10/18 – Pierson 8 – 1 McGann-Mercy
Pierson picked up a non-league win over McGann-Mercy thanks to the team shooting a combined 207, what Pierson coach Sean Crowley noted was an all-time team low. The score came on the front nine of the Old Vine Golf Course. Sophomore Gabe Denon, who shot a 1-over 38, led the team. Junior Harrison Bayrami was not far behind, shooting a 2-over 39.
10/14 – Southampton 6.5 – 2.5 Pierson
Pierson dropped a very close game against second placed Southampton (10-0, 10-0) on the front nine of the Noyac Golf Course, with the team’s total scores only separated by four strokes. Southampton came away the winner with 221 total strokes to Pierson’s 225. “It was an excellent effort against a fine Southampton team,” said Crowley. “We needed to make some long putts to get the team win. Instead there were too many three putts. Something any golfer knows will not allow for a super low score.” Picking up wins were sophomore Dillon Decker (8-over 44) and Gabe Denon (6-over 42). Freshman Jack Bori picked up half a point with a 12-over 48. Senior Jake Wiengartner had the best score of the day for the Whalers with a 5-over 41.
10/13 – Ross 0 – 9 Pierson
It was a clean sweep of Ross (1-8, 1-8) to get the press week started for the Pierson Whalers. Pierson was on their home Noyac Golf Course, where Jake Wiengartner, who shot a 5-over 41 on the front nine, led the team. One shot behind was Dillon Decker, who logged a 6-over 42. Also picking up wins in the shutout were Gabe Denon, Jack Bori, Harrison Bayrami and sophomore Adam Heller. The team shot a 224 total score, battling strong winds the entire afternoon.
Girls Cross Country
Brown University Invitational
The Pierson/Bridgehampton girls cross country team traveled to Providence, Rhode Island for the Brown University Invitational, which coach James Kinnier described as “a prestigious meet.” He went on to describe the layout of the meet, which attracts “teams from all over New England and New York. All the girls ran their best 5K times of the season and are gearing up for the championships that lie ahead.” Elena Skeyrs finished with a time of 22:00, good for 70th out of 170 runners. Gabby Gardner ran a 22:36, while Brianna Kinnier ran a 27:44 and Ina Setyawati ran a 27:50.
10/19 Stony Brook 3 – 0 Pierson/Bridgehampton
The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers (5-7, 5-4) closed a tough week of games with a 0-3 loss to second placed Stony Brook (7-2, 7-2). Stony Brook was constantly in control of the match, setting the tone of things with a 14-25 win in the first set. Pierson/Bridgehampton attempted to fight back in the second set, but fell to a 21-25 loss to give Stony Brook a 2-0 advantage. Stony Brook closed out the match with a 13-25 victory, and dropped the Lady Whalers into a tie for third place in league eight.
10/15 Pierson/Bridgehampton 0 – 3 Greenport/Southold
Pierson/Bridgehampton was no doubt showing the wear of having three games in as many days after falling to Greenport/Southold (4-5, 4-5) in their first game back in league eight play after a three-game non-league interlude. There would be no repeat of the two teams’ prior meeting, in which Pierson/Bridgehampton came out 3-1 winners. Greenport/Southold came out firing on all cylinders, winning the match 0-3.
10/14 Southampton 3 – 2 Pierson/Bridgehampton
In Pierson/Bridgehampton’s final non-league game of the season, the Lady Whalers welcomed league seven’s Southampton (5-7, 4-7) to town. Pierson jumped out to a strong start, winning the match’s first set 25-10. Southampton responded quickly, however, taking the second set 17-25. Pierson/Bridgehampton grinded to a 26-24 victory in the third set, but could not hold off Southampton in the match’s final two sets. Southampton the fourth set 21-25 and the final set 10-25 to win the match 2-3.
10/13 Pierson/Bridgehampton 1 – 3 Mattituck
In the first of three consecutive games this week, Pierson/Bridgehampton traveled to league seven’s Mattituck (8-6, 6-4) for the second game of their mid-season non-league schedule. Mattituck had been playing well in 2010 and posed a stiff challenge for Pierson/Bridgehampton, who played the part of underdog. Despite taking one set off of their opponents, Mattituck sent the Lady Whalers home with a 1-3 loss.
10/19 Ross 2 – 1 Pierson/Bridgehampton
The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers (5-7-2, 4-6-0) dropped its second close match in a week, dropping a 1-2 defeat at the hands of Ross (3-6-0, 3-6-0). All of the game’s scoring came in the first half, with Pierson/Bridgehampton having trouble containing Ross’ Emma Betuel who scored a brace. Alexis Suydam put one home for the home side in the first half to keep the score line close. Despite offensive dominance, Pierson/Bridgehampton could not find the net again. The Lady Whalers did, however, force 15 saves out of Ross’ goalkeeper, showing promising signs on the offensive side of the ball.
10/13 Port Jefferson 2 – 1 Pierson/Bridgehampton
The Lady Whalers dropped a key middle of the table battle against Port Jefferson (7-4-1, 6-3-1) despite entering halftime with a 1-0 lead. Two second half goals, with the winner coming in the 22nd minute, pushed Port Jefferson closer to playoff safety, while Pierson/Bridgehampton will be up against it on the run in for a playoff berth.
10/15 Miller Place 2 – 0 Pierson/Bridgehampton
The Pierson/Bridgehampton Lady Whalers (6-5, 6-4) fought hard against Miller Place (11-1, 9-1), who are second place in division three, and despite being outgunned, kept the score line close thanks to inspired goalkeeping by Catherine Musnicki. The junior net minder had 15 saves and held Miller Place to two first half goals.
10/13 Pierson/Bridgehampton 3 – 0 Southold/Greenport/Shelter Island
Pierson/Bridgehampton got back to their winning ways against Southold/Greenport/Shelter Island (2-9-1, 2-7-1), putting home two first-half and one second-half goals. Seniors Lindsay Warne, and juniors Lilah Yardley and Sariah Cafiero all had one goal and one assist. The Lady Whalers forced Southold/Greenport/Shelter Island’s goalie into fourteen saves on top of their three goals.
10/16 Hauppauge 41 – 21 East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson
Despite ending the first quarter up 7-6, East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson could not keep up with a high-power Hauppauge (3-3) offense, which outscored the Bonackers 35-0 in the second and third quarters. A 14 point fourth quarter rally was too little, too late, as the Bonackers fell to 1-4. The Bonackers got a big game out of Stephen Bahns, who had a rushing touchdown and a receiving touchdown to continue his explosive senior season.