Mamaroneck defeats previously undefeated Scarsdale 2-0

SHRUB OAK – They had played a 0-0 draw earlier in the month.

Four scoreless field hockey quarterbacks stretched to six quarters as Scarsdale, a Section 1 seed in Class A, and second seed Mamaroneck entered half-time in the Class A championship game Sunday at Lakeland High School without a goal.

But that wouldn’t last.

Mamaroneck, who had almost scored a few times in the first half, scored a semi-broken game on one of his seven penalty corners.

Hannah Rogoff’s pass bounced back, canceling out the original play, but the ball spun fine and Natalie Mahland was there. Her long, hard sweeping shot from left to right beat Raider goaltender Angela Hoey, who had several goalless and brick wall moments throughout the game.

Mahland’s goal, which came with 12:32 left in the third quarter, turned out to be the difference in what ended up being a 2-0 Tiger victory.

Mamaroneck celebrates after defeating Scarsdale 2-0 to win the Section 1 Class A field hockey championship game at Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak on October 31, 2021.

Turning

Mahland’s goal was the turning point, strengthening Mamaroneck, who must have been frustrated with doing everything right except scoring in the first half.

Game player

Mahland shared the best game honors with Rogoff, who gave the Tigers a welcome cushion, scoring with 7:17 left in the fourth quarter.

By the numbers

Rogoff’s goal was magnificent as she moved past a Raider defender to get to a Mahland drive that was heading just left of the net. She deflected the ball to the right and inward.

“The ball bounced back for us. She had her stick in the right place,” Mamaroneck coach John Savage said, noting that the goal was Rogoff’s 26th goal this season.

Scarsdale, a team known for their speed and who entered the game unbeaten, descended on Mamaroneck’s side with much greater frequency in the second half, but never managed to shoot Tigers goalie Jane McNally .

Hoey, who kept the game scoreless at the end of the first half with three consecutive saves (including two after she hit the ground to stop the first shot), made 12 saves for the Raiders, who have finished the season 16-1-2.

Hoey also made a good save, charging in to close a fourth-quarter chance for Ava Gristina, who had secured a half-step on two defenders and was sprinting on goal.

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Hannah Rogoff of Mamaroneck scores Mamaroneck's second goal in the Section 1 Class A Field Hockey Championship game at Lakeland High School in Shrub Oak on October 31, 2021. Mamaroneck defeated Scarsdale 2-0.

Quotes

Mamaroneck showed a lot more offense on Sunday than he did in his 0-0 draw earlier this month with Scarsdale. In that game, McNally made nine saves and Hoey has three.

Mahland laughed, saying her team worked on the sweeping shot she scored “100,000 times (in practice) and now it’s finally working”.

“We played our game in the second half,” said Scarsdale coach Lauren Barton. “(The way we played in the first half) was not a lack of effort, a lack of desire or a lack of heart. In some games you just aren’t in the rhythm in first half. “

“We’ve had a good time overall. We just haven’t finished. It’s unfortunate,” said senior Hoey.

In nominating Scarsdale, Savage, whose teams won sectional titles in 2017 and 2018 after losing to Scarsdale in 2016, said. “It’s a great team, a great program and a great coach.”

“We definitely looked better (than in the goalless draw),” added Savage, explaining that his team was more consistent on Sunday. That and the victory came from one thing, he said.

“They wanted it,” said Savage, who described his defenders, midfielders and corner team as “incredible”.

“I think we all played for each other,” Rogoff said.

“Nobody wanted the season to end today,” added Mahland.

Following

Mamaroneck, now 16-2-2, will face Section 9 champion Kingston on Sunday at Rondout Valley High School in Accord for the regional Class A title.

Nancy Haggerty covers cross country, track and field, field hockey, skiing, ice hockey, women’s lacrosse and other sporting events for The Journal News / lohud. Follow her on Twitter at both @HaggertyNancy and @LoHudHockey.

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