In a roller-coaster season for the Shoreham-Wading River girls and boys lacrosse teams, the Wildcats will both get a fresh start when the playoffs begin Saturday.
At times earlier in the season, making the playoffs was no given for each team, which are both under the direction of new coaches this season.
But Shoreham lacrosse is Shoreham lacrosse. And as the playoffs start Saturday, both teams have a chance to make some noise.
The boys finished fifth in Division II after closing the season by winning five of six. Shoreham will travel to Sayville for a 2 p.m. quarterfinal game. The Golden Flashes won 11-10 April 4 against Shoreham.
One goal losses have been a familiar theme for Shoreham throughout the season. Five losses were by one goal. Another, against Comsewogue, was by two goals only after the Warriors scored in the final seconds.
Shoreham had won five in a row since that Comsewogue loss before a disappointing 10-9 loss to Islip to end the regular season.
The boys are two-time defending Long Island champions in Class C. But this year they are competing in Class B.
The Shoreham girls will open the playoffs at noon Saturday at home against Mattituck/Greenport/Southold. The winner advances to the semifinals to play top-seeded and unbeaten Mount Sinai, the defending state champion.
Shoreham (6-8) won easily against Mattituck in the regular season, 20-11.
The Wildcats have played in the county finals 10 straight years and won eight of them. Last year they lost in the Class C finals to Mount Sinai.
This is the 11 straight year Shoreham has made the playoffs since first qualifying in 2003. Shoreham lost to Sayville, 5-4, that year in the quarterfinals.