The Hampton Bays girls lacrosse team may have lost its inaugural varsity game 19-7 at home to Bellport on Saturday morning, but improvement from the Lady Baymen was shown throughout the game, and that’s all head coach Brian Loeffler can ask for at this point of the season.
After trailing 11-2 at halftime, Hampton Bays made some adjustments and were only outscored 8-5 in the second half. Sophomore Nikki Nolan scored a hat trick for the Lady Baymen—the first in program history—and freshman Gabby Morea and junior Haley Wood finished with two goals each. Juniors Emma Henry and Amanda Kenny each had an assist.
Loeffler said he was encouraged by the play of sophomore Alex Maitland-Ward and his goalie, junior Dakota Muhs.
“The girls definitely adjusted to the higher level of play,” he said. “The first half they were a little slow, but in the second half they picked it up.
“The girls worked really hard,” he continued. “They didn’t quit. There were a lot of positives that came from that game.”
Loeffler said the quickness of the competition at the varsity level is something that his players need to grow accustomed to—quickly.
“Everything moves a lot faster,” he explained. “So, making that decision faster, making the pass immediately instead of hesitating, is something the girls are going to have to learn.”
Boys Lose To Mattituck
Both the Hampton Bays and Mattituck boys lacrosse teams needed an extra non-league game on their respective schedules, so what was originally supposed to be a scrimmage ended up being a non-league contest on March 20.
Mattituck won 12-4 in what was technically the first varsity game for the Baymen.
Hampton Bays head coach George Zembrzycki said the game went well considering his squad’s slow start as Mattituck led 5-1 at halftime. Hampton Bays was able to get a few things going offensively and also made some defensive adjustments in the second half.
Christian Nydegger scored two goals for the Baymen while Joe Calamita and Chris Ruiz each added a goal.
Hampton Bays plays Mattituck in a divisional match on April 16, when it will look to avenge last week’s loss.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Girls—Wednesday, 4/3, at Elwood/John Glenn, 4 p.m.; Friday, 4/5, at Bayport/Blue Point, 4 p.m. Boys—Wednesday, 3/27, at Mount Sinai, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 4/2, vs. Center Moriches, 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 4/4, at Bellport, 4 p.m.