03/20/15 12:00pm
03/20/2015 12:00 PM
Riverhead lacrosse player Courtney Troyan (left) and Shoreham-Wading River's Manuela Cortes will be key players for their respective teams this season. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead lacrosse player Courtney Troyan (left) and Shoreham-Wading River’s Manuela Cortes will be key players for their respective teams this season. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Rebuilding years have been few and far between at Shoreham-Wading River. From 2004 through 2013, the Wildcats never really rebuilt as they much as they rolled one standout team into the next.

The 2014 season represented a change of course. The Wildcats, under a new coaching staff, stumbled to a 7-9 season. The record, though, was a bit deceiving for the young group. The team still advanced to the county semifinals, falling by four goals to a stacked Mount Sinai team that was in the midst of a 37-game win streak.  (more…)

03/19/15 5:00pm
03/19/2015 5:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River graduate Mike Malave. (Credit: Zack Lane/Hofstra University)

Shoreham-Wading River graduate Mike Malave has scored 17 goals in six games for Hofstra University this season. (Credit: Zack Lane/Hofstra University)

For Hofstra University senior attackman Mike Malave, this season has been a quantum leap over his past years with the lacrosse team.

Through six games, the former Shoreham-Wading High School standout already has accumulated 17 goals. In contrast, he scored 9, 11 and 26 goals, respectively, his previous three seasons.

The reason is simple: confidence. (more…)

03/18/15 5:00pm
03/18/2015 5:00 PM
Nick Herzog, a left-hander with a tough curveball, is one of Riverhead's three projected starting pitchers. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Nick Herzog, a senior left-hander with a tough curveball, is one of Riverhead’s three projected starting pitchers. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

Good baseball teams have an ace pitcher. The Riverhead Blue Waves don’t believe they have a No. 1 pitcher. Rather, they prefer to think that they have three: call them 1a, 1b and 1c.

Riverhead coach Rob Maccone didn’t hesitate a second when he was asked what the biggest difference between last year’s team and this year’s version is.

“Pitching,” he said. (more…)

03/17/15 4:00pm
Riverhead graduate Carolyn Carrera finds herself in a new role on the lacrosse field as a player on Hofstra's team. (Credit: Zack Lane/Hofstra University)

Riverhead graduate Carolyn Carrera finds herself in a new role on the lacrosse field as a player at Hofstra this spring. (Credit: Zack Lane/Hofstra University)

Carolyn Carrera has gone through a transition and a half during her freshman year at Hofstra University.

A former standout four-year starter and goal-scoring threat for the Riverhead High School girls lacrosse team, Carrera has seen playing time as a defensive midfielder. (more…)