It wasn’t long after the playoffs had begun for the Riverhead High School boys lacrosse team when it was all over.
It was a tale of two halves as Riverhead was able to go toe to toe with visiting Northport through two quarters of play. Tied at six goals apiece to begin the second half, Northport shut out Riverhead in the third quarter and allowed just two goals in the fourth to cruise to a 13-8 victory Tuesday in a Suffolk County Class A Tournament outbracket game at the Pulaski Sports Complex in Riverhead.
It wasn’t Goalie Appreciation Day at the Pulaski Sports Complex, but there is no question how the Riverhead High School boys lacrosse team feels about its first-string goalie.
After sitting out for nearly three weeks with a slight tear in his right quadriceps, Jacob Coleman was welcomed back onto the field Wednesday.
The Riverhead High School boys lacrosse team wears blue jerseys on the road, but there’s more blue to the Blue Waves than that.
There’s also blue in their collars.
Being tagged as the top-seeded high school boys lacrosse team in Suffolk County Division II is a sign of respect, but it can also be discomforting.
“It’s a compliment, but it keeps me up at night,” said Shoreham-Wading River coach Mike Taylor, chuckling.
The Riverhead High School boys lacrosse team was denied its first win on Saturday, but there was no denying the Blue Waves’ refusal to quit — not to mention their flair for the dramatic.
Lacrosse is a fast game. The players move fast, the ball moves fast and, without a moment’s notice, momentum can change just like that.
Through the first quarter of play in Riverhead’s season opener on Tuesday, the Blue Waves looked good, and had a 4-1 lead over Eastport/South Manor to show for it.
From an outsider’s perspective, last season had all the makings of a rebuilding year at Shoreham-Wading River. The Wildcats introduced a new coach, Mike Taylor, their third in three years. READ
Riverhead’s Mark Andrejack tries to elude the Ward Melville defender in Friday’s playoff game. (Credit: Bill Landon)
CLASS A PLAYOFFS | PATRIOTS 12, BLUE WAVES 4
In only their second postseason appearance in program history, the 13th-seeded Riverhead Blue Waves had their hands full with No. 4 Ward Melville on the road Friday afternoon.
Few outside the Blue Waves locker room might have imagined the game’s start. After two quarters, Ward Melville — a program whose championship pedigree dates back to the 1970s — was left clinging to a one-goal lead against the Blue Waves. (more…)