Like Diogenes, local sports fans have been looking lately for a winning team, and, for the moment, they have one in girls lacrosse.
As of Monday, East Hampton High’s squad, coached by Matt Maloney, was 3-1, ranking it 10th among the 22 teams in the power-rated Division II.
Since losing 10-8 here to Rocky Point on April 1, Maloney’s crew has won two in a row, though one of the wins apparently was the result of a forfeit by Southampton. Last Thursday, the girls overpowered Elwood-John Glenn 18-10. Glenn as of Monday was 1-3 in divisional play (in 18th place) and Southampton was 0-4 (in 19th place).
So the victories must be put into perspective. The team’s mettle will be tested tomorrow when Shoreham-Wading River (in second place as of Monday with a 4-0 record and 125.83 power points, 18.13 more than East Hampton had) plays here. Other teams ranked higher than East Hampton as of Monday, namely Harborfields (fourth), Kings Park (seventh), and Huntington (eighth), are to play here in the coming weeks.
Still, as Maloney said over the weekend, “We’re off to a great start.”
Erica Silich led East Hampton’s scoring at Glenn with four goals, Maggie Pizzo had three, Amanda Seekamp had three, Kelsi Thorsen had three, Jenna Budd had two, and Alex Fulham had one.
Pizzo also had three assists, Amanda Seekamp had two, and Thorsen, Carley Seekamp, and Fulham had one each. Allison Charde, the goalie, was credited with 11 saves.
And this despite the fact that Kirsten Brierley, one of East Hampton’s chief scoring threats, was sidelined with a head injury, and Melanie Mackin was out with a sprained ankle. Maloney said Brierley “should be back this week . . . we’re hoping that Melanie will be back for the end of the season.”
“We were able to control the game,” the coach said when asked how it went. “We won the first couple of draws and did what we wanted to do on offense. John Glenn couldn’t stop us.”
Pizzo, he said, won seven draws that afternoon, besides her three goals and three assists.
“Defensively, we got off to a shaky start, but we only allowed them three goals in the second half. Kelsi, Amanda, and Maggie, our midfielders, had a hand in 15 of our 18 goals, either scoring them or assisting on them.”
The girls were to have played at Mattituck-Southold-Greenport (in 21st place as of Monday) yesterday, and then, as aforesaid, Shoreham is to come here tomorrow for a 4:30 start.
The news for East Hampton’s boys team, which lost 15-6 here to John Glenn Friday, was not as good.
“We’ve got to play more consistently between the offensive and defensive boxes,” East Hampton’s coach, Mike Vitulli, said. “We’re making too many turnovers, and we’re not creating enough for us.”
And, said Vitulli, “we’ve got to get better in the face-offs. We lost 85 percent of them in the game with Glenn.”
Asked about Mikey McKay, the goalie, who was credited with 14 saves, Vitulli, a former high school and college goalie himself, said, “He did a pretty good job, but we should have done a better job in protecting him — we should have limited their shots.”
Glenn, he added, “has an all-county defender and we had a tough time with him. He dominated the game.”
But the Bonackers (0-4 in Division II as of Monday and 1-5 over all) were hoping to get back on track this week. They were to have played at 2-1 Kings Park yesterday, are to be at home against 1-2 Bellport tomorrow.
Vitulli said, in answer to another question, that he was keeping an eye on East Hampton alums now playing in college, among them Zach and Tyler Brenneman at second-ranked Notre Dame, Ryan Shaw, who’s handling the face-offs for Providence College, Austin Heneveld, who’s “seeing a good amount of playing time” at attack with Navy, Jake Beyer, a defender who’s playing a bit at Mercer, and Jared Bowe, who’s “doing a great job” on defense at Delaware.