The Westhampton Beach boys lacrosse team split a pair of games last week with an 11-6 loss at Huntington on April 7 and a 13-4 home victory against East Hampton (winless in League III) on April 9, to move to 2-3 in League III play.
The Hurricanes found themselves just outside the basement of the league in 14th place among the league’s 16 teams, all of which are in Class B. The top eight teams in the league will qualify for the postseason.
In the first game of spring break, the Hurricanes found themselves on the losing end, due almost entirely to a third quarter collapse. Huntington led by just a single a goal, 4-3, at the half but then outscored the visitors, 5-0, in the third quarter.
“The third quarter hurt us tremendously during the Huntington game,” Westhampton Beach head coach Drew Peters said. “We played poorly, had a few communication breakdowns and they outplayed us on their way to scoring five goals during the quarter.”
The Hurricanes got back on track during the final stanza, outscoring the Blue Devils, 3-2, but were unable to make up for the lost ground.
“With the quality teams in our league, we can’t have quarters where we play with a lack of intensity like we did against Huntington,” Peters said. “Our league is too competitive, where every game is against a quality opponent. It’s important for us to try to stay focused and play as a team the entire game.”
Zack Jones and Henry Moretta each scored a pair while Harrison Aponte scored a goal and added an assist and Dylan Laube scored once.
Patrick Dean stopped seven shots.
Two days later, the Hurricanes downed East End rival East Hampton on their home turf.
“East Hampton, despite their record, has played well at times during their games and they have some very skilled players. I was proud of our effort, our intensity and our ability to play well over the course of the entire game. We were able to win some face-offs and that is something we have been struggling with this season.”
Dylan Laube led all scorers with four goals to go along with an assist while Moretta added a goal and five assists. Devin Laube scored twice with two assists, and Jones, Aponte, and Eric Caldwell each scored twice.
In the cage, Dean made eight saves while Joe Arnau added three.
For the Bonackers, Jack Brierley scored twice and had two assists while Nick Dragone scored a pair and Jack Schleicher added two assists. Keeper Sean Toole made nine saves.
Coming away from the East Hampton game, Peters felt a boost in his team’s confidence going into the games against Elwood/John Glenn and Rocky Point, both of which are ahead of the Hurricanes in the standings and would be key victories for the boys in green to get to remain in the race to earn a postseason berth.
The loss to Westhampton Beach was sandwiched in between two other losses for the Bonackers who fell to Elwood/John Glenn, 12-5, on the road on April 7 and then fell to Bayport/Blue Point, 18-6, on the road on April 11 to drop to 0-6 in league play (1-6 overall) in last place.
Against Glenn, Regis O’Neil scored twice and dished out two assists while Jack Brierley added two goals. Nick Dragone scored once and Jack Schleicher had a pair of assists.
O’Neil scored another two against Bayport/Blue Point while Brierley added a goal and an assist. Dragone, Jack Lesser and Jack Brown each netted one.
Sean Toole made 12 stops against Glenn and added 11 against Bayport/Blue Point. Bradley Toole made two against Bayport/Blue Point.