Alix Heffron, Alexa Landow, Rose Mangiarotti lead Friends Academy to win
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Alix Heffron or Alexa Landow will get to a spot inside the arc, position themselves to survey the field, and proceed to throw pinpoint passes to cutters in the crease.
That is, of course, when the Friends Academy offense is clicking. Not so much during the team's monthlong malaise that led to a six-game losing streak.
"We have a lot of individual talent and we're a tight-knit group," midfielder Rose Mangiarotti said. "It's just a matter of putting it together and clicking."
Boy, did the crease clique click Friday.
Heffron had a goal and four assists, and Landow and Mangiarotti each scored four goals, leading the Quakers to a 19-8 non-league win over Carle Place.
"We weren't panicking or rushing things on offense," said Heffron, whose team snapped the losing streak earlier this week. "We've been smarter on the attack and taking our time."
Apparently, in slowing down the process, the Quakers accelerated the production. Mangiarotti scored two goals in the first 44 seconds and Friends (3-6) cruised from there.
It was Mangiarotti's goal -- with 44 seconds left -- that lifted them over Hewlett last Tuesday. "Winning dramatically, that energy kind of carried over and we fed off it," she said.
Bel Evans had three goals, Carolina Mocorrea and Julia Ciardullo each added two, and Elana Pinto made 10 saves. Friends' defense, with its swarming style, held the Frogs on the perimeter.
Ciardullo scored twice in the final minute of the first half, staking the Quakers to a 14-3 lead at intermission.
Elissa Frein had four goals and two assists for Carle Place (3-7). Abby Pine scored two goals and Dhara Kadakia made 13 saves.
"It's a tough hole to climb out of after losing that many, but I think a game like this gives us a positive mindset," Landow said. "We have to get back to work and just chip away."
Click away, too.