With two wins last week, the Westhampton Beach girls lacrosse team skyrocketed up the Suffolk County Division II standings and, as of Monday afternoon, found itself sitting in sixth place.
Division II features both Class B and C teams, and the Lady Hurricanes are actually third among their fellow Class B teams at 4-3 in Division II, 5-3 overall. They have 117.44 power points.
“I’m happy where we are right now,” Westhampton Beach head coach Ann Naughton said this week. “We’re building confidence and feeling good as a team.”
Westhampton Beach defeated Islip 18-11 at home on Saturday, three days after almost doubling-up Deer Park, 15-8, at home.
The Lady Canes built a 13-2 lead by halftime in its win over Islip. Zoe Recchion and Alexa Smith each scored three goals and also picked up an assist. Caitlin Smith and Bella Recchion also scored hat tricks while Sarah Culver and Lauren Smith each netted two goals.
Taylor Gregory, who was making her first varsity start between the pipes, made 12 saves to earn the win.
“I thought we dominated,” Naughton said. “We did a great job of creating turnovers. Lauren Smith blocked a pass that led to a goal. It was a good game.”
Alexa and Caitlin Smith, and Bella Recchion, all recorded hat tricks in the win over Deer Park. Zoe Reccion scored two goals and Kristina Modica made six saves in net for the win.
“If we cut back on the turnovers, I know we can play
with anyone,” Naughton said. “Our kids have the athletic ability—it’s just a matter of executing 50 minutes of good lacrosse.”
Boys Defeat Mount Sinai
The Hurricanes picked up a much-needed 5-1 victory at Mt. Sinai on April 16. The win moved the Canes to ninth place in Division II, with a 3-4 record and 111.25 power points.
Westhampton Beach had lost to Mt. Sinai by a goal the last two times they met over the past two seasons. So, last week’s win was extra-special for head coach Drew Peters. The Canes built up a 4-0 lead before the Mustangs scored their first goal in the third quarter.
“It was definitely a big win for us,” Peters said, “especially after that overtime loss to Huntington. It was nice to grab a win like that.”
Casey Hickey and Evan Gagne each scored twice and Brian Culhane scooped up six ground balls. Brian Corrigan made 11 saves in goal for Westhampton Beach.
The Hurricanes also played two non-league games last week against non-Suffolk County opponents. The Canes lost 6-5 in overtime to Bronxville on April 17, but came back and defeated Plainview 9-4 at home on Saturday.
Peters said both Bronxville and Plainview provided some solid competition, which is what he had wanted. Bronxville lost to perennial powerhouse Shoreham/Wading River in the state semifinals last season while Plainview is typically in the running for a playoff spot in Nassau County each year.
“It was good to just go out there and work on ourselves,” Peters said. “I wasn’t necessarily worried about the scores; I was looking more for the guys to make improvements in their games and I think they did that. They played well.”
ON THE SCHEDULE: Girls—Tuesday, 4/23, at Rocky Point; Thursday, 4/25, vs. Bellport, 6 p.m.; Monday, 4/29, at Mattituck/Greenport/Southold, 4:15 p.m. Boys—Monday, 4/22, vs. Bellport; Wednesday, 4/24, vs. Rocky Point; Tuesday, 4/30, at Eastport South Manor, 4:30 p.m.