10/02/12 8:37pm
10/02/2012 8:37 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead senior Ashley Drozd scored a goal with an assist in Tuesday’s loss against Central Islip.

MUSKETEERS 3, BLUE WAVES 2

It’s not like Riverhead coach Hassan Olowu didn’t expect the physical play to pick up in the second half Tuesday afternoon against Central Islip. If anything, he would have been shocked if it didn’t.

The Blue Waves led 2-0, controlling play for most of the game, and forcing the Musketeers into a desperate position to get back into the game.

“They needed to impose their game, they needed to get their offensive players more possession,” he said. “So we knew the second half was going to be more about the one-on-one battles and we did the best we could to make sure that all the players that we knew could cause problems for us were contained. For the most part we did do that.”

As the momentum began to sway toward Central Islip (5-1) midway through the second half, the Musketeers finally broke through with about 15 minutes left when Maria Vela converted a long pass from near midfield. Vela was open in front at the left of the net and knocked the pass perfectly inside the far post to beat Riverhead goalkeeper Carolyn Carrera.

The Musketeers kept the pressure on, stringing together two more goals less than a minute apart to cap a stunning comeback and walk away from Riverhead High School with a 3-2 victory on a rainy afternoon.

“It was definitely our most physical game,” Olowu said of playing Central Islip. “In terms of both physicality and maybe offensive skills, it was about as good as it gets.”

The Musketeers tried to rough up Riverhead forward Ashley Drozd whenever she got the ball with a chance to make a play. Drozd still finished with an assist and goal while peppering the Central Islip goal with shots all game.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead midfielder Megan Weiss heads the ball toward the Central Islip goal.

Drozd, who has 10 of the team’s 12 goals this season, had most of her shots on goal come from long distance.

“They kept her deep,” Olowu said. “They were defending very high. It was kind of difficult I think to get down the middle, but that was true of both teams.”

Olowu said Drozd had been determined from the beginning of the season. In the Blue Waves’ previous game against Amityville, she scored every Blue Wave goal in a 3-1 win. Against Hampton Bays Sept. 22 she scored a career-high four goals.

“She’s on fire right now,” Olowu said.

Drozd helped put the Blue Waves (3-2-1) on the board first in the opening half with a nifty move in the right corner to beat a defender and a send a pass into the box. Senior Kristina Stapon was in perfect position in front of the goal and headed it inside the right post for her first goal of the season.

Later in the half Drozd converted a free kick from about 25 yards out to make it 2-0.

“I’m spoiled with all the nice goals she’s scored,” Olowu said. “She doesn’t score ugly goals. All her goals are pretty.”

The Musketeers came after Riverhead in a hurry after breaking through with their first goal. Alexa Spinelli drilled a ball off the crossbar — the second Central Islip shot to hit the crossbar — and the Blue Waves couldn’t clear the ball. Aysha Shirley ended up scoring the tying goal on a rebound after Carrera dove to her left to make a save.

Less than a minute later a deep free kick from the left side by Danielle Doyle gave the Musketeers their first lead of the game. Doyle drilled the ball toward the far post and Olowu said Carrera got screened in front. The ball bounced in front of Carrera and right into the goal.

“Seeing her teammate had cut in front of her, [Carrera] let the ball go,” Olowu said. “When it bounced, it skidded right over them both. It happens.”

Olowu said Carrera, a captain along with Drozd, has been strong for the Blue Waves all season in goal, calling her “Miss Dependable.”

“She takes care of the team even when we coaches are not here,” he said. “She’s our voice on the field.”

Overall it’s been a much different season this year for Riverhead. The Blue Waves scored four goals total all of last season playing in League IV. But a move down to the developmental league in League VIII has given them an opportunity to compete against programs of similar caliber.

While the competition isn’t as a strong, being able to get some wins has given the girls confidence, Olowu said.

“We work on tactical a lot in practice,” he said. “The girls are picking it up very quickly and getting to implement it in games so I’m sure they’re really happy.”

joew@timesreview.com

09/29/12 3:19pm
09/29/2012 3:19 PM

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River junior Shannon Rosati heads the ball in a crowd Saturday morning against Bayport-Blue Point.

PHANTOMS 1, WILDCATS 0

Junior goalkeeper Kelly Wynkoop made 14 saves, but that was not enough to stop Bayport-Blue Point from recording a 1-0 win over host Shoreham-Wading River in a Suffolk County League VI girls soccer game on Saturday morning.

Junior forward Nicole Copping scored the lone goal of the match with 27:30 remaining in the first half.

The Wildcats (0-4 League VI, 1-4 overall) pushed for an equalizer in the second half, but fell short against Bayport (3-1-1, 3-0-1). It was the second straight shutout for the Wildcats after falling 1-0 at Mattituck Thursday night.

Shoreham visits Mt. Sinai at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.

Read a full story in next week’s Riverhead News-Review.

09/24/12 10:59pm
09/24/2012 10:59 PM

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Mercy sophomore Claire Sullivan scored the Monarchs’ lone goal Monday in a loss against East Hampton.

BONACKERS 5, MONARCHS 1

Before the start of Monday night’s non-league game at McGann-Mercy High School, East Hampton coach Mike Vitulli reminded his players how since a victory to begin the season, the Bonackers had dropped three straight. All without scoring a goal.

The time for laughing and joking needed to end once the game started, Vitulli told his team.

The Bonackers got the message, erupting for three goals in the first 14 1/2 minutes of the game en route to a 5-1 victory under the lights to keep the Monarchs (0-5) still searching for that elusive first victory.

Monday’s loss was a lesson in how lack of communication or a simple miscue in the defensive end can quickly lead to a breakdown.

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Mercy senior Shannon Willmott tries to control the ball in the defensive end.

“The five mistakes that we had on defense, they capitalized and scored on,” said Mercy coach Meaghan Macarthur. “Those five plays we fell asleep on they took advantage of it and scored.”

The Bonackers struck first on a goal by Amanda Seekamp, who finished with two. A pass from the right corner into the box was misplayed between Mercy goalkeeper Juliana Cintron-Leonardo and a defender in front of her. Some confusion as to who would play the ball allowed it to slip through to Seekamp, who tapped it in for an easy goal.

Seekamp added another goal when a ball was accidentally headed right to her in the box and she drilled the ball inside the left post.

Macarthur said some injuries on defense has forced players into different roles, which contributed to some of the communication problems.

“There’s two parts to communication — the actual talking and then the listening,” she said. “Getting that second part of listening isn’t the easiest. I can’t hear out there what they’re saying, but you can tell when they’re not communicating or listening.”

The Monarchs have a young goalkeeper in Cintron-Leonardo, who is still just a freshman. While she’s shown off plenty of athleticism in making great saves, she also needs to be more assertive on the field.

“A lot of times she’s getting screened and she can’t see the ball,” Macarthur said. “And that’s when the goals happen.”

The lone goal for Mercy came off the foot of sophomore Claire Sullivan, who has provided most of the offense in the early part of the season. She delivered a booming free kick from the left side about 30 yards out that sailed into the far post just less than three minutes after East Hampton scored the game’s first goal.

The free kick was awarded after an East Hampton handball.

Macarthur said when Sullivan gets those opportunities, she has an open door to let the ball fly on net.

“She has the ability to shoot from 40 yards out,” Macarthur said. “It’s crazy. She’s powerful and she knows how to place the ball.”

It was Sullivan’s third goal of the season, which is half of Mercy’s season total.

“She’s getting to be a really smart player and once she learns to control the ball and keep her head up more than she already does, she’s going to be dangerous,” Macarthur said.

The game remained tied at 1 for only 43 seconds after Sullivan scored. Seekamp scored her second to make it 2-1 and then 2 1/2 minutes later Karen Vega scored to make it 3-1.

East Hampton added two more goals in the second half for the final score.

Macarthur said the Monarchs need to continue putting all the little things they’ve worked on together to get that first victory.

“We can’t have any lapses in judgement and need to be more confident in ourselves as a whole unit,” she said.

The Monarchs get their next chance Friday afternoon when they host The Ross School as part of a boys/girls doubleheader on homecoming weekend.

joew@timesreview.com

09/12/12 7:00pm
09/12/2012 7:00 PM

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River freshman Megan Kelly will be a key player offensively for the Wildcats this season.

For the past five seasons, the Shoreham-Wading River girls soccer team had the luxury of starting each game with one of the top players on Long Island in Kari Quinn. Since a 16-goal season as an eighth-grader, Quinn’s dynamic play helped lead the Wildcats into the playoffs every season.

Now with Quinn playing for Syracuse University, and fellow all-state midfielder Shannon McDonnell at Yale, the Wildcats will turn to a new core to keep their playoff streak alive.

While the Wildcats lost their top two offensive threats from last season, they return a solid group of returning players in addition to a few newcomers who are primed for breakout seasons.

The biggest addition among the newcomers could be freshman Megan Kelly, who led the team in goals during the summer league. In the team’s scrimmage against William Floyd Friday, she scored a pair of goals.

“She just has that die-hard instinct, she knows where to be and has the muscle to just run through people,” said Shoreham’s second-year coach Adrian Gilmore, who’s brought stability back to the program after becoming the fourth coach in four years last season. “I’m really excited to see her play.”

Kelly could be a huge boost offensively for a team that will need to find new scorers this season. Kelly’s making the jump to varsity right from the junior high team last year.

Junior Shannon Rosati gives the Wildcats another offensive threat. Always one of the fastest players on the field, Rosati scored one of Shoreham’s goals against Floyd.

Gilmore said Rosati has quickly developed into one of the leaders on the team.

“She’s really helped Megan and some of the younger girls,” she said. “It can be hard as a ninth-grader coming up to the team and not knowing anyone. She really took them under her wing and made sure they felt comfortable.”

The Wildcats will look for their defense to be a strong point. Junior goalkeeper Kelly Wynkoop returns for her third season as the starter. She posted nine shutouts last season.

Gilmore said Wynkoop has become more of a vocal leader of the defense.

“Being a goalie who doesn’t play on a club team and being so young on varsity, it’s something that you kind of develop over the years,” she said.

Senior captain Jessica Angerman is another leader on the team, Gilmore said, who will play on defense. She’ll start at stopper.

“She just has a presence about her the other girls are drawn to,” Gilmore said.

Kate Birkmire slides over from stopper to sweeper this season and will be a leader of the defense as well.

In the midfield sophomore Courtney Clasen will play a much larger role this season as the center mid.

“She’s more confident,” Gilmore said. “I noticed she’s been shooting the ball a lot more, so I’m happy about that.”

Sophomore Mackenzie Roberts will play a key role in the midfield along with junior Logan Hoffmann.

The Wildcats will face a challenging schedule this season in League VI. With the addition of the developmental league, John Glenn bumped up to the same league as Shoreham.

“From the coaching standpoint, you want to play competitive soccer,” Gilmore said.

Shoreham opens league play Friday at Center Moriches.

When the opportunity came up for the Riverhead girls soccer team to join the newly formed developmental league this season, it was something second-year coach Hassan Olowu and the athletic department embraced.

Last season in League IV was a difficult journey for the Blue Waves. Riverhead lost eight games by five or more goals and the Blue Waves scored four goals over the entire season.

This season the Blue Waves will compete in League VIII along with Southampton, Newfield, Hampton Bays, Copiague, Central Islip and Amityville. It’ll give the team an opportunity to compete against other rebuilding teams and give them a more competitive playing field as they try to build the program.

“We want to improve on areas of our game that perhaps lack of experience has provided us,” Olowu said. “We think it’s a good thing for us. It’s the right time for us to go into it. By the time we actually come out of it we’ll definitely be ready to compete at a level we all know Riverhead can compete at.”

It’s a two-year commitment to the developmental league, which will not send any teams into the Section XI playoffs.

It was the school’s choice to join the league, Olowu said.

“I have a great athletic department and they fully support the decisions we try to make in the interest of the program, he said. “They voted on it and they agreed.”

The Blue Waves return some experienced players in senior midfielder/forward Ashley Drozd and junior goalkeeper Carolyn Carrera.

Olowu said Drozd is a strong offensive player who can score from “practically anywhere in the offensive third.”

“Another thing I’m really lucky to have is a leader who very much brings everybody together off the field,” Olowu added.

Carrera, meanwhile, is like another coach on the field, Olowu said.

“If for some reason I forget something, I’m not even worried because I know Carolyn will remember,” he said.

The Blue Waves also return senior Megan Weiss and junior Emily Jehle in addition to some newcomers.

“We’re very encouraged by what we see right now,” Olowu said.

Riverhead opens the league season Sept. 20 at home against Newfield.

They’ll be a familiar face on the sidelines for McGann-Mercy this season. Meaghan Macarthur, a 2007 Mercy graduate who played college basketball at Springfield, has taken over the varsity program as former coach Jacki Paton switches to the junior high.

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | McGann-Mercy junior Kayla Schroeher returns for the Monarchs this season.

“A lot of my styles and techniques I learned from her,” Macarthur said. “Most of it is very similar to her, but I’m trying a couple new things and it’s just a little different perspective.”

The Monarchs return a young team after losing several of their top players to graduation. They enter the season with five freshmen and five sophomores.

For freshman Juliana Cintron-Leonardo, this is already her second season on varsity. She started in goal for the Monarchs last season and showed off her ability that has the Mercy players thankful she’s on their team.

“She’s an animal,” Macarthur said. “She just attacks the ball.”

In practice, it only helps the Mercy shooters having to go up against a strong goalie.

“You really have to work on placing the ball to the sides and tops of the net instead of shooting and hoping the goalie is going to miss it,” Macarthur said.

In front of Cintron-Leonardo, the Monarchs will rely on senior Shannon Willmott to direct the defense as sweeper. Macarthur said Willmott is a good communicator and leader.

Sophomore Meghan Bassone will play forward and try to fill some of the scoring void left behind after Karlin McIntyre graduated.

In the midfield the Monarchs feature sophomore Claire Sullivan and freshman Dana Young.

The Monarchs hope to get senior Pip Ross back soon from an injury. A back injury limited her last season and now she’s dealing with an ankle injury to start this season.

Macarthur said in their first scrimmage and non-league game, the players looked like they had already been playing together in games.

“They communicate with each other without actually saying things,” she said. “It’s unbelievable. The passes they make. They know where each other is going to be.”

Mercy begins its league season Friday at home against Smithtown Christian.

joew@timesreview.com

07/13/12 8:54pm
07/13/2012 8:54 PM

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River goalkeeper Kelly Wynkoop will be starting her third season as the varsity starter this fall.

Kelly Wynkoop was admittedly rusty in goal at the start of the summer league season a few weeks ago. After all, it had been a long time since she last played an organized soccer game.

“My first game I just dropped every single ball,” said Wynkoop, a Shoreham-Wading River junior.

Seven games into the Town of Brookhaven Summer League, Wynkoop has quickly gotten back into groove. She made nine saves Friday afternoon — including a game-saving play in the final seconds — in a 2-1 win against Bayport-Blue Point at the Patchogue-Medford Youth Fields.

To see Wynkoop perform well in goal is nothing new for the Wildcats. She’ll be entering her third year as the starting goalkeeper this fall on the varsity team.

What is surprising is how she does it.

In a sport consumed by club and travel teams, clinics and camps — to the point where high school teams are almost afterthoughts for elite players — Wynkoop hardly plays the game outside school.

She hasn’t played on a club team since seventh grade. She doesn’t spend her summers away at soccer camps. She’s a three-month soccer player disguised as a year-round goalie.

“I never really had any professional training, never really go to camps,” Wynkoop said. “I’m kind of a bum.”

BILL LANDON PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River midfielder Courtney Clasen assisted on the Wildcats’ game-winning goal.

Her play suggests otherwise.

Bayport kept her busy with an array of high shots that she had to snatch out of the air. And when Bayport’s Nicole Geoghan found herself with an open lane to the goal with under 10 seconds left in the game, Wynkoop darted toward her as the last line of defense. She reached the ball just in time and got a piece of it to prevent Geoghan from scoring the game-tying goal.

“That was terrifying,” she said. “I kind of threw my body in front it hoping not to get kicked in the face. I’m glad I got a piece of it and then they were there to back me up. But that was really scary.”

For most players with several years of varsity experience, they often attend summer league games at their convenience. Club and travel teams tend to take precedent.

But without all those other commitments, the summer league turns into a critical warm-up period for the fall season for Wynkoop. It’s a chance to shake off some of the rust and get back on the field.

“It’s mostly getting my hands ready again,” she said. “I need it because otherwise I wouldn’t be good. It’s my only real warm-up for the real season.”

Wynkoop missed last week because of a vacation, but has otherwise been in goal each game, which is good news for the Wildcats because there isn’t much depth at the position behind her.

“There are no other goalies,” she said.

When Wynkoop came up to the varsity as a freshman, she never expected to start. There was as an older player in front of her. But she quickly won the job and never relinquished it.

The Wildcats made the playoffs in both her seasons. And now as a junior, she’ll be one of the veteran players on the team in the fall.

The Wildcats lost their top offensive players to graduation, including All-State players Kari Quinn and Shannon McDonnell.

The summer league has been an opportunity for some of the newer players to gain some experience and show what they can do. The results have been positive. With Friday’s win the Wildcats improved to 5-1-1.

“I was surprised we’re actually winning,” Wynkoop said. “We lost our whole offense, but we’re holding up pretty well.”

Wynkoop said incoming-freshman Megan Kelly has been an offensive spark for the Wildcats. She scored both of Shoreham’s goals Friday. The second came with five minutes left in the second half. Courtney Clasen lofted a high-arching shot from the left side that sent Bayport’s goalkeeper backpedaling toward the goal. Kelly was in position at the far post when the ball came down to get a piece of it and put it in.

Kelly tied the game at 1 immediately after Bayport had struck for the first goal early in the first half. King sent a hard shot from the right side off the crossbar and into the cage. Makayla Meeker set her up with the assist.

A game earlier Kelly scored the game-winning goal in overtime. Wynkoop actually had the assist.

“I just punted it and it went through people for some reason,” she said. “And [Kelly] scored.”

The Phantoms tested Wynkoop more than any team so far in the summer, which is how she likes it.

“Today was the first game I was really, really busy,” she said. “I work better under pressure. When I don’t get a lot of action is when I’m more likely to fumble or slip. When I get in the zone, I work a lot better.”

joew@timesreview.com

11/04/11 5:30pm
11/04/2011 5:30 PM

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Bayport-Blue Point senior Abigail Grappusso (No. 20) heads the ball in off a corner kick for the Phantoms' first goal Friday afternoon.

CLASS A SEMIFINALS  |  PHANTOMS 2, WILDCATS 1

Bayport-Blue Point senior Danielle Heyder converted a free kick 2 1/2 minutes into the second half for the deciding goal in a 2-1 Phantoms victory over Shoreham-Wading River Friday afternoon in the Class A semifinals.

Heyder, who assisted Bayport’s first goal, lofted the ball into the box amid a crowd of players where it deflected off a Shoreham player. Shoreham goalkeeper Kelly Wynkoop took a few steps forward and reached up to try to catch it, but she couldn’t get her hands fully on the ball to stop it and it deflected back into the goal.

The Wildcats lost for the second time in three tries against Bayport this season. All three games were decided by one goal.

Bayport advances to play Islip Wednesday in the county finals. No. 5 Islip upset top-seeded Sayville Friday afternoon.

Had the Wildcats won, it would have been a rematch of the 2006 county finals, which was the last time Shoreham advanced beyond the semifinals. The Wildcats’ last county title came in 1987.

Shoreham senior Kari Quinn tied the game at 1 in the 39th minute, giving the Wildcats an emotional lift before halftime. She lined up for a free kick from about 40 yards away on the left side and booted a high arching shot that deflected off the right post and in the goal. Quinn, who normally kicks lefty, kicked it with her right foot.

Bayport (13-4) scored the game’s first goal off the first corner kick of the game. Senior Abigail Grappusso headed the ball into the goal off the pass from Heyder.

The Wildcats (10-5-1) reached the semifinals after a 3-0 win in the first round over Harborfields.

Shoreham’s loss to Bayport marked the final high school game for seven seniors. Quinn, who burst onto the scene as an eighth-grader with 16 goals, ended her five-year career as one of the top soccer players to come through the school.

11/01/11 5:33pm
11/01/2011 5:33 PM

WILDCATS 3, TORNADOES 0

Before the Shoreham-Wading River girls soccer team took the field for its postseason opener against Harborfields Tuesday afternoon, senior Kari Quinn had a message for her teammates.

Meghan Seabrook

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Meghan Seabrook scored twice in the Wildcats' 3-0 win Tuesday against Harborfields.

The fifth-year varsity player was proud of her squad for earning the No. 3 seed in the Class A playoffs and she didn’t want them to squander the homefield advantage that distinction awarded them.

So she gathered her team in a circle and delivered what her coach called an “inspirational speech” prior to the opening whistle.

“We talked about why we loved this season so much,” Quinn said. “We talked about why we love each other.”

Sometimes a little love is all you need.

The Widcats worked together to control the tempo all afternoon, eventually breaking through with three second half goals for a 3-0 win over the No. 6 Tornadoes. The victory sends SWR (10-4-1) to the semifinals, where they’ll either visit No. 2 Bayport-Blue Point Friday or host No. 7 Mount Sinai.

Meghan Seabrook got the Wildcats on the board with 37:30 remaining in the second half after she beat Harborfields goalkeeper Morgan Krush to the ball and sneaked one by her. She’d later add a second goal on a penalty kick with four seconds remaining in the game.

Seabrook’s presence was a nice spark for Shoreham-Wading River, considering the senior hasn’t been able to contribute as many minutes as she’d like due to illness. She missed her junior season after being diagnosed with mono, according to Wildcats coach Adrian Gilmore, and she has slowly worked her way back into game shape this year.

When her team needed her most, she was there for two big goals.

“It’s so awesome to see a senior come back like that and step up in the playoffs,” Gilmore said. “For her to get two goals in this game shows what a great kid she is.”

But for Seabrook after the game, the focus was entirely on her team winning.

“We really wanted it,” she said with a smile. “We want to go far in the playoffs and we believe we’re a really good team.”

The Wildcats’ all-important second goal came from none other than Quinn — an all-state midfielder headed to Syracuse University with a soccer scholarship next year — who dribbled the ball past a diving Krush for an easy roller with 27:57 left in the contest.

Senior Victoria Creta recorded an assist on each of the first two Shoreham-Wading River goals.

Keeper Kelly Wynkoop was stellar in net for the Wildcats, recording 12 saves and the shutout.

Quinn admitted after the game to being a little nervous with the score tied at halftime, but she felt ultimately her team knew what it needed to do.

“We needed to come out harder than before and we did,” she said. “This team always plays with a lot of heart.”

The Wildcats had several chances in the first half, but failed to convert on a few close shots off the feet of Quinn and fellow midfielder Shannon McDonnell.

Harborfields actually had the first real shot to score, but one of its players missed off the crossbar and  couldn’t put the rebound past Wynkoop.

Krush faced a barrage from the Shoreham-Wading River attack all game long and recorded 10 saves for Harborfields, which finishes the season with a 4-10-1 record.

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11/01/11 10:00am

ROBERT O'ROURK FILE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Kari Quinn leads the Wildcats into the postseason this afternoon against Harborfields.

Shoreham-Wading River will be the site for two playoff games this afternoon, both of which begin at 2:30 p.m.

The field hockey team, looking to defend its four straight Class B county championships, begins its playoff journey against a familiar rival in Miller Place. The No. 4 Wildcats went 13-3 in the regular season and one of those losses came against No. 5 Miller Place (10-6).

The Wildcats finished in second place in the standings behind Rocky Point despite having a better record. The Eagles finished 11-3, having lost twice to Shoreham. But, the power points worked out in their favor anyway.

It’s a situation the Wildcats have been in before. In 2008 they finished one game ahead of Miller Place, which included two victories against the Panthers. But Miller Place still had more power points and earned the higher seed. Shoreham didn’t flinch and beat Miller Place in the playoffs en route to a county championship.

If the Wildcats win today, they’ll travel to top-seeded Sayville, which earned a bye. The Golden Flashes went undefeated in Division II with a 16-0 overall record.

The girls soccer team will be hosting a playoff game as well today.

The No. 3 Wildcats had a superb regular season run under first-year coach Adrian Gilmore, finishing with a 9-3-1 record for third place in League VII. Shoreham lost its regular season finale 2-1 at Bayport-Blue Point, which ultimately gave the Phantoms a higher seed. The Phantoms were the No. 2 seed after finishing 12-2 in League VII. The Wildcats won the first matchup against Bayport earlier in the season.

Harborfields is a League V team and does not boast a record expected of a playoff team. The Tornadoes finished in last place in League V with a 2-9-1 record. Harborfields and Islip were the only Class A teams in the league that featured all Class AA teams. Islip also finished with a losing record and made the playoffs as the No. 5 seed.