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Tigers top undefeated Arlington

In its first home game of the season on April 9, the Mamaroneck girls’ lacrosse team knocked off previously undefeated Arlington, topping the Admirals 17-6 thanks to a host of impressive performances on both sides of the ball. And although the season is still young—Monday’s game was just the Tigers’ second of the year—Mamaroneck’s hot start is starting to turn some heads around Section I.

As her squad looks forward to a tough stretch of upcoming games, Tigers’ head coach Rocky Lividini is hoping that the hot start has helped the team build some momentum for the road ahead.

Brigid Knowles streaks past Arlington defenders on April 9.

Tyler Zidlicky led Mamaroneck with five goals, but six other Tigers found the net for the second straight game, as the Tigers’ balanced offense continues to fire on all cylinders early in the season. According to Lividini, the scoring sheet, combined with the fact that 14 of the Tigers’ 17 goals came off assists on Monday, prove that the Tigers are playing unselfish lacrosse.

“Having 14 assists and seven different people score goals, it shows that we’re a team,” Lividini said. “We kept a smaller roster for a reason, we knew everyone could play and that everyone could contribute.”

Those contributions aren’t limited to the offensive end, either.

Junior goalie Chloe Stafford—who started the Tigers’ two games this year but is slated to split time with classmate Mackenzie Lynch—had another strong game, making nine stops against a talented Admirals’ attack.

Lividini said that Stafford and Lynch’s play in goal helps to instill confidence in the Tiger defenders.

“We’ve got two goalies and Chloe played the last two games because she’s been doing so well,” she said. “But they both make me feel very confident in what we have and the defense is really playing well.”

As the schedule begins to heat up in the next few weeks, Lividini hopes that the team’s early play is a sign of things to come. The Tigers will take on league foe White Plains on April 11, after press time, before gearing up for showdowns with tough teams in Yorktown and Scarsdale.

“They’ve been getting better and they show that they have the ability to adjust in-game,” the coach said. “Obviously we’re going to have our ups-and-downs, but we just need to make sure we stay consistent; playing the full 50 minutes instead of 10-minute stretches. We know there are no easy games, and we have to keep that mindset.”

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