WHITE PLAINS – Eric Greenberg vaguely remembers the collision that left a nasty welt on his forehead.
It was a trophy-sized memento.
Greenberg was in a euphoric state after scoring 17 seconds into overtime Thursday, lifting Mamaroneck to a 12-11 win over Mahopac. He was feeling no pain. Greenberg came running onto the field after Reed Malas secured a ground ball on the face off, collected the quick pass and ran into open field.
Once he got a step on the defense, it was over.
“I saw a lot of green, and I like my right more than my left, I think most people know that, so I ran as fast as I could to the right and tried to create offense,” said Greenberg, who had six goal and was named the offensive MVP. “Once I released it, it looked good. I stared it down, saw it went in the net and just started running.”
And the bump?
“I think I got hit down there,” Greenberg said, pointing to the far end of the field. “This is too good of a feeling to feel (pain) right now.”
The Tigers (13-6) have won three championships in the last four seasons, and have a bye in the regionals. Next up is the Section 2 or Section 9 champion on May 31.
Charlie Harris got Mahopac on top 7-4 late in the first half, but the lead did not stand up. Dan Foley gave the comeback momentum, and Max Littleton knotted the score. The close defender pushed in and made it an 8-8 game with 3:20 to play in the third quarter.
The intensity level climbed exponentially with each passing minute.
“Our coach (Jeff Barnard) specifically told us, maybe 100 times, during the week, ‘It’s going to be a war. You have to work your butts off,’ ” said Harris, who had three goals for Mamaroneck. “And that’s exactly what happened.”
There was no breathing room down the stretch.
Aidan Hynes forced a turnover and Mahopac (11-9) was on the verge of an upset when Littleton came rumbling in for another goal that tied matters, 11-11, with 1:06 remaining.
The crowd was practically breathless.
“We’ve had our season ended now four times in a row by these kids,” said Littleton, who was named defensive MVP. “I didn’t want it to happen again, so I did everything in my power even if that meant scoring goals. Everyone on this team was pushing hard to get this one.”
The final seconds were packed with drama.
Rob Buckley got loose and fired a shot that clanged off the post with 26.1 seconds to go. The Tigers got the rebound and called a timeout. Greenberg unleashed a shot that went off the back of a defender and Malas had a rip from close range stopped by Indians goalie Michael Aurisicchio.