By Gavin Menu
Gilbride Paces Field Hockey In Wins
The Pierson-Bridgehampton varsity girls field hockey team is riding a wave of momentum into a critical game today at Southampton High School after two more shutout wins over division rivals. The Lady Whalers blanked second-ranked Rocky Point, 2-0, last Thursday, October 4 before easily defeating Greenport-Southold-Shelter Island, 8-0, on October 6.
Junior captain Kasey Gilbride continued her torrid scoring pace, netting a remarkable five goals against Greenport. The All-American candidate now leads all of Long Island in scoring with 22 points on 15 goals and seven assists. Ana Sherwood, Katherine Matthers and Emme Luck also scored for the Lady Whalers, who improved to 6-2 in Division III and 8-2 overall as a result of the win.
The victory over Rocky Point was particularly important, according to head coach Shannon Judge.
“I feel we played an intelligent game,” she said, adding that the younger players on the team, which include three freshmen and an eighth grader, are picking up different strategies as the regular season progresses. “I’m proud of the girls’ mental work.”
Judge said the defense of Luck, Matthers, Kirra McGowin and Rachel Saidman has been crucial in the team’s ability to set-up its play makers, primarily Gilbride, Sherwood, Luck and Bridgehampton’s India Hemby.
Gilbride and Allura Leggard scored goals in the win over Rocky Point and junior Emma Romeo, starting her first year in goal, helped the team pick up its seventh shutout of the season, although Hemby finished in goal during the blowout win.
Today’s Southampton game should be a strong test for the Lady Whalers, who knocked off the Lady Mariners, 1-0, in an overtime thriller back on September 19. The game begins at 4:30 p.m. at Southampton. The Lady Whalers will host William Floyd on Saturday, October 13 at 11 a.m. and Shoreham-Wading River on Monday, October 15 at 4:30 p.m.
Volleyball Picks Up First Win
The Pierson-Bridgehampton girls volleyball team picked up its first win of the season by defeating McGann-Mercy in five sets on October 2. Jenna Hochstedler led the team with five kills and six aces while May Evjen had three digs and 15 assists. Unfortunately for the Lady Whalers, the momentum did not carry over into last Thursday’s match against rival Ross, which in turn picked up its first win over the season in four sets. The Lady Whalers and Lady Cosmos are tied at 1-5 in the League VIII standings, each with six matches remaining.
Tough Loss for Lady Cosmos
The Ross School girls tennis team once seemed destined to share the League VIII title this season after splitting two consecutive matches with co-league leader William Floyd early last week. That was until October 5 when the Lady Cosmos traveled to McGann-Mercy and lost a heartbreaker, 4.5-2.5, to fall to 7-2 in the standings. Floyd continued to dominate its competition and had a chance to clinch the league title last night, October 10, with a match against East Hampton-Pierson-Bridgehampton, which it had easily defeated earlier in the season
Ross finished off another impressive season with a 4-3 win over Westhampton Beach on Tuesday, a result that will most likely leave the Lady Cosmos alone in second place.
Up next for the local tennis teams is the Division IV individual tournament, which will begin this Saturday, October 13, at William Floyd High School. Quarter and semifinal matches will be held on October 15, with the finals on October 16.
Shelter Island 5K Race Next Week
The 13th Annual Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, October 20, at 10 a.m. at Crescent Beach. Race proceeds will benefit North Fork Breast Health Coalition and Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital. There will also be a raffle to benefit Lucia’s Angels.
Pre-registration, which can be done online at www.active.com or www.shelterislandrun.com/5k, is $25 before midnight on October 18. Day of race registration is $30. Children 14 and under are $10. Call 631-774-9499 for additional information.