That constrasts with Scarsdale, whose corner scores proved huge in its 4-0 win over Ursuline—a game that was 1-0 for much of the time.
But the game of the day probably belonged to Ossining and Valhalla, with Ossining emerging with a one-goal victory.
Game recaps below with my game story from Scarsdale-Ursuline, extra notes and Monday’s slate.
October 5 recaps
Lakeland 3, Putnam Valley 0
Sophomore Dana Bozek scored twice, Brianna Muniz once and Gab Celentano had two assists for the Hornets.
Tigers’ goalie Sam Cunningham made 19 saves.
Ossining 3, Valhalla 2
Samantha Tighe scored twice and Sade Tukuru had a goal and an assist for Ossining, whose goalie, Lucia Tonelli, had six saves.
Jennifer Pezzolanti had the Vikings’ two goals, one assisted by Alyssa Dolan. Kristine Cura turned away seven shots for Valhalla.
Scarsdale 4, Ursuline 0
NEW ROCHELLE – The final score read blowout.
But the better part of Saturday’s Scarsdale-Ursuline field hockey game was a real contest with Scarsdale continually knocking on the door but holding just a 1-0 advantage.
Then came the Raiders’ three-goal onslaught, fueled in large part by their amazing 16-1 corner advantage.
In the end, coach Sharon Rosenthal’s squad followed her game-long “Finish, Finish” directive, emerging with a 4-0 win.
“Fire in your belly – that’s what you need,” Rosenthal said.
No doubt echoing the thoughts of many Section 1 coaches, she added, “This is one of the best Ursuline teams I’ve seen in quite a few years. They did a really good job taking the ball off our sticks.”
The now-8-1 Raiders dominated early but led only `1-0 at the half. Sydney Malsch had the unassisted tally at 22:13 after a couple of stops by Koalas’ goalie Danielle Fucci (11 saves) and a scramble in front.
The save of the game, though, belonged to Scarsdale’s Leah Cannon, who dove to stop a first-half 2-on-0 Ursuline breakaway.
Otherwise, Cannon barely broke a sweat, finishing with just three saves.
“We have to be a little more aggressive and get our shots off quicker,” said Ursuline coach Andrea Gaviria, whose team’s now 8-2-1
Eliza Brosgol gave the Raiders some breathing room, scoring with 15:43 left in the second half off the Raiders’ 12th corner with the assist going to Erin Nicholas.
The freshman Nicholas then put the game away. She scored off a corner with 8:21 left, then seemingly a blink later (6:46) off another corner.
Both times, assists went to Lindsey Repp, who provided a lot of Scarsdale’s offensive push with her speed and stick handling.
But corners, of course, proved to be the huge difference.
“Corners are one of the most helpful ways to get goals,” Nicholas said. “We practice them a lot… They’re a big part of our game.”
Gaviria lamented the corners disparity but praised her squad.
“The girls gave them 100 percent,” she said. “(The Raiders) work hard and they’re talented. I felt we kept up with them… Unfortunately, the score doesn’t show this was a really good game.
Extra notes: Gaviria praised Scarsdale’s shut-down defense, saying, “They definitely packed it in in the circle.” She was happy her own D had stopped the Raiders’ big-time scorers, Caroline Knapp and Repp, from finding the net. But, of course, Repp had those two key assists. Repp really was a difference-maker, dancing around multiple Ursuline players multiple times. Besides her goal-assists, credit her with assisting in simply wearing down Ursuline. Olivia Romano also had a terrific game for the Raiders. She plays D but might have been mistaken for a midfielder because she played it so aggressively, moving up the field and stopping multiple Ursuline break-out attempts, sometimes intercepting the ball, other times stripping it . … Kealy Moyna had a solid defensive game for the Koalas. … Rosenthal called a time out a minute before Scarsdale’s crucial second goal but she indicated that had more to do with simply giving her kids a breather than imparting specific advice. That said, she did reinforce some messages, including that the Raiders should be going outside more and up the middle less. … The game was played on Ursuline’s unique, new artificial turf field. With little land, the field hockey/soccer portion of the field incorporates most of the softball field. The dirt mound and dirt batter’s box areas are outside the artificial-only fh/soccer area. Very, very creative. … Saturday was Pink Day at Ursuline, marking the school’s participation in breast cancer awareness. Both teams participated. Scarsdale brought the pink game balls and its players wore bright pink socks. Ursuline’s captains wore bright pink jerseys. Journal News photographer Frank Becerra shot the game. See Frank’s photos at lohud.com .
Monday, October 7 game slate
Clarkstown North at Byram Hills, 4:15 p.m.
Hen Hud at Croton, 4:15 p.m.
North Salem at Horace Greeley, 4:15 p.m.
Ossining at Briarcliff, 4:15 p.m.
Pleasantville at Scarsdale, 4:15 p.m.
Ursuline at Harrison, 4:15 p.m.
John Jay-East Fishkill at Mahopac, 4:30 p.m.
John Jay-Cross River at Yorktown, 4:30 p.m.
Ketcham at Carmel, 4:30 p.m.
Pelham at White Plains, 4:30 p.m.
Putnam Valley at Somers, 4:30 p.m.
Rye Neck at Valhalla, 6 p.m.
Bronxville at Rye, 6:30 p.m.