MARAUDERS 10, BLUE WAVES 8
Coming into this season, Riverhead coach Ashley King expected the Blue Waves to surprise some teams.
“I think we’re starting to get there,” she said after a loss at home to Bay Shore Thursday.
The Blue Waves nearly pulled off an impressive victory against a team that was the No. 6 seed in the playoffs a year ago. In a tightly-contested game, the Marauders snapped a 7-7 tie with three consecutive goals in just over seven minutes late in the second half. It was the largest lead of the game for Bay Shore and the Marauders held on for a 10-8 victory on a frigid afternoon.
A Riverhead goal with 2:49 left set up a tense finish, which included the Blue Waves hitting a crossbar on a shot that could have brought them back within one.
Eighth-grader Kayla Kielbasa caught a feed from senior Rachel Doroski in the middle and buried a shot that made it 10-8. The Blue Waves, with Courtney Troyan on the draw, gained possession after the goal as Katelyn Zaneski scooped the ball out of the air. The Blue Waves got two shots off on their next possession, but couldn’t convert.
Bay Shore regained possession for the final seconds and ran out the clock on the victory.
Kielbasa led all scorers with four goals. She now has 10 on the season through five games.
The game was tied 5-5 at halftime. The Blue Waves trailed by two twice in the first half, rallying back each time to tie the game.
The only lead for the Blue Waves was in the opening minutes after a Kielbasa goal put Riverhead ahead 1-0.
King said it was the best collective effort the Blue Waves have shown so far this season.
“This is the first game that our team came together and actually came to play,” she said.
Bay Shore senior Kendra Cronin, a University of Florida recruit, led the Maruaders with three goals. Troyan scored a pair for Riverhead.
The loss dropped the Blue Waves to 1-4 and was their four straight defeat after a 14-4 win over Copiague to open the season. Bay Shore evened its record at 2-2.
Riverhead travels to Whitman Monday and Longwood Wednesday for its next two games.
Correction: A photo caption incorrectly identified Courtney Troyan as a senior. She is a junior.