May 31, 2006

Warriors End Season For EH Boys

Independent / Jessica Mackin The East Hampton boys' lacrosse team compiled a fantastic season, going 14-4 before ending with a 7-3 loss at home to Comsewogue in a Class B semifinal last week. (click for larger version)
It didn't matter that they had home field advantage and it didn't matter that they were seeded higher. Nothing was going to stop the Comsewogue varsity boys' lacrosse team last Wednesday as the Warriors dominated East Hampton from start to finish in one of the Suffolk Division II quarterfinals contests, winning 7-3 and ending the Bonackers best season in team history in four well-played quarters.

Comsewogue (12-6 overall), seeded sixth in Class B, took a 2-0 lead in the opening quarter of Wednesday's game and never looked back, going up 4-1 at halftime as the superb goaltending of Warriors keeper Anthony Spinella (16 saves) kept East Hampton's offense in check.

The Bonackers (14-4 overall), seeded third, fell behind 7-1 in the third quarter before winning the fourth quarter 2-0 backed by a pair of goals from Tyler Maguire. Malik Solomon scored East Hampton's other goal. Senior keeper Drew Smith turned away 16 shots and played brilliantly at times on Wednesday, deserving a better fate as the Bonackers' usually high-octane offense was held to its lowest goal total of the season.

East Hampton maintained one of the top records in Suffolk County's Division II this season, finishing 11-3, good enough for a fourth place finish. The Bonackers power points rating of 148.060 ranked only two points behind 12-2 Smithtown East. Their biggest margin of victory this season was an 18-3 rollover of Eastport/South Manor that saw Solomon score a season-high 5 goals and senior Mark Scioscia had an incredible performance against Sayville on May 6, scoring a career-high 7 goals while adding three assists to finish with an unthinkable 10-points.

East Hampton's dramatic come-from-behind win over Shoreham-Wading River on May 16 was yet another sparkling highlight of the season as the Bonackers fell behind 7-0 in the first quarter only to rally and win the contest 8-7 when Zach Brenneman slipped a shot past goalkeeper Zach Bates with 3:24 remaining to snap the 7-7 tie. Brian Powell set up the play with a perfect pass and Maguire helped enable the comeback with a three-goal game while Smith was a standout in goal, stopping a game-high 9 shots and holding the Wildcats scoreless for nearly 37 minutes.

Despite the early playoff exit, East Hampton can hold its head high knowing that it has made tremendous strides for a relatively young lacrosse program. This was the season that established the Bonackers as a legitimate elite team; a season that will be hard-pressed to duplicate for other teams that follow.

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