While I was busy at North Salem and Yorktown, my colleague Mike Zacchio was at North Rockland to cover Mahopac’s upset win over the Red Raiders. His game story, along with Peter Carr’s photo gallery, can be seen below.
THIELLS – Mahopac coach Jim Lieto described the bus ride over to North Rockland as “dead quiet,” before its Class A girls lacrosse semifinal Tuesday. At the time, Lieto wasn’t sure what to make of it.
“It’s eerie sometimes,” he said. “You think that they’re not paying attention; you think that they’re not fired up because they’re so focused.”
Sixth-seeded Mahopac dominated the majority of the game, 11-6, earning its first-ever berth in the title game. The Indians held the second-seeded Red Raiders to just one goal over the final half hour of play.
“There are some great things in life — obviously my family and all that — but this is right up there,” an emotional Lieto said after the game.
The Indians tied a program record with 15 wins, and will play top-seeded Suffern on Thursday at Torne Valley at 5 p.m.
“That just shows how much we’ve come along (throughout) the year,” said Indians captain Kim Harker. “We were looking through some first day of tryout videos, and we said ‘Road to Sectionals’ and this is the first time it’s ever happened, so it really hits home there.”
The Northwestern-bound All-American scored two goals of her four goals on the day in the final five minutes of the half, including a beautiful go-ahead wraparound with 22.9 left after beating a North Rockland double team.
Mahopac struck first, and early, netting a goal 30 seconds into the game courtesy of junior Ali Korin, but the Red Raiders quickly responded. Freshman Lizzy Fox scored three goals in a 76-second window.
Mahopac’s defensive pressure stymied the Red Raiders, who beat the Indians earlier this season 8-7, the rest of the game.
“It’s impossible to predict how some of these games go, but if somebody was to tell me that we were going to turn the ball over that many times on offense, I would’ve thought they were crazy,” said North Rockland coach Greg Borchers, who took the Red Raiders to the finals the previous two seasons. “Credit to Mahopac, they forced a lot of those turnovers and we had a tough time, for the first time all year, putting the ball in the back of the net.”
Click here to see Peter Carr’s photo gallery of the game.
(Photo by Peter Carr/The Journal News)