April 12, 2006

East Hampton Girls LAX Improve To 3-1

What a difference one season can make! In the sport of high school lacrosse, a team can go from pretender to contender in a short period of time if equipped with athletes who possess the dire to improve their craft and a coaching staff focused on teaching the little things that often result in victories.

Such is the case of the East Hampton girls lacrosse team, which has begun its 2006 season with a sparkling 3-1 record that includes a 2-1 start in Suffolk County Division II.

"We're just thrilled," said Lady Bonackers head coach Maureen Rutkowski. "We have never had a winning start before [in the history of the program] and the girls are playing very well right now."

East Hampton's 14-12 win over Harborfields last Friday was the first ever in team history and the Bonackers' performance in that game earned the praises of their proud coach. "The girls played really well. It was a big win for them. We've been working on a settled offense all week and it showed. They were patient, they looked for their opportunities and they found them."

Harborfields held a 2-0 lead after the first three minutes, although it was short-lived as East Hampton quickly responded with a flurry of goals, led 8-6, and never trailed for the remainder of the game. "Our girls woke up and very quickly," said Rutkowski.

Both teams traded goals back and forth in the second half, and the final minutes "were definitely nail-biting," Rutkowski said, although clutch stops from goalkeeper Heather Jones kept Harborfields offense at bay long enough for the Bonackers to record their first winning record after three Division II games in the history of the rapidly improving program.

"Heather [Jones] made 16 phenomenal saves and did a great job for us," said Rutkowski. "The team is confident and they have been getting better every game. They know that they have to work hard every game to win these types of games and they have a big season to look forward to after the break."

Four goals and one assist by East Hampton's junior star center Lindsay Stavola along with a four-goal contribution from junior attack Sabina Losorio paced the Bonackers offense while Jean Nolan added two goals and three assists and senior midfielder Helen Quigley chipped in with a goal and three assists. Seniors Jamie Rennar and Colleen Schad each scored once and freshman midfielder Corey Demasco added a goal.

Last Wednesday, the Bonackers defeated Southampton for the first time in school history by a score of 4-2, winning what Rutkowski described as a "very difficult game."

"It's always great to get a win, but the girls walked off the field knowing that they could have done better. They weren't smiling walking off that field," she said.

There were smiles last Friday though; plenty enough to go around because for the first time ever, the East Hampton girls lacrosse team has a winning record after three division games.

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