October 04, 2006

Girls: Southampton Triumphs in Field Hockey

All-State senior forward Rachel Taylor continued her mastery over Division III goalkeepers last Saturday afternoon by scoring two goals and assisting on the winning tally as the Southampton varsity lacrosse team shut out Comsewogue 3-0.

Co-captain Taylor helped set up the game-winning goal, scored by senior forward Kristin Rattler, who also happens to be the Lady Mariners' other co-captain, early in the first quarter.

Rattler then proceeded to be the setup artist for Taylor, assisting on both of her goals in the second half. Taylor leads the team with five goals this season after scoring a hat trick against William Floyd on September 14. Junior forward Brittany Fullam and sophomore forward Randi Gallo have each scored for the Mariners this season.

Southampton's steady defensive play on Saturday ensured the Mariners' junior goalkeeper Patrina DeRobertis of her second shutout of the season as players such as Ashley Frasher, senior sweeper Carly Roster, junior midfielders Claire Kemp, Sarah Koenitzer, Kelsey Cameron and Natasha Alimanestianu along with defenders Leah Watson, Kelsey Armusewicz and Becky Guerin were all strong performers.

Southampton also played well in a 2-0 loss to Shoreham-Wading River on September 25 despite having several key starters out of the lineup due to disciplinary reasons. "I think that once you take starters out of the lineup, you have to create a new chemistry and that's hard to do," said Mariners coach Kim Hannigan. "The girls did the best that they could, but it had an impact. Not having those players available was a big factor. We played very well in the first half, but we had a lapse in the second half that hurt us."

One of Southampton's strengths has been its versatility as many of its players can play different positions on the field. "We're still trying to gel, but so far, I like what I've seen from them. I have high expectations for this team. We're one of the best teams in the division as well as Class B. We're young and there's a lot of future in this group as well."

The Mariners travel to Hampton Bays (2-2 in Division III, 3-3 overall) today for a 4 p.m. game before hosting Long Island champion Miller Place (3-1, 5-1 overall) on Friday at 4 p.m.

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