04/30/15 5:53pm
04/30/2015 5:53 PM
Riverhead junior Courtney Troyan fires a shot toward the cage Thursday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead junior Courtney Troyan fires a shot toward the cage Thursday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

THUNDERCOLTS 14, BLUE WAVES 7

The Half Hollow Hills girls lacrosse team is made up of players from both Hills West and Hills East high schools, which presents one problem: what’s the team name?

Hills West is the Colts. Hills East is the Thunderbirds.

The solution? Thundercolts.

The Riverhead Blue Waves experienced plenty of thunder Thursday at Riverhead High School. Half Hollow Hills raced out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back in a 14-7 Division I victory.

The Thundercolts evened their league record at 5-5 with the key win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Riverhead fell to 4-7 with three games remaining.

Riverhead returns home Tuesday with a game against Ward Melville.

The Thundercolts got four goals apiece from Jennifer Cassadonte and Casie Caiazza, two of the team’s four captains. Cassadonte is a fifth-year varsity player who’s attending the University of Notre Dame in the fall.

Cassadonte struck quickly, scoring the first two goals for Half Hollow Hills. Her second came on a nifty spin move that ended with a bounced shot past Riverhead’s goalkeeper.

The Thundercolts led by as many as 10 in the second half, prompting a running clock. The Blue Waves, led by three goals from junior Courtney Troyan, scored the final three goals of the game.

Riverhead eighth-grader Kayla Kielbasa scored two goals.

Riverhead has been without senior Rachel Doroski. She tore her ACL in a game against Longwood April 15, according to coach Ashley King. Doroski had been a key player on attack for the Blue Waves.

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04/27/15 6:06pm
04/27/2015 6:06 PM
Sam Higgins races up field with the ball for Shoreham-Wading River Monday in the Wildcats win over Miller Place. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

Sam Higgins races up field with the ball for Shoreham-Wading River Monday in the Wildcats win over Miller Place. (Credit: Joe Werkmeister)

WILDCATS 7, PANTHERS 3

Some goalkeepers may dread every time the whistle blows to award the opponent a free position. For the offense, it represents a golden scoring opportunity, a chance for the player with the ball to wind up for an open shot, or draw in the collapsing defense and pass to a teammate.

Shoreham-Wading River goalkeeper Lauren Daly has faced countless free positions during her five-year run as the Wildcats’ starting goalkeeper. And she doesn’t mind them one bit.  (more…)

04/09/15 4:00pm
04/09/2015 4:00 PM
Riverhead senior Courtney Troyan is guarded by Bay Shore senior Kendra Cronin Thursday. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Riverhead junior Courtney Troyan is guarded by Bay Shore senior Kendra Cronin Thursday. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

MARAUDERS 10, BLUE WAVES 8

Coming into this season, Riverhead coach Ashley King expected the Blue Waves to surprise some teams.

“I think we’re starting to get there,” she said after a loss at home to Bay Shore Thursday. (more…)

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…)

11/18/14 12:00pm
11/18/2014 12:00 PM
Riverhead senior Amanda Dickerson will play lacrosse at Pace University next year. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

Riverhead senior Amanda Dickerson will play lacrosse at Pace University next year. (Credit: Riverhead School District)

Riverhead senior Amanda Dickerson, a midfielder/defenseman on the lacrosse team, signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her sport next year at Pace University.  (more…)

07/24/14 5:00pm
07/24/2014 5:00 PM
Shannon Rosati, a 2014 Shoreham graduate, will play in a Suffolk vs. Nassau all-star game Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Shannon Rosati, a 2014 Shoreham graduate, will play in a Suffolk vs. Nassau all-star game Saturday. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

The first Long Island All-American lacrosse event will pit the top girls from Suffolk County against Nassau County this weekend. Five games will be played at Mitchell Field Athletic Complex in Uniondale, starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.  (more…)

05/20/14 7:58pm
05/20/2014 7:58 PM
Shoreham-Wading River's Manuela Cortes is guarded closely by Mount Sinai's Mary Ellen Carron. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Manuela Cortes is guarded closely by Mount Sinai’s Mary Ellen Carron. (Credit: Garret Meade)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS C TOURNAMENT | MUSTANGS 8, WILDCATS 4

About an hour before game time, when the players on the Mount Sinai High School girls lacrosse team marched toward their field for pregame warmups on Tuesday, there was not a single smile on their faces. On the contrary, they looked all business, wearing deadly serious looks. One might even say they appeared downright angry, as if resentful that someone was going to dare try to take something away from them that they had worked hard for.

The fact that they were facing Shoreham-Wading River may have only made them more determined. The two teams, whose schools are separated by only eight miles, are fierce rivals, after all.

“It’s Army-Navy,” said Mount Sinai coach Al Bertolone. (more…)

05/17/14 3:52pm
05/17/2014 3:52 PM
Shoreham-Wading River's Logan Hoffmann, right, pressures Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Justine Kundmueller in the second half. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Logan Hoffmann, right, pressures Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Justine Kundmueller in the second half. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

SUFFOLK COUNTY CLASS C TOURNAMENT | WILDCATS 16, TUCKERS 6

Without the benefit of explanation, records and statistics can be misleading. For example, the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls lacrosse team took a deceptive 6-8 record into its Suffolk County Class C Tournament outbracket game against Mattituck/Greenport/Southold on Saturday. On paper, it should have been a close game. On the field, though, it was a different story.

The teams had completed the regular season separated by a mere two places and only 6.94 power-rating points in the Division II standings. They were separated by a lot more on Saturday, though. (more…)