By Jacob Sisson
Greenport/Southold/Shelter Island (0) – Pierson/Bridgehampton (4)
The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers (3-2-0, 3-1-0) had a busy week on the field hockey field, finishing the last week with a 3-1 record. The Lady Whalers’ week started at home as they welcomed Greenport/Southold/Shelter Island (1-3-0, 0-3-0). Two goals from Sariah Cafiero and a goal and an assist each from Lindsay Warne and Lilah Yardley sealed a 4-0 victory in the team’s second game in division three.
Pierson/Bridgehampton (1) – Miller Place (4)
Just one day later, the lady whalers traveled to division leaders Miller Place (4-0-0, 2-0-0), where the team suffered at the hands of a strong second half push from their hosts. Lilah Yardley’s goal in the second half was not enough to prevent a 4-1 loss, Pierson/Bridgehampton’s first division loss of the season. The Lady Whaler were kept in the game by goalkeeper Catherine Musnicki, who made 14 saves.
East Hampton (1) – Pierson/Bridgehampton (2)
The Lady Whalers bounced back from the loss at Miller Place with a tight 2-1 overtime victory over East Hampton (1-2-0, 1-2-0). The two teams went into halftime tied at 1, with Pierson/Bridgehampton’s only goal in regulation coming from Sariah Cafiero, who continued her hot scoring streak. Cafiero struck again with less than five minutes remaining in overtime to seal a tight win for Pierson/Bridgehampton. Lindsay Warne provided assists to both of Cafiero’s goals.
Pierson/Bridgehampton (4) – Southampton (0)
Pierson/Bridgehampton notched its second 4-0 victory in the span of a week, as they traveled to Southampton (3-2-0, 1-2-0). Cafiero once again led the way on offense, scoring two goals for the third time in seven days. Lindsay Warne and Sarah Barrett each had a score while Warne and Kasey Gilbride each added an assist. Alexa Lantiere provided assists on two of the goals, all of which came in the second half.
The Lady Whalers, who sit third in division three with a 3-1 division record, welcome Shoreham Wading River (3-0-0, 2-0-0) to Mashashamuit Park on Wednesday before Riverhead (2-2-0, 1-1-0) comes to town next Monday for key division three clashes. Shoreham Wading River sits in second in division three and will be a key test to Pierson’s playoff credentials
Pierson/Bridgehampton (0) – Port Jefferson (1)
The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers (0-3-0, 1-4-2) only slip up against Port Jefferson (3-0-1, 4-1-1) came with less than five minutes remaining in regulation as goalie Julia Schiavoni, who had made ten saves prior, let in the game’s only goal. Port Jefferson’s Katherine Hoey scored the game’s only goal for Port Jefferson.
McGann-Mercy (2) – Pierson/Bridgehampton (1)
Pierson/Bridgehampton suffered another narrow loss at the hands of McGann-Mercy (2-0-0, 2-3-0) on Saturday, with The Lady Whalers’ only goal coming off of a fine shot from distance by Kaci Koehne.
Up next for the Lady Whalers is a pair of games against winless teams that Pierson/Bridgehampton have to be on top of to establish some momentum. Wednesday’s trip to Ross (0-3-0, 0-3-0) is followed by a home game against Southold/Greenport (0-4-1, 0-2-1) on Tuesday.
Pierson (9) – Center Moriches (0)
For the second match in a row, Pierson golf shut out their opponent 9-0, moving the Whalers to 2-1 on the season, this time blanking Center Morches (0-4-0, 0-2-0) at Pine Hills Country Club. Harrison Bayrami, who shot a five-over 41, led Pierson to the sweep.
The golf team next travels to Southampton Country Club to take on unbeaten Southampton (2-0-0, 2-0-0) on Wednesday before heading to the South Fork Country Club to tackle East Hampton (2-0-0, 2-0-0) in their first rematch of the year. Tuesday will see Pierson go up against Westhampton (1-1-0, 1-1-0) for the second time, after Pierson dispatched them 9-0 earlier this year.
Pierson/Bridgehampton 0 –Port Jefferson (1)
Just like their girl counterparts, the Pierson/Bridgehampton Whalers (1-5-0, 1-1-0) fell to Port Jefferson (4-0-0, 3-0-0) thanks to a late winner scored with less than nine minutes remaining in the second half. Pierson goalie Gabe Davis did his best to keep the team in the game, making 11 saves and nearly keeping a clean sheet. Blake Bohlen scored Port Jefferson’s only goal.
Pierson/Bridgehampton now faces Ross (1-2-0, 1-2-0) at Mashashimuet Park on Wednesday before traveling to Stony Brook (2-2-0, 2-1-0) on Thursday in what will be a key pair of games for the team. Monday will see Southold (5-2-1, 2-2-0) in what will be another tricky early season matchup.
Shelter Island (3) – Pierson/Bridgehampton (1)
The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers (2-2-0, 2-2-0) dropped their only game of the week at home to undefeated league eight leaders Shelter Island (5-0-0, 4-0-0). Shelter Island took the first two games 25-13, 25-16, before Pierson/Bridgehampton bounced back to take the third game 25-20. The Lady Whalers’ momentum ran out there, however, as Shelter Island closed out the match 25-7 in the fourth game.
Pierson/Bridgehampton faces two bottom-of-the-league teams this week as they welcome Center Moriches (0-4-0, 0-4-0) on Wednesday before traveling to Ross (0-4-0, 0-4-0) on Friday. On Monday, second placed Port Jefferson (3-1-0, 3-1-0) comes to town in a test of Pierson/Bridgehampton’s playoff credentials.
Sachem East (76) – East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson (93)
The East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson (1-0-0, 0-0-0) girls swimming season got underway with a non-league victory over Sachem East (0-1-0, 0-0-0) by the score of 93-76. Wins by Marina Preiss in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle as well as wins by Mikayla Mott in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breast pushed East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson to the victory in their first meet of the year.
East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson faces one more non-league meet before their regular season gets underway on October 8. Friday’s meet against Smithtown (0-1-0, 0-0-0) is the final one of the pre-season and will take place at Suffolk County Community College’s West Campus.