October 25, 2006

Bonackers Stay Big: EH Field Hockey Improves to 7-4

Independent / Jessica Mackin The Bonackers hammered Greenport/Southold/Mattituck 8-0 at East Hampton High School last Wednesday. (click for larger version)
The East Hampton varsity field hockey team had its most productive offensive game of the season last Wednesday when it defeated Greenport/Southold/Mattituck 8-0 at East Hampton High School. The win assured the Lady Bonackers (7-4 in Division III) a playoff spot and moved the team into fourth place in the Division III standings.

Senior forward Lindsay Stavola and junior forward Katlin Montella both scored two goals while senior midfielder Alex Waleko, sophomore Liz Smith and juniors Meghan Thompson and Katie Bimson each scored a goal in East Hampton's highest scoring game of the season.

"The girls managed to get a lot of shots on goal in that game," said coach Carolina Schaefer. "[Greenport's] defense just wasn't that strong. Right from the get-go, [East Hampton] was up for it. We didn't play down to the competition."

Junior goalkeeper Heather Jones faced one shot; stopped it and earned her third shutout of the season (she shares two with EH's other goalkeeper Kim Long).

On Saturday, the field hockey program took another major step forward with a close 3-2 loss to second place Miller Place (10-2) in a game that wasn't decided until less than 18 minutes remained in regulation. East Hampton battled Miller Place throughout the contest and a pair of goals from Montella helped keep the game tied for most of the contest.

"The girls played with a lot of heart and we got some pretty bad calls against us. That was a game that should have gone to overtime. We held our own against them."

Earlier this season, Schaefer said that her team "set goals for themselves because the past two years we've made the playoffs by the skin of our teeth. This season, they want to finish in the top three and go as far in the playoffs as possible."

With impressive wins over such top programs as Pierson, Comsewogue and Southampton along with well-played games against both defending Long Island champion Miller Place and first place Shoreham Wading-River (14-1 overall) this season, East Hampton looks like a legitimate championship threat. Stage one of the Bonackers goals appears to be near completion. East Hampton's playoff push begins next week.

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