Tennis, Track Active, a Loss for Lacrosse

The Mustangs won 16-1
Jacqui Thorsen, who’s going to play lacrosse at Wagner College come the fall, scored East Hampton’s sole goal in Saturday’s loss to Mount Sinai. Craig Macnaughton

Mount Sinai, one of the top two teams in Suffolk’s third division, showed how key defense can be in the sport of girls lacrosse, giving East Hampton’s attackers no room to maneuver within the goal area during the first half of Saturday’s game here, which the Mustangs won 16-1. 

The visitors’ defenders marked their opposite numbers closely — and without drawing penalties, as East Hampton’s defenders did — impressing not only spectators, but their coaches.

“The main difference between boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse,” Joe Vas, East Hampton’s athletic director, said, in reply to a recent question, “is that you can’t shoot through defenders in girls lacrosse. In boys lacrosse, you can.”

The first legitimate shot that East Hampton got off was launched by Jacqui Thorsen at the beginning of the second half — a shot that hit the crossbar. Thorsen, who’s to play lacrosse at Wagner College, was the sole Bonacker to score that day. 

During halftime, she and her fellow seniors, Grace Amaden, Katie McGovern, and Ana Sherwood (who has been sidelined by an injury), were hailed by their parents and teammates.

Amaden and Sherwood are to play college field hockey — Amaden at Washington & Lee and Sherwood, a Pierson student, at Villanova. McGovern is going to George Washington University in the fall.

Turning to other sports, East Hampton’s boys tennis team, seeded fifth in the county team tournament, was to have played a second-round match here Tuesday with West Islip, a team it had defeated 4-3 in a nonleaguer earlier in the season.

Katie Helfand, East Hampton’s coach, said she thought her team had received the fifth seed — and Westhampton Beach the sixth — because of the close match it had recently with Ward Melville, the second seed.

Tuesday’s winner here was to have played the Floyd/Commack winner yesterday, at the site of the higher seed. (Commack is the fourth seed.) And, likewise, the winner of that match is to play at the site of the higher-seeded team today. The final is to be played at William Floyd High School Wednesday at noon.

Meanwhile, Jack Louchheim, East Hampton’s number-one, has been seeded first in the coming division individual tourney, Ravi MacGurn, East Hampton’s second singles player, has been seeded third, and Jonny de Groot, Bonac’s number-three, has been seeded eighth. In doubles, Jaedon Glasstein and Alex Weseley, East Hampton’s top team, have been seeded third.

The matches are to be played at William Floyd tomorrow and Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m., and the finals are to be played Monday, at 3. 

Yani Cuesta, the girls track coach, reported Monday that Liana Paradiso had done well in the St. Anthony’s invitational 2,000-meter steeplechase Saturday, breaking East Hampton’s school record in finishing 11th among the top 24. There were 47 contestants in the steeplechase all told, Cuesta said, adding that the competitors had to scale the water jump five times and the five (balance beam-size) barriers 18 times during the course of the event.

Paradiso, who also does the 400 intermediate hurdles for East Hampton in dual meets, Allura Leggard, a sprinter, and Danielle Futerman, a pole-vaulter, top Cuesta’s list as possible division meet entries.

The division meet, she said, is to be held at Ward Melville High School on May 23 and 25. The boys division meet is to be contested at Comsewogue High School on May 22 and 24.

Meanwhile, Cuesta is to oversee an invitational meet here Saturday. The teams, vying in open and freshman-sophomore divisions, are to be Southampton (girls), Sayville (girls), Mattituck (girls), Greenport-Southold (boys and girls), McGann-Mercy (boys and girls), and East Hampton (boys and girls). 

It is to begin at 10 a.m., and probably, said Cuesta, will go until 1:30 or 2.