A 1-0 win over Amityville in the regular season finale on October 21 secured the top seed in the Class A county playoff bracket for the East Hampton boys soccer team.
Max Lerner scored off an assist from Nick West with 11 minutes left in the game, and Nick Tulp made two saves for his county-leading 10th shutout of the season.
The Bonackers finished the regular season undefeated in League VI, with a 10-0-2 record, and they were 13-1-2 overall. They were awarded the top seed over Comsewogue, which also went undefeated, in League V, with a 9-0-1 record, 13-1-2 overall.
Earning the top seed was key, because an odd number of teams qualified for the playoffs—as the top seed, East Hampton earned a first-round bye, into the semifinals. The remaining six teams will play the first round on Thursday, October 30. Fourth seed Sayville and fifth seed Amityville will play that day, and East Hampton will face the winner at home on Monday, November 3, at 2 p.m. The winner of that game will advance to the Suffolk County championship, set for Thursday, November 6, at Dowling Sports Complex in Shirley at 4 p.m.
East Hampton head coach Rich King said he was happy to have the first-round bye, as it will give his team time to prepare and also rest up and heal from some nagging injuries. The Bonackers might see the return of dynamic midfielder Esteban Valverde, who has been out since suffering a broken collarbone on September 13. King was unsure on Sunday if Valverde would be able to return but said he wasn’t overly concerned about it.
“I’m not anticipating that he’s going to be back this week,” he said. “It would be a luxury if we got him back, but we’re operating under the assumption that we won’t have him.”
King said that, aside from Valverde, the rest of the team is “pretty healthy” and should be at full strength for the semifinal game.
The Lady Bonackers finished the season with a 3-10-1 record in League VI, 5-10-1 overall, after playing to a scoreless draw at Southampton (0-13-1, 0-15-1) on October 22.
The Whalers wrapped up the League VIII regular season title and the top seed in the Class C playoffs with a 2-0 win at Smithtown Christian on October 23. Pierson scored a goal in each half, off the boots of Jack Fitzpatrick and Charlie Pintado. Fitzpatrick also added an assist, and Chase Zimmerman made five saves for the shutout.
Pierson finished the regular season with an 11-1 mark in league play, 11-5 overall, and will face second seed Southold (10-2 in League VIII, 11-5 overall) for the Suffolk County Class C Championship, a rematch of last year’s title game. Southold beat Pierson to win the title last season; this year, the squads split a pair of one-goal games. They’ll square off for the third time at the Diamond in the Pines complex in Coram on Saturday, November 1, at 2:30 p.m.
The Mariners fell to 2-5 in Division IV after a 31-14 loss at Center Moriches (4-3) on Friday night. The loss effectively eliminated Southampton from playoff contention, dropping them to 10th of 12 teams in the division, with 85.910 power points. The Red Devils moved into fifth place, with 108.770 points. The top eight teams in the division make the playoffs.
Southampton will close the regular season at home against Hampton Bays on Friday night at 6 p.m. The Baymen are coming off a 49-14 defeat at the hands of Babylon and need to beat Southampton if they want to make the playoffs.
On Friday, the Mariners were in the game for most of the first half, cutting the deficit to 14-6 when sophomore James Harding caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Will Taylor-Reddick. But Center Moriches scored two quick touchdowns before halftime—one on a blocked punt recovery—to increase their lead again.
Harding added another touchdown at the end of the fourth quarter and scored on the two-point conversion to round out the scoring for Southampton.
The Lady Bonackers finished the regular season with a win over winless West Babylon on October 21, finishing third in League III with a 3-2 record, 5-2 overall. East Hampton took first in every event except the 500-yard freestyle. Lucy Emptage was named the Swimmer of the Meet for East Hampton by her teammates, based on a gutsy performance in the 200-yard individual medley. During her backstroke turn, Emptage smashed her nose into the pool wall and dislodged her goggles in the process. She continued swimming, in pain and without goggles, and finished the race.
Also of note, Cecilia DeHavenon qualified for counties in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 1:00.45.
Personal-best times on the day included: Julia Peralta (2:32.97 in the 200 free), Jenna Budd (28.77 seconds in the 50 free), Kerrie McCaffrey (29.97 in the 50 free), Olivia Debese (30.57 seconds in the 50 free), Diana Winthrop (1:01.04 in the 100 free), DeHavenon in the 100 free; Alex Vecchio (1:18.73 in the 100 backstroke), and Sarah O’Dwyer (1:34.13 in the 100 breaststroke).
East Hampton will compete at the League III meet at Hauppauge High School on October 30 before competing in the Suffolk County state qualifier meet at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood on November 8.
The East Hampton girls tennis team (7-6) finished its season with a 5-2 loss to third seed Ward Melville in the Suffolk County Team Tournament on Friday. East Hampton, seeded 14th, won at third singles and first doubles, with Becca Kuperschmid beating Alana Richman, 6-3, 6-3, while the pair of Harriet DeGroot and Lily Kot beat Morgan Varlo and Jayne Green, 6-0, 6-1. Makenzie Scheerer and Amelie Neubert lost in a third-set super-tiebreaker at second doubles.
The match actually started on Tuesday, October 21, but was postponed when it began to rain and couldn’t be completed until Friday. The change caused East Hampton to forfeit third doubles, because Leah Maffucci had a trip planned for Friday and couldn’t complete her match with teammate Allie Clarke.
Head coach Katie Helfand said she was happy overall with her team’s effort during the season, pointing out that despite losing five starters to graduation last year, the team rose to the occasion.
First singles player Maddie Aldrich and second doubles player Scheerer are the only seniors who will graduate this year, and Helfand said she is confident her team can take a shot at the League VII title next season. Kot, DeGroot, Aldrich, Kuperschmid, and second singles player Isabel Peters earned All-League honors.
The Southampton girls tennis team, seeded 13th, was eliminated from the team tournament after a 6-1 loss at Islip on Friday, finishing the year with a 5-7 record.