Although it was a little strange to be standing at Ebersole without a biting wind howling down the neck of my jacket, I can’t say there were any revelations bright and early this morning. White Plains and Clarkstown are what I thought, solid teams with a chance to make some postseason noise.
Mistakes are going to hurt both squads, and the Mall Rats simply got crossed up more in a 4-3 loss.
The Tigers did let a couple of leads slip away, but answered quickly each time Clarkstown knotted the score.
“We got down, battled back, tied it, then got flat again. We got down, battled back, tied it, then got flat again,” Mall Rats coach Andrew Trust said. “That’s part of the learning curve with a young team. We played well.”
They outshot White Plains 36-25.
Chris Stangarone was strong in goal again for the Tigers, who’ve got seven underclassmen among the regulars at this point.
“We don’t have as many offensive weapons as we did last year,” senior forward Paul Variano said. “We really need to capitalize when the other team makes a mistake. … What it really comes down to is the guys who’ve been here three or four years, the younger guys will follow us. If we go through a brick wall, they’re going to go through a brick wall. We can really go far this season if our younger group is going as hard as the older group.”
You can read more about the game tomorrow in The Journal News and on LoHud.com.
White Plains – F Paul Variano, F Drew Sobo, F Matt Conroy. D Kevin McGee, D Chris Medeot. G Chris Stangarone.
Clarkstown – F Austin Vanderlinden, F Mitch LeSueur, F Brett Chase. D Maurice Murphy, D Jake Dixon. G Mike Levy.
White Plains – Variano 2 goals, 1 assist; Sobo 1 goal, 2 assists; McGee 1 goal; Conroy 1 assist.
Clarkstown – Chase 2 goals; LeSueur 1 goal; Cohen 1 assist.
(Photo: Paul Variano scores the game-winner by Joe Larese – The Journal News/LoHud.com)