On Tuesday April 10, the Clarkstown South Lady Vikings lacrosse team hosted the Tigers of White Plains High School for a section 1 girl’s lacrosse showdown. The Lady Vikings would go on to win 12-8 over White Plains.
Siobhan Maguire, Erin Kelly and Jaime Morris each scored three goals for South. Terese Buechli scored twice and Emily Harvey also added a goal.
The contest was MSG Varsity’s Game of the Week. “It was a little scary to have them here but once we got on the field the butterflies went away,” said Maguire, Clarkstown South senior attacker.
Going into the game White Plains had a record of 3-0 and was considered to be one of the Hudson Valley’s premier teams in 2012, featuring a strong group of seniors. “They’re 3-0 and going to be tough but we just got our record back to .500 and just have to come out and play our game tonight,” said Clarkstown South Head Coach Chad Schindler before the game.
The Lady Vikings attacked early in the game, jumping out to a quick 6-0 lead over their opponents. A big reason for Clarkstown South’s early lead was the unselfish play of their midfield and attack units. “When someone was being doubled on our team they were able to outlet and find someone else to take the shot,” said senior midfielder Terese Buechli.
“It wasn’t just two or three girls contributing tonight which is very comforting as a coach,” said an excited and enthusiastic coach Schindler.
“We worked very well as a team and focused on everyone getting a touch on the offensive end,” said sophomore midfielder Jamie Morris. Morris, a second-year varsity player is averaging over two points per game.
Another key for the Lady Vikings was the play of their defenders. Only allowing eight goals as a unit, the key performances by juniors Kelly Austin and Taylor O’Sullivan and others played a big role in the victory for the team.
“We played great and we are really starting to pick one another up on each other mistakes,” said junior Taylor O’Sullivan. “Our communication has really improved our play defensively.”
Along with the defense South’s goaltender Brittany Kiernan put in a solid performance. Making nine saves on the night, Kiernan looked relaxed and confident with the run support provided by her teammates on attack.
“Brittany has been solid for us this season and was again tonight,” said coach Chad Schindler.
Freshman Erin Kelly has been a key performer for the Lady Vikings through the season’s first four games. “Playing varsity as a freshman has been a great experience because you’re playing with older and better players and going against tougher and more experienced competition,” said Kelly who already has 10 goals in just four games this season. Kelly was also a key contributor on the varsity basketball team.
The Lady Vikings improved their record to 3-2 in 2012 and are starting to fire on all cylinders. “We came out to a slow start this season but are starting to work well as a team both on offense and defense,” Buechli said.
Clarkstown South will next play on Tuesday April 17 when they host the Pearl River Lady Pirates. Faceoff is set for 4:15 at Clarkstown South.