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Bonac Boys Lacrosse Drops a Pair

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Drew Harvey, a senior at Pierson High School, working behind the goal during the East Hampton boys lacrosse team's 10-3 loss to Westhampton on Monday.

Drew Harvey, a senior at Pierson High School, working behind the goal during the East Hampton boys lacrosse team’s 10-3 loss to Westhampton on Monday.

By Gavin Menu; photography by Michael Heller

For 30 minutes at Westhampton Beach High School on Tuesday, players for the East Hampton boys lacrosse team had an upset victory on their minds.  That was until the Hurricanes blew open a 2-2 tie in the second half to claim a 10-3 victory that sent the Bonackers home with a 1-5 record in Division II play.

Westhampton, meanwhile, improved to 4-2 and moved into third place in the division standings behind Miller Place and Huntington.

“Unfortunately, for us, we have breakdowns where teams go on three- or four-goal runs,” head coach Mike Vitulli said on Tuesday. “We just haven’t been able to get that signature win. It’s just a matter of learning to close out games.”

The loss on Monday followed a tough 9-3 loss at home to Kings Park on April 8. That game was close early as well, but the Bonackers were once again held in check offensively during the last two quarters.

“Their goalie was the difference,” Vitulli said, referring to Kings Park keeper Michael Greco, who had 14 saves.  Sean Toole, another Pierson athlete who plays in goal for the Bonackers, had 12 saves in the game.

“Our goalie played well,” Vitulli added, “but their goalie stood on his head.”

Pierson’s Drew Harvey, the Bonackers’ leading scorer, and Jack Schleicher, another Pierson athlete, each scored a goal apiece in the two games last week, while Toole made 14 saves against Westhampton.

Vitulli on Tuesday pointed out that Long Island is one of the top two or three areas in the country for lacrosse, and that competition will always be extremely high in Suffolk County. So even as local youth leagues swell across the East End with large numbers of players, the task of developing a consist winning program remains a huge challenge.

“Kids play in the youth leagues, and then they play in middle school, but the travel commitment becomes an issue for some kids,” said Vitulli, whose program, like others in East Hampton, has struggled with participation. “The kids play other sports and have other commitments. We hope the numbers improve, but with so few kids we’re doing the best we can.”

East Hampton will host Mattituck/Greenport/Southold (2-4) on Tuesday, April 22 at 4:30 p.m.

Grapplers Look to Come Out on Top

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Although the East Hampton Wrestling team went to Harbor Fields on Saturday for the League V champions, and only one wrestler qualified for the county tournament, the East Hampton coach and the Pierson wrestlers on the team remain optimistic.

This season there were four wrestlers for the East Hampton team from Pierson. According to Coach Jim Stewart, all the boys are “very coachable” and they asked questions, which is a good indication that they want to learn to get better, the coach said.

“My assistant coaches and I are all impressed by these kids,” he added.

Kyle McGowan, a Pierson junior, did well, according to coach. He had 14 wins and 10 losses in his weight group at 140 pounds. 

“He is very talented,” Stewart said, and added he was “like his father,” who wrestled for him years ago.

Equally talented, according to the coach, is another Pierson junior Dane Riva, who has been competing at both the varsity and junior varsity level.

“He has great balance and a lot of what he does is natural balance,” Stewart said, “he winds up on top and in wrestling that’s the key.”

Christian Gonzales, a sophomore, has several kids in his weight class on varsity, so the coach tends to play him on JV so that the match-ups are a bit more equal. Stewart said that he is a “diamond in the rough.”

Sophomore Nico McMahon, does very well when he is wrestling a beginner, and he is a quick learner, according to the coach. Stewart said that McMahon is extremely strong, and has had some of the most interesting matches. During one, the coach said “everyone thought the match was over but Nico,” McMahon overturned his opponent right near the end of the match and came out on top.

“We look forward to seeing all these guys again, they are excited about their prospects,” Stewart said. “We are in a tough league, if they can stick with it, they will be at the top.”