May 17, 2006
East Hampton: Gains Impressive Win Over Bayport
The East Hampton girls varsity lacrosse team recorded a hard-fought win against Bayport-Blue Point on May 5, edging the Lady Phantoms 10-9 in dramatic fashion. Senior attack star Sabina Osorio scored the game-winning goal as her shot from free position with 30 seconds remaining in regulation flew past Bayport goalkeeper Amanda Stoothoff, snapping a 9-9 tie in the process.
Twenty seven seconds earlier, freshman Cory DeMasco had tied the game for the Lady Bonackers (4-8 in Division II) off a brilliant feed pass from teammate Lindsay Stavola. Stavola, a junior center, had three assists in the game and currently leads the team with 23 goals this season.
Osorio finished the game with three goals and one assist while East Hampton's other senior attack standout Jean Nolan (13 goals) also scored three times and added an assist. Osorio has scored 21 goals this year.
Sophomore goalkeeper Heather Jones was masterful in the Lady Bonacker's crease, turning aside a game-high 14 shots to keep her team in the game. It was the sixth time this season that Jones has made at least 14 saves in a game.
East Hampton concludes its season today with a home game against Islip at 4:30 p.m. and although the Lady Bonackers didn't qualify for the playoff this season, the team did make major strides.
Before the start of the season, head coach Maureen Rutkowski said, "My goal is for this team to go out there and be able to compete against whoever we play. The level of play of these girls is much better than it has been in the past. We want to get respect from other schools this season as well as from the community. This program just keeps getting better and the level of interest in the sport continues to grow. We hope to stay up there in the rankings and hopefully keep moving forward."
With impressive wins against Brent-wood, Southampton, Harborfields and most recently, Bayport-Blue Point this season, East Hampton has shown that it can compete and win against much larger, experienced programs. The Bonackers certainly achieved Rutkowski's goal and next season, it wouldn't be a surprise to see them in the middle of the pack of the Division II standings.