The Riverhead Blue Waves had hoped to turn the Middle Country Mad Dogs into the Sad Dogs. It didn’t happen, but at the same time, the Blue Waves couldn’t feel too bad. Not even in defeat.
Riverhead overcame a five-goal deficit it faced early in the second half and tied the score, only to fall, 11-10, on Jennifer Barry’s free-position shot with 6 minutes, 31 seconds to go in a showdown Saturday between two undefeated, highly ranked Suffolk County Division I girls lacrosse teams. Second-seeded Riverhead and third-seeded Middle Country entered the game at Riverhead’s Pulaski Sports Complex with nine wins between them. READ
It’s way too early to proclaim judgment on Riverhead’s pitching-by-committee approach. A mere two games is hardly enough of a sample size.
By the same token, it’s too early for the Blue Waves to panic about their offense, which hasn’t scored a run and produced only six hits in those two Suffolk County League II baseball games. At the same time, though, it is a cause for concern. READ
This time there was no lightning, unless one counted the accurate shots coming from Rob Sarraga’s stick.
When the Bay Shore and Riverhead high school boys lacrosse teams played Saturday, it conjured memories of their unusual Suffolk County Class A outbracket game last year that was suspended by lightning and took two days to complete. Riverhead, which trailed by two goals when that game was suspended in the third quarter, completed an 11-9 triumph the following day for the first and only playoff win in the team’s 17-year history.
Riverhead coach Vic Guadagnino called it the best “timeout” of his career. READ
As if the loaded Riverhead High School girls lacrosse team didn’t already have enough in its arsenal, the Blue Waves have added the power of positivity.
Positive thinking is on the Blue Waves’ minds these days. As a team, they are reading a book, “The Positive Dog,” that deals with the topic. The lessons learned have translated over to lacrosse.
“If you start to say something negative or think something negative, there’s a way to just turn it and make it more positive,” said coach Ashley Schandel. (more…)
Earlier in this high school boys tennis season, Riverhead freshman Khang Nguyen had a question for his coach, Lonnie Hughes. In essence, Nguyen asked why he had to play in the first singles spot.
Hughes’ answer was short, simple and to the point: “You’re the best player on the team.”
Case closed. READ
What this high school girls golf season will bring for Riverhead remains to be seen, but it’s clear that this is a team built for the future.
The youth on the team is striking. Making up the 11-player roster are one junior, two sophomores, seven freshmen and one seventh-grader.
Now that’s young. READ
The start to Mattituck/Southold’s girls lacrosse season had a strange ending. Not that the Tuckers were complaining.
Defending New York State Class D champion Mattituck led by as many as three goals Friday, fell behind after three straight Shoreham-Wading River goals and forced overtime. It was then when an odd occurrence settled the outcome of the Suffolk County Division II game. READ
The Shoreham-Wading River High School boys tennis team enters the year as a seasoned side with eager newcomers ready to push their upperclassmen. READ