It’s make or break time for the East Hampton girls lacrosse team.
With four games left on their schedule as of Tuesday morning, the Lady Bonackers (3-7 in Division II, 3-9 overall, 92.730 power points) will likely need to win at least three of them if they want to return to the Class B playoffs. And even that wouldn’t be a guarantee. In the power rankings system, which awards points based on the quality of a team’s wins and losses (with wins over higher ranked teams counting for more points and losses against lower ranked teams leading to a greater loss of points), teams are often at the mercy of other outcomes within the division. Wins in three of their last four games still might not be enough to get East Hampton into the postseason, depending on what other teams around them do in their final games.
A victory in an upcoming game against Division II leader Mount Sinai (10-0, 11-0, 171.870) would be a huge boost for the Lady Bonackers, although that would be a big upset. East Hampton is scheduled to visit Mount Sinai on Thursday, May 2. After that, the Lady Bonackers will take on Elwood/John Glenn, Bellport and Center Moriches, all of which head coach Matt Maloney called “winnable” games, and said his team would need to win them for a shot at playoffs.
East Hampton took a step in the right direction last week with a pair of wins, beating Kings Park, 10-8, on the road on April 24 before cruising past first-year varsity program Hampton Bays, 18-3, at home two days later. Before those wins, the Lady Bonackers were involved in what could be described as a quality loss, falling, 6-5, at defending Suffolk County Class B champion Eastport South Manor.
The win over Kings Park was key since the Lady Kingsmen (4-5, 4-6, 96.710) are ranked ahead of East Hampton. Kings Park had cut the lead to 9-8 at the end of the second half, but the Lady Bonackers came up with two key defensive stops to preserve the win. Cassidy Walsh added an insurance goal for the final margin with 16 seconds left.
Maloney said he felt his team was superior going into the game, but admitted he was a bit anxious about playing Kings Park, especially on the road.
“I thought we were a better team, but we had to drive to Kings Park, and we had played ESM the day before,” he explained. “So there was a bit of tiredness, and it could have been a letdown game, but we pulled it out.”
Maggie Pizzo led East Hampton with four goals and three assists, while Walsh had three goals and an assist. Carley Seekamp, Bronte Marino and Jenna Budd each scored, and Amanda Seekamp had two assists. Madison Aldrich made eight saves.
Against Hampton Bays (0-9, 49.530), Maloney had the luxury of playing his entire team against the still developing squad. Pizzo had four goals and two assists; Carley Seekamp had three goals and one assist; Walsh had three goals and two assists; Amanda Seekamp had three goals and three assists; Jenna Budd had two goals and two assists; Jacqui Thorsen had one goal and two assists; Marino had one goal and two assists; Gibb Penati had a goal; and Mikayla Wolf had an assist. Haley Tracey made six saves.
Maloney was quite impressed with his team’s effort against ESM, particularly on defense. East Hampton was down, 5-3, at halftime and held the Lady Sharks to just one second-half goal.
“We played a real good game against them,” Maloney said. “We had chances to tie it in the last two minutes, but we just couldn’t get it done. But that’s a team that perennially beats us up, so the girls felt real good about it and I did as well.”
Walsh and Pizzo scored twice while Marino also had a goal and Amanda Seekamp added an assist. Aldrich made 10 saves.
Boys Crush Baymen
The East Hampton boys lacrosse team moved to 4-6 in Division II, 4-8 overall with 91.810 power points after a 12-3 win over first-year varsity