November 01, 2006

East Hampton Girls Prepare For Playoffs

Independent / James J. Mackin East Hampton's Alex Waleko (9), above, battles for the ball in the Bonackers' game against Comsewogue last Wednesday. (click for larger version)
By finishing with an 8-6 regular season record, the East Hampton field hockey team earned the #4 Class B seed in the Section XI playoff bracket and was to host #5 seed Sayville yesterday afternoon.

"The girls are all really excited that we were able to get home field advantage [for our first game]," said Bonackers' coach Carolina Schaefer. The team has really improved their play this season."

East Hampton lost to Comsewogue 3-2 on Wednesday in its final regular season game although Schaefer pointed out that, "Comsewogue came into the game knowing that they had to win in order to get into the playoffs. They came in on fire and it may have caught the girls a little off guard. But I think that it was good for them, because they realized how they'll have to play in their next game."

Schaefer also commented on the steady improvement of her team as the season has progressed. "Alex Waleko and Lindsay Stavola have done exceptional jobs and our back Jen Reich has been an on-field leader for the other players at her position. Catlin Montella has made vast improvements from last season. She's really made a difference and become one of our team's top scorers. And both Heather [Jones] and Kim [Long] have done an excellent job. They play really well under pressure and they're not greedy [over playing time]," she said.

The two aforementioned Bonackers' goalies have essentially split the halves of each game this season and have not missed a step, coming up with clutch, game - saving stops on several occasions. This week, they'll get their first taste of varsity playoff action.

"It's not going to be an easy game for either team," said Schaefer. "Their mindset is really good. It's one of the better ones that I have seen. I'm just really excited. Hopefully we get past Sayville and get past Shoreham. The girls are ready for anything."

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