The East Hampton boys lacrosse team fell to 4-7 last week with a pair of losses, playing well in a 12-11 defeat at Elwood/John Glenn on Thursday after losing 17-3 at home against Class C powerhouse Mount Sinai on May 6.
East Hampton head coach Mike Vitulli said he was happy with the way his team played against Glenn, a team that is battling for a playoff spot in Class B. The Bonackers battled back from a 12-8 fourth-quarter deficit, cutting the lead to 12-11 with less than two minutes remaining by scoring three goals in a two-minute span. The Bonackers lost the final faceoff with 1:27 and Glenn held onto the ball to preserve its win.
“We showed a lot of heart and had a strong effort,” Vitulli said. “Unfortunately, we just took too many penalties and in the end it really hurt us.”
The Knights took advantage of East Hampton’s penalties, scoring four man-up goals in the game.
James Petrie led East Hampton with three goals, while Austin Heneveld had a pair of goals and one assist. Tyler Brenneman also had two goals and an assist, while Ryan Shaw scored twice, and both Matt Burns and Neil Powell each had a goal.
Mark Simmons made 16 saves for the Bonackers.
East Hampton had a tough time being competitive against a talented Mount Sinai team that has a 9-2 record in Division II.
“They were extremely fast and athletic,” Vitulli said. “They’re one of the top teams in our league, and they’ll probably be playing for the county championship in Class C.”
It doesn’t look like the playoffs are in the cards for the Bonackers this year. East Hampton will play at Islip today at 4:30 p.m. in what Vitulli said is “a winnable game.” The Bonackers travel to face a tough Sayville team on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and will wrap up the regular season at home against Comsewogue, the third-place team in the division, on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Even without a spot in the postseason this year, Vitulli and his coaching staff have plenty to look forward to.
“We have the nucleus of our team coming back next year,” he said. “We play a lot of sophomores, so the future is bright.”
The Lady Bonackers were competitive in a 14-11 loss at Miller Place on Sunday, falling to 1-9 on the season. East Hampton faced a manageable 8-6 deficit at halftime but could not make up ground in the second half.
Calli Stavola led East Hampton with four goals, while Summer Foley scored three times and Cailyn Brierley had two goals. Jayvee Nava made 13 saves.
East Hampton forfeited to Harborfields in a game that was scheduled to be played on Saturday.
The Lady Bonackers were scheduled to play at Sayville on Tuesday and will host Westhampton Beach on Thursday at 4 p.m. They will close out the regular season at home against Bayport/Blue Point on Monday at 9:30 p.m.