May 10, 2006
Bonackers Keep Pace With D-II Elite
The East Hampton boys varsity lacrosse team continued to maintain one of the top records in Suffolk County's Division II, with an impressive 12-9 win over a talented, experienced Sayville squad on Saturday afternoon.
The Bonackers' record currently stands at 8-2 and the team is tied for third place in the Division II standings with both Smithtown East and Hauppauge. Out of the 43 boys lacrosse teams in Suffolk County, only five have allowed two losses or less this season.
On Saturday, East Hampton witnessed senior Mark Scioscia in the game of his life. He scored a career-high seven goals while adding three assists to finish with an unthinkable 10-point performance.
Scioscia, the Bonackers' leading goal scorer and assist leader this season, scored five times and also set up two goals in the second half as East Hampton outscored Sayville (5-3 in Division II) 8-7. Scioscia's 10 points were also a career-high for East Hampton's scoring sniper, the most points scored in a game by a Bonackers player in team history. Tyler Maguire scored twice for the Bonackers while Zach Brenneman and Malik Solomon also scored. East Hampton's star goalkeeper Drew Smith stopped 13 shots in the Bonackers' seventh win in their past eight games.
Scioscia, who was known as more of a playmaker for East Hampton last season, has emerged as one of the top lacrosse finishers on Long Island this season, scoring a career-high 36 goals so far.
With four games still left to be played in the regular season as well as at least one playoff game, Scioscia has the opportunity to set the East Hampton all-time single-season goal scoring record as well as becoming East Hampton's first-ever 50 goal-scorer.
In the Bonackers' previous game, East Hampton suffered a heartbreaking 10-9 loss to second place Mt. Sinai (9-1 in Division II) as the Mustangs, which trailed 7-5 after three quarters, used a 5-2 fourth to escape with a slim victory.
Jimmy Langton scored the game-winner for Mt. Sinai when he wrested a shot — from seven yards out with only 18 seconds remaining in regulation — that beat Bonackers keeper Drew Smith (11 saves). East Hampton had held a 9-6 lead with 5:24 left in the fourth quarter before the Mustangs' late offensive surge.
That surge was the result of a three-goal fourth quarter performance from Mt. Sinai's Tyler McCabe whose final tally tied the game at 9-9 with just over a minute remaining in regulation.
Zach Brenneman scored four goals for the Bonackers in the loss, and the team leader in goals in 2005 now has 26 this season. Tyler Maguire scored three times, giving him 25 for the season and Scioscia added two goals.
East Hampton plays its next two games on the road this week, beginning today at Huntington (10-0, 12-0 overall) and Friday at Eastport/South Manor (1-9, 1-12 overall) before concluding the regular season next Tuesday evening (5 p.m.) when the Bonackers host Shoreham-Wading River (4-5, 5-5 overall).
Last season, considered the best in the brief history of East Hampton boys lacrosse, saw the Bonackers finish with a 10-4 record in Division II and an overall record of 13-4. East Hampton has an opportunity to eclipse both of those records in the next week as the program continues to establish itself as arguably the most successful on the East End.