Spring break was not kind to the East Hampton boys lacrosse team.
The Bonackers suffered their third consecutive loss on Thursday, a tough 10-8 defeat at Bellport, and fell to 1-4 in Division II, 1-6 overall, putting them in 19th place out of 22 teams with 86.200 power points, prior to Monday’s games.
Before losing to Bellport (2-3, 4-3, 96.200 power points), East Hampton was dominated by Sayville in a 20-2 road game on April 10. The Golden Flashes (4-1, 5-1, 122 power points) are one of the top teams in the division, sitting in fourth place as of Monday morning.
East Hampton head coach Mike Vitulli didn’t have much to say following the two losses. The defeat at the hands of Sayville was simply a matter of a more talented team coming out on top. The Bonackers were down, 6-1, after the first quarter and 15-1 at halftime. Drew Griffiths and Drew Harvey scored East Hampton’s only goals, while Ryan Fitzgerald added an assist.
The loss to Bellport was more frustrating, however, because it was a game the Bonackers had a chance to win. East Hampton got off to a good start against the Clippers, leading, 3-1, after the first quarter, but Bellport outscored East Hampton by two goals in the second quarter to make it a 5-5 game at halftime, and had the edge in the second half.
Two problems which have plagued the Bonackers all season—an inability to win face-offs and clear the ball—reared their head in the loss to Bellport. East Hampton was flagged for nine penalties and Bellport scored four man-up goals.
Vitulli said he thought Griffiths and Harvey played well in the losses. Harvey led the team with three goals and an assist against Bellport, while Fitzgerald had two goals and two assists, Bryan Seekamp had two goals and an assist, Griffiths had a goal and an assist and Pat McGuirk had an assist. Mike Jara made 11 saves in the losing effort.
The Bonackers were scheduled to face some easier competition in at least two of their upcoming games, with battles against Center Moriches and Deer Park, both in the bottom segment of the division standings. They will also face Huntington, however, which sat in seventh place as of Monday morning.ON THE SCHEDULE: Wednesday, 4/18, at Center Moriches, 7 p.m.; Friday, 4/20, at Huntington, 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 4/24, vs. Deer Park, 4:30 p.m.