03/27/14 9:39pm
03/27/2014 9:39 PM


The Riverhead High School girls lacrosse team pulled off a rare close road win on Thursday afternoon.

Junior attackman Sam Brodeur scored twice within a 3-minute 55-second span during the second half to anchor a three-goal rally that turned a two-goal deficit into a 6-5 Suffolk County Division I win over host Lindenhurst. (more…)

03/18/14 1:00pm
03/18/2014 1:00 PM
Ohio State-bound Shannon Rosati (10) returns to lead Shoreham-Wading River this year. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk, file)

Ohio State-bound Shannon Rosati (10) returns to lead Shoreham-Wading River this year. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk, file)

Rachel Feirstein, who once admired the Shoreham-Wading River High School girls lacrosse team from afar as an outsider (an opposing player for Smithtown East) is now the ultimate insider: She is the team’s coach.

Feirstein can now admire, from close range, the fervor with which the Wildcats practice. “They’re relentless,” she said. “They go hard after every ball.”  (more…)

02/27/14 1:00pm
02/27/2014 1:00 PM
Rachel Feirstein played fours of lacrosse at Monmouth University. She officially became the head coach at Shoreham this week. (Credit: Monmouth Athletics)

Rachel Feirstein played four years of lacrosse at Monmouth University. She officially became the head coach at Shoreham this week. (Credit: Monmouth Athletics)

In May of 2006, Rachel Feirstein experienced what Shoreham-Wading River lacrosse was all about. As a junior captain for Smithtown East, Feirstein’s team suffered a 19-4 drubbing at the hands of the Wildcats in Shoreham. A few weeks later, the Wildcats won their first Long Island championship, beginning a dynasty of five state titles in six years from 2007-12.

“I remember playing Shoreham and was like, ‘Wow, they’re always so great,’ ” Feirstein said.  (more…)

11/26/13 7:00am
11/26/2013 7:00 AM

RIVERHEAD SCHOOLS PHOTO | Senior Emily Jehle, joined by her parents Chris and Sharon, signed a letter of intent to play lacrosse at Mercy College next year.

Riverhead senior Emily Jehle signed a National Letter of Intent to play lacrosse next year at Mercy College, a Division II school in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

Jehle plays attack for the Riverhead lacrosse team. She’s the second player on the team to sign during the Early Signing Period. Carolyn Carrera signed with Hofstra University.

Jehle excels in the classroom as well with a 98.7 grade point average. She will receive an academic and athletic scholarship to attend Mercy.

“Emily is more than just a great lacrosse player,” said varsity coach Ashley King. “She keeps the team organized on and off the field. She’s a hidden gem on the field and a real team player. She moves the ball and creates opportunities for her teammates.”

Jehle also played on the varsity soccer team this past fall as a center midfielder. Mercy College features plenty of Long Island players, including Marissa Kluber, who graduated from Shoreham-Wading River.

At Mercy, Jehley said she plans to major in public relations and communications with an eye toward working in corporate public relations.

11/19/13 5:00pm
11/19/2013 5:00 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River interim athletic director Bill Denniston introduces girls lacrosse players (from left) Courtney Rich, Victoria Logan and Shannon Rosati.

Year after year, the Shoreham-Wading River lacrosse programs funnel athletes into college. This year is no different.

Nine Shoreham lacrosse players — six boys, three girls — signed National Letters of Intent during the Early Signing Period to continue playing their sport in college next year. The nine students were honored at a signing ceremony at the high school library Nov. 13.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River tennis coach Debbie Lutjen introduces Aimee Manfredo, who signed with Bradley University.

It wasn’t just lacrosse, though. Senior Aimee Manfredo was honored for signing with Bradley University to play tennis. Manfredo finished fourth in the state singles tournament this fall, the highest finish for a Shoreham tennis player in more than a decade.

The three girls who signed for lacrosse were: Shannon Rosati (Ohio State), Courtney Rich (Kennesaw State) and Victoria Logan (Mercy). The six boys were: Tyler Anderson (Stony Brook), Hunter Hayes (Seton Hill), Anthony Visintin (Saint Leo), Thomas Tatarian (Saint Leo), Michael Loscalzo (Navy Academy) and Brett Friedman (Dowling).

Manfredo is coming off a season in which she won her third consecutive Division IV title and her first county singles title. She was undefeated this season until losing in the semifinals of the state tournament.

Shoreham coach Debbie Lutjen noted how unlike in other sports, there are no divisions or classifications in tennis. So to finish fourth in the state is to truly be one of the top players.

Manfredo joined the varsity as a seventh-grader and played first singles her entire career, finishing with an 89-21 record.

“As a team captain Aimee is a leader and role model for the younger players on our team,” Lutjen said. “Having Aimee on the team is like having an assistant coach.”

At Bradley, Manfredo will compete in the Missouri Valley Conference, which Lutjen noted is the same conference she played in when she attended Southern Illinois University.

“I’m proud of her and I wish her the best of luck,” Lutjen said.

In lacrosse, Rosati has been a vital part of the Wildcats’ midfield over the past three years, where she’s used her speed to be a dynamic two-way player.

“Her competitiveness is unmatched, and her ability to perform at a high level while maintaining her shot and speed is not something you see in many players,” lacrosse coach Mary Bergmann said in a statement read by interim athletic director Bill Denniston.

Rich will enter this season playing attack for the Wildcats.

“She has worked hard to have a great shot and has a great ability to find corners and the back of the net,” Bergmann said.

Logan also plays attack. Bergmann said Logan has great field vision and is an unselfish player.

“Mercy College will be gaining a player who is always willing to improve her game, while being an unselfish teammate,” Bergmann said.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River boys lacrosse players: Brett Friedman, Michael Loscalzo, Hunter Hayes, Anthony Visintin, Thomas Tatarian and Tyler Anderson.

Boys lacrosse coach Tom Rotanz, who will not be rehired for this upcoming season, spoke about each of the six players who signed.

“It’s a great time and it’s also a sad time,” Rotanz said. “I’ve been with them since they were little munchkins, and now they’ve become very impressive young men. I’m very proud of their accomplishments and where they’re headed.”

Friedman plays defense for Shoreham and “no one is tougher on the field,” Rotanz said. If Friedman was 6-foot-3, Rotanz said, he’d be in the NFL.

Hayes was one of the top scorers for Shoreham last year during the Wildcats’ Long Island championship season. He scored 63 goals and was an all-county selection.

Loscalzo is a face-off specialist for Shoreham. As a sophomore he stepped in during the state championship game for an injured player and excelled on the face-offs to help Shoreham win the state title.

Visintin played midfield and attack for Shoreham last year. Tatarian, a goalkeeper, will join Visintin at Saint Leo. Rotanz said Tatarian should anchor the defense this year.

When Tatarian was in ninth grade, Rotanz said, he made saves that wowed his coach.

“I said that was like Stevie Wonder making that save, because I just didn’t know how he saw it,” Rotanz said. “He looked at me and I said, you have no idea who Stevie Wonder is, do you? He said, ‘Is he like a superhero?’ ”

Anderson has been an all-county player for Shoreham on defense. Rotanz said Anderson has exceptional speed for his size.

“It’s not normal for someone that big and strong,” Rotanz said.

The Early Signing Period ended Wednesday. Athletes can sign Letters of Intent for most sports again beginning April 16.

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05/28/13 4:50pm
05/28/2013 4:50 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Alex Fehmel guarded by Mount Sinai sophomore Sydney Pirreca in the first half of Tuesday’s Class C championship game.

The title said Class C county championship. But the game may as well have been for a state championship.

The two top-ranked teams in the state squared off Tuesday afternoon at Dowling Sports Complex and when it was over, the Mount Sinai Mustangs kept their perfect record intact. The Mustangs led start to finish in a 7-3 win over defending state champion Shoreham-Wading River.

The Wildcats lost their first Class C playoff game since 2006. And it dropped their overall playoff record since that time to 29-3.

The Mustangs won their second county championship in program history and first with Shoreham also in Class C. Mount Sinai lost in the 2011 state finals while Shoreham was in Class B.

Shoreham had been 5-0 in county championship games against Mount Sinai before today.

Caroline Fitzgerald and Kasey Mitchell each scored two goals for the Mustangs. The only Shoreham goals were scored by Jessica Angerman, Shannon Rosati and Paulina Constant.

Mount Sinai advances to the Long Island championship, which will be Saturday or Sunday.

05/28/13 9:30am

BILL LANDON/ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTOS | Sean Condron and Lauren Lustgarten will lead their respective teams into the county finals tonight.

The Shoreham-Wading River lacrosse teams will play a unique doubleheader tonight at Dowling Sports Complex. Both teams will be looking to defend their county titles, starting with the girls game at 5 p.m.

The girls will play top-seeded and undefeated Mount Sinai, the top ranked Class C team in the state. The Wildcats lost to Mount Sinai earlier this year, 14-8. The Wildcats will hope to replicate their success from last year. In the regular season last year the Wildcats lost to the Mustangs before bouncing back to win in the county finals.

The Wildcats come into the game off an 8-7 overtime thriller over Babylon. The Wildcats have plenty of postseason success to fall back on tonight. Since 2006 the Wildcats are 29-2 in the postseason, winning five state championships.

The Wildcats have not lost a Class C playoff game since the state semifinals in 2006. In 2011 they lost in the Class B county finals.

Following the girls game tonight, the boys will play Bayport-Blue Point for the Class C county title. That game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Shoreham comes into the game off a lopsided first-round win over John Glenn. Shoreham won 15-4 in the regular season against Bayport.

Admission to both games is $6. Be sure to check back right here for live coverage of both games tonight.

05/21/13 9:40pm
05/21/2013 9:40 PM


Meredith Bushell doesn’t crave the spotlight on a lacrosse field. It’s her competitiveness that drives her, and what has helped her thrive as a defensive player.

She rarely cracks the box score for goals or assists. And she’s fine with that.

“I don’t like people beating me,” the Shoreham-Wading River senior said of what motivates her on the field.

That mentality has helped her become one the premier defensive players in the county. And in Tuesday’s Class C semifinal game against Babylon, she faced the challenge of guarding an elite playmaker in Shelby Fredericks, a Northwestern committed attackman.

In a game where every goal was hard earned, the Wildcats needed to contain Fredericks for the final 2 1/2 minutes of regulation and into overtime, just long enough to emerge 8-7 winners and advance into next Tuesday’s county championship.

The Wildcats (13-4) will be making their 10th straight trip to a county final and will face their longtime rival in undefeated Mount Sinai.

The Wildcats never trailed against the Panthers, but there was no shortage of intense moments.

Fredericks struck twice in a 2 1/2 minute span to tie the game at 7 with 2:35 left in regulation. On her first goal, the ball bounced at the goal line and shot directly up and knocked off the crossbar into the cage. She tied the game on a free position for her next goal.

Bushell knows Fredericks well having played with her on several teams outside of school and at camps.

The Wildcats’ ‘backer’ zone defense doesn’t typically allow the defense to focus on one particular player. But when the Wildcats needed to make an adjustment in the second half to focus more on Fredericks, it was Bushell who got the call.

“I pretty much stayed with her when I knew we needed it,” Bushell said. “At the end when we had a free position, I was on her like glue.”

Fredericks (2 goals, 2 assists) had the ball in her stick with 10 seconds to go in regulation with a chance to win the game, exactly what the Panthers (12-5) could have hoped for at the start. But Fredericks waited a few seconds too long to make her move and couldn’t get off a strong shot at the end, sending the game into overtime.

“Meredith was doing great,” said Shoreham coach Mary Bergmann. “I don’t think [Fredericks] was getting too many looks late in the second half and into overtime. She was passing the ball around and that’s kind of what we wanted.”

In the first overtime period, Jessica Angerman won the opening draw against Fredericks, giving the Wildcats a crucial first possession. The Panthers had dominated on draws all game, but the Wildcats came up with a big one when they needed it.

With 1:33 left, Lauren Lustgarten circled behind the cage and found Paulina Constant darting to the front wide open. Constant caught the pass and buried the shot to put the Wildcats ahead 8-7.

“It’s a hard spot for the goalie,” Bergmann said. “The goalie’s backwards and has to turn around.”

To start the second overtime period (there are two three-minute halves in OT) the Panthers won the draw. As the Panthers tried passing the ball toward the crease, Meghan King intercepted a pass in front of the goal, sending the Wildcats in transition.

The goal for Shoreham became simple: hold the ball.

The Wildcats nearly ran the clock down, thanks in large part to a huge effort from Shannon Rosati. Earlier in the first overtime she took a hard hit and appeared a bit shaky forcing her to come out of the game. After the trainer determined her fit to return, Rosati came back in with 1:28 left. Using her speed, she raced through the Panthers’ defensive zone with the ball, running crucial seconds off the clock.

“I think that says a lot about her and says a lot about our team mentality ” Bergmann said. “She knew she wanted to come back in the game. Maybe without her we might not have been able to pull that off as good as we did.”

The Wildcats ran nearly two minutes off the clock before turning the ball over near midfield with 14 seconds left. The Panthers got one last chance, but couldn’t get off a quality shot at the end.

“I knew we were going to be OK,” Bushell said.

Goalkeeper Lauren Daly delivered a strong performance between the pipes for Shoreham. The sophomore stopped seven shots, including a big one with 1:35 left in regulation on a Fredericks shot. A scramble for the ground ball ensued behind the goal and Daly fought her way in to scoop up the ball.

“Lauren’s awesome,” Bushell said. “She literally saves us all the time.”

The Wildcats never led by more than two in the game, but each time Babylon tied it, they answered with a goal to recapture the lead. Shoreham got a balanced effort offensively with three players scoring multiple goals. Rosati, Alex Fehmel and Alyssa Pearce all scored a pair. Constant had 2 assists to go with her game-winning goal.

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