A 19-16 home win over perennial powerhouse Shoreham/Wading River on Thursday, May 8, had a bittersweet touch for the East Hampton girls lacrosse team.
The Lady Bonackers played what head coach Ryan Mahoney said was “the best half of lacrosse we have played all year” in taking a 13-4 lead into the locker room at the half against the Lady Wildcats, who came into the game ranked higher in the Division II standings than East Hampton. But a heartbreaking 22-20 double-overtime home loss to lower-ranked Bellport two days earlier had essentially rendered the Shoreham game meaningless, as it eliminated the Lady Bonackers from postseason contention in Class B.
East Hampton was slated to host Hampton Bays, one of the lowest-ranked teams in the division, to close out the season on Tuesday, May 13. But even a victory in the final game would not have given the Lady Bonackers enough of a boost in the power rankings to leapfrog Rocky Point, the team that, as of Tuesday morning, held on to the final playoff spot in Class B. Class B teams in the division—which includes both Class B and Class C teams—must finish among the top seven in their class to get a spot in the playoffs. East Hampton sat in eighth place among the ‘B’ teams prior to the Hampton Bays game.
Rocky Point, meanwhile, was scheduled to host Sayville in its final game on Tuesday, but because Sayville is ranked second among the ‘B’ teams, even a loss likely would not drop Rocky Point below East Hampton in the standings.
The Bellport loss isn’t the only one that will sting upon reflection. East Hampton was also edged in close games during the regular season by playoff-bound squads Babylon (Class C) and Westhampton Beach (Class B).
“We had the lead at halftime in all three of those losses,” Mahoney pointed out.
East Hampton was missing its leading scorer, Maggie Pizzo, in the loss to Bellport, as Pizzo was sick and unable to play. Cassidy Walsh did her best to make up for Pizzo’s scoring presence, notching a career high in goals (10) and points (12), as she added two assists. Carley Seekamp tallied six goals and three assists, while Amanda Seekamp had three goals and two assists.
East Hampton was up, 11-8, at halftime, and that score reversed itself in favor of Bellport in the second half, knotting the game at 19-19 at the end of regulation. Both teams scored in the first overtime, before Bellport’s Courtney Pabst scored twice in double overtime to seal the win for her team.
Mahoney said that while the Bellport loss had effectively dashed his team’s playoff hopes, he was still proud of his players for their strong effort in the following game with Shoreham. “It was nice to see our entire team play hard,” he said. “I think its a great way to end the season. Shoreham did a great job of fighting back and was able shrink our lead to two goals late in the second half, but we stayed composed and held them off.”
East Hampton recognized its two seniors, Pizzo and Amanda Seekamp, in what was their final home game in a Bonac uniform.
Carley Seekamp led the team with six goals and three assists, while Pizzo had five goals and an assist. Amanda Seekamp had three goals and three assists, while Walsh had three goals and an assist and Elizabeth Ristrian scored twice. Maddie Aldrich made eight saves.
The East Hampton boys lacrosse team fell to 3-10 in Division II, 5-10 overall, after its fifth consecutive loss, falling, 13-8, at home against Bellport on Monday, after losing, 15-7, at Comsewogue on Friday and, 14-6, at Mount Sinai on May 7. East Hampton was slated to host Elwood/John Glenn to close out the season on Wednesday, May 14.