WILDCATS 20, TUCKERS 11
The day began with a strange role reversal. Seven games into the girls lacrosse season, the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold Tuckers were looking down in the standings at Shoreham-Wading River.
The Wildcats, one of the most dominant programs in Suffolk County over the last decade, have won as many state championships as Mattituck has had seasons (five, including this year). But as the teams met at Shoreham-Wading River High School Saturday afternoon, it was the Tuckers off to the better start in 2014 by three games.
In Shoreham, though, success in lacrosse is never far off, and on this day, the Wildcats looked like the team of old. Crisp passing, ball movement and a strong transition game combined to lift the Wildcats to a 20-11 victory, a much needed win as the team approaches the midway point of the season.
A pair of seniors who were there for the glory days led the charge. Shannon Rosati scored a team-high five goals and Logan Hoffmann added four goals with three assists.
The Wildcats (3-5) snapped a two-game losing streak and scored a season-high in goals. It was the first time Shoreham scored 20 goals in a game since the state semifinals in 2009 against Carthage.
Junior Emily Sopko added four goals with an assist for Shoreham.
Hoffmann played her best game of the season and for her efforts, was awarded the team’s MVP honors afterward.
Mattituck got a typically strong effort from Katie Hoeg, who led the team with five goals. Audrey Hoeg, Riley Hoeg and Patricia Brisotti all scored a pair of goals for Mattituck.
With only two subs on the bench, the Tuckers couldn’t match the depth of Shoreham. The Wildcats’ transition game was at its best this season, which created some easy scoring opportunities. Hoffmann was in on a lot of those goals. She found Sopko in front to cap a transition goal that made it 15-7 midway through the second half. A few minutes later she scored herself on a feed from Rosati.
Mattituck scored the first goal of the game for its only lead. But after Shoreham scored its first goal more than six minutes into the game, the goals kept coming. The Wildcats went on an 8-0 run and held the Tuckers without a goal for close to 14 minutes in the first half.
The WIldcats took an 11-6 lead into halftime.
Shoreham returns to action Tuesday for a huge game against rival Rocky Point. The Tuckers return home Tuesday to play Westhampton.