Both the East Hampton and Pierson field hockey teams qualified for the playoffs by finishing in the top six in Division III.
The Lady Whalers (12-2, 14-2) finished fourth in the division and earned the top seed in the Suffolk County Class C bracket, returning to the playoffs after a two-year absence and for the first time under third-year head coach Shannon Judge.
Port Jefferson (7-7, 7-9) finished fifth in the division and earned the second seed. The teams will square off for the Suffolk County Class C Championship at Patchogue/Medford High School on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Port Jeff is the defending county champion and advanced to the state tournament last year after winning the Long Island Championship. Pierson and Port Jefferson did not face each other in the regular season this year, but Judge believes that her team has a good chance of advancing. The Lady Royals are led by standout scorer Michaela Gallagher, a speedy center midfielder with excellent ball control and good dodging skills.
Judge said that in the days leading up to the game, her team will focus on fine-tuning its game, and she’s also hoping to get one or two practices on a turf field, which is the surface the Lady Whalers will be playing on in the title game at Patchogue/Medford.
Pierson closed out the regular season with a 3-1 win over Riverhead. Sophomore Lindsay Warne put the Lady Whalers up for good with her second goal of the game with 15 minutes left in the second half. Nicole Dorego tallied the final goal and also added an assist while Abby Gawronski and Alexa Lantiere also had assists.
The East Hampton field hockey team grabbed the final playoff spot in the division, finishing sixth with a 7-7 division record, 7-7 overall. The Lady Bonackers earned the fifth seed in the Class B bracket, which includes eight teams. They were slated to visit fourth seed Rocky Point—which finished third in Division III with an 11-3 record, 12-3 overall—on Tuesday, October 28, at 3 p.m. The teams did not face each other in the regular season. The winner of the first-round game will face the winner of the match between top seed Sayville and eighth seed Huntington in the Class B semifinals on Thursday, October 30, at 3 p.m. at the higher seed’s home field. The Suffolk County Class B championship will take place on Saturday, November 1, at Patchogue/Medford at 2 p.m.
Sayville bounced East Hampton out of the playoffs in the first round last season. Sayville was the regular season champion in Division II with 13-1 record, 15-2 overall.
East Hampton finished the regular season with a 2-1 loss at Miller Place on October 22. The Lady Panthers took a 2-0 lead in the second half before Danielle Waleko scored to cut the deficit to one. Curran Brierley made eight saves for East Hampton.
The Lady Mariners finished the year with a 6-1 loss at playoff-bound Rocky Point on October 21. The Lady Eagles took a 3-1 halftime lead on their way to the win. Briana Frasher had a goal in the first half for Southampton.
The Lady Mariners finished in ninth place among 12 teams in Division III with a 3-11 record, 5-12 overall, but have a young team and should see improvement next season.
A year after advancing to the county Class C final, the Lady Baymen had a rebuilding year after losing several talented seniors. They finished 10th in the division after battling through a tough schedule and winding up with a 2-12 mark. The Lady Baymen finished the season with a 3-0 loss to Comsewogue on October 20.