Heading into last week’s games, Westhampton Beach girls lacrosse head coach Mary Bergmann said her team needed to win two of its next three games in order to stay in the playoff hunt.
The Lady Hurricanes were only able to pull out one win last week, 13-12, at home over West Babylon on April 29. They had lost, 12-8, at Rocky Point on April 27 and also suffered a 14-4 loss at Mount Sinai on Friday.
The win and two losses put Westhampton Beach (4-6 Division II, 4-7 overall, 106.51 power points) in 13th place overall in Division II, but ninth among fellow Class B teams. The top eight teams in Class B advance to the postseason, which is slated to start Friday, May 15.
Caitlin Smith scored her fifth goal with 8:14 remaining in regulation to give Westhampton Beach the one-goal advantage and eventual win over West Babylon, which features All-American Sam Apuzzo, who scored nine of her team’s 12 goals. Goalie Eleanor Kast made two big saves in the final five minutes to help preserve the lead for the Lady Canes. Bella Recchion recorded a hat trick for Westhampton Beach and Hailey Daleo and McKayla Hofmann each scored twice.
Westhampton Beach played at Islip on Monday and hosted Deer Park on Wednesday. The Lady Canes are slated to host Hauppauge this Saturday afternoon at noon and will host Huntington on Monday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m.
The Westhampton Beach boys lacrosse team will not be making the postseason for the second consecutive season after three losses last week moved the Hurricanes record to 2-10 in League III, 2-11 overall.
The season has been a bit of a disappointment after the Canes finished ninth last season and just missed snagging a playoff spot. But head coach Drew Peters confirmed that graduation, particularly last year, hurt the team.
“We are fairly young and new at some positions, so we are lacking the experience we have had in the past,” he said. “To our credit, the team plays hard every game, and we are usually in the game going into the third quarter, and then our lack of depth and inexperience seems to be a factor in the second half of our games.
“I felt we could have another win or two, but those games haven’t worked out in our favor,” Peters added.
The late-game follies were evident in last week’s games. The Canes lost, 12-7, at Islip on April 28, then lost, 10-4, at home to cross-town rival Eastport South Manor on Thursday, April 30. Westhampton Beach also lost a non-league game, 9-6, at home to Wantagh on Saturday evening. In each game, Westhampton Beach trailed by just two goals either by halftime, or even later in the game, only to let game get out of hand late.
Against ESM (6-6 League III), the Canes trailed, 4-2, with four minutes remaining in the third quarter, then the Sharks rattled off six straight goals. ESM’s Danny Dowsett led all goal scorers with four and Zach Clemente scored two goals. Chris Clemente, Nick Damaro, Kevin Dowsett and Tom Saccone each chipped in with a goal. Jake Zaino made eight saves in goal.
Henry Moreta scored twice for the Canes while Harrison Aponte and Justin Smith each scored once. Pat Dean made 11 saves.
Westhampton Beach played at Miller Place on Tuesday and is scheduled to play at Comsewogue on Friday at 7 p.m.