The Bonackers lacrosse team had dominated Sayville for most of the first half of their game at home on Tuesday, but the Golden Flashes adjusted and pulled off a 5-1 third quarter to tie 10-10 heading into the final stretch. Then East Hampton readjusted and outscored Sayville 5-1 in the fourth quarter, nullifying all of the visiting team’s progress and winning the game 15-11.
Sayville was ranked third in Division II this season. East Hampton was ranked 15th.
Senior midfielder Ryan Shaw won 17 of 26 face-offs, including 5 of 7 in the fourth quarter on Tuesday and head coach Mike Vitulli said he was instrumental in winning the game for East Hampton.
Along with his excellent face-offs, Shaw had two goals and one assist, senior James Petrie had five goals and one assist and senior Tyler Brenneman had three goals and four assists, including a spectacular diving shot with five seconds remaining in the first half. Senior Morgan Tracy had two goals, John Nolan scored once, Brendan Damm had one goal and two assists and senior Austin Heneveld had one goal and four assists. Senior keeper Ian Zimmerman had 13 saves for East Hampton, while Sayville’s goalie Pat Flemming had 16 saves.
Vitulli said the entire team is playing unselfish lacrosse and assisting goals. “Offensively we’re really doing a good job of scoring goals early and late in the game,” he said. “We’re definitely improving each week.”
The Bonackers won 11-7 and held the lead throughout four quarters at Bellport on Thursday. Vitulli said it was a “good game, good win” and noted that so far, everything is going according to plan for East Hampton.
Brenneman led the team with four goals and one assist on Thursday, while Heneveld had three goals and one assist. Petrie scored two goals, Tracy and Damm each scored once, Nolan had one assist and Zimmerman finished with eight saves.
East Hampton is 3-0 in Division II and 4-0 overall with 113.730 power points.
The Lady Bonackers followed their big 15-5 win over Longwood with an even greater display of might at Center Moriches last week. East Hampton defeated the Lady Red Devils 20-5 on Tuesday, but the Lady Bonackers were humbled by a 13-4 loss to Miller Place at home on Friday.
The team is now 1-2 in Division II and 2-2 overall with 93.530 power points.
Head coach Matt Maloney said Center Moriches is a young team, just like East Hampton, and the Lady Bonackers were able to do what they wanted on Tuesday. He said his team dominated all aspects of play, both goalies did well and the girls played together as a unit and helped each other with numerous assists. “That’s what we’ve been preaching,” Maloney said.
East Hampton won 18 or 25 draws against the Lady Red Devils, the midfielders were able to move up and down the field, the attackers maintained possession and the team dropped very few balls.
Junior Kelsi Thorsen has seven goals, junior Alex Fulham had three goals and three assists and eighth-grader Maggie Pizzo had three goals and one assist. Amanda Seekamp, also an eighth-grader, had two goals and senior Summer Foley had two goals and a career-high seven assists, while junior Kirsten Brierly, sophomore Mariah Dempsey and senior Shona Carmen each scored once and freshman Melanie Mackin had one assist.
Goalies Maricela Rivera-Rosas and Allison Charde each had three saves on Tuesday and again on Friday against Miller Place.
Maloney said Miller Place was faster and more skilled than East Hampton and the rain didn’t help on Friday. “The team dropped a lot of balls and gave up too many turnovers, he said.
Also, Foley injured her ankle and was unable to play on Friday, but she will return to the field late this week.
Thorsen had three goals and Pizzo had one against Miller Place, while Carmen and Mackin each had an assist.
Despite the loss, Maloney said the Lady Bonackers are “doing great” and they’re working hard. “We’re having a great year,” he said.