The Westhampton Beach boys lacrosse team did not make the playoffs following a 14-13 overtime loss at Islip on May 14. A win would have put the Hurricanes in the Class B playoffs as the seventh seed, but the loss, along with a loss to Comesewogue earlier in the season, dropped the Canes to ninth and just one spot out of the postseason.
Westhampton Beach head coach Drew Peters said he and his team were well aware of the importance of last week’s game with Islip and it turned a regular-season finale into basically a playoff game. The Canes held a 7-1 lead after the first quarter, then led, 8-4, by halftime. Islip came back in the second half and took a 13-11 lead late in the game, but with about 20 seconds remaining in regulation, Zach Rignola tied the game for Westhampton Beach at 13-13 to force overtime.
With 45 seconds left in overtime, Joe Pannariello, off an assist from Kieran Mullins, scored the game winner to put the Buccaneers into the postseason.
Dylan Laube led all scorers with a career-high six goals, while Henry Moreta scored a goal and had five assists. Rignola finished with three goals and two assists while Evan Gagne scored two goals.
“Both teams left it out on the field,” Peters said. “We played extremely hard throughout the game. We had some bounces go our way in the first half, but then Islip was able to make some plays and get back in it. When Islip went ahead, it could have been very demoralizing for our team, but as a group, we pushed it to overtime and gave ourselves a chance.
“I think making playoffs is always a realistic goal for us,” he added. “Sometimes in life those things don’t always happen.”
The Hurricanes finished with a 9-5 Division II record, 11-5 overall, with 117.33 power points. Peters said he was proud of how well his team played after losing so many seniors to graduation and playing a number of first-year varsity players this season. Gagne, Rignola, Liam Culhane, Wyatt Sommer, Steve Tagliavia, Tim Hoare, Max Pastor, Tyler Phillips, Jack Fink and Dylan McCarthy are all expected to graduate next month.
“I think our guys came together as a group,” Peters said. “We weren’t sure what to expect. We had a lot of guys stepping into new roles, due to all the seniors playing last year, so we were a little unsure of what to expect. But we got some immediate wins that I think helped carry us throughout the season.
“Overall, I’m proud of the effort throughout the year,” he continued. “They had this never-give-up mentality with not a whole lot of senior leadership. I think that’s something these kids can definitely be proud of.”
The Eastport South Manor girls lacrosse team lost its regular-season final, 11-10, at Huntington on May 13, in what could be a preview of the Suffolk County Class B Championship. Huntington went into the playoffs as the hottest team, having won its final six games of the regular season.
Samantha Lynch, fresh off her nine-goal game at Westhampton Beach two weeks ago, scored the game-winning unassisted goal for Huntington with 13 seconds remaining in the second overtime. Jackie Wasilko had tied the game for ESM with 2:26 remaining in the second frame of extra time before Lynch’s goal, and Kristin Anderson tied the game at 9-9 with 2:18 left in regulation to send the game into overtime. Wasilko finished with four goals while Anderson had three.
In terms of playoff seeding, the loss didn’t hurt the Lady Sharks, which finished the regular season 12-2 in Division II, 13-2 overall, with 171.41 power points, good enough for the top seed in the Class B playoffs. ESM hosted Westhampton Beach, which defeated Islip on Saturday afternoon, in the Class B semifinals on Tuesday. Check out this week’s news section and www.27east.com for results on that game.
The Sharks won their final game of the regular season, 10-7, at home over Mount Sinai on May 14, but too many key losses down the final stretch of the regular season had ESM looking on the outside in when it came to playoff time last week. ESM finished with a 6-8 record in Division II play, 6-10 overall, with 107.86 power points, which placed the Sharks 12th among Class B teams. The top 8 schools moved on to the playoffs.
Corey Cogan, Bailey Grenga, Matthew Hennessey, Patrick Kenneally, Michael Lieberman, Austin Macchi, Matthew Ragimierski, Justin Richters and Tyler Weiss will all be graduating next month. Eight of the ten players will be playing lacrosse in college.
The Lady Hurricanes lost, 6-1, at home to Islip on May 13. Nickie Seiara’s three-run double in the first inning was all Islip needed behind starting pitcher Vanessa Juengerkes, who allowed just three hits and struck out 11 in the win.
Westhampton Beach finished the season with a 2-18 League IV record, but is expected to graduate only two players in Maddie Sganga and Sophia Fibkins.
In their final game of the season, the Baymen lost, 15-2, at home to playoff-bound Babylon on May 14. The Panthers had a 10-1 lead at halftime.
Hampton Bays won a game in 15 contests this season, its lone win coming at home over Mercy on April 11. Joe Calamita, Tom Capuano, Bart Carey, Cody Nolan, Ryan Palozzolo and Chris Ruiz are all expected to graduate in June.
The Lady Baymen lost their final game of the season, 19-7, at home to East Hampton on May 13. Hampton Bays did win its first two varsity games this season, defeating both Mercy and Southampton Ross, to finish with 2-13 overall record.
Amanda Kenny, Victoria Laureano, Carolyn Muller, Hailey Reatherford, Sara Schneider and Hailey Wood will all be graduating from the team next month.