Of all the names that filled Mattituck’s scorebook Friday night, there were no players named Mayhem, Chaos or Havoc. Coach Steve Van Dood joked that perhaps there should be, given the way his high school girls basketball team plays.
For all the new players Mattituck has — and despite the fact that the Tuckers lost six players to graduation, including all five starters — they still play the same game. Their pressure defense forces turnovers, turning steals into easy layups. READ
Slowly, but surely, this Mattituck High School girls basketball team is forging an identity for itself.
The Tuckers have become a hard-hosed defensive side that makes the opposition work for its points while turning turnovers into key baskets.
Just ask Babylon, which entered Monday night’s Suffolk County League VI encounter undefeated in four league games while outscoring its foes by an impressive 16.5-point margin. READ
First they survived, and then they thrived.
That was the interesting path Mattituck/Southold took to its first high school girls lacrosse state championship. READ
Call them Hoegie’s heroes.
That would be a reference to sisters Mackenzie and Riley Hoeg as well as their cousin, Claudia Hoeg, not to mention the rest of the Mattituck/Southold girls lacrosse team. READ
Mackenzie Hoeg doesn’t start basketball games, but she often finishes them.
Hoeg has a clearly defined role on Mattituck’s team as the Tuckers’ sixth girl, typically the first one off the bench. While she would prefer to be a starter, she’s OK with her current role. READ
In this first year for Class D in New York State high school girls lacrosse, Mattituck/Southold is in a class of its own — at least on Long Island.
That was evident Sunday when the Tuckers picked up their first Long Island championship in dominating fashion.
As the old saying goes, defense wins championships. The Mount Sinai High School girls lacrosse team knows a thing or two about both.
Mount Sinai has won three state championships in the past five years and defense had more than a little to do with it. That said, Al Bertolone believes this current defense may be the best he has had since taking over as Mount Sinai’s coach in 2008.
In its own way, it was a work of art. Among other things, the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold high school girls lacrosse team has shown it can draw.
And that’s no small thing. Draw control is huge. It means possessions, and possessions can translate into goals.
Navigating the Suffolk County Class C girls lacrosse playoffs this year is like walking through a minefield. One misstep and — ka-boom!
Just look at that field: Bayport-Blue Point. Mount Sinai. Shoreham-Wading River. Mattituck/Greenport/Southold. Babylon.