The Southampton girls track team fell just short of upsetting powerhouse Shoreham/Wading River at home on Monday, losing 78-71.
Erika Gulija put the Lady Mariners in a position to win when she cleared the high jump bar at 4 feet 4 inches on her second attempt to take first place in that event. Her win made it possible for Southampton to win the meet if it swept all three relays. The Lady Mariners won the first two events, the 4×100 and 4×400-meter races, before losing the very last event, the 4×800-meter relay.
Head coach Eddie Arnold struggled to find the words to express how happy he was with his team’s effort, despite the disappointment of falling just short of winning. It was the closest he has ever come to beating the traditionally strong team, and he added that Shoreham’s longtime head coach, Paul Koretzki, told him that it was the best Southampton team he’s ever faced.
East Hampton Boys Lacrosse
For most of the first quarter against Miller Place on Monday, the East Hampton boys lacrosse team held its own. Both teams were locked in a 1-1 tie with less than four minutes left in the frame.
But the fourth-place Panthers (6-1 in Division II, 8-1 overall) went on a tear after that, scoring six goals before the quarter ended on their way to the 15-7 win. East Hampton dropped to 3-6 in Division II, 3-8 overall with the loss.
Drew Harvey scored three goals to lead East Hampton while Cortland Heneveld had two goals and one assist.
East Hampton Boys Tennis
The Bonackers won their third straight League VII match on Monday, beating William Floyd 4-3 on the road.
Floyd sat in third place entering the match, one spot ahead of East Hampton. The Bonackers improved to 5-3 in league action, 5-5 overall, while Floyd fell to 5-3, 8-4. Bonackers Julian MacGurn won in three sets at first singles against Kevin Ferguson, which was the deciding point in the match.
East Hampton Softball
The Lady Bonackers dropped their fourth straight game and fell to 3-6 in League VI, 3-7 overall, with a 3-0 loss at Huntington on Monday.
An error and a passed ball in the first inning allowed Huntington to go up 1-0 and the Lady Blue Devils added two more runs in the sixth on an error, a base hit and a walk. East Hampton had just three hits on the day and struck out nine times, with four of those on called third strikes.
The Whalers improved to 11-1 in League IX with a 10-0 shutout of Greenport in the first game of a three-game series on Monday.
Jack Fitzpatrick and Tim Markowski each had three hits, while lefty ace Colman Vila struck out 13 batters and allowed two hits in five innings of work.
The Southampton boys tennis team fell to 0-8 in League VII, 0-10 overall, with a 7-0 loss to first-place Westhampton Beach (6-1, 9-2) on Monday.