05/21/15 8:42pm
05/21/2015 8:42 PM
Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Curran scored three goals with two assists in Thursday's loss to Sayville. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Shoreham-Wading River junior Chris Curran scored three goals with two assists in Thursday’s loss to Sayville. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

CLASS B SEMIFINALS  |  GOLDEN FLASHES 12, WILDCATS 11 (OT)

There was an undeniable feeling from the early moments of the season, beginning with a dominant opener against Harborfields, to a win over Miller Place and a string of blowout victories toward the end, that Shoreham-Wading River lacrosse was back.

The up-and-down season a year ago gave way to stability under new coach Mike Taylor. And the focus was squared back where it belonged: on playing lacrosse. (more…)

05/15/15 9:24pm
05/15/2015 9:24 PM
Riverhead's Mark Andrejack tries to elude the Ward Melville defender in Friday's playoff game. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead’s Mark Andrejack tries to elude the Ward Melville defender in Friday’s playoff game. (Credit: Bill Landon)

CLASS A PLAYOFFS  |  PATRIOTS 12, BLUE WAVES 4

In only their second postseason appearance in program history, the 13th-seeded Riverhead Blue Waves had their hands full with No. 4 Ward Melville on the road Friday afternoon.

Few outside the Blue Waves locker room might have imagined the game’s start. After two quarters, Ward Melville — a program whose championship pedigree dates back to the 1970s — was left clinging to a one-goal lead against the Blue Waves.  (more…)

05/14/15 10:52am
05/14/2015 10:52 AM
Riverhead goalkeeper John Roca played on attack in Saturday's win over Copiague, scoring his first varsity goal. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead goalkeeper John Roca played on attack in Saturday’s win over Copiague, scoring his first varsity goal. (Credit: Bill Landon)

The Riverhead boys lacrosse team will open the playoffs against perennial powerhouse Ward Melville in the first round of the Class A playoffs.  (more…)

05/09/15 12:07pm
05/09/2015 12:07 PM
Riverhead senior Mark Andrejack scored three goals in Saturday's win over Copiague. (Credit: Bill Landon)

Riverhead senior Mark Andrejack scored three goals in Saturday’s win over Copiague. (Credit: Bill Landon)

BLUE WAVES 18, EAGLES 1

The scenario set up like a playoff: One game left in the season. Win or go home.

The Riverhead Blue Waves, after narrowly missing the postseason a year ago, needed a win Saturday in the final game of the regular season to keep their season alive. It took only a few minutes after the opening whistle for the outcome to become inevitable.  (more…)

05/05/15 7:48pm
05/05/2015 7:48 PM
Shorheam-Wading River junior Jason Curran scored five goals in Tuesday's win over Rocky Point. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shorheam-Wading River junior Jason Curran scored five goals in Tuesday’s win over Rocky Point. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

WILDCATS 22, EAGLES 9

The goals came quick and often, from shots in close and far, from starters and backups.

By the time Shoreham-Wading River’s senior day game against Rocky Point came to an end Tuesday, the Wildcats had tallied a season-high 22 goals.  (more…)

04/11/15 6:24pm
04/11/2015 6:24 PM
Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Bray led the Wildcats with five goals Saturday against Miller Place. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Bray led the Wildcats with five goals Saturday against Miller Place. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

WILDCATS 11, PANTHERS 7

Mike Taylor saw firsthand in 2010 the Shoreham-Wading River Lax Out Cancer event. That year, the boys lacrosse team played the annual fundraiser event, which started in 2008, at Dowling Sports Complex where Taylor was a coach.

When he became the Wildcats’ varsity coach this season, he knew carrying on that tradition was an important part of his new job.

It was also a bit overwhelming.  (more…)