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Say this about the Bellport and Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school boys lacrosse teams: They make a good match for each other.

When the two Suffolk County Division II teams with similar records played on Thursday, it was intense and spellbinding. One team would score, then the other would reply with a goal of its own in a captivating, back-and-forth contest. The lead changed hands six times and the score was tied nine times. The goalkeeping on both sides was exceptional. Through the first three quarters, the only two-goal lead was Bellport’s at 7-5.
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Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Chelsea Marlborough heads forward while being pursued by Bellport's Mary Mackie. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Mattituck/Greenport/Southold’s Chelsea Marlborough heads forward while being pursued by Bellport’s Mary Mackie. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

TUCKERS 20, CLIPPERS 11

Trish Brisotti and Colby Prokop have been on this rather remarkable journey together for a while now. They began playing lacrosse together since they were in third grade. They both made the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school varsity team four years ago as freshmen. There they were on Friday, standing together during a halftime ceremony, being recognized as the Tuckers’ only two seniors on senior day.

Brisotti and Prokop have seen a lot during their time with the Tuckers — the good, the bad and the ugly, as they say. They saw some of the lean years (the Tuckers went 1-13 and 5-11 during their freshman and sophomore seasons). They saw a major breakthrough last year when the Tuckers posted their first wining record (9-7) and reached the playoffs for the first time.

And now this. The Tuckers, in their sixth year of varsity play, are already assured of another winning season and a place in the playoffs. Brisotti and Prokop had to feel good about that as they took their places not far from their younger teammates, who lined up during the halftime presentation on the field in Cutchogue.

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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Meg Glenn of Mattituck/Greenport/Southold carried the ball while teammate Katie Hoeg tries to squeeze between Babylon's Kate Schweitzer, far left, and Abigail Carlock during last Wednesday's game.

CLIPPERS 17, TUCKERS 14

What both the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold and Bellport girls lacrosse teams must have viewed as a winnable game went Bellport’s way on Tuesday. No small thanks to Hailey Wagner.

Wagner fired in a career-high seven goals from 11 shots to bring the Clippers a 17-14 victory on the field turf at Bellport High School. The freshman midfielder also had one assist and collected 10 loose balls in a contest between two of Suffolk County Division II’s lower-ranking teams. Bellport (2-5, 1-5) entered the game in 19th place. Mattituck/Greenport/Southold (0-7, 0-7) was last among the division’s 21 teams.

Both teams had designs on Tuesday’s game, knowing the morale boost a win would bring.

“The win feels good,” said Wagner.

The result wasn’t good for the Tuckers, who sensed that an opportunity slipped out of their lacrosse sticks. Of the seven losses the Tuckers have suffered this season, coach Julie Milliman said, “This one hurt more than any of them.”

For one thing, the game served as a reminder of how thin the dividing line between victory and defeat can be. The competitive contest saw seven tied scores and two lead changes, the final one of those coming when back-to-back goals by Wagner gave Bellport a 12-11 edge with 11 minutes 11 seconds left to play.

A goal from a free-position shot by Audrey Hoeg had pulled the Tuckers to within one goal of the Clippers at 14-13 with 6:10 remaining. But Wagner, Marissa Edelstein and Megan Schaffer each netted a goal in the final 5:28 to secure the win for Bellport.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Meg Van Gordan being defended by Babylon's Kaileen Hart.

“We’ve had a rough season,” Wagner said, “but this game we finally got to the point where we just had to lock in together and just play strong and intense together.”

Amanda Jacabacci provided Bellport with four goals, Schaffer had two goals and four assists, and Cortney Pabst scored twice.

Audrey Hoeg led the Tuckers with four goals and two assists. Her cousin, Katie Hoeg, contributed three goals and two assists. Sydney Sanders added two goals and three assists. Trish Brisotti had one goal, three assists and a team-high seven ground balls. Alex Zaweski made nine of her 10 saves in the first half.

The Tuckers looked glum afterward.

“It was a hard loss,” Brisotti said. “We just kind of lost it at the end.”

Milliman said she not only didn’t expect the game to be as close as it was, but she expected her team to be on the winning end.

“Just too many mistakes,” the coach said, referring specifically to turnovers. She added, “Even if we had won this game, we made too many mistakes for it to be a victory.”

The Tuckers were coming off an 18-7 home loss to Babylon last Wednesday despite big games from Katie Hoeg (four goals, two assists), Meg Glenn (three goals, two assists) and Audrey Hoeg (three goals, one assist).

Katie Hoeg, an eighth-grader, and Glenn, a senior, are the team’s leading scorers this season with 17 and 13 goals, respectively.

The active Wagner gave the Tuckers trouble on Tuesday. A talented player who has been playing lacrosse for seven years, Wagner is an NCAA Division I candidate in the eyes of her coach, Amanda Wayne.

“I think she’s the best we have, and she’s only a freshman,” Wayne said. “I think she has potential to go even further than she already has, which is huge.”

This has been a trying season for Bellport, and not just because of the losses the young Clippers have absorbed. A young lacrosse player, Bellport eighth-grader Julia Nofi, who had been diagnosed with leukemia, died at the start of the season.

“I think that really affected the girls greatly,” Wayne said. “It was an emotional hit for them.”

The Clippers, who held a ceremony in Nofi’s memory prior to a game several weeks ago, have dedicated their season to her. They sell T-shirts that read, “We Play for You” on the front and “In Loving Memory of Julia” on the back.

Meanwhile, the Tuckers are still chasing after their first win.

“It’s been fun to play on this team, and we’ve definitely been competitive,” Brisotti said. “I just want to get a win before the season’s over.”

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04/15/11 11:53pm
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BELLPORT — When you’re a second-year program in any sport, progress comes slowly and sometimes painfully.

A week after improving its defense, the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school girls lacrosse team came as close as it has to winning this season, losing a heart-breaker to the Bellport Clippers, 9-8, on Friday.

That first elusive win was so close, yet just out of the grasp for the Tuckers (0-7, 0-7) in the Suffolk County Division II match.

“You can taste it,” said senior Michelle Waters, who finished with two goals. “But that’s the thing. When we had those girls down we didn’t have the fresh feet. We were just a little bit away. It was a close one. We could have had it.”

Coach Kaitlin Leggio chalked it up to her team’s inexperience in handling close games.

“This is the first time it’s been so close, so back and forth,” she said. “It’s new for them because even with last year, we had one win. So to get to that level and to actually coach and teach them how to keep our composure, we can only do that with experience. So it’s a learning experience for all of us.”

In the process, the Tuckers discovered other aspects they need to work on, such as throwing and catching. After losing to the Bayport-Blue Point Phantoms, 17-1, Leggio worked on team defense and it showed in a 12-2 loss to the East Hampton Bonackers.

“Our level of play, it wasn’t our best today,” she said. “A lot of basic mistakes like throwing and catching were our biggest problems and that held us back from the victory. Our last game was against East Hampton and our defense [improved]. We played all together. This game, we weren’t playing our game.”

The Tuckers still had an opportunity to win in the waning minutes. But goalie Courtney Wickline stopped penalty shots by Waters with 3 minutes 40 seconds remaining and sophomore Sydney Sanders (team-high three goals) with 1:46 left.

“We couldn’t fake as much towards the end,” Waters said. “At first we had her. Then towards the end she caught on to what we did.”

Bellport (3-5, 3-4) grabbed a 2-0 advantage, but the Tuckers battled back to take the lead three times in the first half. The visitors took their first lead of the season when Sanders scored for a 4-3 edge with 12:16 left.

The Tuckers enjoyed a 6-5 halftime advantage. But the Clippers struck twice in the opening 71 seconds of the second half behind Pahola Bautista (two goals) and Jasmyn Merrit (game-high four goals) to take a lead they would never relinquish.

“That kind of brings your morale down a little bit,” Leggio said. “But on the other hand, that should pick you up.”

Bellport extended its lead to 8-5 before Waters tallied twice to bring the Tuckers within 9-8.

To appreciate the Tuckers’ progress, they had lost their previous six games by an average of almost 14 goals. They had scored 15 goals entering the match.

“It was close,” Sanders said. “It felt good to be finally being up. I was doing the draw and I wanted to keep going. It felt good to finally to have a close game and be up there and not being 12-0 at halftime.”

Leggio feared the Tuckers may have suffered another loss in Stefanie Loverde, who incurred a right knee injury with 1:12 remaining in the first half. Loverde tore her anterior cruciate ligament last year.

“It might be another meniscus,” she said. “She was walking on it a little bit. She’s going away for spring break. After that she will get checked up.”

Leggio and the Tuckers should know Loverde’s availability by April 28, when they host Center Moriches.

Despite the loss, the Tuckers were upbeat.

“We’re meshing more as a team,” Sanders said. “Even though it didn’t show in the score, deep down we knew we played hard. We think we were a better team than them. We could have beat them, but just fell short.”

Added Waters, “If we can stay within grasp of the girls, it’s a win for us. In the next couple of years, you’re going to see a lot come out of this Mattituck team. I can really tell it. It’s going to be really great.”