After a loss to undefeated Division II leader Mount Sinai (13-0, 14-0) last week, the East Hampton girls lacrosse team’s playoff fate does not rest solely in its own hands.
The Lady Bonackers (3-8, 3-10) were downed, 14-4, by the Lady Mustangs on the road on Thursday. It was a loss that didn’t hurt them in the standings, as losses to higher ranked teams don’t result in a big loss of points. But by losing, the Lady Bonackers put themselves in the position of not only needing to win all three of their final regular season games, but also possibly needing some help from other teams.
As of Monday morning, East Hampton sat in ninth place among the Class B teams in Division II. Only the top seven Class B teams in the division qualify for the postseason.
Head coach Matt Maloney said that the last three games will certainly be must-wins for his team if it wants to keep its playoff hopes alive. That quest was set to begin on Monday in a home game against Elwood/John Glenn (for results, see this week’s Monday Roundup article). The Lady Bonackers will also need to get past Bellport and Center Moriches. But even if they pull off that feat, it still could leave them on the outside looking in when the regular season is over. Maloney said on Sunday that a scheduled matchup for Tuesday, May 7, between Mattituck and Comsewogue could be key for his team. A win by Mattituck could help his squad, as Comsewogue was also fighting for a playoff spot, and a loss to Mattituck would likely knock them out of contention and open room for East Hampton.
The good news for East Hampton is that its final three opponents are ranked below them, and therefore, theoretically, are games that the Lady Bonackers could and should win. But Maloney said he wasn’t getting overconfident.
“We’re not playing pushovers,” he said. “We’re supposed to win, but if we don’t show up, they could easily beat us.”
The Lady Bonackers made program history last year by getting to the playoffs for the first time ever. They lost in the first round to eventual county champion Eastport South Manor.
Maloney admitted that beating Mount Sinai would have been a tall order for his team. He said that while his players didn’t necessarily bring their best effort against the Lady Mustangs, it wasn’t their worst. But Mount Sinai was simply too much for his team, taking a 7-1 halftime lead and never looking back. Amanda Seekamp had two goals and two assists for East Hampton while her sister, Carley Seekamp, had a goal and an assist. Maggie Pizzo added a goal.
In its only game of the week, the East Hampton boys lacrosse team fell to 4-8 in Division II, 4-10 overall with a 15-4 loss at Babylon (8-4, 8-5) on the road on Friday. East Hampton was down only 4-2 after the first quarter, but then got outscored, 7-0, over the course of the next two quarters. Drew Harvey scored twice and had an assist for the Bonackers, while Jack Schliecher had a goal and Cortland Heneveld added a goal and an assist.
East Hampton sat in 12th place among the Class B teams in Division II as of Monday morning, and only the top nine make the playoffs.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Girls—Tuesday, 5/7, vs. Bellport, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5/11, at Center Moriches, 10 a.m. Boys—Thursday, 5/9, vs. Mount Sinai, 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 5/11, at Mercy, 10 a.m.