WHITE PLAINS — Is there a rule against doing homework in the crease?
Robby Lorden spent a majority of the first half watching from the other end of the field. There were no threats to thwart so he stood around shouting a few words of encouragement in between the whistles.
White Plains was literally all over the ball.
“I was kinda bored, but I would much rather have it like that,” the senior goalie said. “Last week, against Bronxville, it was just shot after shot. We possessed the ball a majority of the game today and I’m fine with playing it like that, as long as we get the win.”
And that’s exactly how it played out.
Lorden was back in action in the final minutes Monday, and he came up with a string of big stops to help White Plains hang onto a 6-5 win over North Rockland. It was the first win of the season for the Tigers (1-2) and the first loss for the Red Raiders (4-1).
“We were getting excited at the end,” said Lorden, who finished with nine saves. “We were getting a little carried away. I was happy to make those saves, but I could’ve lived without having to make them.”
North Rockland only had two brief possessions in the first quarter, but jumped in front when Adam Burlew scored a transition goal off a feed from Joe Scheffold two minutes in. The Tigers went into ball control mode and played mistake free the rest of the quarter.
It was only a matter of time before the shots found net.
Kevin McGee powered around the cage to make it a 1-1 game two minutes into the second quarter. Kevin Trapp got White Plains in front two minutes later, and then began winning faceoffs to help extend the scoring run.
The few possessions the Red Raiders managed short-circuited.
“Sometimes you panic in that situation, you get the ball on offense and you want to score right away,” North Rockland coach Greg Grasso said.
Trapp scored again before Tom Pollio gave the Tigers a 4-1 lead at the intermission.
“In the first we played White Plains lacrosse – we possessed the ball, waited for our chances, took good shots, and backed up the cage,” head coach Mark Armogida said. “I tell the kids stall warnings are a good thing for us.”
It was more of the same when halftime was over.
Nico Mancini extended the lead before Ron Grover ended the run and got North Rockland within 5-2. Momentum did exactly shift. Mancini struck again in the final seconds.
“It was fantastic,” Trapp said. “We were possessing the ball like crazy. We were able to get it around, put a few in the net and get the lead. We just got a little nervous there in the fourth quarter.”
And the Red Raiders took advantage of that rush to win. Kyle Michella set up Tyler Senatore for three goals in the fourth quarter, including one at the buzzer.
“We weren’t expecting to go undefeated, but we were hoping to make a run,” Senatore said. “We made a small run at the start of the season, and hopefully we can make a longer run at the end.”