By Gavin Menu
The East Hampton boys lacrosse team, which boasts a handful of players from Pierson High School, lost two tough road games to start the season, falling 14-9 to North Babylon on March 22 before dropping their Division II opener, 15-7, to Bayport-Blue Point on Monday.
The Bonackers played both games shorthanded, which made the task of facing two difficult opponents that much more daunting.
“The flu bug has gotten our team,” head coach Mike Vitulli said. “We’ve missed guys for both games, three or four starts. But we’re taking steps in the right direction.”
Pierson junior Drew Harvey, an all-county player from last year and the team’s offensive captain, scored two goals and had three assists in the loss to Bayport-Blue Point, which led comfortably 10-1 after the first half. Harvey netted one goal and had a team-high four assists against North Babylon.
“Drew obviously is our offensive leader, he quarterbacks our offense and he’s doing a great job, but we have to help him,” Vitulli said. “We have to generate offense. We have to make quality shots in order to score.”
Vitulli said “the reality is we play in a tough conference and we play tough teams,” adding that the team is young offensively, but that once they start to gel—and, more importantly, get healthy—the team might surprise upcoming opponents.
As for the participation of players from Pierson, Vitulli has always said the partnership is extremely valuable to the program and that Pierson’s contribution this season has been, and will continue to be, of critical importance.
“Joe Gengarelly is improving, Jack Lesser has really gotten better at face-offs and Jack Schleicher is really a jack of all trades and has played midfield and attack for us,” Vitulli said about specific players from Pierson. “And everyone talks about Drew, but Dana Harvey, his brother, is starting on defense and doing a nice job.”
The Bonackers are scheduled to play at home against Riverhead on Saturday, March 30 at 11 a.m. and will travel to play Mattituck on Tuesday, April 2 at 4:30 p.m.