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Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Bray led the Wildcats with five goals Saturday against Miller Place. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River senior Ryan Bray led the Wildcats with five goals Saturday against Miller Place. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)


Mike Taylor saw firsthand in 2010 the Shoreham-Wading River Lax Out Cancer event. That year, the boys lacrosse team played the annual fundraiser event, which started in 2008, at Dowling Sports Complex where Taylor was a coach.

When he became the Wildcats’ varsity coach this season, he knew carrying on that tradition was an important part of his new job.

It was also a bit overwhelming.  (more…)

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SWR sophomore Mackenzie Zajac. (Credit: Bill Landon)

SWR sophomore Mackenzie Zajac’s late 3-pointer helped lead her team to a win Friday. (Credit: Bill Landon)


Leave it to a sophomore to steal the thunder from her older teammates on Senior Night at Shoreham-Wading River High School.

Not that any of Mackenzie Zajac’s teammates or those in attendance were complaining. Zajac sank a 3-point shot — her only basket of the Suffolk County League VI game — with only 1 minute 22 seconds remaining in regulation to help the Wildcats to a 35-33 victory over Miller Place on Friday night. (more…)

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Shoreham-Wading River's Dan Mahoney fires a shot in the final seconds of Tuesday's game that hit off the crossbar, just missing on an equalizer. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Shoreham-Wading River’s Dan Mahoney fires a shot in the final seconds of Tuesday’s game that hit off the crossbar, just missing on an equalizer. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)


Andrew Moschetti gathered his players on the sideline to deliver one final message before the players departed following Tuesday afternoon’s game against Miller Place.

Moschetti, the coach of Shoreham-Wading River, offered the age-old rally cry: “It’s not over!” he said to the players. (more…)

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In two varsity starts, Shoreham-Wading River freshman Brian Morrell has two no-hitters. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk file photo)

In two varsity starts, Shoreham-Wading River freshman Brian Morrell has pitched two no-hitters. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk file photo)


Brian Morrell did it again.

Incredibly, eight days after pitching a no-hitter in his first varsity start for the Shoreham-Wading River High School baseball team, the 15-year-old freshman turned in a repeat performance on Saturday. In his first pitching appearance since that memorable no-hitter against Mount Sinai, Morrell hurled another one, this time shutting down Miller Place’s bats in a 4-0 victory.  (more…)

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ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Michael Sheehan drives to the basket against Miller Place Tuesday.


In a league that features one of the top teams in the county in Amityville, as well as tough teams like Bayport-Blue Point and John Glenn, squeezing out enough wins to reach .500 and qualify for the postseason is no easy task.

“I always tell people, just because it’s League VI, people don’t realize how good this league is,” said Shoreham coach Kevin Culhane.

That’s what made Tuesday’s matchup at Miller Place a critical game, even though the season is still young. The Wildcats and Panthers are both teams in the middle of the pack of League VI. When the season ends, the teams could very well be neck-and-neck for a final spot in the playoffs.

The Wildcats entered with the upper hand, with two league wins already in hand. But the Panthers snapped a three-game winning streak for Shoreham, taking down the Wildcats 53-45 at Miller Place High School.

In their first game of the new year, the Wildcats’ hot shooting that had propelled them in their previous wins dissipated early against Miller Place. The Panthers raced out to a 12-3 first-quarter lead as the Wildcats dug themselves a double-digit deficit before some shots started to finally fall.

“We’ve been shooting the ball very well lately,” Culhane said. “Today we didn’t. Give Miller Place credit. There were a lot of things we didn’t do, executing wise.”

Early foul trouble forced Culhane to go to his bench early in the first quarter. And the Wildcats shot a ghastly 1-for-13 in the opening quarter.

“I was afraid of keeping the starters in and getting the third foul,” Culhane said. “That really hurt us early on.”

Miller Place center Alex Frusco created havoc for Shoreham in the paint and on the boards. Frusco finished with a game-high 18 points.

Culhane said he knew Frusco was capable of a big night.

“I thought a few times when we had to go small, he had a couple rebounds and put-backs,” he said. “I think that’s what kind of hurt us.”

The Wildcats (5-4, 2-3 League VI) trailed by as many as 14 late in the second quarter. Twice the Wildcats got their deficit down to six, but each time the Panthers (3-4, 2-2 League VI) responded with a run of their own. A basket by Daniel Hughes (10 points) and two free throws from Sean Condron trimmed Miller Place’s lead to 39-33 early in the fourth quarter.

The Wildcats were starting to find the range after connecting on three treys in the previous quarter.

But the Panthers withstood the surge and ran off eight straight points to extend their lead back to double digits.

“I thought we fought back really hard and competed down to the end,” Culhane said.

Miller Place got 17 points from Liam Walsh off the bench. Senior Zach Makoske led Shoreham in scoring with 11 points. Michael Sheehan added six and Condron had five.


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ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River junior Erin Blomberg works the ball up field as Miller Place sophomore Alyssa Parrella defends.


Five weeks ago it would have seemed implausible for the Shoreham-Wading River field hockey team to be where it was Monday. The Wildcats were 1-5 then and staring at the bottom half of the Division III standings.

But a remarkable turnaround, which saw the Wildcats win nine of their final 10 games, propelled them to the Section XI Class B semifinals. The only bad news was the first-round playoff matchup pitted No. 4 Shoreham against the defending Long Island champion Miller Place Panthers, the same team Shoreham shocked a few weeks earlier with an overtime win to ruin their perfect season.

The Panthers, who have their sights set on a return trip to the states, weren’t about to settle for another loss to their local rivals. The Panthers rolled past Shoreham Monday, 4-0, to advance into the county championship.

The Wildcats, despite being relatively close on penalty corners, couldn’t overcome a late goal shortly before the first half ended. The Wildcats knew they had little room for error and would likely need to win a 1-0 game in order to prevail. The air came out after Miller Place struck first on a goal from Maggie Revera. A minute later, Ariana Espositio scored another and the Wildcats went into halftime down 2-0, a mountainous deficit against Miller Place.

Ally Hutzler scored twice in the second half for Miller Place, which will play Sayville Thursday for the county crown. Sayville won 4-1 against Rocky Point Monday.

The Panthers finished with a 13-8 advantage on penalty corners. Shoreham goalkeeper Emily DeGennaro made 11 saves.


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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River's Alex Michaelson tried to find dribbling room around Miller Place's Matt Hoyland.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River’s Alex Michaelson tries to find dribbling room around Miller Place’s Matt Hoyland.

Effort, hustle, work rate.

Those words are foremost on the minds of players on the Shoreham-Wading River boys soccer team, and for good reason. The Wildcats believe that for all the skill and talent they had last year, they were lacking in the effort department.

So now the Wildcats repeat phrases like, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard,” and “Will beats skill.”

Anthony Cusano, a senior center midfielder, said, “There’s a saying: ‘If you have talent, it doesn’t matter because you still have to work hard,’ and last year we didn’t do the work hard.”

Shoreham-Wading River lost in the first round of the 2012 school season playoffs to Eastport/South Manor in overtime, leaving the Wildcats wondering how far they might have gone had they played to their full potential.

“We had a ton of skill players … but [they] were lazy guys,” coach Andrew Moschetti said. “It’s going to different this year.”

A lot of things are different. For one thing, Shoreham-Wading River graduated 11 of its 21 players, including nine starters. That means that positions are up for grabs, and young players are pushing themselves to show that they belong. It’s a refreshing sight for Moschetti to behold.

“The younger guys coming in aren’t the most skilled guys, but they work their butt off every time they’re on the field,” he said. “It’s nice to see.”

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Joseph Cusano of Shoreham-Wading River, flanked by Miller Place's Jordan Hassel, left, and Brendan Murphy, challenging for a head ball.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Joseph Cusano of Shoreham-Wading River, flanked by Miller Place’s Jordan Hassel, left, and Brendan Murphy, challenging for a head ball.

In the meantime, Moschetti has a lot of player evaluating to do as the Wildcats make productive use of their summer by playing in the Town of Brookhaven Summer League. Despite outshooting Miller Place by 13-6 on Monday evening, Shoreham-Wading River dropped a 2-0 loss because of a pair of second-half goals by Chris Maschella at Heritage Park in Mount Sinai. The result left both teams with 3-3-1 records.

But the loss was not the result of a lack of effort on Shoreham’s part.

Shoreham-Wading River was a bit unfortunate not to have put in a couple of goals in the first half. Its best attempt was a flick by Peter Stirpe that goalkeeper Chris Cummings did well to tip off the crossbar for one of his four saves.

But after Shoreham-Wading River goalkeeper Adam Pietrowski stretched to make a fine save on Maschella early in the second half, Maschella eventually found the net. His first goal came from a superb individual effort in which he held off a defender before nudging the ball past Pietrowski. Later, while moving to the right with a defender on his heels, Maschella sent his shot just inside the far left goalpost.

Nice stuff.

Not for Shoreham-Wading River, though.

Michael McDonnell, a senior sweeper, and Cusano are Shoreham-Wading River’s only two returning seniors. McDonnell, the team’s longest-serving player, will enter his fourth varsity season in the fall. Cusano is in his third year with the team after having played for the St. Anthony’s freshman team.

In that playoff loss to Eastport/South Manor, Cusano ripped cartilage in his knee. His first game this summer was his first since the injury.

“He’s done great with the physical therapy and the rehab,” said Moschetti.

Kevin Brady, a senior captain and center midfielder, tore an anterior cruciate ligament at the end of the school year. He had surgery a week ago, and will be out for six to eight months. Nonetheless, he still attends summer league games to support his teammates.

Moschetti said the summer league is a good experience for his younger players. He said, “For a lot of the younger kids, it’s been good for them to play against other varsity competition.”

Their efforts, he said, cannot be questioned.