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Sep 17, 2019 11:03 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Pierson Field Hockey Starts The Season Off Strong; Mixed Bag For Southampton, Hampton Bays, East Hampton

Hampton Bays junior Tara Brochu chases down a loose ball down the sideline. RON ESPOSITO
Sep 17, 2019 11:24 AM

The Pierson field hockey team is off to a good start in Division II action, going 2-0 with shutout wins in its first two games.

The Lady Whalers beat Southold/Greenport, 2-0, in the season opener in Sag Harbor on September 10, and earned a 4-0 victory over Hampton Bays two days later at Southampton High School; the field at Pierson High School was too wet to be played on, so the game was moved to Southampton. The wins had Pierson sitting in fifth place out of 14 teams in the division. Hampton Bays (1-3) and Southold (0-4) sat in the bottom two spots, respectively.

Pierson scored all of its goals in the first half against Southold, with Madison Stuckart striking first off an assist from Mahlia Hemby before Meredith Spolarich scored off a corner. Goalie Maeve O’Donoghue made three saves for the shutout. Head coach Nina Hemby said that even though her team didn’t put any more goals in during the second half, she was happy with the way the players passed the ball.

The Lady Whalers showed more finishing power on offense in the win over Hampton Bays. Mahlia Hemby had a goal and an assist, while Tahnie Sullivan, Caroline Canavan, and Stephanie Ilagorre each scored. Joyce Arbia added an assist, and O’Donoghue made eight saves for the shutout.

“It was a very exciting game for us because everything we have been working toward starting coming together,” Coach Hemby said. “We were passing, communicating and looking like the strong team we are striving to be. Our chemistry was great, we worked hard and came out of the game looking and feeling good.”

Southold and Hampton Bays are not traditionally strong teams, but Pierson was preparing to face a bump up in terms of the level of competition after those first two contests. The Lady Whalers visited East Hampton on Tuesday before hosting division leader Bayport/Blue Point (3-1) on Thursday, September 19, at 4:30 p.m. and hosting fourth-place Shoreham/Wading River (1-2) this Saturday at noon.

“I’m expecting the next few games to be challenging,” Coach Hemby said. “But if the girls can play field hockey the way Pierson plays, we should be able to do well and push through.”

Southampton

The Lady Mariners (2-2, seventh place in Division II) were already four games deep into the season as of Monday, and had mixed results to start. Southampton started the season on September 5 with a 3-0 win at Southold — goals were scored by Morgan Fullam, Juliana Stein and Esteylen Montero — and then suffered a 3-1 loss at Division I team Comsewogue in a non-league contest two days later. On September 10, Southampton crushed Babylon, 8-0, but then suffered a tough 2-1 loss to a strong Shoreham/Wading River team, in what was their fourth straight road game.

Head coach Jackie Trelease pointed out that freshman goalie Chloe Phillips earned her first varsity shutout by making four saves in the win over Greenport, but she lamented the fact that her team only scored three goals despite taking 24 shots on goal. The Comsewogue loss was frustrating, she said, because her team dominated possession and the Lady Warriors only had three shots on goal, which they scored on, while Southampton had the advantage in corners and shots on goal.

Stein broke out for six goals in the win over a weak Babylon team, while C.C. Wetter scored twice, and Montero and Sydney Miller each had assists. Phillips needed to make only one save for the win.

Southampton had a 1-0 lead at halftime on Shoreham, thanks to a goal by Wetter off a scramble in front of the cage with 20:33 left in the first half. But with just a minute left in the half, Wetter went down with what Trelease described as a “non-contact” injury. Wetter is one of the team’s top players, contributing on both offense and defense, and Trelease said her loss was felt in the second half. Shoreham scored two goals early in the second half, and Southampton couldn’t tally the equalizer. Phillips made six saves in the loss.

Wetter was one of five kids nursing injuries, and Trelease said she canceled a non-league game with Ward Melville to help her team recoup. She said it was frustrating to lose to Shoreham, especially because she feels her senior-laden team is ready to compete among the best in the division.

“It felt good to hang against a top team, but that should have been our game,” she said. “We need to be quicker and hungrier. With the amount of seniors I have, they know that. If we can get it together, I think we can hang with anyone.”

Southampton was scheduled to face two more tough teams on the road, having played at West Babylon on Tuesday and another set for this Friday, September 20, at Rocky Point at 6:30 p.m. The Lady Mariners will have their home opener against Sayville on September 24 at 4 p.m.

Hampton Bays

The Lady Baymen have shown some progress in recent years and had good outings in their first few games of the season. After a tight 2-1 home loss to William Floyd on September 4 to open the season, the Lady Baymen got their first win, beating Copiague, 3-0, at home the following day. Tara Brochu scored twice and had an assist, while Angie Chinchilima had a goal and an assist. Mia Mielenhausen also had a goal. Brochu scored the only goal in the loss to Floyd, off an assist from Gia Antieri.

Hampton Bays lost, 4-0, to Pierson on Thursday, September 12, and then lost 7-1 at home against Sayville the next day to fall to 1-3. Emily Peyton scored her team’s only goal off a penalty stroke in the second half.

Hampton Bays was scheduled to play four straight home games, starting with Southold/Greenport on Tuesday, followed by Babylon on Thursday, September 19, at 4:30 p.m. before a 9:30 a.m. game against East Hampton this Saturday, September 21.

East Hampton

The Lady Bonackers are 0-2 to start the season after playing two of the tougher teams in the division. The Lady Bonackers lost, 3-0, at Rocky Point on September 10 before a 7-0 loss at Miller Place two days later. They were scheduled to host Pierson on Tuesday and visit Southold/Greenport on September 19 for a 4:30 p.m. game before traveling to Hampton Bays for a 9:30 a.m. game on September 21.

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