Bonackers Score Non-League Victory Over Deer Park

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Playing in its first game on the new turf field, the East Hampton boys lacrosse team got the season off to a good start with a 9-4 win against Deer Park in a non-league game on Saturday morning. ?Bonackers James Petrie and Tyler Brenneman were the catalysts on offense, with Petrie leading the team with four goals, while Brenneman showcased his abilities as a feeder with three assists. Matt Burns scored two goals, and John Nolan, Ryan Burns and Ryan Shaw each chipped in with one goal. Matt Burns also added a pair of assists and Petrie and Ryan Shaw contributed an assist each as well.?East Hampton head coach Mike Vitulli knows his team is going to have its hands full when it gets into its Division II schedule, but he said he was impressed with his team’s abilities in its first game of the year.?”I thought we moved the ball really well on offense and we were able to convert on chances, which gave us the early lead,” he said. “Defensively, we improved as the game went on.”?East Hampton took a 5-1 lead into halftime and extended that lead to 7-1 heading into the fourth quarter, after holding Deer Park scoreless in the second and third quarters. ?Junior goalie Mark Simmons had a solid game for the Bonackers and will be a key to his team’s success in what is his third season on the varsity.?”He’s a talented goalie,” Vitulli—who is a former goalie—said of Simmons. “He’s our leader on defense. As a freshman, he took a year to learn the speed of the game and as a sophomore, he really took steps forward. This year, he’s going to establish himself as one of the better players in the division.”?Vitulli was also pleased with the play of his offensive leaders, including ?Matt Burns and Brenneman.?”They really controlled the tempo of the game,” he said. “They helped us keep possession of the ball.”?East Hampton lost the face-off battle, although Vitulli said he thought his primary face-off man Ryan Shaw did an admirable job. Jake Beyer and Austin Heneveld led the team in the ground ball department, another factor which allowed the Bonackers to control possession.?East Hampton will open the Division II schedule at home today against Huntington, a perennial powerhouse squad that advanced to the state tournament last season. The Blue Devils graduated a majority of their most talented players, but have proven in the past that they can weather the loss of veteran players to graduation. That game will kick off at 5 p.m. The Bonackers will travel to Babylon on Friday for a 4:30 p.m. game and will travel to Hauppauge for a game on Tuesday at 5 p.m. ?Every game will be a battle for a young Bonacker team in Division II, but Vitulli said he is hopeful his team can be competitive.?”I thought we looked good in our first non-league game,” he said. “The kids played hard and they played smart for the most part. The mistakes that we did make, we feel are correctable. We’re looking forward to getting into the division schedule.”

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