ESM Earns Split in Non-League Westhampton Beach Gets Past Patchogue-Medford

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The Eastport South Manor boys lacrosse team earned a split in a pair of non-league games against two neighboring schools, winning, 19-12, at Sachem North on March 25 before falling, 6-5, at home to Sachem East on March 28.

Against Sachem North, the Sharks held a slim 11-10 lead going into the final quarter but took care of business down the stretch, outscoring the Flaming Arrows, 8-2, to make the margin more comfortable. Brendan Hayes, Alec Rosenberg and Colin Flaherty all scored four goals, while Alan Henderson had three goals and Tom Guido tallied a pair of goals. Ryan Prokesch and Jeff Orban rounded out the scoring for ESM. Hayes and Guido led the team with four assists each, while Flaherty tallied three assists. Goalie Rich Parez made 12 saves.

ESM head coach Kevin Huff said he wasn’t happy with the number of goals his team allowed, but added that overall, he was pleased with his team’s effort.

“We let up 12 goals but three of them were what we call garbage goals, because they came off rebounds directly to one of the players, creating an open-net situation,” he said. “You really can’t defend against that. We also had too many penalties, but it was a good, solid win for us.”

ESM wasn’t nearly as prolific on offense against Sachem East, falling one goal short in a defensive battle. The teams were tied at 2-2 at the break after they each scored a goal in each quarter of the first half. Sachem East took a 5-3 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Sharks were able to cut the deficit to one goal but could not get any closer. Henderson scored three goals in the loss, while Flaherty and Mike Porrusso also scored. Parez made 11 saves in the losing effort.

Huff was disappointed with the loss to Sachem East, a squad he felt his team could have beaten.

“We didn’t come out prepared,” he said. “It was a bad job on my part as a coach and a bad job on the players’ part as a team getting prepared for this game. I think we were looking past them a bit, and we’re not in a position where we can look past anybody.”

Huff did mention Henderson’s play as “the only positive” in the loss to Sachem East.

ESM was scheduled to host a tough Comsewogue team in its Division II opener on Wednesday and will face another one of the top teams in the division when it travels to Sayville for a 4:30 p.m. game this afternoon. The Sharks will be back at home to take on Harborfields on Tuesday, April 8, at 4:30 p.m. The Sharks were ranked 12th of 18 teams in Division II in the preseason, and Huff says that the focus heading into the division schedule will be on battling for a playoff spot in Class B.

“We feel we have to take care of the teams that are around us and below us and try to cut into a couple of teams above us,” he said. “We want to scrap for one of six playoff spots. We feel we have a shot and can do something. If we can get one of those positions, who knows what can happen.”

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