May 9, 2013 3:30 PMBy Drew Budd
The Hampton Bays boys lacrosse team picked up its first-ever varsity victory, a 15-5 win at home over Mercy, on Thursday, May 2. It is a big step for the Baymen as they continue to mold their new program.
Hampton Bays head coach George Zembrzycki noted that neither Center Moriches nor Mattituck/Greenport/Southold collected a win in their first seasons at the varsity level, so last week’s win was a very positive sign that things are going well.
“It’s great for our program. It gives us a big boost and sends us in a positive direction,” he said. “The team was ecstatic, and it was great for them to finally break through with a win.”
What was also a great sign for Hampton Bays was that it was led by its youth. John Nolan, an eighth-grader, and freshman Travis Flynn each scored four goals in the victory. Sean Grismer added three goals, while Cody Nolan, Justin Strecker, Joe Calamita and Chris Nydegger all had a goal each. Calamita had six assists.
Cody Nolan also made 16 saves in goal and was backed by a strong defense. Bart Carey picked up 10 ground balls, and Robert Yates gathered six grounders and also forced a number of turnovers.
The Baymen finish off their first full season against two good schools this week in Kings Park (6-6 in Division II play, 8-6 overall, 103.31 power points) and Huntington (10-2, 11-3, 157.80). While Zembrzycki applauded his team for dominating Mercy in almost every aspect of last week’s game, he didn’t want to put added pressure on his players by suggesting they’re now expected to win out in the final two games. In fact, Zembrzycki said he was toying with the idea of sending John Nolan and Travis Flynn back down to junior varsity for the final two games so they can continue to work on the same line with teammates they’ll be playing with next season on varsity.
Zembrzycki also said it’s a numbers game at this point: There are about 36 players between varsity and JV, while there are 36 players at the middle school level alone.
“Having those two guys up sparked our offense,” Zembrzycki said of John Nolan and Flynn. “[They] are the future of the lacrosse program here at Hampton Bays. But with Kings Park being our last home game, and it being our Senior Game, I might just send them back down and have my seniors play in that final home game of the season for us.”
Before the win over Mercy, Hampton Bays did suffer a 16-0 loss at Harborfields on April 30. The Baymen are 1-11 in Division II, 1-12 overall, with 37.71 power points.
Girls Lose Lone Game
The Hampton Bays girls lacrosse team lost its lone Division II game last week, 13-0, at playoff-bound Babylon on Thursday, May 2. Babylon had a 10-0 lead after the first half. The Lady Baymen are winless in 11 games this season.
ON THE SCHEDULE: Boys—Thursday, 5/9, vs. Kings Park, 5 p.m.; Saturday, 5/11, at Huntington, 11 a.m. Girls—Tuesday, 5/7, vs. Westhampton Beach; Friday, 5/10, vs. Islip, 4:30 p.m.; Monday, 5/13, at Huntington, 4:30 p.m.