The East Hampton girls lacrosse team met up with two of the stronger teams in Division II to open the season and did not have enough offensive power to get past either squad, falling 16-5 at home to Deer Park on April 1 and following that with a 17-3 loss at Eastport South Manor on April 3.
Deer Park’s Monica White had a superb game against the Lady Bonackers, finishing with a game-high eight goals. Her team went up 10-3 at halftime against East Hampton to put the game out of reach.
ESM was also led by a standout scorer in its win over the Lady Bonackers, with Tara Gerstacker recording six goals.
For East Hampton, Cailyn Brierley was the most consistent scorer over the two games, finishing with a total of four goals. But the main problem for the Lady Bonackers in both games was an inability to keep up with the offensive prowess of their opponents, something head coach Matt Maloney says that his team is working to improve upon in practice.
“In those first games, we only had eight total goals, so we’ve been working really hard on our offense,” he said.
Maloney added that he’s been creating tighter defensive pressure situations in practice to help his players get used to passing and scoring in traffic. Both Deer Park and ESM, in addition to their offensive capabilities, also tightly marked East Hampton’s players, making it difficult for them to get into a rhythm on offense.
Maloney said he was happier with the way his team performed against the Lady Sharks—who are 4-0 and have been beating opponents by an average of more than nine goals while averaging 16.5 goals per game this season—than the effort he saw against Deer Park.
“We just got completely outplayed against Deer Park,” he said. “I’m not taking anything away from them—they’re a good team—but we just didn’t execute anything to the best of our abilities. Against ESM, we did a fairly decent job in the midfield, but they have some big-time scorers that we just couldn’t contain.”
Calli Stavola, Kelsey Thorsen and Brierley scored for East Hampton against ESM; Brierley had three goals against Deer Park, and Stavola and Summer Foley provided the other two.
First-year goalie Jayvee Nava made 10 saves against Deer Park and 16 saves against ESM. Though the final score was lopsided, Maloney said he was pleased with her effort. “It doesn’t show up on the scoreboard, but she still had a lot of saves,” he said. “It could’ve been worse.”
East Hampton was scheduled to visit Babylon on April 5 but the game was cancelled due to poor field conditions caused by the rain. The game has yet to be rescheduled.
The Lady Bonackers will host Bellport today, April 9, at 4:30 p.m. and will travel to Smithtown West on April 17 at 4:30 p.m. Maloney said he expects the Babylon game to be rescheduled at some point before the Smithtown West game and is hopeful that his team can have better results against both Babylon and Bellport.
“Those are two games that we think are definitely winnable,” he said. “We’re just hoping to improve our defensive pressure and overall offensive production.”