05/17/14 5:53pm
05/17/2014 5:53 PM
Ryan Bray of Shoreham-Wading River  (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Ryan Bray of Shoreham-Wading River (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS B TOURNAMENT | GOLDEN FLASHES 9, WILDCATS 6

The Shoreham-Wading River High School boys lacrosse team will not have an opportunity to play for a Suffolk County championship this year.

The fifth-seeded Wildcats, who were Suffolk Class C champions the last two years, were eliminated by host and fourth-seeded Sayville, 9-6, a Class B quarterfinal on Saturday.

The game wasn’t as close as the score suggests. (more…)

05/15/14 2:00pm
05/15/2014 2:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River lacrosse players Troy Miller (left) and Logan Hoffmann will lead their respective teams into the playoffs Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon/Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River lacrosse players Troy Miller (left) and Logan Hoffmann will lead their respective teams into the playoffs Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon/Garret Meade)

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.  (more…)

05/13/14 8:12pm
05/13/2014 8:12 PM
Riverhead senior Ryan Hubbard matched a career-high with seven goals against West Babylon Tuesday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Riverhead senior Ryan Hubbard matched a career-high with seven goals against West Babylon Tuesday. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

BLUE WAVES 15, EAGLES 8

When Vic Guadagnino became the varsity lacrosse coach at Riverhead four years ago, he took over a relatively unknown program compared to the many powerhouses spread throughout Suffolk County. Slowly, he began to put his mark on the program, building from the bottom up.

That first season, a quartet of promising freshmen joined him on the varsity. As the years went by, and the win totals started to increase, the presence of those four players began to leave an indelible mark.  (more…)

05/06/14 3:00pm
05/06/2014 3:00 PM
Six Riverhead athletes will continue playing their sports in college next year. At a signing ceremony Tuesday, (from left) Mike Van Bommel, Ryan Hubbard, Daniel Czelatka, Jaron Greenidge, Ryan Harkin and Tim Vail were honored. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

Six Riverhead athletes will continue playing their sports in college next year. At a signing ceremony Tuesday, (from left) Mike Van Bommel, Ryan Hubbard, Daniel Czelatka, Jaron Greenidge, Ryan Harkin and Tim Vail were honored. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

Six members of the Riverhead varsity lacrosse team will continue their athletic careers in college next year. The players were honored at a signing ceremony at the high school Tuesday morning for their accomplishments.

Five of the athletes will play lacrosse while the sixth, Ryan Harkin, will play football. (more…)

04/27/14 12:00pm
04/27/2014 12:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River's Lax-Out Cancer fundraiser netted more than $15,000. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Lax-Out Cancer fundraiser netted more than $15,000. (Credit: Bill Landon)

As a pre-game ceremony came to a close Saturday afternoon, Joe Kavanagh turned the microphone over to Liam McGuire, a 10-year-old who has endured a more than 38-month battle with leukemia.

“Good luck to all,” Liam said to the crowd at Shoreham-Wading River High School as the boys lacrosse team prepared to face Mount Sinai during the sixth annual Lax-Out Cancer event.  (more…)

04/26/14 6:37pm
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Shoreham-Wading River junior Ryan Bray scored two goals with four assists Saturday against Mount Sinai. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Shoreham-Wading River junior Ryan Bray scored two goals with four assists Saturday against Mount Sinai. (Credit: Bill Landon)

WILDCATS 17, MUSTANGS 6

Five losses by six goals. Total.

A season of change for Shoreham-Wading River, from a brand-new coaching staff, to the departure of the program’s greatest player, has been one mired in frustration. And as the season nears the end, the two-time defending Long Island champions suddenly find themselves in the unusual position of simply fighting for their playoff lives. The five excruciating losses — four by one goal, one by two — left the Wildcats in the unfamiliar position.

“We all kind of got together and were like, we got to start winning now,” said senior Anthony Visintin. “That was our mentality coming in [Saturday]. Getting our season back and starting to win now.”

The Wildcats, their backs firmly against the wall, took the first step toward getting their season back. In front of a big crowd at Shoreham-Wading River High School, on an emotional day that featured the Lax-Out Cancer event, the Wildcats put together one of their best efforts of the season in a blowout win over Mount Sinai, 17-6.

The teams came into the game separated by just .5 power points, which meant the loser’s playoff hopes were going to seriously dim.

Now the Wildcats will go into their biggest game of the season Tuesday against Miller Place, the team atop the Division II standings, with a newfound confidence.

“This is probably the best game we’ve played so far this season,” Visintin said.

The Wildcats struck early and often. Their offense featured a balanced attack with crisp ball movement allowing multiple players to get in the flow.

Senior Troy Miller dished out 4 assists to go with 3 goals. Visintin added 5 assists with 3 goals. Seven different players scored goals for Shoreham.

“There’s a lot of pressure and a lot of attention on these kids with everything that happened here over the past six to eight months,” said Shoreham coach Justin Arini.

With the added pressure of Saturday’s game being a Lax-Out Cancer event, the Wildcats managed a pristine focus for the all-important victory. After falling behind 2-1, the Wildcats scored the next 12 goals and held Mount Sinai scoreless for just under 25 minutes until Nick Cavalieri scored with 5:57 left in the third quarter.

The 17 goals scored was the most for Shoreham since the season opener, an 18-3 win over Mattituck.

The Wildcats (5-6, 4-5 Division II) went ahead by 12 in the final seconds of the third quarter to start running time on the clock.

Senior Michael Loscalzo was dominant on face-offs for Shoreham and he put together one of his best games of the season.

“Today was a good day for Mike,” Arini said.

So, too, for the Wildcats.

joew@timesreview.com

04/22/14 8:54pm
04/22/2014 8:54 PM
Ryan Hubbard scored 4 goals with 2 assists in Riverhead's loss to Hills West Tuesday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Ryan Hubbard scored 4 goals with 2 assists in Riverhead’s loss to Hills West Tuesday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

COLTS 12, BLUE WAVES 11

The 2014 Riverhead boys lacrosse team may be the best team in the program’s history. By the season’s end, that may not be so easily quantified.

The Blue Waves may not win as many games as last year. And their postseason hopes are currently on thin ice.

Such is the effect of last year’s success — a higher seeding in the preseason resulting in a markedly more difficult schedule that pits the Blue Waves against the top teams in Division I.  (more…)