There will be no postseason run for both the Southampton and East Hampton field hockey teams.
The Lady Bonackers lost five of their last six games to drop to 7-7 on the year, 7-8 overall, while Southampton fell to 3-10. Both Southampton and East Hampton would have needed to finish in the top five among the Class B schools in Division III. Pierson, meanwhile, improved to 8-5, 9-5 overall and had a much easier road to the postseason as a Class C team, needing to finish among the top three of the ‘C’ teams in the division, a feat that was never in doubt. The Lady Whalers have been in the top six of all teams in the division all season long, while the only other ‘C’ teams in the county—Greenport/Southold, Babylon, and Port Jefferson—are the bottom three teams in the standings.
The Lady Bonackers looked good early on at Comsewogue on Monday, taking a 1-0 halftime lead against the fourth-place team off a goal by Elizabeth Bistrian, but the Lady Warriors came alive in the second half with four goals to take a 4-1 win. East Hampton narrowly squeezed by Babylon in a 3-2 road win on Saturday, when Emily Hugo tied the game at 2-2 with less than two minutes left, and then Francesca Keogh scored the winner three minutes into overtime. That win came on the heels of a 1-0 loss at Bayport in a shootout on October 14. East Hampton played in nine one-goal games this season, with a 3-6 record in those contests.
The Lady Mariners took a 6-1 loss at second-place Rocky Point on Monday, dropping to 3-10. They were scheduled to finish out the season at home against Sayville on October 21. Southampton began last week with a 2-1 win at Shoreham on October 13, and then suffered a tough 2-1 overtime loss at Pierson the next day. Shelby Pierson gave Southampton a 1-0 lead in that game off an assist from Kayley Ritz, but Pierson tied it when Ana Sherwood scored on a penalty stroke awarded with 3:13 left in the game. Pierson won it when Cali Cafiero scored in overtime off an assist from Allura Leggard. Southampton suffered a 1-0 home loss to Harborfields on Friday.
After their come-from-behind win over Southampton, the Lady Whalers played well in a 4-0 loss at undefeated league leader Miller Place on Friday. Pierson was down just 1-0 at the half.
“We played great against a great team and will use lessons we learned against them to help us move on to playoffs in the upcoming weeks,” Pierson coach Bethany Semlear said.
The Lady Whalers will be the top seed in the Class C playoffs, which gives them a bye into the county final game. Southampton is the defending county ‘C’ champ, but moved into Class B this year because the school’s enrollment size went up. Pierson will play for the county title on October 29 at 2 p.m. at Dowling State College in Shirley.