May 24, 2006
Riverhead LAX Calls It A Season
The Riverhead varsity lacrosse team concluded its season last Wednesday with a 9-7 loss to William Floyd to finish with a 4-10 record in Division I. Overall, the Blue Waves went 6-11 under head coach Tony Lawrence.
Riverhead graduates several key players this spring, including standout midfielder Bryan Hale, who can easily be considered one of the program's all-time best players on a list that includes Eddie Wansor, Jeremy Hobson, and Micah Brown. Hale was a tireless worker this season, often leading the team in goals scored, assists, face-offs, and ground balls while also playing a significant role in both the Waves' offensive and defensive ends. Dowling College has been recruiting Hale for some time.
Although Riverhead finished its season on a four-game losing streak, the Waves were able to record back-to-back wins against Deer Park (12-3) on May 5 and Bellport (10-8) May 9. Other Riverhead wins this season were against Brentwood (20-3), Bayport-Blue Point (9-5), and Westhampton (7-6).
In the Waves' loss to Floyd (7-7 in Division I), Riverhead took a 5-4 lead after three quarters only to see the Colonials outscore them 5-2 in the fourth. The game-winning goal was scored by Floyd's Justin Bonton with 4:24 remaining. Sal Sapienza added an insurance goal moments later.
Riverhead was led by senior midfielder Sean Travis who scored twice. Other key players that will graduate this spring include goalkeeper Tim Manzella, defenseman James Phillips, Mitch Conklin, and Steve Czelatka.