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Sep 11, 2018 9:10 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Southampton Field Hockey Starts With Shutout Win; Lady Bonackers Are 1-1

Southampton's Lucy Wesnofske tries to get ball possession from a Babylon player. DREW BUDD
Sep 11, 2018 9:10 AM

The Southampton field hockey team got the good start to the season that head coach Jackie Trelease was looking for last week when it dominated Babylon in a 4-0 home win on September 7.

The Lady Mariners were facing what Trelease referred to as a “gauntlet” in the coming days, with strong teams East Hampton, Miller Place, Pierson and Bayport/Blue Point on their schedule over the next week and a half.

Southampton certainly put the pressure on Babylon in its win, forcing its goalie to make 26 saves in a win that could have been even more lopsided. Four different players got into the scoring act, with C.C. Wetter, Emma Wesnofske, Lucy Wesnofske and Juliana Stein each scoring a goal. Lady Mariners goalie Nicole Gutierrez had an easy day, needing to make only two saves.

Southampton was scheduled to visit East Hampton on September 12 for a 4:30 p.m. game and will host Miller Place on September 14 at the same time.

East Hampton

The Lady Bonackers went 1-1 in their first two games, losing to Port Jefferson, 2-1, in a shootout at home on September 7 before rebounding with a 2-0 home win over Babylon the next day. Grace Myer scored off an assist from Emily Hugo in the first half of the win over Babylon, and Kailey Marmeno assisted on Hanna Medler’s goal in the second half to put East Hampton up by a pair. Rorey Murphy made six saves for the shutout, while Port Jeff’s goalie faced more fire, stopping 19 shots. First-year head coach Nicole Ficeto said her team did a nice job of making adjustments after the Port Jeff loss.

“The defense did a tremendous job of keeping the ball out of our defensive 25,” she said. “The forwards were hungry and the team as a whole made the necessary adjustments to earn a win.”

In the loss to Port Jeff, Hanna Medler scored off an assist from Marmeno late in the first half to tie the game. The teams then played an entire second half and 10-minute sudden-death overtime period without a score, leading to the shootout. (In penalty shootouts in field hockey, each team chooses five players who take turns going one-on-one with the goalie. The one-on-one chance ends either when a goal is scored within 10 seconds, or the goalie clears the ball from the penalty circle). Port Jeff converted on two of its one-on-one opportunities, while East Hampton’s Kate Ward was the only player on her team to convert a goal in that session.

East Hampton was scheduled to host Southampton on September 12 at 4:30 p.m. and will host Hampton Bays on September 17 at 4:30 p.m.

Pierson

The Lady Whalers dropped their first game of the season, falling 4-0 at Rocky Point on September 7. Additional information about the game was not available at press time. The Lady Whalers were scheduled to host Harborfields on September 14 and visit Southampton on September 17, with both games starting at 4:30 p.m.

Hampton Bays

The Lady Baymen are off to an 0-3 start after a 1-0 loss at Copiague on August 31, an 8-1 loss at West Babylon on September 5, and a 4-0 loss at Port Jefferson on September 8.

The Lady Baymen were set to host Greenport/Southold on September 12 at 7 p.m., Sayville on September 13 at 5:45 p.m., and will visit East Hampton on September 17 for a 4:30 p.m. game.

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