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Youth lacrosse players scramble for a ground ball in Riverhead. Parents are proposing an artificial turf field be built at EPCAL. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Youth lacrosse players scramble for a ground ball in Riverhead. Parents are proposing an artificial turf field be built at EPCAL. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A group of about 15 parents asked Riverhead Town’s recreation advisory committee to build a multi-purpose artificial turf field for lacrosse, soccer and football at the EPCAL site in Calverton.  (more…)

11/12/13 5:00pm
11/12/2013 5:00 PM

ST. JOSEPH’S COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION PHOTO | McGann-Mercy alumna LauraLynne Duffy received National All-Academic Team honors at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn.

Former McGann-Mercy High School student LauraLynne Duffy was recently named to the 2013 women’s soccer National All-Academic Team in recognition for her outstanding performance on the soccer field and in the classroom.

Duffy, a midfielder from Cutchogue on the St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) women’s soccer team, was one of four player on her team to be honored. The announcement came from the United States Collegiate Athletic Association.

A junior at St. Joseph’s, Duffy played in all 16 games for the Lady Bears and started 12. The Bears finished the season 5-11.

The USCAA National All-Academic Team members must be sophomore academic standing or higher and maintain a cumulative 3.5 grade point average to qualify.

Duffy is also a member of the swimming team at St. Joseph’s. She finished third in the 200-yard freestyle in the team’s meet against Lehman Friday. She was also fifth in the 100-yard freestyle was part of the third-place 200-yard freestyle team.

Duffy graduated in 2011 from Mercy, where she was also an active member of her school’s drama performances. She took home Best Lead Actress in the Teeny Awards as a senior, one of numerous awards she won during her high school career.

11/07/13 1:30pm
11/07/2013 1:30 PM
ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO  |  Riverhead senior Carolyn Carrera will anchor the Blue Waves' defense this season as goalkeeper.

ROBERT O’ROURK FILE PHOTO | Riverhead senior Carolyn Carrera was honored with a prestigious award for her excellence in athletics, academics and community leadership.

Riverhead senior Carolyn Carrera — a three-sport athlete who plans to play lacrosse and soccer at Hofstra University — was honored this week as the winner of New York’s female Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Carrera was a co-winner of the News-Review’s Athlete of the Year Award last June.

The award is given each year to one male and female student in each state who demonstrates excellence in athletics, academics and community leadership. The 102 state winners are each entered into the national competition, where 12 students will be chosen as finalists and compete for a title on Dec. 13. The 12 finalists will be featured on ESPN and receive gold medals and $2,000 for their high school. The high school of each national winner receives a donation of $10,000.

Last month, Carrera was named one of 10 finalists for New York from a pool of 48,000 applicants. She was chosen along with John McCarthy of Corning-Painted Post West High School.

Carrera plays goalkeeper on the Riverhead soccer team in the fall. She also plays basketball in the winter and is a midfielder on the lacrosse team in the spring. She was an All-American in lacrosse last year.

Carrera has been equally successful in the classroom with a 98.75 unweighted average. She scored a 2040 on the SATs and is ranked third in her class out of 362 students. She is an honor roll student, member of the National Honor Society, the Latin Honor Society, Mentathletes and the Math Club.

She’s also president of her class and has been active working with student government to raise funds to help former classmate Michael Hubbard. At Hofstra, Carrera plans to major in engineering or pre-med.

In June, Carrera was named a co-winner of the News Review’s Athlete of the Year of the award for Riverhead.

05/09/13 6:00pm
05/09/2013 6:00 PM

 

ROBERT O'ROURK PHOTO  |  Riverhead junior Carolyn Carrera scored five goals with a pair of assists in the Blue Waves' loss Tuesday to Patchogue-Medford.

ROBERT O’ROURK PHOTO | Riverhead junior Carolyn Carrera was selected to play on the Long Island Metropolitan Team.

GIRLS LACROSSE: Carrera picked for L.I. team Carolyn Carrera, a junior midfielder at Riverhead High School, has been chosen to play on the Long Island Metropolitan Team to compete in the 2013 US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament May 25-26 at Lehigh University. Carrera is the first Riverhead lacrosse player to be selected to a team of this national significance. The tournament features high school age players representing the US Lacrosse region in which they live and play. The Long Island Metropolitan Team is selected from the best high school girls lacrosse players in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The National Tournament began in 1933 as a tournament to showcase the best post-collegiate and club women’s lacrosse players. Since that time, it has grown into one of the largest women’s lacrosse events in the nation.

Zilnicki helps Farmingdale to title Farmingdale State captured its sixth consecutive Skyline Conference Championship after defeating Old Westbury, 2-1, recently in Farmingdale. The Rams earned the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament. Senior left fielder David Zilnicki of Riverhead led off the game with a walk and advanced to second on a bunt single by junior center fielder Edward Bergmann. After an Anthony Alvino sacrifice bunt, designated hitter Dalton McCarthy reached on a fielder’s choice as Zilnicki scored to give the Rams (28-11) a 1-0 lead. Zilnicki also scored on Alvino’s fielder’s choice in the fifth for a 2-1 lead. Zilnicki went 2 for 3 with two runs scored, two stolen bases and two walks.

YOUTH SOCCER: Riverhead soccer showcase A youth soccer showcase will be held at the Riverhead High School boys soccer varsity field behind the Pulaski Street School on Sunday, May 19. The sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. for boys and girls from kindergarten through third grade, and from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. for boys and girls in grades 4 through 6. The cost is $5 per player.

10/19/10 6:55pm
10/19/2010 6:55 PM

If nothing else, the Southold / Greenport high school girls soccer team can say that it is undefeated against the Bishop McGann-Mercy Monarchs this season.

The Clippers defeated McGann-Mercy, the only team they have beaten this season, for the second time on Tuesday. Both teams entered the Suffolk County League VIII game with only one win each. Justina Babcock notched a goal and an assist and Megan Knapp assisted twice in a 3-0 result at Southold High School that snapped a five-game losing streak by the Clippers.

In a season in which they have seen their share of difficulties, it was a good day for the Clippers (2-9-1, 2-7-1), who were 2-0 winners over McGann-Mercy (1-11, 1-8) on Sept. 29.

“There were a lot of positives from the game today,” Southold / Greenport Coach Kevin McGoey said. “We moved the ball around well. We were able to move it to the outside and get some crosses in to score a couple of goals.”

For all of their dominance in the first half, the Clippers had only one goal to show for it. Babcock, a freshman midfielder in her first varsity season, broke the ice in the seventh minute with her fourth goal of the season. Chasing after a left-wing service from Knapp, Babcock beat goalkeeper Amy Boden to the ball and put her shot away.

A little later in the half, Mackenzie Lennox of the Clippers sent the ball off the right post and it bounced back safely into Boden’s hands.

Nicole Busso made it 2-0 on Knapp’s second assist in the 61st minute.

Chelsea Anderson completed the scoring less than three minutes later, knocking in a centering pass from Babcock.

Southold / Greenport goalkeeper Melissa Rogers didn’t need to bother making a single save as the Clippers held a 24-0 advantage in shots. Boden made nine saves.

“Today we put together a lot of passes,” McGann-Mercy junior center midfielder Brieanne Bieber said. “We worked well as a team. We played the game of soccer. We just didn’t finish our shots today. We’d get an unlucky touch at the end or we’d touch it too far and their goalie would get it.”

Both teams are in similar situations. The playoffs are out of the question and the losses far outnumber the wins, but spirits have been high, nonetheless.

McGann-Mercy Coach Jacki Paton said her team is making progress.

“We’ve had better possessions,” she said. “We’re putting a lot more passes together, which we didn’t do in the beginning of the season, so we’ve improved as a unit together, and that was the goal.”

The Monarchs dropped their ninth straight game since a 5-2 win over The Ross School Ravens on Sept. 23. Bieber said the record isn’t an accurate reflection of how the Monarchs have played. She said the players are learning how to play together.

“We have a lot of good individual players, but we don’t really necessarily click,” Bieber said. “We don’t put the passes together. We’ll get one or two passes, but we need like four or five and then we need that shot at the end, and we have trouble getting all of that together.”

The Clippers know all about that. With only three players back from last year’s team, they knew 2010 wasn’t going to be an easy road.

“It’s been pretty tough, but we’ve been playing good even though we lost, and we’ve been playing really well as a team,” Babcock said. “We’ve progressed a lot. It’s been a good season even though we lost most of the games.”

McGoey said his players are learning what it takes to play at the varsity level in terms of commitment and intensity, and they are making strides forward.

“They’ve improved every game we played,” he said. “Unfortunately, the scores haven’t always reflected our improvement on the field.”

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10/13/10 8:31pm
10/13/2010 8:31 PM

This bumpy ride of a season for the Riverhead High School girls soccer team continued on Tuesday.

After edging the Copiague Eagles, 2-1, on Friday, the Blue Waves fell to the Comsewogue Warriors, 7-0, on Tuesday afternoon. Comsewogue scored three quick first-half goals and, as Riverhead Coach Tim Page quietly said on the bus ride home, “they pummeled us.”

Crysta Denis tallied two of the first-half goals while Kendall Frank had a goal and an assist. Comsewogue, using the give-and-go to exploit Riverhead , poured in four more goals in the second half. The Blue Waves (3-6 overall, 2-6 in Suffolk County League IV) inadvertently deflected two goals into their own net.

“Comsewogue has a good team,” Page said. “They caught us flatfooted. We tried to keep up, but we have to learn how to mark better. Once we got down, we got even flatter.”

Riverhead goalkeeper Carolyn Carrera made 14 saves or the final score would have been even more lopsided. The Blue Waves did not put a lot of pressure on Comsewogue goalie Kim Comstock (two saves). Riverhead ‘s Ashley Drozd had a couple of good shots on goal, but could not capitalize.

While the loss to Comsewogue (4-5-2, 4-3) was frustrating, the win over Copiague was uplifting.

Riverhead scored all the goals it needed in the first half, as Megan Weiss and Alex McKillop both found the net. Weiss scored at the 25-minute mark off a set play. She drilled the ball into the upper right corner of the net. Five minutes later, McKillop, off a pass from Drozd, blasted a shot from 20 yards out into the upper right corner of the net.

Copiague (1-8, 0-7) cut the Riverhead lead to 2-1 late in the half on a goal by Alyssa Tsistinis off a corner kick.

Both teams turned up the offensive pressure in the second half, but failed to score. Carrera made 11 saves. She came out aggressively on corner kicks to thwart a couple of Copiague scoring opportunities.

“Both teams had equal ability,” Page said. “We both went back and forth, but we held on for the win.”

After losing 13 seniors to graduation, Page said the Blue Waves are about where he thought they would be at this point in the season.

“We’re a young team,” he said. “We’re still moving people around. We’re trying to learn and hopefully find our groove.”

10/13/10 8:12pm

Louis Manoussos knows the growing pains can be difficult. But the Bishop McGann-Mercy Monarchs boys soccer coach also knows what it takes to successfully build a young program. In their fourth varsity season, Manoussos knows the scores right now are irrelevant.

While it was a difficult week on the scoreboard for McGann-Mercy — Center Moriches beat the Monarchs, 7-1, on Tuesday after the Mattituck Tuckers had shut them out, 6-0, last Wednesday — Manoussos said, “The effort was there, but the execution isn’t there yet.”

In the game at Center Moriches, the Red Devils jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead before McGann-Mercy’s Bereket Watts scored on a rocket of a shot from 18 yards out. Watts, who started last year as a seventh-grader, is now considered a veteran by Manoussos. Center Moriches (10-2 overall, 7-2 in Suffolk County League VII) scored the final five goals of the game. If not for 12 saves by McGann-Mercy goalkeeper Roger Young the score could have been even more lopsided.

Mattituck (9-1, 6-1), on its home field, thoroughly dominated the Monarchs (1-9, 1-6). The Tuckers, sparked by Andres Aldaz and Shawn Smiley, who scored two goals apiece, exploded for five first-half goals and added four more in the second half. Young had 13 saves. Cody Huntley (two) and Austin Scoggin combined for three saves as the Tuckers recorded their sixth shutout of the season.

“We are overmatched against the bigger schools like Center Moriches and Mattituck ,” Manoussos said. “We don’t have the experience to match up against them yet.”

The Monarchs are starting two eighth-graders, one freshman, and three sophomores. They have six seniors on the bench, and Manoussos is preaching patience.

“I’ve decided to go with youth,” he said. “I want the kids to gain experience so that we’re better next year. The scores of these games are not a true indication of how much we have improved. We’ve gotten spanked, but we will only get better. There is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Manoussos takes great pride in building a program.

“Right now we’re competitive in the first half, but we don’t have the experience to play a complete game,” he said. “These kids don’t give up. They are relentlessly on the ball. They play with emotion and passion. They are just young and inexperienced. Their conditioning is tremendous. They maintain their stamina. We’re getting respect, so I know we’re on the right path.”

Manoussos firmly believes “we’ll make some noise in a few years.”

“We’ve just [got] to continue to grow and mature,” he said. “This year we’ve added a junior varsity and a junior high team, which is a great feeder program. My vision is, what can Mercy do in one or two years? These kids really want to play. We’re not very far off.”