Blue Waves finish 13th to earn final playoff spot

05/11/2013 10:00 AM |
ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO  |  Dan Czelatka, who scored four Riverhead goals, faces a double team against Northport Thursday.

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Dan Czelatka shoots against Northport.

The wait is over.

After a 10-win season last year that left them on the outskirts of the playoffs, the Riverhead Blue Waves will enter the dance this season for the first time.

The Blue Waves’ 8-6 Division I record positioned them 13th in the power rankings at the conclusion of the regular season yesterday. That sets up a first-round playoff matchup Thursday at Smithtown East, the No. 4 seed. The game is tentatively slated for 4 p.m.

The top three seeds — Ward Melville, Smithtown West and Northport — all receive a first-round bye.

Riverhead finished the regular season 10-6.

The Blue Waves actually finished with one fewer league win than last year, but a tougher schedule allowed the power points to work in their favor this season.

Riverhead did not play Smithtown East in the regular season. The Blue Waves went 1-5 against playoff teams in the regular season.

joew@timesreview.com

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