Clutching onto a tenuous one-goal lead, it was time for Riverhead to run out the clock. Literally.
Following a foul by Huntington with 13 seconds left in the game, Riverhead midfielder Kayla Kielbasa had the ball in the pocket of her lacrosse stick while she raced diagonally toward the right side of the field with Huntington players desperately chasing after her.
The high school girls lacrosse playoffs are a new ballgame. That’s especially true for Riverhead.
For the first time in the team’s seven-year history, Riverhead will step onto a field for a playoff game Wednesday. As an added plus, it will be on their own field, too.
“It’s huge,” said coach Ashley Schandel.
Darkness descended on the brand new turf field at the Pulaski Sports Complex, and a shadow of doubt hung over the Riverhead High School field hockey team’s playoff chances.
If one Casey doesn’t get you, then the other Kacie will.
It has been three years since Riverhead has played in the high school boys basketball playoffs. Naturally, the Blue Waves are anxious to book their place in this year’s postseason. They will have to wait — at least until their next game.
The Blue Waves, who need one more win to reach the playoffs, missed an opportunity against Huntington on Thursday. They opened the Suffolk County League III game at Riverhead High School by shooting out to a 20-8 lead before Huntington wrested away control of the contest. The Blue Waves (7-6, 6-3) hit a rough cold spell in the fourth quarter, making only 2 of 21 field-goal attempts and losing, 63-51. READ
Riverhead senior forward Tyrese Kerr might not have played as much as he wanted due to foul trouble, but he caused plenty of trouble for Huntington during crunch time. READ
A well-played game was anticipated and delivered. Really, no surprise there. Perhaps what was most eye-opening, though, was how tight a contest it was between the Huntington and Riverhead high school girls basketball teams. They were separated by a mere 2 points — and a temporary loss of balance.