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Apr 10, 2018 11:43 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Lacrosse Teams Off To Solid Start

Westhampton Beach senior Craig Connor makes a move on a Miller Place defender back on March 24. DREW BUDD
Apr 10, 2018 11:56 AM

Both boys and girls lacrosse teams at Westhampton Beach are off to good starts, with the Hurricanes sitting at 4-1 overall (3-1 Division II) and the Lady Hurricanes at 4-1 overall (3-0 Division II). Each team dives a bit deeper into the tougher part of its schedule this week, though, and will look to keep the hot start intact.

Boys

The Canes have wins over Miller Place, Mattituck/Greenport/Southold, North Shore, and Mercy, which was a forfeit due to the Monarchs dropping both their boys and girls lacrosse programs. The wins over Miller Place and North Shore were non-league games. The lone loss was to Mount Sinai, which is one of four remaining teams in Division II with undefeated records, as of Tuesday morning.

The victory over North Shore was the most recent for Westhampton Beach, an 11-9 decision. Robert Moore collected six points with two goals and four assists, while Jaden Alfano-St. John (three goals), Craig Connor (three goals) and Dylan Laube (three assists) each had three points. Andrew Arcuri made 15 saves and Joe Sarno won 14 of 23 faceoffs.

The Canes defeated Mattituck, 11-7, led by Connor (four goals), Laube (three goals, an assist) and Moore (two goals, two assists), who each had four points. Tyler Nolan chipped in with a goal and a pair of assists.

Following Tuesday afternoon’s home game against Deer Park, Westhampton Beach head coach Drew Peters pointed out that his team will enter a stretch of five or six games against some of the toughest competition it will see, mostly on the road, this season. That includes at Kings Park on Tuesday, April 17, at Comsewogue two days later and at Islip on April 24.

“Our defense is very young and we are slowly starting to get better as a unit,” Peters said. “It’s safe to say that with a young team, the little experience we have is on the offensive side of the ball. The wins we have had this season so far have been giving us some confidence which we will need as we enter a tough stretch of league games. Our wins have been team efforts.”

Girls

The Lady Canes are coming off of a strong 8-6 victory at Shoreham/Wading River on Saturday. They never trailed in the game, and it was only tied for a short time at 3-3, before the team went on a three-goal run to make it 6-3 by halftime.

Isabelle Smith had three goals and an assist while Maureen Duffy also had three goals. Hailey Daleo scored a goal and assisted on two others and Hollie Schleicher scored a goal and had an assist.

“It was a great team win,” head coach Mary Bergmann said. “We didn’t do anything special, we just focused on our goals of playing good, clean lacrosse.”

Bergmann scheduled a pair of tough non-league games early in the season and both did not disappoint. The Lady Canes lost a close 10-9 game to Syosset in their season opener back on March 24. After Gianna Murphy tied the score at 9-9 with 2:48 remaining in the game, Kayla Gulmi netted the game-winner for Syosset with 2.5 seconds left.

Westhampton Beach then went on its annual spring break trip to the New England area and won a sudden-death overtime game, 9-8, over New Canaan, Connecticut, on April 4. Smith and Murphy each tallied five points, scoring three goals apiece. Emilee Downs scooped three ground balls and forced three turnovers.

“We are playing well but we are improving every day,” Bergmann said. “We definitely have another level to offer. The goal is to peak in May—if we were peaking now, I would be worried. We see moments of brilliance and I’ve been coaching long enough to know that those moments will become more and more frequent. It’s such a great team, they really enjoy each other’s company and our leadership is phenomenal. We have such a strong group of seniors and they know what they want to accomplish this year.

“We still have a lot of season left and we are excited to take it one game at a time. Each game is another step to our goals.”

Westhampton Beach was scheduled to play at Comsewogue on Tuesday, and will play at Mount Sinai, a rematch of last season’s county semifinal, on Thursday, April 12, at 5:45 p.m. The Lady Canes return home on Saturday, April 14, and will host Hauppauge at noon and then host cross-town rival Eastport South Manor on Monday, April 16, at 4 p.m.

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