East Hampton girls lacrosse coach Matt Maloney had decidedly different feelings about a pair of losses last week that dropped his team to 1-6 in Division II, 1-8 overall, and 19th of 21 teams in the division as of Monday morning.
On April 17, the Lady Bonackers traveled to Shoreham/Wading River to take on the defending New York State Class C champions and lost, 15-3. Two days later, East Hampton was downed, 15-9, at home against Harborfields (4-3, 5-3, eighth place).
Maloney wasn’t too unhappy with his team’s loss to Shoreham (7-1, second place), saying that the Lady Wildcats were simply a superior team. Shoreham’s defense, in particular, is one of the best in the county, according to Maloney, featuring standout goalie Lauren Daley, who Maloney said is probably the best netminder in the county. East Hampton was down, 7-2, at halftime and Shoreham poured on eight more goals in the second half to pull away.
“We knew they were good,” Maloney said. “A lot of our girls know the girls on their team from playing summer lacrosse, so they knew what they were going into. The scoreboard looks terrible, but in the first half, we played pretty well.
“Their defense is incredible,” Maloney continued, speaking of Shoreham. “Against a premier defense like that, we didn’t play terrible. They were just better than us, athletically.”
Maggie Pizzo led East Hampton with two goals and an assist, while Cassidy Walsh added the other goal. Sisters Carley and Amanda Seekamp each had assists, and goalie Madison Aldrich made two saves.
Maloney said he expected a lot more from his team in the loss to Harborfields, however, saying he considered that one of the “toss-up” games on his team’s schedule going in.
“Harborfields was disappointing for me, because that was a team I felt like we could play with and that we’re even better than,” he said. “I don’t want to take anything away from them, I knew it was going to be a tough game, but we stepped on the field and we just didn’t play in the first 10 minutes.”
The rough start proved to be too much to recover from. East Hampton fell behind, 10-3, at halftime, and while it outscored the Lady Tornadoes by one in the second half, it | wasn’t nearly enough to get the win.
“We played way better in the second half and it was so clear that [Harborfields] couldn’t stop us when we were up on offense, but we’d make a silly turnover or a stupid mistake. That’s a loss to me that really hurt us, especially losing as bad as we did because we gave them that early start.”
Pizzo had five goals and two assists in the loss while Amanda Seekamp had three goals and an assist. Walsh had a goal and Haley Tracey had an assist while Aldrich made 10 saves.
East Hampton was scheduled to face defending county Class B champion Eastport South Manor (3-3, 11th place) on Monday. (See Monday Roundup article for results). After that, the Lady Bonackers will continue to try to get back on track with games against Kings Park (4-4, ninth place), Hampton Bays (0-7, last place) and Mount Sinai (8-0, first place) on the horizon.
Boys Split Games
The East Hampton boys lacrosse team moved to 3-5 in Division II, 3-7 overall after going 1-1 in games last week. The Bonackers started off with their most dominant win of the season to date, beating Deer Park (1-6, 2-7) 12-2 on April 16 at home. They followed that win with a tough 9-5 home loss to Bellport (4-3, 5-4) on Thursday.
Head coach Mike Vitulli said he expected his team to dominate Deer Park, and it did.
“We thought we’d be able to handle them and get some easy goals in transition, which we were able to do,” he said. “We put a lot of shots on goal and their goalie wasn’t particularly strong.”
Drew Harvey led East Hampton with four goals and four assists, while Cortland Heneveld had two goals and three assists. Regis O’Neil had two goals and two assists, John Pizzo had two goals and one assist, and Jack Schliecher had one goal and one assist. Mike Jara made fives saves.
As of Monday morning, before a scheduled match with fourth-place Miller Place (see this week’s Monday Roundup article for results), Harvey led the team with 20 goals and 17 assists in 10 games, while Heneveld followed with 12 goals and 14 assists.
Vitulli said the loss to Bellport was tough to take, as he felt the two teams were evenly matched. That seemed to be the case in the first half, where East Hampton held a slim 4-3 lead. But Bellport outscored the Bonackers, 5-1, in the third quarter, with three of those goals coming on man-up opportunities. Vitulli said that his team’s difficulties in getting the ball from its defense to its offense proved to be the difference.
“Turnovers killed us,” he said. “We turned the ball over defensively numerous times, and it led to penalties.”
East Hampton tried to battle back in the fourth quarter and a had a stretch of a few minutes where it was knocking on the door with the score at 8-5. The Bonackers hit the post twice, and Bellport goalie John Raymond came up big, making seven saves in that quarter alone.
Heneveld led his team with two goals and one assist, while Harvey had a goal and an assist, as did Schliecher. Pizzo also added a goal, and Jara made 10 saves.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Girls–Tuesday, 4/23, at Kings Park, 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 4/26, vs. Hampton Bays, 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 5/2, at Mount Sinai, 6 p.m. Boys–Wednesday, 4/24, vs. Hampton Bays, 4:30 p.m.; Monday, 4/29, at Islip, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, 5/3, at Babylon, 7 p.m.