WEST NYACK, N.Y. — Clarkstown South's girls lacrosse squad got off to a slow start this year, going 1-2 in their first three games. The Vikings suffered a pair of narrow losses to Byram Hills and Nyack and defeated Nanuet for their lone win.
Rest-assured, Clarkstown South has started to get things rolling.
In fact, the Vikings (3-2) resembled a wrecking ball in Tuesday's 12-8 win over White Plains, jumping out to a commanding 6-0 lead to deal the Tigers (3-1) their first loss of the young season.
"We knew if we attained possession of the draw we could slow it down on offense and take the lead early in the game," Clarkstown South senior attacker Siobhan Maguire said.
American University-bound bound senior middie Terese Buechli was the most integral piece to the puzzle, showcasing her expertise at the draw to help the Vikings burst off the starting blocks. She opened the scoring a little over a minute into the first half and finished with two goals and three assists. Overall, Buechli won 12 of 22 draws.
Clarkstown South — which defeated Albertus Magnus, 9-7, on April 5 — has now won two straight games and stands above .500 for the first time all season.
"I think when we first started out it was about trying to figure out who works best together," Vikings sophomore midfielder Jaime Morris said. "Once we figured that out, we started working together as a team."
Maguire, who tallied three goals, bookended the torrid 6-0 run with a tally midway through the first half. Teammates Erin Kelly and Jaime Morris also had big offensive outings with three goals apiece.
Defensively, Clarkstown South goalie Brittany Kiernan was the standout. The senior leader made nine saves to help the Vikings hold on down the stretch.
The Vikings, who gave up an average of 13 goals a game during the uneven 1-2 start, have really improved their defense over the past two games. In wins over Albertus Magnus and White Plains, they relinquished just 7.5 goals a game. It also marked the first time the Tigers had failed to crack double-digit goals.
For White Plains, Shannon Lynch led the way with a game-high four goals. Teammate Katie Leone chipped in with a hat trick.
The Tigers, who opened the season with three consecutive wins over Hastings, Ursuline and Clarkstown North, made things interesting down the stretch. White Plains went on a three-goal run inside the first 10 minutes of the second half to trim the deficit to 10-6. But the Vikings eventually settled down and responded with a pair of goals to boost their lead to 12-6.
Moving forward, Clarkstown South has some pretty big goals set.
"We want to win the league and make it far in sectionals," Maguire said.
The Vikings will look to keep building their resume as they square off against defending Section 1 Class C champ Pearl River in their next game on April 17. White Plains hosts Brewster in its next game on April 12.
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