The Eastport South Manor boys lacrosse team split its games last week, with a 10-9 victory at Sachem East on Saturday night that followed a 6-5 loss at home to Connetquot on March 19. Both games were non-league contests.
Halfway through Saturday’s game at Sachem East, the Sharks had a 4-1 lead, but the Flaming Arrows stormed back and took an 8-7 lead early in the fourth quarter. With only three minutes remaining in the game, junior Matt Ragiermerski scored the eventual game-winning goal for ESM on an assist from junior Tyler Weiss.
ESM head coach Kevin Huff said it was nice to get that first win of the season. “We reacted like it was a very big win,” he said. “The first win is always one of the toughest. That’s for sure. We tried to schedule tough opponents in non-league and in scrimmages to try and get ready for league play.”
Huff wasn’t too pleased with how his team played against Connetquot last week. The Sharks had a 2-1 lead after the first quarter, but found themselves down 3-2 at halftime, then 4-3 heading into the fourth and final quarter. ESM had a number of opportunities to score, especially early on in the game, but Connetquot’s Joe Scacco (14 saves) came up with a number of key stops.
“Not to take anything from [Connetquot], but it was a pretty bad game for us,” Huff said. “We missed some opportunities and played sloppy. We played like a young team that was nervous in our first game. And we may be young in terms of age, but a lot of our players have been playing varsity for a few years now and they should have handled it a little bit better, I think.”
Huff did say that junior Austin Macchi did a great job at faceoffs. He won 12 of 15 of them and Huff said Macchi will be key to the team’s success this season.
Since the Sharks were preranked fourth in Division II this season, their schedule is going to be extremely difficult. ESM will have to face all of the higher ranked teams such as Miller Place, Westhampton Beach, Comsewogue, Shoreham/Wading River and Mount Sinai.
“We really don’t have an easy road, so the better we can start, the better off we’ll be,” Huff said.
The ESM girls won their first game of the season, 6-5, at Bayport/Blue Point on Monday. Additional information was not provided.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Wednesday, 3/27, vs. Miller Place, 4 p.m.; Tuesday, 4/2, at Islip, 4:30 p.m. Girls—Wednesday, 4/3, vs. Babylon, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 4/9, vs. Islip, 4:30 p.m.