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Reaching the high school softball playoffs may be a long shot for Shoreham-Wading River, but don’t talk to the Wildcats about slim odds. After what happened on Monday, they should know that anything is possible.

Shoreham, which was one out away from defeat, pulled out a thrilling 4-2 comeback victory over rival Rocky Point on Victoria Coman’s tie-breaking, two-run single in the eighth inning.

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Thirteen turned out to be a very unlucky number for the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys basketball team on Wednesday afternoon.

The Wildcats allowed a 6-point, third-quarter lead dissipate as host Rocky Point went on a 13-0 run in the third quarter en route to a 69-54 non-league win.

Enjoying a 38-32 lead with 4 minutes 9 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Shoreham (3-4, 0-3 Suffolk County League VI) suddenly went cold and the Eagles turned red hot to turn the game upside down.

Rocky Point (4-4, 2-1 League V) sank three consecutive treys. Senior guard Alec Rinaldi (11 points) and Harry Lynch hit (11 points) hit their 3-point shots to knot things up at 38-38 before senior forward Ben Collesidis (11 points) put in another long-range basket, giving the Eagles a 41-38 advantage they would never relinquish.

After reserve forward David Apperson added 4 more points on a rebound shot and two foul shots, Shoreham’s Ken DeGolyer finally stopped the bleeding by converting a layup with one second left in the quarter to cut the deficit to 45-40.

DeGolyer sank a shot 15 seconds into the fourth quarter to close within 45-42, but that was the closest the visitors would get as Rocky Point continued its hot shooting to pull away.

While the Wildcats regained their shooting touch in the fourth quarter, the Eagles were even hotter, outscoring them, 22-14. In fact, the Eagles were nearly perfect during that span, sinking 9 of 12 attempts from the field, including a trey.

For the game, the Wildcats converted 36.5 percent (23 of 63) of their shots, compared to the Eagles’ 52.8 percent (28 of 53).

Doug DeMaio paced Shoreham with 17 points, while Kevin Curran added 16.

Mason Cline led Rocky Point with 14 points.

Photo credit: Shoreham-Wading River’s Jason Curran hitting a jump shot during his team’s non-league loss at Rocky Point. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

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UPDATE: Suffolk County Police arrested Rocky Point resident Robert Edlund on Tuesday in relation to Saturday’s bank robbery in Rocky Point, as well as another that occurred Monday in Medford. Police said Mr. Edlund robbed a Suffolk County National Bank in Medford around 2 p.m. and was found shortly after hiding underneath a tractor trailer in the parking lot of the Island 16 cinema in Holbrook.

He was charged with two counts of third-degree robbery.

ORIGINAL STORY: Suffolk County Police are searching for someone who robbed a Bridgehampton National Bank in Rocky Point this morning.

According to police, a man entered the bank — located at 75 Route 25A, near the intersection of Westchester Drive — and handed the teller a note demanding cash at about 9:45.

The teller complied, according to Suffolk P.D., and the man fled on foot heading eastbound after the incident.

Police described the man as white and about 6 feet tall. Police said he is thin and about 45 to 50 years old, and was wearing a beige sweatshirt, blue jeans and a baseball cap.

Sufolk Police Pattern Crime Unit is investigating the robbery. Authorities ask that anyone with information about the incident call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept anonymous.

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ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading River senior Paulina Constant scores the Wildcats’ third goal Friday against Rocky Point. Constant finished with five.


Mary Bergmann always tries to keep an eye on the big picture as coach for Shoreham-Wading River. When it comes to resting the team’s main midfielders — the players most responsible for playing on both ends of the field — Shoreham’s coach won’t hesitate to give them a breather.

Even against one of their biggest rivals Friday afternoon in Rocky Point, the Wildcats’ first midfield line of Paulina Constant, Shannon Rosati and Alex Fehmel constantly rotated out for a second midfield line made up of an eighth-grader, freshman and sophomore.

“A lot of teams only run one midfield line and they don’t sub,” Bergmann said. “I think it’s going to help them in the long run if we keeping giving them breaks.”

Of course, having bench depth is a luxury not every team has.

In the Wildcats’ 14-8 win over the Eagles, a game they led from start to finish, the Wildcats never seemed threatened, minus a quick three-goal burst from the Eagles in the second half.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Shoreham-Wading senior Lauren Lustgarten scored 12 seconds into Friday’s game.

Even with about 8 1/2 minutes remaining, and the Wildcats ahead by four — a still perilous lead at times in girls lacrosse — Bergmann called for her second midfield line to give the starters a break.

“She definitely trusts them,” said senior Paulina Constant, who led the Wildcats with a season-high five goals and two assists. “We have so much depth on our team that even our second line can take on any other team’s first line and hold their ground.”

Bergmann said she feared Rocky Point could still mount another comeback, something all too familiar for Shoreham, so she wanted to give the starters a quick rest to regroup for the final few minutes.

“I wanted to get the first midfield line a break, and also show the second midfield line that we do have trust in them,” she said.

Constant said the breaks provide them a welcome boost.

“In games like this where we’re running back and forth constantly, we need a breather here and there,” she said.

Rocky Point, by contrast, rarely substituted.

The Wildcats (7-1 Division II) closed the game by scoring three unanswered goals over the final 5:15. Constant scored the last two, both on free position shots from nearly the identical spot on the right side of the arc.

The Wildcats know a thing or two about seeing leads disappear against Rocky Point. Two years ago in the first round of the playoffs, the Eagles (4-4, 3-3 Division II) scored seven straight goals to end the game and force overtime. Shoreham still prevailed in the extra period.

“It’s good to know we can keep our composure, because once Rocky Point starts to come back, we in the past have let them keep coming back and close the gap completely,” Bergmann said.

Shoreham came out firing with three goals in the first 2 1/2 minutes. But the offense stalled from there thanks to some missed shots and quality saves. Rocky Point closed to within a goal at 3-2 with 8:28 left in the first half.

But the Wildcats got back on track with three more goals to close out the half, capped by two from senior Jessica Angerman. She banked a shot from the left side off the right post with 4:40 left and then ripped a ball into the net on a free position shot a minute later.

“We knew we had to pick our intensity up,” Constant said. “We couldn’t be flat-footed on defense and had to pick up our shot selection on attack.”

Angerman finished with four goals.

“Jess comes out in big games when we need her,” Bergmann said. “Some games she doesn’t score as much, but I think that’s the beauty of our attack. It’s so flexible.”

Senior Lauren Lustgarten was the only other player with multiple goals. She finished with a pair. Fehmel tallied three assists.

After a disheartening loss to Sayville April 13, the Wildcats have bounced back with three straight wins to keep their hopes alive for the No. 1 seed in the Class C playoffs.

That could ultimately come down to next Thursday’s game against unbeaten Mount Sinai, the team the Wildcats are competing against for the top spot.

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MICHAEL GASPARINO PHOTO | Trevor Brosco of Shoreham-Wading River firing a shot on goal while being pursued by Rocky Point's Nick Accardi.


The Shoreham-Wading River boys lacrosse team shut out Rocky Point in the second half of their Suffolk County Division II showdown on Saturday and got fourth-quarter goals from Ryan Bray and Trevor Brosco, securing a 10-8 victory at Shoreham-Wading River High School.

Rocky Point grabbed an 8-7 halftime lead thanks to Vin LoScalzo’s goal with 50 seconds left in the second quarter. The Wildcats made a key adjustment on defense, switching to a zone, and that stymied the Eagles’ attack from then on. Rocky Point maintained the one-goal edge for most of the third quarter until Dylan Gorman rifled a shot past Eagles goaltender Kevin Fitzpatrick with 29 seconds left in the quarter, evening the score at 8-8.

The Wildcats took the lead early in the fourth quarter when Bray converted a pass from Brosco. A key save by Tyler Lutjen helped the Wildcats stay on top, and the Eagles came close again when Mike Bellissimo rang a shot off the left post with four minutes left.

Shoreham defender Chris Mahoney made what could be considered the play of the game when he intercepted a pass and gave the Wildcats possession with 2:16 to play. Shoreham tacked on an insurance goal with 1:48 remaining off the stick of Brosco, who finished with three goals. James Higgins also scored three for the Wildcats. Tim Rotanz and Mahoney each scored once. Bellissimo led the Eagles with three goals and LoScalzo had two.