East Hampton splits division games

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The East Hampton boys lacrosse team improved to 4-5 in Division II, 6-5 overall after beating winless Southampton 11-2 in Southampton on May 2. Prior to that win, the Bonackers were downed 12-6 at Harborfields on April 30.

Although East Hampton is not officially eliminated from playoff contention in Class B, the Bonackers would have to pull off some pretty impressive upsets in their final regular season games to get there. And East Hampton won’t get any breaks in its final five games of the regular season, as its opponents in those games have a combined record of 29-15.

The Bonackers took on Mount Sinai at home on May 6 and will visit Elwood/John Glenn tomorrow for a 4:30 p.m. game. They’ll travel to face Islip and Sayville on May 14 and 16, respectively, with both games starting at 4:30 p.m. and will close out the regular season at home against Comsewogue on May 20 at 4 p.m.

“We would need to get two upsets to make the playoffs,” East Hampton’s head coach, Mike Vitulli, said. “It would be tough; not impossible, but difficult.”

In the loss to Harborfields, East Hampton had to play without standout scorer and face-off man Ryan Shaw for most of the game. He took a hard hit in the first quarter and did not return. The Bonackers played to a 2-2 tie to start the game and were behind 6-4 at the half, but bad penalties in the third quarter allowed the Tornadoes to take a 10-5 lead going into the final period.

“We got physically beat up a bit,” Vitulli said. “They were a senior-laden team, they were athletic and they just kind of wore us down a bit as the game went on.”

James Petrie led East Hampton with two goals and an assist. Tyler Brenneman had a goal and three assists and Austin Heneveld, Matt Burns and Mike Fitzgerald each scored a goal. Mark Simmons made 20 saves.

Against a struggling Southampton team, Vitulli was able to utilize his bench and get playing time for some of his younger players. Brenneman led the team with four goals while Petrie, Fitzgerald and Matt Burns each had a goal and an assist. Tyler Matthews, Morgan Tracey, Neil Powell and Eric Tortorella each scored a goal. Kyle Siegel was in the goal for the first half and made six saves while Simmons took over in the second half and made eight saves.

Vitulli said he knows that the final stretch of games will likely be the toughest of the season, but he’s hoping for a strong finish. “We just want to try to be competitive and, hopefully, we’ll be able to upset one of those teams,” he said. “We’ll just do the best we can with our young kids.”

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