to cut the deficit to two goals.
“I don’t know if we were tired, but what it came down to was that they were more aggressive than we were,” Hen Hud coach Mary Honovich said. “We were getting beat in transition and on draws.”
With 1:48 left, Paige Werlau ended Hen Hud’s late comeback with an insurance goal, her third of the game.
“That was a huge,” North Salem coach Chris Werlau said of the goal. “We got the ball into the right person’s hands, and she saw an opportunity and took it.”
In addition to the Werlau sisters, Haley Vermette and Julia D’Innocenzo both had one-goal, one-assist games.
For Hen Hud, Feminella finished with three goals, Jackie Riefenhauser had a goal and two assists, Garrett finished with two goals and Mackenzie Porter made 11 saves in net.
“We’re looking for team chemistry, and I think that we just need to get our communication up on defense,” Feminella said. “When we scored, we weren’t getting pumped up; we weren’t working as a team.”
Scoreboard for 4/25
Putnam Valley 15, Lourdes 7
Eva Rabson had five goals and an assist and became the first player in Putnam Valley’s history to reach the 200-career-goal milestone. Jackie Phillips chipped in four goals, while Gina Valentino had a goal and four assists. For Lourdes, Danielle Keenan had three goals and Cat Gallery had two goals.
Edgemont 17, Eastchester 12
Eastchester’s Jordyn DiCostanzo had five goals and an assist and became the first player in program history to score 200 career goals. For Edgemont, Julie Miner also scored her 200th career goal.
Nyack 10, Pearl River 9
For Nyack, Danielle Lydecker had six goals, Jennifer Farrell had two goals and three assists and Olivia Demetres made 11 saves in net. For Pearl River, Maggie Davin had four goals and two assists, while Kayla Moreau and Margaret Buhrmeister both scored twice.
Clarkstown South 20, Nanuet 7
For Clarkstown South, Danielle McIvor had seven goals and three assists, Erin Kelly had four goals and five assists and Fiona Cummings had two goals and an assist. For Nanuet, Nicole Capinegro had three goals and an assist and Nicole Menentski had two goals.
Albertus Magnus 14, Westlake 9
For Albertus, Nikki Leone had four goals, Madison Bagatta had two goals and two assists and Mairead Durkin had two goals and an assist. For Westlake, Emily Sardo had four goals and Lauren Holzer scored three goals.
Holy Child 14, Long Island Lutheran 2
For Holy Child, Madison Warne had three goals and two assists, Nicole Shapiro had three goals and Bridget Hans had two goals and two assists.
Hackley 17, Riverdale 6
For Hackley, Sammy Mueller had six goals, Kat Cucullo had three goals and two assists and Amanda Rosenstein had two goals and two assists.
Carmel 13, New Rochelle 3
For Carmel, Caitlin Murphy had seven goals, Hannah Aull had three goals and two assists and Tierney Day made seven saves. For New Rochelle, Samantha Galvin had two goals and Shannon McGuire made 13 saves in net.
Bronxville 19, Ursuline 7
For Bronxville, Lilly Grass had six goals and two assists, Caroline Cahaney had four goals and two assists, Beth Finley had four goals and Mason Warble had three goals. For Ursuline, Madison Boutureira and Erin Marchini both had two-goal games.
Garden City 13, Suffern 12 (OT)
For Suffern, Jordan Drab had four goals and two assists, Dana Gisonno had four goals and an assist and Mikaila Cheeseman made 12 saves in net. Suffern was up 11-10 with 22 seconds left in regulation, and gave up the tying goal with three seconds left. Garden City scored the winning goal with four seconds left in the second overtime.
Arlington 16, Wappingers 4
For Arlington, Taylor Nyberg had five goals and Abby Carlin had four goals.
No games scheduled
(Photos by Adrian Szkolar/The Journal News)