After the high of a dominant 18-5 home win over Bellport on March 27, the East Hampton girls lacrosse team was brought back down to earth by one of the best squads in the state, suffering a 15-4 loss to Hauppauge two days later.
The split in those games moved East Hampton’s record to 2-1 in Division II, 3-1 overall.
East Hampton head coach Matt Maloney said his players were looking forward to playing Hauppauge, believing it would give them a chance to see how they stacked up against some of the best competition in the state. And while he gave credit to the Lady Eagles for being a formidable squad, he admitted he was hoping the final score would be a bit closer.
“We went into the game feeling like we had a good opportunity to compete with them,” he said. “And we didn’t really do that. It was definitely a combination of things. They’re the top team in Suffolk County, but we also played poorly and didn’t do the things we’re normally good at.”
Hauppauge led, 8-2, at halftime and continued to pour it on in the second half. Maloney said his team didn’t do a good job taking care of the ball, which gave an already talented team extra chances to score.
“We turned the ball over a lot on our clears against Hauppauge,” he said. “In a game like that, you can’t give the ball back to them. [Hauppauge] would turn it over and then we’d turn it over right back.”
In contrast, Maloney thought that clearing the ball was one of his team’s strengths in the win over Bellport, although he admitted that Bellport is a much weaker team than Hauppauge. Still, Maloney said his squad took care of business.
“We just dominated in all facets of the game,” he said. “It’s always good when you can play everybody, but when the starting lineup also improves in areas where it needs to improve, that’s good as well.”
In that game, Maggie Pizzo led East Hampton with seven goals and two assists, while Melanie Mackin chipped in five assists. Carley Seekamp had four goals and two assists, Amanda Seekamp added two goals and five assists, and Mariah Dempsey, Lydia Budd, Cassidy Walsh, Gabriella Penati, and Jenna Budd all had goals. Penati and Bronte Marino also had assists.
In the loss to Hauppauge, Pizzo scored three goals while Amanda Seekamp had a goal and an assist and Marino also had an assist.
Goalie Allison Charde made eight saves in the loss to Hauppauge and six in the win over Bellport. Cheyenne Mata saw time in goal against Bellport, making two saves.ON THE SCHEDULE: Tuesday, 4/3, vs. Bayport/Blue Point, 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 4/4, vs. Lindenhurst, 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 4/13, at Kings Park, 10:30 a.m.