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Oct 4, 2017 7:04 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Southampton Field Hockey Climbs In Rankings After Four-Game Win Streak

A Pierson defender takes control of a loose ball. DREW BUDD
Oct 4, 2017 8:45 AM

When preseason rankings were released before the start of the field hockey season, Southampton head coach Jackie Trelease wasn’t happy with her team’s seeding near the bottom of the pack. While it gave her team a schedule with plenty of winnable games against some of the weaker teams in Division II, the power rankings system doesn’t award a lot of points for victories over lower-ranked teams, thus making it difficult to rise high enough in the standings for a playoff spot.

But lately, the Lady Mariners have been doing their best to get there, taking care of business and going on a four-game winning streak to improve to 6-3 overall, 6-2 in division play. The Lady Mariners moved into fifth place on Tuesday with 117.300 points, ahead of Harborfields (4-4, 114.200) and behind West Babylon (4-3, 6-3, 118.750). Miller Place (9-0) led the division with 151.570 points.

The latest victory for Southampton was a 2-1 home win over Babylon (sitting a third-to-last in the league) on Tuesday. Chloe Gavalas and C.C. Wetter scored, and Southampton took a 2-0 lead late into a game it dominated before Babylon snuck in a goal.

Goalie Stella Schoenberg was the hero in a 1-0 win over Harborfields on September 27, making 12 saves for the shutout, which was impressive considering Harborfields had 16 corners and 12 shots on goal. Southampton had just four corners and five shots, but tallied the winner early in the second half, when Julianna Stein buried a shot on a pass in on the corner from Karmen Friedman. The win over Harborfields, ranked in the upper half of the 15 teams in the division, was key for Southampton’s playoff hopes.

Several different Lady Mariners got into the scoring act in back-to-back 6-0 road wins, beating Hampton Bays on September 14 and Port Jefferson on September 20. They are the bottom two teams in the league, with Hampton Bays at 0-8 and Port Jefferson at 2-6.

Trelease believes if her team can keep up the strong play at the end of the season, a playoff spot is within its grasp. She said upcoming games against East Islip (road game on 10/6), West Babylon (road game on 10/10), and Harborfields (regular season finale on the road on 10/18) will be key. Southampton’s next game was slated for October 4 at 6 p.m. against Greenport/Southold, and will be a fundraiser for breast cancer research and awareness.

Pierson And East Hampton

The East Hampton and Pierson field hockey teams sat at 9th and 11th place, respectively, in Division II, as of Tuesday. The Lady Whalers (1-6, 2-6) beat East Hampton in a 1-0 game back on September 25, with Mahlia Hemby scoring the lone goal. Since then, Pierson dropped two games, falling, 2-0, at home to Miller Place two days later and losing, 2-1, at home against East Islip on September 29. East Hampton moved to 5-3 after a 2-0 win at Greenport/Southold on October 2. The Lady Bonackers took a 1-0 loss at Bayport on September 27.

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