The Westhampton Beach girls lacrosse team would appear to be well on its way to a solid season, after a 20-7 non-league victory at home over William Floyd on Friday and a 12-11 non-league victory at home over Kings Park on Monday. But new head coach Mary Bergmann is not quite ready to anoint her team as the top squad in Suffolk County just yet.
“We’re no way at 100 percent,” she said. “I’m happy to come out with two wins but I think we all know that we can do much better than we did this past week.
“The good thing is that we don’t need to be playing our best lacrosse until May,” Bergmann added. “We don’t want them to peak now. We want them to keep progressing every game.”
Westhampton Beach never relinquished its lead over Kings Park on Monday, though things did get dicey at certain points. The Lady Hurricanes held a 2-0 lead late in the first half, but penalties forced them to play two girls down within the final two minutes of the half. Kings Park took advantage and tied the game at halftime.
Westhampton Beach then went on a run in the second half, building a four-goal lead at one point. Kings Park made a strong push at the end of the game, scoring the final three goals of the contest, but thanks to some strong goaltending from senior Kristina Modica, the Lady Canes were able to walk away with the victory.
Alexa Smith scored four goals for Westhampton Beach and assisted on another. She scored a career-high eight goals against William Floyd, pushing her total to 12 just two games into the season, which Bergmann is pretty sure, at the very least, puts Smith in the top 15 in the county in scoring. Bella Recchion, a sophomore, scored three goals against Kings Park, giving her seven goals so far this season, with four coming against William Floyd. Senior Lauren Smith caused three turnovers and picked up three groundballs, and junior Kathleen Mensch, Bergmann said, is becoming the team’s face-off specialist. She won four draw controls against Kings Park, but against William Floyd, she won six draws, to go along with six groundballs and six caused turnovers. Hailey Deleo, an eighth-grader, had three goals against William Floyd.
Although Westhampton Beach dominated William Floyd in most facets last week, Bergmann was not happy with the 22 turnovers her team had in the game. The Lady Canes were a little bit better against Kings Park, committing 17 turnovers, but Bergmann would like her team to get to 10 turnovers or less toward the end of the regular season.
Westhampton Beach will have one of its tougher stretches of games this week, playing Babylon and Bergmann’s former team, Shoreham/Wading River.
“I would love to be 4-0 by the end of this week,” Bergmann said. “I think teams, this early on, always commit a lot of turnovers. It’s the team that converts on the mistakes that comes out the winner and hopefully we can do that this week.”
ON THE SCHEDULE: Wednesday, 3/26, at Babylon; Friday, 3/28, vs. Shoreham/Wading River; Monday, 3/31, at Southampton/Ross, 4 p.m.; Thursday, 4/3, vs. Bayport/Blue Point, 4 p.m.