October 11, 2006

Hampton Bays Falls to Southampton, Port Jeff

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The Hampton Bays field hockey team has played well.

Very well in its four most recent Division III games, but unfortunately, the Lady Baymen (2-5 in Division III) were unable to grab a victory in any of the contests despite the strong efforts from its players. Sometimes, in the world of sports, you can play well and have nothing to show for it.

On Friday, Hampton Bays lost a close 2-1 game to division rival Port Jefferson (5-2) at Hampton Bays High School when Micaela Gallagher scored on a penalty corner that was originally shot by Kelsey Terrell with 15:29 remaining in regulation. It proved to be the game-winning goal. The Baymen had tied the game at 1-1 several minutes earlier on a nice goal by Sami Krantz.

Last Wednesday, Hampton Bays wound up on the losing end of penalty strokes in a home game against Southampton. The contest had gone through an overtime period tied 1-1. Rachel Taylor scored the first goal of the game for the Mariners in the first half and Genna Kovar tied the score for the Baymen five minutes into the second half.

Hampton Bays was unable to convert any of its penalty strokes while Southampton received the winning score by Claire Kemp.

"I thought that a lot of the game took place in the midfield," said Mariners coach Kim Hannigan. "The game was pretty evenly matched. Offensively, both teams had a lot of opportunities to score, but we dominated the overtime. "Our goalie [Patrina DeRobertis] was fantastic. She made some great saves, kept us in the game and allowed us to win. Hopefully it was a confidence booster for her because she played outstanding to get us to [the penalty strokes]."

Taylor, Kristin Rattler and Randi Gallo each gave solid efforts on Southampton's forward line.

The previous week, Hampton Bays fell victim to Pierson; a 2-0 loss on the road on September 29 and prior to that game, were defeated by Riverhead 2-1 on September 26. The Baymen will have difficulty snapping their four-game losing streak today because they'll be hosting defending LI champion Miller Place (6-1), but a road game at Rocky Point (1-6) on Friday may prove to be a perfect opportunity for Hampton Bays to add another "W" to their season record.

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