I went over to Westlake on Tuesday to catch the Wildcats take on Nanuet. The Golden Knights have had a difficult season so far, but played very well before eventually losing to a very talented Westlake team.
Long-time Nanuet head coach Karen Leitner, along with assistant coach Megan Wolfe, were not on the sidelines that game, and as I understand it, have not been with the team since before the team’s game against Byram Hills on April 29.
I reached out to Nanuet’s superintedent’s office on Friday, but they refused to comment on the situation and wouldn’t even confirm if Leitner was no longer coaching the team. If anyone has any information, feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Changing subjects, a few players hit milestones in today’s games: Clarkstown South’s Erin Kelly and Ossining’s Abby Squirrell both scored their 200th career goals, Rye’s Abby Abate scored her 100th career goal and North Salem’s Ryann Shaughnessy got her 250th career point.
THORNWOOD – Playing without longtime coach Karen Leitner on the sidelines, Nanuet didn’t look like a team in the midst of a five-game losing streak on Tuesday in a game against Westlake.
The Golden Knights came out strong and led 8-7 at halftime, before finally giving out and losing 18-13 thanks to a strong second-half surge by the Wildcats.
“We have a young team,” Westlake coach Dan Smith said. “As a group, it’s about coming together and composing ourselves, and understanding the simple passes and how important protection of the ball is.”
Leitner, who had coached the Golden Knights from 1994 to 2009 and for a second stint in 2013, has not coached the team since April 29. Instead, the acting coach was Al Lowther, who identified himself as a parent of one of the players.
Nanuet came out dominating on draw controls, and got great goaltending from Maylan Nguyen. At one point, the Golden Knights led 7-4 after getting three consecutive goals from Taylor Rosenfeld (two) and Nicole Menetski.
In the final 34 seconds of the first half, Westlake managed to cut the deficit down to 8-7 thanks to goals from Ally Falkenberg and Jesi Oswald.
In the second half, Westlake cut down on the turnovers, and the main draw control taker, Lauren Holzer, began to win more draws. The Wildcats went on a 9-4 run to take a commanding five-goal lead with 8:08 left, a gap that Nanuet was unable to close.
“I think at the beginning, we were dropping passes and we recognized that,” said Emily Sardo, an eighth-grader who finished with four goals and four assists. “I think what makes us so good together is that we’re so close, we have a good friendship with each other.”
Nanuet was led by Kiera Young, who finished with five goals. Nicole Menetski, Rosenfeld and Abbie Fitzgerald all scored twice.
Nanuet’s athletic director, Frank Mazzuca, was at the game and declined to comment on the coaching situation. Mazzuca also told the coaches and players to not comment after the game.
On Friday, the school’s superintendent’s office declined to comment on the coaching situation. Phone calls and messages to Leitner were not returned.
For Westlake, Falkenberg had five goals, Sardo had four goals and four assists, Holzer had three goals and two assists and Ariella Ruggiero had a goal and three assists.
The Wildcats, who are now 11-3, are in prime position to challenge for the program’s first-ever win in sectional play. But for now, the team is focused on Wednesday’s game against Blind Brook.
“We have to be able to keep it settled and not get frazzled at any point,” Falkenberg said. “We have to keep our composure.”
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Bronxville 15, Byram Hills 6
For Bronxville, Allie Berkery had four goals and an assist, Ellie Walsh had four goals, Mason Warble had three goals and Chase Judkins made nine saves. For Byram Hills, Noelle Love had two goals and two assists, Raquel Gaudio had two goals and an assist and Natalie Morley had a goal and two assists.
Putnam Valley 13, North Salem 12
North Salem was up 12-5 with around six minutes left, but Putnam Valley got the tying goal from Maddie Deegan, and Jackie Phillips, an eighth-grader, scored the winner off of a free position with 1:20 left. For Putnam Valley, Eva Rabson had four goals and an assist, Phillips had four goals and Deegan had three goals and nine draw controls. For North
Tappan Zee 17, Eastchester 10
For Tappan Zee, Brianna McCleary had five goals, Carmella Liscio had four goals, Kerri O’Rourke had two goals and three assists and Courtney Keane had a goal and four assists. For Eastchester, Jordyn DiCostanzo had three goals and two assists, Olivia Hughes had three goals, Clarissa Mejia had two goals and an assist and Emme DiPasquale scored twice.
Scarsdale 17, New Rochelle 8
For Scarsdale, Sarah Mehlman had five goals and an assist, Eliza Brosgal had three goals and two assists and Jilly Mehlman had three goals. For New Rochelle, Haley Fullerton, Samantha Galvin and Kelly Stillwagon all scored twice.
Mahopac 18, Kingston 7
For Mahopac, Kim Harker had nine goals and two assists, Kelly Maxwell had two goals and three assists and Kristen Maxwell scored twice.
Clarkstown South 18, Clarkstown North 1
For Clarkstown South, Erin Kelly had seven goals, including her 200th career goal, and five assists, while Danielle McIvor and Aileen Kelly both had two-goal, one-assist games. Video of Kelly’s milestone goal can be seen here.
Carmel 24, Ossining 18
For Carmel, Caitlin Murphy had eight goals, Hannah Aull had seven goals and Tierney Day made 17 saves. For Ossining, Abby Squirrell had seven goals, including the 200th of her career.
Somers 15, Rye 10
For Somers, Nicole DeMase had five goals, Gabby Rosenzweig had four goals and an assist and Livy Rosenzweig had three goals and an assist. For Rye, Amanda Hartzell had two goals and Abby Abate scored her 100th career goal.
John Jay 15, Yorktown 14
For John Jay, Emma Gorman and Hannah O’Reilly had four goals each, Amanda Flayhan had three goals and an assist and Dakota Adamac scored twice. For Yorktown, Katie Comerford had six goals and an assist, Casey Duff had three goals and Rilea Fusco had two goals and three assists. Yorktown spent most of the game down two players due to yellow card trouble.
Beacon 17, Pawling 9
The Poughkeepsie Journal’s round-up of the game can be found here. For Pawling, Chelsea Henke had four goals and Lauren Matlak had a hat-trick.
Briarcliff 14, Sleepy Hollow 3
Westlake 18, Nanuet 13
Schedule for 5/6
Suffern at North Rockland, 4:15 p.m.
Nyack at Albertus Magnus, 4:15 p.m.
Rye at Eastchester, 4:15 p.m.
Pelham at Harrison, 4:15 p.m.
Pleasantville at Irvington, 4:15 p.m.
Bronxville at Edgemont, 4:15 p.m.
Ardsley at Sleepy Hollow, 4:15 p.m.
Blind Brook at Westlake, 4:15 p.m.
Rye Neck vs. Yonkers at Tibbetts Brook Park, 4:15 p.m.
Valhalla at Hastings, 4:15 p.m.
North Salem at Wappingers, 4:30 p.m.
Lakeland at Hen Hud, 4:30 p.m.
Somers at Fox Lane, 4:30 p.m.
Brewster at Horace Greeley, 4:30 p.m.
Nanuet at Tappan Zee, 4:30 p.m.
New Rochelle at Mamaroneck, 4:30 p.m.
Horace Mann at Hackley, 4:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart (NYC) at Holy Child, 4:30 p.m.
Nanuet at Tappan Zee, 6 p.m.
Pelham at Harrison, 6 p.m.
(Photos by Seth Harrison/The Journal News)