Thursday was full of almosts — of the unlikely — of three Can–You-Believe…? games.
Consider the biggest one of all.
Consider Lakeland almost not winning.
The Hornets, one of the best teams in the state year after year after year, did not score until four minutes and twenty-four seconds were left in their game against visiting John Jay-Cross River.
John Jay is good. No doubt.
But Lakeland is in a league of its own.
Sophomore Dana Bozek (pictured at pre-season practice), who plays like every inch a senior, salvaged Lakeland’s night with the game-winner, a back-hander from the top of the circle.
Until that point, John Jay netminder Hayley Martinsens had been flawless.
She stopped 14 shots in all. The Indians managed just one shot on Hornets’ goalie Alex Halpin.
The win upped Lakeland’s season mark to 10-0.
The loss, which John Jay should probably mentally log as a win, drops it to 5-3.
Just an incredible game — an unexpected game — but then there was a lot of that going around.
Rye, for instance, survived against host Ossining. But it took an Alex Bennett goal off a corner and a Meredith Tibbals assist for the Garnets to increase their season mark to 9-0.
The goal — the only one of the game — came with just 10 minutes left.
Keep in mind that Ossining, which seems to have a penchant for ties, dropped to 2-2-5 with the loss.
The Pride was expected to have been outclassed but goalie Lucia Tonelli kept Ossining in the game with nine saves.
Just as in the Lakeland game, the winning goalie, Ossining’s Brenna Smith, faced only one shot.
Then there was Mahopac.
Mahopac coach Dona DiMaggio says she always expects a good game from Mahopac’s cross-town rival.
But, on paper, Mahopac, entering the game at 6-1, seemed a much better bet than the 5-3-1 Rams.
But Carmel led 1-0 at the half on a Jamie Manecky goal that was assisted by Megan O’Brien.
Ultimately, Mahopac prevailed 2-1 as Allison Jackson and Sarah Lilley found the net (assists to Mikaela DiBello and Jane Kasperian).
Nicole Amerling stopped three shots for the Indians and Maggie O’Shaughnessy three for the Rams.
But the Rams’ “D” also stopped a bunch of Mahopac shots before they reached the net.
A terrific game. Make that three terrific games.
Other October 3 games
Byram Hills 5, Croton-Harmon 0
Emily Bryne, Veronica Cotaj, Kristen Khouri, Ashley Polera and Abbey Ratafia scored for the now-6-1-2 Bobcats.
Horace Greeley 6, Harrison 1
Samantha Attia scored four times and Glynnis Porter and Sarah Jane Weill each had a goal for the Quakers.
Weill also had three assists and Katie Jakacki and Olivia Green each had one assist.
Oliva Harris turned away three Huskies’ shots.
Taylor Fabiani scored Harrison’s goal and Christina Decarlo had eight saves.
Pleasantville 3, Briarcliff 1
Paige Psyhojos had a hat trick and aKathleen Passabet had two assists and Anne Horton one assist for the Panthers.
Alex Ciarcia stopped six Briarcliff shots.
Ali Arminio had staked the Bears to a 1-0 halftime lead, scoring off a Sharon Luan assist.
Clarkstown South at Suffern, 4 p.m.
North Rockland at Nyack, 4 p.m.
Pearl River at Nanuet, 4 p.m.
Byram Hills at Briarcliff, 4:15 p.m.
Irvington at Scarsdale, 4:15 p.m.
Ursuline at Pelham, 4:15 p.m.
Sleepy Hollow at Bronxville, 4:45 p.m.
White Plains at Mamaroneck, 5 p.m.
Fox Lane at Rye, 7 p.m.