Ryan Mahoney, the first-year coach of East Hampton High’s girls lacrosse team, said during a conversation Monday that his charges were still on course to make the playoffs.
“We’re in sixth place among the seven Class B teams at the moment,” he said, “with six games to go.” The top seven B’s will make the postseason, he added.
Over all, East Hampton was in eighth place in the 23-team power-rated Division II on Monday, after having won two and lost one in the past week.
The wins came over the North Fork’s combined team, Mattituck-Greenport-Southold, and over Center Moriches; the loss, by a score of 14-7, was administered under the lights Friday at Mount Sinai. Though it ought to be said that Newsday ranked the Mustangs third among Long Island’s girls lacrosse teams Monday — number one in Suffolk — and said it was among the teams on the verge of making the newspaper’s Islandwide top 10 in all sports.
The two wins enabled the Bonackers to jump from 15th to seventh place in the standings.
The boys, coached by Mike Vitulli, have fared less well recently, with losses to Kings Park here on April 8 and to Westhampton Beach on Monday.
Following the 9-3 loss to Kings Park, Vitulli had nothing but praise for the visitors’ senior goalie, Mike Greco, who “made seven or eight point-blank saves. . . . We got a lot of good looks, our kids played hard. Their face-off guy [Matt Galioto], who’s going to Ohio State, got all but two of the face-offs, and, as I said, their goalie really won the game for them.”
East Hampton lost 10-3 at Westhampton Beach on Monday. Drew Harvey, Regis O’Neil, and Jack Scheicher scored the Bonackers’ goals. The score was tied at 2-2 at the break, but the Hurricanes outscored the Bonackers 8-1 in the second half. Sean Toole, East Hampton’s goalie, was credited with 14 saves, Westhampton’s goalie was credited with 13.
The team was in 19th place among Division II’s 21 teams as of Tuesday, at 1-5 (3-5).
The boys’ next game will be here Tuesday with Mattituck-Greenport-Southold, at 4:30. The girls play next on Friday, April 25, here with Comsewogue, also at 4:30.
In other sporting action this past week, the boys tennis team, which has the MacGurn brothers, Julian, a sophomore, and Ravi, a seventh grader, atop its singles lineup, lost 5-2 here to Mattituck.