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Senior Class Has Lady Whalers Flying High

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Pierson senior Kasey Gilbride weaving through traffic during the Lady Whalers' 2-1 win over Harborfields on Friday.

Pierson senior Kasey Gilbride weaving through traffic during the Lady Whalers’ 2-1 win over Harborfields on Friday.

By Gavin Menu

The writing was on the wall back in 2010 when then-freshmen Katherine Matthers and Kasey Gilbride helped lead the Pierson-Bridgehampton field hockey team on a charge through the postseason. The team fell short of a state title that year but a core of young players, which also included Kirra McGowin and Emme Luck, tasted championship hockey and looked toward a bright future in scarlet and black.

Flash forward to 2013 and those players are part of a senior class that is leading one of the most potent offensive attacks in Suffolk County.

Gilbride on Monday punctuated an emotional final home game of the season by scoring four goals in a 6-2 win over Sayville, which coming into the game was ranked second in the competitive confines of Division III field hockey.

Pierson head coach Shannon Judge said the win — Pierson’s fourth in a row — should lock up the top seed for the Suffolk Class C playoffs, which will begin this Monday with an out bracket game between second-seeded Southampton and whichever team finishes third, likely either Babylon or Greenport-Southold.

The Lady Whalers will await the winner in the Suffolk County Class C title game, which is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 31 at Dowling College at 6:30 p.m.

India Hemby, a senior from Bridgehampton who also played her final home game on Monday, had five assists against Sayville, which remained in second place despite the loss.

The Lady Whalers improved to 9-4 in division play and with 136.170 power points, are now in third place behind only Sayville and Miller Place.

Earlier in the week, on October 16, Pierson dominated cross-town rival East Hampton with a 5-0 victory over the Lady Bonackers and their coach, Robyn Bramoff, a former star player for Pierson. Gilbride scored three goals in the game and assisted on another, while Hemby and Luck also contributed goals toward the win.

Gilbride, who on Tuesday was tied with two other players for the most goals scored in Suffolk County with 18, also scored what turned out to be the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Harborfields back in Sag Harbor on Friday. She launched a shot into the back of the net with 16:05 remaining in the second half.

“It was a perfect bullet to the left corner,” Judge said about the goal, which was assisted by Hemby off a corner and gave the team a 2-0 lead.

Freshman Ana Sherwood, who is expected to lead the next generation of Lady Whalers hockey, opened the scoring with a beautiful goal early against Harborfields, which closed the game strong with a goal and a flurry of shots on Pierson keeper Sam Duchemin, who made six saves in the game, during a frenzied final few minutes.

Then on Monday, the team and its senior class, which also includes Emma Romeo, who went out with a season-ending injury earlier this year, gave the home crowd one last treat to take home from Mashashimuet Park, another dominant victory over a top opponent.

“I’ve had these girls since sixth grade, so for me as a teacher and coach, I’ve seen them grow up as people and athletes. They are very special to me,” Judge said about the seniors. “They all have intense energy with a desire to improve and win.”

The Lady Whalers will close out the regular season at Rocky Point tonight, October 24, at 6:30 p.m. If Southampton manages to advance to the Class C title game, it will be a rematch from last year’s county final, which the Lady Mariners won, 2-0.

In the wake of that loss, Gilbride instantly looked ahead to this season and said, “With our senior class next year, we are going to be a dominant team.”

As it turned out, that was an accurate premonition three years in the making.


Sports Wrap 10/24/13

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Girls Tennis Advances To Set Up Meeting with Rival

Pierson’s Isabel Peters defeated Alanna Salwen, 6-1, 6-2, at second singles to help lead the fourth-ranked East Hampton/Bridgehampton/Pierson girls tennis team past Smithtown West in the second round of the Suffolk County team playoffs on Tuesday. The Lady Bonackers advanced to play rival Ross School in a quarterfinal yesterday, October 23, after press time.

Girls Soccer Closes Season

The Pierson-Bridgehampton girls soccer team fell to 1-12 in League VIII this week with a 5-0 loss to Babylon on Friday followed by a 1-0 loss to Stony Brook at home on Tuesday.  The Lady Whalers closed out the regular season at Southold-Greenport yesterday, October 23, ending the high school careers of Katherine Coronado, Paige DePetris, Gabrielle Goggin, Marley Holder, Katy Koehne, Ashley Nill, Diana Rozzi, Eilis Sheil, Sol Varela and Phylicia Weber.

Head coach Lisa DiRussa thanked the seniors on Tuesday for their selflessness in helping to start a re-building process at Pierson by playing occasionally on the junior varsity team this fall.

“Their response was overwhelmingly positive,” DiRussa said about the seniors. “They embraced the experience as mentors and leaders. I feel lucky to have a team led by these ten seniors who set the tone for respect, hard work and kindness for all to follow.”

Pierson Golfers Finish Third in League VIII Championship

The Pierson-Bridgehampton golf team finished in third place behind Southampton and East Hampton in the League VIII Championship at Rock Hill Golf Club on Tuesday.  East Hampton won the tournament with an overall team score of 453, Southampton finished second with a 469 and Pierson was third with a total score of 470. Center Moriches finished fourth and Westhampton finished fifth.

Pierson senior Jack Bori shot an 88 over 18 holes to lead the Whalers. Garrett Potter shot a 93 and Ben Kushner a 94 to close out their seasons. Jack Brown (96), Charles Canavan (99) and Matthew Burke (99) rounded out the top six.

Along with Bori, Kushner, Potter and Brown, fellow seniors Nick Kruel, Pat Rice and Henry Kotz closed out their golfing careers for Pierson.

One last gathering will take place on October 28 with the team’s annual Pumpkin Classic, where players will be joined by a parent, friend or teacher for a round on the famed course at The Bridge Golf Club.

Whalers Win League Title

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Jack Fitzpatrick has scored 17 goals this season, tied for the second most in Suffolk County.

Jack Fitzpatrick has scored 17 goals this season, tied for the second most in Suffolk County.

By Gavin Menu

When it was announced earlier this year that perennial boys soccer powerhouse Port Jefferson had moved up to League VII and Class B for this season, a glimmer of hope appeared in the collective eye of the Pierson-Bridgehampton boys soccer program. With Port Jeff stumbling through a two-win season, the Whalers are now the class of League VIII.

The team’s 2-1 road win at second-place Southold on Friday clinched Pierson’s first league title since “the last century,” according to head coach Peter Solow, and improved the Whalers’ league record to 8-0-1 with just one game remaining on the league schedule.

The Whalers, who are 9-2-2 overall, hosted winless Knox School last night after press time, a team they beat 11-0 in their first meeting earlier this year.

Solow on Tuesday said the game against Southold (7-2 League VIII) was extremely competitive and physical, which was no surprise considering Southold’s only two losses in league play this year came against the Whalers, both by one-goal margins.

“We’re going to have to play them again in the playoffs,” Solow said, adding that it may be just two teams that will qualify from Class C. “They are a very effective team, a very good team, and I think for portions of the game on Friday they outplayed us. It really could have gone either way.”

Pierson junior Jack Fitzpatrick scored both goals against Southold, the second coming late in the second half off a breakaway set up by senior Forrest Loesch, Pierson’s tireless midfielder. The goal was Fitzpatrick’s 17th of the season, which is tied for the second highest total in Suffolk County behind James Thristino (22) of Comsewogue.

“Jack has been a revelation this year,” Solow said. “I knew he was going to be very good, but I didn’t know exactly how he was going to contribute. Since I’ve been coaching, I don’t think we’ve ever had a kid score even 10 goals in a season.”

Pierson senior Drew Harvey has 10 goals and five assists this season as part of a dangerous one-two punch for the Whalers, whose offense has clicked all season long.

“Last season I had three goals,” Fitzpatrick said, adding that he never expected the kind of productivity he has contributed this season. “The team chemistry on offense is the key to it all.”

Pierson likely cruised last night against Knox, but things are about to become decidedly more difficult for the Whalers, who will play non-league games against Southampton and Mattituck, two of the best Class B schools in Suffolk County over the last decade. Both games will be played on the road, starting Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Southampton.

Mattituck will host the Whalers on October 22 at 4 p.m., with the Suffolk County Class C playoffs tentatively scheduled to begin on Wednesday, October 30.

“If we want to be successful in the playoffs we have to become more disciplined, we have to be more fit and we have to get 100 percent from all of the guys,” Solow said. “I don’t think there’s any better way of preparing for that than playing some really good schools. For us, to play them is going to be a massive challenge.”


Girls Soccer Falls at Home

The Lady Whalers girls soccer team has not been as successful this season and recently dropped two straight home games against tough competition. The team lost, 3-1, to Mattituck on October 10, with Zoe Diskin scoring a goal in the second half as the Lady Whalers could only muster four shots on goal. Hayley Lund had 8 saves in the game. Pierson lost, 6-0, to Port Jefferson on Tuesday to fall to 1-10 on the league season.

The Lady Whalers will play at Babylon tomorrow, October 18, at 4:30 p.m. before returning home on October 22 for a game against Stony Brook at 4:30 p.m. They will close out the regular season at Southold/Greenport on October 23 at 4 p.m.

Tough Stretch for Bonac Tennis

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Pierson freshman Isabel Peters played first singles against Ross on Friday. Gavin Menu photo

By Gavin Menu

The East Hampton-Pierson girls tennis team dropped two matches over the last week to fall out of contention for the League VII title.

Going into a match at the Ross School on Friday, the Lady Bonackers were 5-1 in league play and hot on the heels of first-place William Floyd, which they faced on Monday. The Lady Bonackers lost both matches and dropped to 5-3 with just two matches remaining in the regular season.

Floyd, which scored a 6-1 win over the Lady Bonackers on Monday, is a perfect 9-0 in league play and 16-0 overall. Ross, which on Friday narrowly edged East Hampton, 4-3, was in second place as of Tuesday with a record of 6-3.

Pierson freshman Isabel Peters has been playing in one of the top two singles spots all season, after being on the Pierson junior varsity team last fall. Speaking before the Ross match on Friday, she said her improvement came from an intense summer of work and practice at East Hampton Indoor Tennis. The results have been undeniable, as she has posted a 7-3 record during her first varsity season.

“I mostly worked on my strategy,” Peters said. “And my groundstrokes and my serve as well.”

Peters said she enjoys playing for the East Hampton team, even though she misses wearing the Whalers red and black at times.

“It’s fun meeting new kids, you start new friendships,” said Peters, who is joined on the team by fellow Pierson students Cecilia Combemale, Evan Johnson, Lily Kot and Sabrina Re. “I definitely miss playing for my school though.”

Against Ross, East Hampton won all three doubles matches but failed to win a point in the singles draw. Playing at first singles, Peters lost, 6-1, 6-3, to Abigail Okin, who played for East Hampton last year. Combemale lost, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), to Kendall Scala at third singles while Kot lost to Amanda Mintz, 6-2, 6-4, at fourth singles.

The Lady Bonackers had beaten Ross in their first meeting this year, 6-1, although Ross was without Okin at the time.

“They had a very strong singles lineup, and we just couldn’t pull it off,” East Hampton coach Michelle Kennedy said. “Last match, some of the stronger players were at doubles where we were able to bring in wins.”

Dannie Dunphy and Gillian Neubert, playing at first doubles, picked up the lone win for East Hampton against Floyd. Peters lost 6-4, 6-3 at second singles while Combemale and Kot lost a three set match, 6-0, 3-6, 6-1, at second doubles.

Kennedy called Floyd one of the best teams in Suffolk County, and said they are a relatively young team. “They have really become a good team over the past few years,” she said. “I know the girls put in a lot of work off season, which definitely helps.”

The Lady Bonackers faced Eastport-South Manor yesterday, October 9, and will close out the regular season today at home against Westhampton Beach at 4 p.m.

The individual Division IV Tournament will begin on Saturday at William Floyd High School, and Kennedy is expecting eight to 10 girls from her team to compete. The top four singles players and top four doubles teams will advance to the Suffolk County Tournament, which begins October 19 at Smithtown East. The Suffolk County team tournament will be played simultaneously and will begin on Friday, October 18.

Pierson Boys and Girls Cross Country Wins

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Both the Pierson girls and boys cross county teams picked up wins over the Knox School on Tuesday, with the girls winning 15-40 and the boys 16-39. Pierson had the top six finishers in the girls’ race, with Elena Skerys and Hannah Jungck finishing first and second in 22:26 and 22:27, respectively, for the 2.8 mile course at Sunken Meadow. The girls record is 3-2.

Tiger Britt and Max Yardley were the first finishers in the boys’ race. The two teams will travel this weekend to the Bronx to run in the Manhattan College Invitational at Van Cortland Park. Next Tuesday, October 15, the teams host Southold at Mashashimuet Park for their last dual meet of the season.

Mixed Results for Pierson-Bridgehampton Soccer Teams

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The Pierson-Bridgehampton volleyball team, which is in the midst of one of its best seasons in the program’s short history, knocked off visiting Port Jefferson, 3-1, on Tuesday in the team’s “Dig Pink” game, which helps raise awareness about Breast Cancer. The win was a nice bounce back after the team lost a non-league match, 3-0 (25-10, 25-14, 25-20), to Hampton Bays on Friday.

“The girls played a tough game and really hustled,” head coach Donna Fischer said about the match against the Lady Baymen. “Hampton Bays was much scrappier than us and we were surprised when the ball came right back at us.”

Lily Kunzeman had 11 serves, Tatyana Dawson had seven serves and seven kills and Jenna Hochstedler had six serves and eight kills to lead the Lady Whalers against Hampton Bays.

May Evjen had 20 serves, 16 digs and 14 assists against Port Jeff, while Kunzeman had another big game with 36 digs and 20 kills. Bridget Canavan had 25 digs, 15 serves and 13 kills in the match, which Pierson won 25-22, 25-14, 22-25, 25-15.

Despite Loss, Good Week for Pierson-Bridgehampton Field Hockey

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A 5-1 loss to Miller Place on Tuesday temporarily set back the Pierson-Bridgehampton field hockey team, which was coming off a stellar week in which it climbed up the Division III standings.

Kasey Gilbride opened the scoring with a first-half goal against Miller Place, but the Lady Panthers scored five unanswered to improve their division-leading record to 9-1.

Pierson, which fell to 5-4 and into fifth place in the power-point standings with 116.240 points, knocked off Rocky Point in an upset on September 30 and went on to beat Bayport-Blue Point, 2-1, on October 2 with Ana Sherwood and India Hemby scoring goals. While the score was close, the Lady Whalers dominated the action with 21 shots on goal and nine corners, compared to just five shots and two corners for the Lady Phantoms.

“Overall, we are working on consistency and finishing,” head coach Shannon Judge said, adding that her line-up is now solidified heading toward the end of the regular season, which is two weeks away. “Kirra McGowin and Rachael Miller have also been excellent stepping up on defense.”

The Lady Whalers will travel to play Port Jefferson today, October 10, at 4:30 p.m. and will host East Hampton on October 16 at 4 p.m.