A non-league victory doesn’t do anything for a team in terms of improving its position in the standings, but it could, at times, continue to build a team’s confidence. That’s exactly what a 9-7 victory at home over Locust Valley did for the Westhampton Beach boys lacrosse team on April 16.
While the win didn’t give his team any power points, Westhampton Beach head coach Drew Peters said it gave his team a nice confidence boost going into this week, where the Hurricanes (4-2 Division II, 6-2 overall, 118.51 power points) play both Harborfields and cross-town rival Eastport South Manor.
Locust Valley reached the Class C Nassau County semifinals last season and had most of its team return this season, making it a solid victory for the Canes. “Locust Valley is supposed to be a good, gritty team,” Peters said. “They were supposed to be a good test for us and they were. And we put forth a good effort in the victory.”
Westhampton Beach held a lead throughout last week’s game. It led 2-1 after the first, then 5-2 at halftime. The Canes held on to a 6-4 lead after three quarters of play before winning by the final score. Evan Gagne and Henry Moreta both scored two goals, with Moreta also picking up two assists. Tim Hoare also scored two goals and had an assist and Zak Jones and Zach Rignola each had a goal and an assist. Patrick Dean made 16 saves in goal for the Canes.
Westhampton Beach has also been getting stout defensive play, especially from starters Wyatt Sommer, Liam Culhane, Kyle Rignola, Steve Tagliavia and Dean in net. Sommer started as a junior last season, but was eventually replaced late in the year. Peters said he’s had a nice bounce-back season and that Dean, a first-year starter taking over for All-County goalie Brian Corrigan, who has since graduated, has done a very good job in goal.
“Wyatt had to really come back and prove himself and he’s been very reliable for us,” he said. “And Pat Dean is doing a fantastic job. We haven’t lost too much in goal this year.”
Westhampton Beach was slated to face Harborfields for a crucial game on Tuesday. Results will be in next week’s edition. Even though Peters had his sights set on the Harborfields game on Monday, he knows Saturday night’s game with ESM will be equally important.
“Any time we play ESM in any sport it’s huge,” he said. “ESM has had a couple of close games, a few that they have lost, but they’re a very skilled and very talented team. Both teams get excited to play one another and we’re looking for a good game.”
Alexa Smith scored her 200th career goal in a 14-8 victory for the Westhampton Beach girls lacrosse team at Comsewogue on April 16. She scored six goals in the game, giving her 205 tallies in her career. Bella Recchion and Caitlin Smith each had a hat trick in the win.
The Lady Hurricanes (4-4 Divison II, 6-4 overall, 108.77 power points) jumped out to a 9-1 lead over Comsewogue, then tried to work on a few things, such as time management, and it allowed the Lady Warriors to get back in the game. Westhampton Beach was able to hold on to the victory, though, and it bumped the Lady Canes up to the seventh spot in the Division II standings. There are only seven spots in the Class B playoffs this season.
The Lady Canes suffered a 15-7 loss at undefeated Mount Sinai on Saturday. The Lady Mustangs haven’t lost a game since the 2012 county championship and have a lot of experience on the field. Westhampton Beach only won three draws and turned the ball over numerous times, which led to the loss.
Westhampton Beach head coach Mary Bergmann said she spent time with her team talking about what it could learn from the loss to Mt. Sinai. “We are looking to implement some more aggressive defensive sets and more patient attacks when a fast break is not there,” she said. “The composure that this program has lacked over the last few years is not going to be perfect after nine games. The growth of this program is going to be continuous, but overall, we are happy with where we stand right now.”
Bergmann continued and said that the team’s goal is to do what it needs to do to make the playoffs. With games against tough teams such as East Hampton, ESM and Huntington approaching, it won’t be easy.
“Come May [when the playoffs begin], everyone gets a fresh start … as long as we get there,” she said. “I hope in two weeks we will be able to say we did everything we possibly could to extend our season.”
ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Tuesday, 4/22, vs. Harborfields; Saturday, 4/26, at ESM, 7:00 p.m.; Tuesday, 4/29, vs. Center Moriches, 4:30 p.m. Girls—Tuesday, 4/22, at Mattituck/Greenport/Southold; Wednesday, 4/30, vs. East Hampton, 4 p.m.