Girls Lacrosse: Second-Half Surge Falls Just Short

The girls, who won five of their last six games, came close to making the playoffs
Maggie Pizzo, at left, scored four goals and had six assists in East Hampton’s 19-7 win here on May 7 over Bellport. Jack Graves

   The East Hampton High School girls and boys lacrosse teams ended their seasons with wins Saturday, the girls defeating Center Moriches 14-6 and the boys crushing McGann-Mercy 14-1.
    Neither team made the playoffs, though the girls, who won five of their last six games, came close.
    “This year only seven teams make the playoffs,” said the girls coach, Matt Maloney, “and we finished eighth among the Class B teams. We lost three games by one goal [to Eastport-South Manor, Huntington, and Comsewogue] and that made the difference. If we had won those games, we’d be looking real good.”
    The Yale-bound Maggie Pizzo, who seems likely to again be named to the all-county team, scored four goals and had six assists in a 19-7 win over Bellport here on May 7, and had five goals and two assists in Saturday’s 14-6 win at Center Moriches. Voting on all-county players was to be held Tuesday.
    In the boys game at Mercy, Drew Harvey and John Pizzo led the way with three goals each. Harvey also had four assists. Mike Vitulli, East Hampton’s coach, used three goalies that day.
    Baseball too wound up out of playoff contention — way out, finishing at 2-18, joining Amityville in the league’s basement.
    “This season certainly had its rocky moments,” Will Collins, who is Ed Bahns’s assistant, said in an e-mailed report. “We lost three players to season-ending injuries and had a handful of kids quit, but I guess that’s to be expected when you meet with serious adversity. The kids who remained thus deserve even more credit.”
    The Bonackers were swept in their final series, with Mount Sinai, losing 9-2, 5-0, and 5-0.
    “There isn’t all that much to give you stat-wise,” said Collins, “but Kyle McKee struck out nine in our 5-0 loss on May 8. He’s only a freshman and Eddie and Kevin and I are excited about his future. All he needs is to focus a bit more on his command.”
    “Peter Shilowich, who’s a junior, pitched for us on Friday. He pitched well, but he got no support. He fought through some discomfort early on and seemed to get tougher as the game went on. Two of their runs were unearned. Peter deserved more run support than he got this year, and we hope next year our offense makes it up to him. We only scored two runs all week — both of them by our sophomore catcher Patrick Silich. He had some growing pains behind the plate and still needs some work, but he has the attitude and work ethic that every coach desires. He’s the type of kid who makes coaching fun. He’ll be an outstanding catcher by the time his high school career is over.”
    “Peter Vaziri [the center fielder] is our only senior,” Collins continued. “He played solidly in the outfield and will be missed. He’s a great young man, and we’re looking forward to seeing him at some of our games in the future.”
    Bahns’s assistant added that he’s going to enter a team in the Brookhaven Town summer league.
    “I’ve received interest not just from East Hampton players, but also from players who live in Southampton and Sag Harbor. Prospective players can get in touch with me at 786-2466. After the year we’ve had we realize we have little chance to improve unless more of our guys play summer ball.”