LACROSSE: Boys Win, Girls Fare Well

John Nolan (6) had a career day
John Nolan (6) had a career day against Bellport, scoring four goals, including the above, and assisting on two. Jack Graves

    East Hampton High’s girls lacrosse team was smack dab in the middle of the Division II standings as of earlier this week, in 11th place among the division’s 22 teams with a 4-2 record and 105.170 power points. East Hampton’s 18th-place boys, while not faring quite as well as the girls, could take heart, nevertheless, in the fact that on Friday, before a home crowd, they bested Bellport 14-4 to notch their first divisional win of the season.
    Questioned later, Mike Vitulli, the boys coach, said his charges — in contrast to a game played on April 13 at Kings Park — “won the face-offs and put it all together, offensively and defensively.”
    John Nolan, a senior attackman, had a career day with four goals and two assists. Brendan Damm, his high-scoring teammate, had three goals and one assist. Tommy Powell and Tyler Mathews scored goals too. Damm and Drew Griffiths handled the face-offs.
    As for Bellport, “they used to be an A school, they’ve been a B for the past two years,” said Vitulli. “They’ve had a program for quite a while . . . they’re getting better.”
    Friday’s game, though, was all East Hampton, which, as a result, improved its record to 1-5 in the division. Bellport fell to 1-5. Over all, East Hampton was 2-5 as of Monday, its other win coming over Riverhead.
    The Bonackers lost 7-6 in overtime at Kings Park on April 13, a loss that, while disappointing, may have served as motivation for Friday.
    “It was very hard fought by both teams,” said Vitulli. “We went down 3-0 early, but came back. An overtime goal beat us — we lost the face-off and they came down five-on-four. A defenseman scored the winning goal. It’s hard for a goalie to see the ball coming from those long sticks. The kid shot from about 12 to 15 yards out right into the back corner. It was a great play, I’ll give him that.”
    But what really hurt, said Vitulli, was the fact that “we went 0-for-18 on the face-offs. It was extremely frustrating. On Friday, as I said, we won the face-offs, controlled the ball, and made our possessions count. We let it all out.”
    At Kings Park (which was 3-2 as of Monday, in 12th place), Damm led the way with three goals and one assist, followed by Nolan, with two and one, and Powell, with one score. Mikey McKay made 14 saves in the goal.
    The boys were to have played the division’s third-place team, Eastport-South Manor here yesterday morning.
    As for East Hampton’s girls, Matt Maloney, their coach, said over the weekend that their 23 turnovers had hurt them in their 11-6 loss to Shoreham-Wading River here Friday. “We won 12 of the 19 draws, but then the offense would break down. Shoreham is a strong, well-rounded team, very quick in transition. We, on the other hand, weren’t quick enough.”
    The Bonackers were pummeled in the early going, and went into the break trailing 6-1, but came back with five goals of their own in the second to save face.
    East Hampton’s points were spread out. Maggie Pizzo, a ninth grader, had one goal and one assist, as did Amanda Seekamp, also a ninth grader, and her sister Carley, an eighth grader. Erica Silich and Kelsi Thorsen, both seniors, and Jenna Budd, an eighth grader, each had a goal. Allison Charde, who, according to Maloney, “was awesome,” made 19 saves.
    Earlier in the week, on April 13, the girls easily handled Mattituck-Greenport-Southold 12-2. Despite the lopsided score, Maloney said that “we had trouble scoring. We took a lot of shots and their goalie made a lot of saves. We kept shooting right at her.”
    Carley Seekamp led the way that day with three goals.
    The team played in a three-way scrimmage with North Babylon and Long Beach at Long Beach Saturday, and was to have played at 3-3 Deer Park yesterday.
    When asked about the status of two sidelined players, Kirsten Brierley, a midfielder, and Melanie Mackin, who plays attack, Maloney said, “Kirsten should be back for the Deer Park game. Melanie is still rehabbing” a sprained ankle. He added that Alex Fulham, who recently suffered a stress fracture in her femur, “is out for the season, which is a big loss for us.”