I got to see a great Westchester-Rockland match-up on Saturday between two teams in my top 10. While John Jay was able to dominate possession for the first part of the second half, North Rockland got a huge boost from Danielle Cajou, a sophomore who was called up from JV a week ago. You can read more about it in my game story below.
A couple of milestones to note: Croton-Harmon’s Maggie Dymes and Lakeland/Panas’ Dana Bozek both scored their 100th career goals in their teams’ respective wins. For Dymes, she became the first player in Croton-Harmon history to reach the milestone. Also, Irvington’s Hannah Kibel reached 200 career saves in a win over Keio.
Finally, Rye Country Day clinched sole possession of the Fairchester Athletic Association title with a 12-2 win over Hamden Hall. They became the first school in the league’s 37-year history other than Greenwich Academy to win it.
CROSS RIVER – With North Rockland missing a few of its offensive weapons in a game against Class B power John Jay, the Red Raiders needed someone else to step up.
Danielle Cajou, who was called up from junior varsity only a week ago, was just what the Red Raiders needed.
The sophomore scored five goals, four coming in the second half, for the Red Raiders in a comeback 12-11 win at John Jay on Saturday.
“I felt excited; I was nervous at first, but I settled down and it was fun playing,” Cajou said. “Last year was my first year playing, I didn’t know how to play; I got better in one year.”
John Jay dominated possession in the first part of the second half, and led 10-8 with 12:42 left.
“The coaches gave us a really nice talk in the second half to motivate us, so we came out on fire,” John Jay’s Amanda Flayhan said. “North Rockland is a great team, they came back and we couldn’t let up.”
The Red Raiders began to win back some of the draw controls they had lost earlier, and got free position goals from Cajou and Lizzie Fox to tie the game at 10 with 4:01 left.
After Cajou and John Jay’s Dakota Adamac exchanged goals, North Rockland’s Carolyn Spatta powered in from the left side and scored to give the Red Raiders the lead back with 49.1 seconds left.
John Jay won back possession, but Hannah O’Reilly’s running shot attempt was stopped by North Rockland goalie Gianna Guerra, and the Red Raiders were able to run out the clock.
“We always out together, we never let each other down when it counts the most,” Spatta said. “Danielle is a great aspect to add to our team; we’re having new younger girls coming up and we’re getting better every game.”
For John Jay, it was another difficult loss to take. All five losses the Indians have suffered this season have been by two goals or less. Flayhan and Emma Gorman both finished with three goals, while Thalia Cronin had two goals and an assist.
“I’m confident we haven’t peaked yet,” John Jay coach Ali Steinberg said. “We better hit that peak next week, or we’ve got a long road ahead of us.”
North Rockland improves to 12-1, with the lone loss coming to state power Suffern. In addition to Cajou, Spatta and Fox had two-goal, one-assist games, Kaitlyn Gutenberger scored twice and Guerra made nine nine saves.
“Our players are game-ready, no matter what grade they are in, to compete in these situations,” North Rockland coach Greg Borchers said. “Hopefully, we’re peaking at the right time for the playoffs, and we’ll see what happens.”
Video of North Rockland’s final two goals and John Jay’s final shot attempt
Scoreboard for 5/2
Pelham 12, Ardsley 9
For Pelham, Chandler Solomine had three goals, while Ashlyn Mustafa, Sarah Dunbar and Hannah Mackey all scored twice. For Ardsley, Colleen Muldoon scored twice.
Irvington 12, Keio 3
For Irvington, Mallory Toolan had five goals, Katie McMahon had three goals, Elizabeth Segreti and Olivia Valdes both had one-goal, one-assist games and goalie Hannah Kibel made her 200th career save. For Keio, Marina Kokufagana scored twice.
Mahopac 19, Carmel 3
For Mahopac, Kim Harker had six goals, Kelly Maxwell had three goals and three assists, Gabby Light had two goals and an assist, Kristen Maxwell had a goal and two assists and Briana Corace scored twice. For Carmel, Caitlyn Murphy had two goals and an assist.
North Salem 15, Rye Neck 5
For North Salem, Paige Werlau had four goals and three assists, Lydia Werlau had four goals and an assist, Ryann Shaughnessy and Kaitlyn Murphy both had three-goal, one-assist games, while Kiera McCarthy made seven saves in net. For Rye Neck, Jess Gotlieb had three goals.
Croton-Harmon 15, Pawling 3
For Croton-Harmon, Maggie Dymes had four goals and an assist and became the first player in Croton-Harmon history to reach 100 career goals. Teagan Burke added three goals, Loretta Violante had two goals and three assists and Georgina Martin scored twice. For Pawling, Lauren Matlak scored twice.
Hen Hud 16, Wappingers 7
For Hen Hud, Amber Feminella and Jenna Richardson had six goals each, Jackie Riefenhauser had a goal and two assists and Mackenzie Porter made 10 saves in net. For Wappingers, Jessica Lasaponara had three goals and Dana Volk scored twice.
Rye Country Day 12, Hamden Hall 2
For Rye Country Day, Taylor Regan and Zoe Verni both had three-goal, two-assist games for Rye Country Day. With the win, the Wildcats clinched their first-ever Fairchester Athletic Association title.
Holy Child 21, Poly Prep 15
For Holy Child, Madison Warne had five goals and four assists, Bridget Hans had five goals and three assists, Nicole Shapiro had three goals and three assists, Dulcie DelPriore had three goals and Charlotte Brosnan had two goals and two assists.
Bronxville 15, Mamaroneck 8
For Bronxville, Beth Finley had four goals, Ellie Walsh had three goals, Lilly Grass had a goal and four assists, Mason Warble and Allie Berkery both scored twice and Chase Judkins made 12 saves. For Mamaroneck, Freya Cantwell and Brianna Steigerwald both scored twice, while Talia Land made 14 saves.
Putnam Valley 15, Pleasantville 15
For Putnam Valley, Eva Rabson had six goals and an assist , Gina Valentino had three goals and Maddie Deegan had two goals and an assist.
Pearl River 18, Clarkstown North 2
For Pearl River, Maggie Davin had three goals and three assists, Courtney Ocasal had three goals and two assists, Margaret Buhrmeister had three goals, while Kayla Moreau and Caroline Dolan both scored twice. For Clarkstown North, Madison Esposito made 14 saves.
Niskayuna 17, Brewster 5
For Brewster Caitlin Parise had three goals and Lauren Craft scored twice.
Arlington 14, Ossining 10
For Arlington, Jenny Caoili had four goals and an assist, Tyler Nyberg and Lizzie Schlissel both had hat-tricks and Abby Carlin had two goals and an assist. For Ossining, Abby Squirrell had four goals and an assist, Stefanie Svoboda had four goals and Meghan Hooley had a goal and two assists.
Lakeland/Panas 18, Nyack 5
For Lakeland/Panas, Dana Bozek had six goals and six assists and scored her 100th career goal, Molly Fitzpatrick had five goals and an assist, Katie Bradbury had two goals and an assist, while Gianna Paglia and Valerie Perkins both scored twice. For Nyack, Tara Blinn had four goals and Jennifer Farrell had a goal and two assists.
Briarcliff 9, Valhalla 7
For Valhalla, Lisa Rice had three goals and Claudia Halbauer made nine saves.
White Plains 18, Eastchester 7
For Eastchester, Jordyn DiCostanzo had three goals and two assists, Clarissa Mejia had three goals and an assist and Katie Feigenbaum made 14 saves.
North Rockland 12, John Jay 11
Schedule for 5/3
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Photos by Adrian Szkolar/The Journal News