April 26, 2006
Scioscia Plays Hero Role For Bonackers . . . Twice!
On April 18, Mark Scioscia, one of the standouts for the East Hampton boys lacrosse team, snapped a 5-5 tie with his third goal of the game, giving the Bonackers a 6-5 lead with under six minutes remaining in regulation.
|Independent / James J. Mackin
East Hampton Lacrosse, after a 7-6 victory over Babylon last Thursday, will host McGann-Mercy tomorrow and travel to Kings Park on Friday. (click for larger version)|
East Hampton would go on to defeat upIsland Suffolk Division II rival Half Hollow Hills West 7-5, as Scioscia gave his team a bit of breathing room by netting his fourth goal of the contest with two minutes left.
Last Thursday, Scioscia played the role of local sports hero once again after he converted a pass from teammate Malik Solomon and turned it into a goal with a devastatingly accurate shot that flew past Babylon goalkeeper Matt Martinez and into the twine for the game-winner as East Hampton prevailed 7-6 over the Panthers.
Martinez was peppered all day by East Hampton shots, stopping a game-high 21 although even his best efforts could not thwart the Bonackers' offense. Tyler Maguire scored twice in the game and Zach Brenneman added a goal.
Scioscia, the Bonackers' leading scorer this season, finished the game with two goals and three assists and his decisive tally came with under eight minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Drew Smith, East Hampton's stellar goalkeeper, shared in the heroics and was the late-game savior after making two clutch saves in the waning minutes of the contest. His save from close range in the final minute ensured the Bonackers (3-1 in Division II, 6-1 overall) that they would remain near the top of the division standings. Smith finished the game with 14 saves.
Solomon, one of the team's top playmakers, had a fine performance for East Hampton finishing with two goals and one assist while Maguire added two more goals and Brenneman registered one.
Through seven games this season, Scioscia, the team assist leader, also leads the Bonackers with 20 goals. Close behind is Maguire with 15 goals while Brenneman, last season's goal scoring leader, has 13.
One of the keys to the Bonackers' offense this season has been Pat Havlik, who has emerged as one of premier face-off specialists in the division. An example of that came against Hills West where he won 10 of his 14.