The Road to Section Championship: Mamaroneck Lacrosse

The Road to Section Championship: Mamaroneck Lacrosse

Mamaroneck lacrosse is off to a great start this season, boasting a 9-6 record (as of 5/13), despite having played tough competition across the Northeast. The team is led by their captains, Michael Matlow (’24), Brady Rogoff (’24), Luke Brennan (’24), Grant Mathieson (’24) and Henry Mackie (’24). Their most recent win came against Scarsdale on 5/11, showcased their relentless drive and determination. This year’s success has been fueled by the Tigers’ disappointing loss to Scarsdale in the Section Championship last season. The team looks to bounce back this season and end the year the right way, with a section title. 

Based on past performance, a Section Championship may be in the cards. When asked about the season so far, Ezra Katz (’26) marveled at the team’s “work ethic and chemistry” which has “been very strong and consistent throughout the season.” This team chemistry has allowed the Tigers to take some strategic wins against Rye, Lakeland, and Greenwich. 

Max Cooper (’26) agreed with Katz, adding, “one thing I think that’s been going really well is that everyone is really close, which leads to everyone caring about each other… from the end of the bench to the players on the field, everyone wishes the best for one another.” The tight-knit feeling amongst the players has fueled their early success and will likely help them come playoff time. 

Everyone cares about each other; from the end of the bench to the players on the field, everyone wishes the best for one another.”

— Max Cooper (’26)

The team’s most thrilling win thus far was against Greenwich, in which Luke Brennan (’24) scored a decisive goal with less than six seconds remaining on the clock, giving the Tigers a 10-9 win. Some other big wins so far this season include games against Rye, Greenwich, and Bronxville.

Not all the Tiger’s games have been easy wins; the team has faced multiple tough losses this season, including against New Cannan, Shenendehowa, Wantagh and Darien. 

Cooper reflected on these losses and pointed out that improvements could be made going forward in the season, stating how the team “still haven’t been able to play a full game.” He continued to mention how “in some games, [the team] start strong and die down in the third quarter. In others, we don’t have the best start, but pick it up later in the game… That’s something we need to change in order to win a Section Championship and hopefully more.”  

In a noteworthy game against Yorktown, the Tigers clawed back in the fourth quarter after being down five goals to tie the game at nine. Although the Tigers ended up losing this game in overtime by one goal, they displayed their fight and ability to come back late in a game. The Tigers hope and their supporters hope that this fighting spirit will successfully pave the way at the upcoming playoffs.

Hopefully, the team will pull through and redeem themselves from last year’s heartbreaking Section Championship loss. The team thinks the win is possible, inevitable even, but it’s up to them to make that the reality. 

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