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Scarsdale Eliminates Wappingers

Varsity vs Ketcham HS on 5/19/2011 4:15:00 PM
Posted Friday, May 20, 2011 by By Rich Thomaselli - MSG Varsity
WICCOPEE, N.Y. – The Scarsdale High School boys’ lacrosse team came into Thursday’s first-round Section 1, Class AA game with a 6-10 mark and a five-game losing streak.

Ho-hum.

“We knew we had a good team, we knew we played in a tough league, and we knew that a lot of our losses were by just a couple of goals,” senior attackman Brian Bauersfeld said. “We were very confident coming in.”

It was Bauersfeld who set the tone early, scoring two of his five goals in the first two minutes, and No. 10 Scarsdale went on to an 11-9 victory over No. 7 Wappingers to advance to a quarterfinal game on Saturday at second-seeded Mahopac.

Wappingers finishes the season at 8-7; the Raiders move on with a deceiving 7-10 mark. Though Scarsdale finished the regular season with a sub-.500 mark and the five-game skid, its schedule was peppered with strong teams – Nyack, New Rochelle, Byram Hills, and two games against powerful Bronxville. In fact, that five-game losing streak came against teams with a combined 54-26 mark this season.

“We played a lot of tough league games and I think it prepared us for this,” said Scarsdale senior Johnny Failla, who scored a pair of goals. “We played some of the top teams in the section. We were totally ready for this.”

That showed in the opening 120 seconds when Bauersfeld scored on a quick dodge and a shot, and then, moments later, on a wicked shot from the right side. Just like that, it was 2-0. Perhaps just as impressive as the quick start was the sustained effort from the Raiders.

“We’ve gotten out to early leads before,” Failla said, “but one thing we haven’t done well is jump out on a team and stay on top. Getting that lead got us some confidence and got us going, and we just held it.”

Wappingers never tied or led in the game.

“It’s hard to chase,” Wappingers coach Luke Rabideau said. “You get down early like that and you find yourself in constant catch-up mode.”

Freshman Dan Kugler scored twice for the Warriors, who to their credit hung around for most of the game, cutting it to two on three different occasions. But, mostly, this was a season of transition for Wappingers under their first-year head coach.

“I thought it went pretty well this year,” Rabideau said. “I was trying to establish a new set for the guys, more like a motion offense, and at times we would fall back into a rigid offense that was played last year and that gave us problems at times. But I feel like we’re on the upswing. We graduate 10 seniors but we do have some quality players coming back.”

Michael Hirson added a pair of goals as well for the Raiders, who now look forward to a quarterfinal matchup at Mahopac with a great backstory – Scarsdale head coach Sean O’Rourke starred at Mahopac in the mid-1990s as a high school All-American.

“They’re a great team; they always are,” Bauersfeld said of Mahopac. “But we’ve played good teams this year. If we can continue to work the ball around and be patient, good things will happen. Coach played there back in the day and we want to win it for him.”

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