By Jacob Sisson
10/20 Pierson 8 – 1 Shelter Island
Pierson Golf (9-4, 6-4) finished up its regular season with an 8-1 win over Shelter Island (3-9, 3-7). “The third place finish in League VIII qualifies the entire team of six for the County Tournament in the spring,” said coach Sean Crowley. For the season, sophomore Dillon Decker led the team with an average round of 42.8. Sophomore Gabe Dennon averaged 44.3 while senior Jake Weingartner averaged a 44.9. Junior Harrison Bayrami averaged 45.1 for the year while freshman Jack Bori had an average of 48.0. Adam Heller shot a 51.0 for the season while Kevin Duchemin had an average score of 58.0.
10/25 Rocky Point 0 – 2 Pierson/Bridgehampton
The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers (8-6, 8-5) moved into third place in the Division III standings with a 2-0 win over Rocky Point (9-6, 7-6). The win was one that Pierson/Bridgehampton coach Shannon Judge had pointed to as possibly the team’s most important of the season. Lilah Yardley got the scoring started midway through the second half on an assist from Sarah Barrett while Sariah Cafiero finished Rocky Point off on an assist from Lindsay Warne. Pierson/Bridgehampton’s win carried extra weight as they defeated a team two days removed from handing league leaders Shoreham Wading River (14-1, 12-1)its first defeat of the year.
10/23 Pierson/Bridgehampton 3 – 0 Riverhead
The Lady Whalers moved one step closer to securing a good playoff seed with a win against Riverhead, their second shutout of the Blue Waves in the 2010 season. Lilah Yardley provided two goals while Lindsay Warne tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Lady Whalers to victory. Pierson/Bridgehampton got out to an early 2-0 lead in the first half and added another in the second half to secure the victory.
10/20 Pierson/Bridgehampton 0 – 2 Shoreham Wading River
Pierson/Bridgehampton traveled to then undefeated league leaders Shoreham Wading River in a key late-season test of the Lady Whaler’s playoff mettle. Shoreham Wading River jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first half through goals, but Pierson/Bridgehampton did not give up, despite an overwhelming Shoreham Wading River offense. Goalkeeper Catherin Musnicki recorded 16 saves to keep the Lady Whalers in the game.
10/25 Pierson/Bridgehampton 1 – 1 Southold
The Pierson/Bridgehampton Whalers (7-6-2, 7-2-2) picked up their second successive draw in League VIII play, and will have to ask questions of their ability to hold out for wins if they want to progress deep in the county playoffs, to which they have already punched their ticket. Senior midfielder Brook Hartnett scored midway through the second half to give the Whalers a 1-0 lead before Southold equalized with less than seven minutes remaining in the game. Senior goalkeeper Tyler Gilbride recorded 11 saves in a game where the Whaler offense dominated the Southold defense.
10/20 Stony Brook 0 – 0 Pierson/Bridgehampton
The Whalers passed a key test of their playoff credentials, shutting out second placed Stony Brook’s (9-3-1, 8-2-1) offense and holding on to their third place standing in the League VIII table. The game was an even matchup of League VIII playoff teams, with each team forcing ten saves of the opposing goalkeeper. The hero for the second time in a week was Tyler Gilbride who recorded all ten saves and his fourth shutout of the season.
10/26 Pierson/Bridgehampton 2 – 0 Southold/Greenport
See full story. Pierson/Bridgehampton (6-8-2, 5-7-0) wrapped its season up with a 2-0 win over Southold/Greenport (2-10-2, 2-8-2). Goals were scored by freshman Alexis Suydam and senior Amanda Busiello.
10/22 Smithtown Christian 7 – 0 Pierson/Bridgehampton
The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers endured a tough sendoff for seniors Amanda Busiello, Emma Ferrera and Kaci Koehne, dropping out of the playoff race with a 7-0 loss to undefeated league leaders Smithtown Christian (12-0-0, 12-0-0). The Lady Whalers went down four goals in the first half and were never able to recover. Three more goals in the second half sealed the score line, but not despite the efforts of backup goalkeeper Liz Grigonis, who recorded fourteen saves in the losing effort.
10/26 Ross 1 – 3 Pierson/Bridgehampton
The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers (6-10, 6-7) hung on to slim playoff hopes following a 3-1 win over Ross (0-13, 0-13). With the win, the Lady Whalers moved to one game under .500 with only one more match left to play in the regular season. This final matchup will be against third placed Port Jefferson (7-5, 7-5) and is a must-win for the Lady Whalers if they want to make the playoffs. In their previous meeting, Pierson/Bridgehampton were beaten 3-1, a result they must reverse if they want to prolong their season.
10/25 Pierson/Bridgehampton 1 – 3 Center Moriches
Center Moriches (5-8, 5-7) avenged a 3-2 defeat earlier in the season at the hands Lady Whalers, winning this week’s matchup against Pierson/Bridgehampton 3-1. Pierson/Bridgehampton went down two sets to none, dropping the first set 25-12 and the second set 25-13. The Lady Whalers tried to stage a comeback, taking the third set 25-23 before Center Moriches closed out the match with a 25-18 win in the fourth set.
10/22 Pierson/Bridgehampton 0 – 3 Shelter Island
Undefeated League VIII leaders Shelter Island (13-0, 12-0) handed Pierson/Bridgehampton its sixth consecutive defeat, shutting the Lady Whalers out 3-0. The Lady Whalers played Shelter Island tough for the first two sets, dropping the first set 25-20 and coming even closer in the second, narrowly losing by the score of 25-22. The Lady Whalers could not keep up their intensity in the third set, however, losing the set 25-12 and the match 3-0.