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Merger of Larchmont and Mamaroneck Travel Teams is Winning Combo

The Mamaroneck Heat, a U-13 girls’ travel soccer team, finished the spring season in first place in their division with eight wins and one tie. They also scored the most goals (42) and had the least goals scored against them (7). The Heat was also recognized for best sportsmanship. These achievements are particularly remarkable because it is the first season the girls played together as a team.

Last fall, the coaches of the Larchmont Heat and the Mamaroneck Centaurs were faced with a dilemma. Both teams no longer had enough players and it looked as though the teams were going to have to fold. That’s when Erik Eenkema Van Dijk and Barbara Novick, the coaches of the Centaurs, approached Vicki Alcott, the manager of the Heat, and Dan Alcott and Dan Lowenthal, the coaches, to see if they were interested in merging. This was an unusual idea because there had been a long-standing rivalry between the two programs.

Mamaroneck Heat Girls U13-4 Division Champions. Front (l-r): Lauren Vallarelli, Madeleine Giannini, Kathleen Whittemore. Middle: Coach Erik Eenkema van Dijk, Danielle London, Serena Cattau, Karina Meythaler, Anna Lowenthal, Isabelle Zinghini, Jenna Provencher, Caroline Weisstuch, Rachel Novick, Coach Barbara Novick. Back: Coach Dan Alcott, Courtney McNally, Shelby Hackenburg, Sasha Alcott, Pascale Eenkema van Dijk, Nicole Miller, Nicole Sheldon, Caillin Campbell, Marlena Margiotta Coach Dan Lowenthal. Not pictured: Emily Taub. Photo by Ken Zinghini.

Neither the coaches nor the girls had any idea how the merger would work and if the team would gel. But from the beginning the coaches worked together, the girls cooperated, became friends and had fun. Even the name represented a synthesis of the two teams.

Because of their success this season, the team will move up a division in the fall. And, as a testament to how much they enjoyed playing for the new team, all players are expected to return next season.

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1 comment to Merger of Larchmont and Mamaroneck Travel Teams is Winning Combo

  • Heat Fan

    As a parent who watched from the sideline, it was great to see these girls form such a great team, and new friendships this season! Thanks to the great coaches for not letting the teams fold, and being wise enough to merge them!