04/12/14 8:09pm
04/12/2014 8:09 PM
Ryan Bray of Shoreham-Wading River circling around the Seton Hall Prep goal, looking for room to shoot. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Ryan Bray of Shoreham-Wading River circling around the Seton Hall Prep goal, looking for room to shoot. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

PIRATES 14, WILDCATS 10

The Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats may have visions — nightmares, really — about Jules Heningburg dodging defenders with great dexterity, making lightning-quick turns and firing in goal after goal. Should they wake up in a sweat, they wouldn’t be able to console themselves with the thought that it was just a dream.

No, it was real, all too real for the Wildcats. (more…)

04/05/14 7:00am
04/05/2014 7:00 AM
BILL LANDON PHOTO  |  Shoreham-Wading River players wore pink jerseys Saturday as part of the Lax-Out Cancer fundraiser game against Garden City.

Shoreham-Wading River lacrosse players wore pink jerseys at a previous Lax-Out Cancer fundraiser. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Shoreham-Wading River’s sixth annual Lax-Out Cancer event April 26 will feature some special guests: members of the professional New York Lizards teams.  (more…)

04/01/14 7:19pm
04/01/2014 7:19 PM
Mercy's Louis Arrester tries to check Mattituck middie Joe Bartolotto. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Mercy’s Louis Arrester tries to check Mattituck middie Joe Bartolotto. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

TUCKERS 18, MONARCHS 2

Late in the fourth quarter Tuesday, during a seemingly mundane moment, first-year McGann-Mercy coach Tom Palasek spotted a teaching opportunity.

As one defenseman headed toward the sideline, another player prepared to race onto the field as his replacement. Only he was about to cross onto the field too early and at the wrong spot on the field. During a lacrosse game, players race on and off to the field with regularity, the kind of little detail a coach rarely has to pay attention to during the action. (more…)

03/28/14 8:56pm
03/28/2014 8:56 PM
Ryan Hubbard shot in four of his five goals in the first quarter, helping Riverhead to a 10-0 lead against Longwood. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Ryan Hubbard shot in four of his five goals in the first quarter, helping Riverhead to a 10-0 lead against Longwood. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

BLUE WAVES 18, LIONS 6

Senior attackman Ryan Hubbard scored four of his five goals in the first quarter to spark Riverhead to an 18-6 boys lacrosse win over host Longwood on Friday night.

Hubbard struck 40 seconds into the Suffolk County Division I match and had a hat trick after only 94 seconds for the Blue Waves (1-2, 1-1) against the Lions (0-4, 0-2).

Ben Weir contributed three goals and two assists and Dan Czelatka had three goals as the Blue Waves used their reserves freely throughout the contest.

The Blue Waves grabbed a 10-0 first-quarter lead before Longwood tallied.

Riverhead has two important divisional games next week — at East Islip on Thursday and Smithtown West, arguably the best team in the county, at home on Saturday.

03/20/14 7:52pm
03/20/2014 7:52 PM
Shoreham-Wading River's Alex Makoske unleashing a shot in the face of defensive pressure from Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Tim Schmidt. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Alex Makoske unleashing a shot in the face of defensive pressure from Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Lucas Webb. (Credit: Garret Meade)

WILDCATS 18, TUCKERS 3

The first true glimpse of the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys lacrosse team left little doubt that goal scoring will not be a problem for the Wildcats this season. Nor will face-offs, passing, defense and goaltending, for that matter.

The start of Shoreham’s season, and the Justin Arini era, began Thursday when the Wildcats rolled to victory in convincing fashion, 18-3, over Mattituck/Greenport/Southold in a non-division game at Mattituck High School. Arini, who succeeded Tom Rotanz, becoming only the second coach the Wildcats have ever had, liked what he saw from the defending Long Island Class C champions. Troy Miller, a senior attackman, struck for three goals and three assists. Alex Makoske added three goals and an assist. Ryan Bray and Dalton Baron also recorded hat tricks.

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03/13/14 3:00pm
03/13/2014 3:00 PM

Ryan Hubbard returns as Riverhead’s all-time scoring leader. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

If you see Vic Guadagnino smiling and whistling a happy tune these days, he has good reason.

The Riverhead High School boys lacrosse coach is quite optimistic about this season. He has the core of the program’s first playoff team returning, including senior Ryan Hubbard, an All-County attackman who is the team’s all-time leading scorer.  (more…)

03/09/14 9:00am
03/09/2014 9:00 AM
Thomas Palasek during his senior season at Rocky Point High School in 2008. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk file)

Thomas Palasek during his senior season at Rocky Point High School in 2008. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk file)

One of the best high school lacrosse players in Suffolk County history — a current professional with the New York Lizards — is coaching the Bishop McGann Mercy team this season, the school announced Saturday.  (more…)

02/20/14 1:00pm
02/20/2014 1:00 PM
BILL LANDON FILE PHOTO  |  Former Shoreham-Wading River boys lacrosse coach Tom Rotanz speaks with a reporter in 2012.

Former Shoreham-Wading River boys lacrosse coach Tom Rotanz speaks with a reporter in 2012. (Bill Landon file photo)

Former Shoreham-Wading River boys lacrosse coach Tom Rotanz was hired as an assistant coach at Smithtown West for the upcoming season after spending the previous 19 years leading the Wildcats. (more…)