Here’s Hoping That Things Will Warm Up Sports-Wise

After defeating two Division I opponents, Longwood and North Babylon, in nonleague games, the boys lost three of their first four Division II contests
Julian McGurn, East Hampton’s number-one, said following his 6-0, 6-0 win over Southampton’s Dylan Blue, “Coach, I needed that.” Craig Macnaughton

    Things continue to be somewhat problematic for the boys lacrosse and boys tennis teams, though, with the arrival this week of Julian McGurn’s younger brother, Ravi, a seventh grader who is slated to play second singles right off the bat, things ought to go better from now on for Michelle Kennedy’s squad.

    And perhaps also for Mike Vitulli’s boys lacrosse team, which lost a tough one here to Bayport-Blue Point Friday, by a score of 15-10. Vitulli said it was the strongest game his goalie, Sean Toole, who was credited with 18 saves, had played this season.

    After defeating two Division I opponents, Longwood and North Babylon, in nonleague games, the boys lost three of their first four Division II contests. They won 13-5 under the lights at Hampton Bays on April 2, a game in which Drew Harvey, one of several Sag Harborites who’ve strengthened the Bonackers, scored 7 goals and had 3 assists.

    Following the loss to Bayport, Vitulli said, “We pulled to within 12-10 with two minutes left, but we made some mistakes and they scored two man-up goals. That game was closer than the score indicated. We came up a little short. We didn’t lose for lack of trying.”

    Because he was missing some players that day, Vitulli said that Cort Heneveld and Harvey, his two senior midfielders, “each played the whole game.”
Things are going better for the girls lacrosse team, whose record as of Monday was 2-3 in divisional play and 3-3 over all, though as of Monday they were listed in 15th place among the 23 schools in the power-rated Division II. The girls, who are coached by Ryan Mahoney, a former defenseman at Shoreham-Wading River and Bryant College, lost 15-8 at Eastport-South Manor last week, routed Mercy 20-6, and lost 18-12 at Sayville.

    Mahoney said concerning the Eastport-South Manor game that his team managed to outscore the Sharks 9-7 in the second half despite the fact that for much of the time East Hampton was two players short, owing to yellow-cardings.

    One gathers then that had the Bonackers been at full strength throughout, the score would have been much closer. Eastport-South Manor as of Monday was among four undefeated teams in Division II.

    The girls were to have played at 3-1 Mattituck-Greenport-Southold Monday, and they were to have played at 1-3 Center Moriches yesterday. Tomorrow, they are to play a night game at 4-0 Mount Sinai.

    Kennedy, the boys tennis coach, said at the Katy’s Courage 5K in Sag Harbor Saturday that she was pleased that Ravi McGurn, the seventh grader who has received permission to play on the varsity, “beat Nicki Neubert 6-4, 6-4 in a challenge match, so he’ll step right in to the second singles spot. We’ll be looking good from now on,” she said with a smile.

    The team dropped two 4-3 decisions last week, to Shoreham-Wading River and to previously winless Southampton. East Hampton as of Monday was 0-5.

    East Hampton split the singles matches with Shoreham, as Neubert, at number-two, and Matt Lownes, at four, won, but lost at second and third doubles. Julian McGurn, East Hampton’s sophomore number-one, said, with a sigh, “I needed that” to Kennedy after defeating his Southampton opponent in straight sets last Thursday.

    The baseball team, coached by Mike Ritsi, was to have opened its league season here Tuesday with Miller Place. The Bonackers were 2-2 in nonleaguers going in, having defeated Pierson and Islip, and having been beaten by Rocky Point and Harborfields.