By Jesse Rosenthal
The East Hampton High School Girls Lacrosse team, which plays host to players from Pierson and Bridgehampton as well, made some improvements in 2010. The first improvement being actually having a varsity team. Considering there was no varsity squad last season, the fact this team was able to compete on this level and win any games at all is an achievement in and of itself. The Bonackers ended the season with a 6-10 overall record. They were 4-10 in league play.
“We had a decent season,” said varsity coach Matt Maloney. “The best way to put it is that we were O.K., but not quite where want to be.”
As can be expected when a team is starting from scratch, the 2010 season was a learning experience for a group of talented, determined athletes.
“We were moderately strong on offense,” said Maloney, “but in the beginning of the season we were not strong on defense. We became much better in the defensive area as the season progressed.”
The Bonackers lost more than one close game, including a double overtime defeat in Westhampton. Had the outcome of that game been different, East Hampton may have made the playoffs.
Although there was no postseason for the Bonackers in 2010, there was no shortage of talent on the field either. Co-captains and Co-MVPs Kelsi Thorsen and Summer Foley went all-county and all-division respectively. Foley, the East Hampton all-time leader in points and assists scored 15 goals and assisted on 34 this season. Thorsen scored a staggering 48 times while assisting nine. Thorsen also led the team in ground balls and draw controls. Shona Carman, who recieved the coaches award, had 13 goals and nine assists. Most improved were Katia Thorsen and Melanie Mackin.
With three seniors who all play attack (one of whom is scoring/assist leader Summer Foley) graduating this year, Maloney will have his work cut out for him rebuilding a front field offense for next season. That said, he will have all but one midfielder returning. His entire starting defense and goalie will also be returning in 2011 along with many younger players that “are poised to have a very productive off-season to prepare for next season,” according to Maloney.
There is certainly no shortage of talent to fish from in the younger pool. “This season we had two 8th graders who are only going to get better and be here for many years to come,” said Maloney. Maggie Pizzo, from East Hampton Middle School and Amanda Seekamp from Springs both had promising seasons. Pizzo was second only to Thorsen in scoring, ground balls and draw controls, and second only to Summer Foley in assists.
“Combined with the leadership of the returning juniors and seniors,” said Mahoney, “we expect to be the first team in East Hampton girls Lacrosse history to make the playoffs. The girls now have an idea of what they need to do to be successful in this league and in this sport. They are a very motivated and dedicated group of players. I hope to see them work hard in various off-season workouts and leagues to prepare for next year and truly become a team.”