The Westhampton Beach boys and girls lacrosse teams have fallen on hard times.
Both squads, as of Monday morning, are in the middle of lengthy losing streaks. The boys have lost their last five games while the girls have lost four consecutive games after starting the season 3-0 in Division II.
The boys squad (2-8 League III) seem to always be in the playoff hunt each season but it seems as if the large number of graduated players over the past two seasons have finally caught up with them. After losing, 10-3, at Hauppauge on April 21, Westhampton Beach lost, 9-7, to first-place Harborfields on Thursday, April 23. The Canes then lost, 12-5, at Mount Sinai on Saturday morning.
The Canes trailed by just two goals at the half against Hauppauge but were held scoreless in the second half. Dylan Laube had two goals and Devin Laube had a goal. Pat Dean made 11 saves in goal.
The Canes held their own in the loss to Harborfields. Again, they trailed by two goals at halftime, then played an even 4-4 second half. Harrison Aponte scored twice in the loss, so did Dylan Laube, who also picked up an assist. Devin Laube scored a goal, Zak Jones scored a goal and tallied three assists and Justin Smith had a goal and an assist. Dean made 12 saves.
Westhampton Beach held its own in the first quarter with Mount Sinai, but then the Mustangs rattled off seven unanswered goals in the second quarter to take an 8-1 lead. Both teams scored four goals in the second half. Dylan Laube had a hat trick, Henry Moreta had a goal and three assists and Devin Laube contributed with a goal. Dean again made 12 saves.
The Hurricanes played at Islip on Tuesday and will host cross-town rival Eastport South Manor today, Thursday, at 4:30 p.m. They’ll also host Wantagh in a non-league game on Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Lady Hurricanes (3-4 Division II, 3-5 overall, 108.96 power points), meanwhile, looked to take a step forward this season after they won their first ever playoff game last season and reached the county semifinals. Their recent lull, though, could be linked to the competition they’ve been playing; the Lady Canes lost to the defending Class B and Class C county champs in Sayville and Bayport/Blue Point, respectively. They lost, 16-10, at Sayville on April 21, before returning home the following day and losing, 12-7, to Bayport/Blue Point.
Westhampton Beach head coach Mary Bergmann said her team competed with those teams, but committed too many errors. “When you play top teams with top players, mistakes make it hard to come out on top,” she said. “We are still learning and working on gelling as one unit. We did win 50 percent of draws on both days which is something we have been struggling with.”
In order to stay in the playoff hunt, Westhampton Beach needs to win two of its three games this week. The Lady Canes began the week with a game at Rocky Point on Monday and they hosted West Babylon on Wednesday. On Friday, Westhampton Beach will play at Mount Sinai at 5:30 p.m.
“We spent some time reworking our attacking unit and have planned out a different subbing pattern to try and give us some fresh legs at the end of the game,” Bergmann said. “We are excited to see how the next two weeks unfold.”