by Jesse Rosenthal
The East Hampton Boys Lacrosse team had an outstanding season in 2010 that garnered much prestige for individual players and saw the team reach the playoffs as Division II/III combined Super Six Champs.
The season ended in a disappointing 19-10 loss at Shoreham Wading River in the first round of the playoffs. Shoreham outscored East Hampton in every quarter of play. Brendan Damm, James Petrie, Austin Heneveld and Tyler Brenneman all scored multiple goals, and Ian Zimmerman had 11 saves, but it wasn’t enough to stop the fast, strong offense of Shoreham. Shoreham went on to lose to Hauppague in the second round, and will face Comsewogue in the B finals.
The Bonackers were 13-3 in regular season play losing only to Islip, Hauppauge and Elwood / J Glenn. They defeated three teams that they had yet to overcome in the form of Huntington, John Glenn and Comsewogue, who suffered their only loss of the season at the hands of East Hampton.
“It was an extremely exciting season,” said varsity head coach Michael Vitulli. “We won a lot of close, tough games. The team played really hard all season.”
The boys allowed, at the most, thirteen goals scored against them and six goals was their largest margin of defeat, excluding the playoff loss to Shoreham. In high school lacrosse, those numbers speak for themselves.
Senior Tyler Brenneman went Acadamic All-American and All-County. He will be playing lacrosse, alongside his brother Zach, at Notre Dame next season. James Petrie went All-County and will be playing club lacrosse at Colorado. Austin Heneveld (All-County) is attending the Naval Academy at Annapolis. Brendan Damm went All-County as a junior, and Rob Arranson (All-League Defenseman) will be playing club lacrosse at West Virginia next spring.
Tyler Brenneman, James Petrie, Austin Heneveld and Ryan Shore all finished as top-ten all time scorers for East Hampton. Brenneman broke the career assist record, the single season assist record and the single game assist record.
Michael Vitulli and Ralph Naglieri, who will both be returning in 2011, won coach and assistant coach of the year respectively.
The Bonackers are graduating a few key athletes, but Vitulli has some talented athletes returning, including Brendan Damm, with which to build a competitive team for next season. Ian Zimmerman, who made the varsity team as a freshman this year, “played really well all season at the goal position,” according to Vitulli.
“It was a great year with lots of positives,” said Vitulli. “The only negative was the playoff loss to Shoreham.” With the talent and experience that Vitulli is bringing to the table next season, the Bonackers are poised to make another run at the playoffs.