The Westhampton Beach boys lacrosse team is poised to host its first-ever home playoff game on Friday after a 9-8 overtime victory over Sayville at home on Thursday, May 9, gave the team enough power points to nail down the third seed in the Suffolk County Class B postseason. The top four seeds in each class earn a first-round playoff game.
Sayville will look to get some revenge as the Golden Flashes, who received the sixth seed, will again be at Westhampton Beach on Friday at 4 p.m. in the opening round of the playoffs.
It is the first time under head coach Drew Peters that the Hurricanes have made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Peters wasn’t entirely sure, but said it could be the first time in program history the team has made the postseason in consecutive years.
Westhampton Beach (9-4 in Division II play, 11-4 overall, 137.84 power points) and Sayville went back and forth all game long last week. The Canes held a 5-3 lead at halftime—and at one point led 7-4 in the second half—but the Golden Flashes scored four fourth-quarter goals to force the extra period. Matt Selts’s third goal of the game, with 1:53 remaining, is what knotted the game up at 8-8.
Westhampton Beach would not be denied the win, though. Casey Hickey scored with 3:27 left in overtime, his third goal of the game, to give the Canes the victory, their seventh in a row, dating back to April 20. Evan Gagne led all scorers with five goals for the Canes. Zack Moore also scored a goal.
Peters said he wasn’t entirely thrilled that his team allowed Sayville to score the four goals in the fourth quarter to tie the game, but was happy with the victory nonetheless.
“I was happy to see us respond in a positive way in the overtime period,” he said. “It was two very resilient, skilled teams going up against one another, and the game was played well on both sides.”
Lady Canes Make Playoffs
The Westhampton Beach girls lacrosse team, for the first time since 2007, will be making an appearance in the Class B playoffs. As of Monday morning, the Lady Hurricanes were sixth among Class B schools, with the top seven making the postseason. It was not immediately known which team the Lady Canes will be facing in the first round—which is Saturday at the higher seed’s home location at noon—but they will definitely be on the road. It’s the first time the team has made the playoffs under head coach Ann Naughton.
Westhampton Beach (8-6 in Division II play, 10-6 overall, 117.66 power points) stamped its ticket to the playoffs with a 22-3 victory at Hampton Bays on May 7. Sammie Vickers led the offense with four goals, while Zoe and Bella Recchion, Alexa Smith, Caroline Corrigan and Haley Ciolino each scored twice.
The Lady Canes suffered a 17-7 loss at Babylon on Friday. The Lady Panthers, a Class C playoff-bound team, got off to a good start and kept things rolling throughout the game.