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It’s been such a long time since the Southold/Greenport high school boys tennis team won a Suffolk County playoff match that no one seems to know when the First Settlers last accomplished the feat.

Not even coach Andrew Sadowski, who has been coaching sports at the school for 25 years, could give an exact date. READ

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Kaan Ilgin assisted on Mattituck's goal against Miller Place in the Town of Brookhaven Summer League small schools final. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Kaan Ilgin assisted on Mattituck’s goal against Miller Place in the Town of Brookhaven Summer League small schools final. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The unofficial mantra for the Mattituck boys soccer team at Diamond in the Pines in Coram on Monday night went something like this: Better now than in November.

Better to lose in the small schools championship game of the Town of Brookhaven Summer League on Aug. 4 than to lose in the Suffolk County Class B final on the very same field on Nov. 1. (more…)

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Southold goalkeeper John Charles Funke missed the first half because of traffic delays. Not even his arrival could save the First Settlers from a 5-0 loss to Miller Place. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Southold goalkeeper John Charles Funke missed the first half because of traffic delays. Not even his arrival could save the First Settlers from a 5-0 loss to Miller Place. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Minutes before his Southold boys soccer team took on Miller Place on Monday, someone went up to coach Andrew Sadowski and asked who was playing in goal for the First Settlers.

“The one that drew the short straw,” he said.

That would have been Anthony Siracusano, a field player who had to be used in the net because the regular keeper, John Charles Funke, had been delayed in traffic. (more…)

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FAMILY COURTESY PHOTO | Patricia Kos Woods has been missing since Wednesday, family members said.

FAMILY COURTESY PHOTO | Patricia Kos Woods has been missing since Wednesday.

UPDATE: The missing Miller Place woman who was thought to possibly be on the North Fork was located Friday evening at a church in Middle Island, her sister, Cathy Danowski, posted on Facebook Saturday morning.

Patricia Kos Woods, 53, had been missing since Wednesday. Police located her car at a church next to Cathedral Pines, a place she visited with her father when she was young, her sister said. Police found Ms. Woods inside.

Ms. Woods was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center, her sister said.

“This is a miracle and a major relief to friends and family,” Ms. Danowski wrote on Facebook.

Ms. Woods suffers from depression and may have been disoriented from not taking her medication, Ms. Danowski said Friday.

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The family of a missing woman with ties to the North Fork is asking for residents’ help in finding her.

Patricia Kos Woods, 53, of Miller Place was last seen Wednesday in the Miller Place area, driving a silver 2002 Ford Taurus with a dent in its front bumper near the passenger side, family members said.

Ms. Woods is described as 5-foot-7-inches tall, with medium length brown hair, brown eyes and was seen wearing a necklace with a cross and heart-shaped pendant, family said.

Ms. Woods, who has suffered from depression, may be disoriented because she hasn’t taken her medication since Wednesday, said her sister, Cathy Danowski.

Police were able to track signals from her cell phone when it was turned on and saw that she visited her old high school in Miller Place and a North Shore beach, Ms. Danowski said.

Ms. Woods’ father grew up in Cutchogue and family members believe she may attempt to go visit her grandparents’ former home as well, Ms. Danowski said.

“It looked like she was going to places that meant something to her,” she said, adding that Ms. Woods may also attempt to board the Orient ferry or visit her godmother in Jamesport.

She hasn’t taken money out of her bank account, Ms. Danowski said.

Ms. Woods went missing once before in November and was located 36 hours later after an ambulance volunteer who was treating her recognized her from her missing poster, Ms. Danowski said.

If you believe you’ve seen Ms. Woods, family members ask that you call police at 911, and to call 744-5225.

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05/05/13 11:40pm
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A Miller Place woman was arrested for driving drunk in Greenport Saturday night, Southold Town police said.

Patricia Hearn, 61, was driving westbound on Route 25 near Albertson Lane in Greenport shortly after 9:30 p.m. when police observed her failing to maintain her lane of travel in her 2009 Honda Accord, police said.

After police determined she was intoxicated, Ms. Hearn was transported to police headquarters, where she was held overnight for a Sunday morning arraignment, police said.

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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Evan Miller was an all-state player for Southold last fall, scoring 17 goals.

Evan Miller is a difference-maker. When he is on the soccer field, Southold plays a little more under control, and with a little more confidence.

That’s only understandable, given what a player of Miller’s caliber can do. A midfielder with unquestioned skill, he is smooth and possesses a good soccer sense, the sort that comes from years of honing his craft.

“He’s pretty much the definition of an impact player,” Southold’s summer league coach, Lucas Grigonis, said. “If the ball’s on his feet, there are usually two or three guys trying to get at him, and that creates space for everyone else, and that’s what we’re trying to figure out, how to have everyone else add to what he can do on the field.”

Miller certainly did a lot on the field last fall for Southold’s school team. He tallied 17 goals and was named an all-state player as a junior.

Looking back on that school season, Miller said he is happy, for the most part, with how he played. “A couple of games I could have played better, but there’s nothing I can do about that now,” he said.

But Miller is doing something about preparing for his upcoming senior season. In addition to playing for Southold’s summer team, he has also been kept busy by playing for the Lake Grove United under-17 club team and working out in the gym. As a result, he said, he has improved his speed. “I’ve definitely gotten faster,” he said.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Will Richter, a center midfielder, is one of the players who have impressed Southold’s summer team coach, Lucas Grigonis.

Miller was not among Southold’s starting 11 for the team’s Town of Brookhaven Summer League game against Miller Place at The Wedge in Mount Sinai on Monday evening, but there was a good reason for that. He made it to the field shortly before kickoff, arriving straight from New Jersey, where he had played in a tournament.

It wasn’t long, though, before Miller was inserted into the game and he did what he usually does. He possessed the ball well, using his dribbling ability to buy time for himself and teammates as he explored his passing options.

Miller had 21 touches, completed all 14 passes he attempted and put two of the three shots he took on goal for saves by Noah Varonier. The only other Southold player who took a shot was Drew Sacher.

“He can really challenge a defense,” Grigonis said of Miller. “As the defense starts to concentrate on him, it opens up other things for us.”

Miller Place (3-1) won, 1-0, on Mike D’Agati’s redirected goal about four minutes into sudden-victory overtime.

Southold’s goalkeeper, Kenji Fujita, could not be faulted for the goal. The First Settlers (1-3) could be thankful that Fujita’s play saw to it that the game went to overtime in the first place. Among his six saves were a nice one-handed stop of a drive by Nate D’Agati in the first half and a nice parry of another shot by Nate D’Agati later in the half.

“He’s been good,” Grigonis said of Fujita, a junior who took up goalkeeping as a freshman. “He’s still fairly young at the position. He still has a lot to learn, but he’s got the natural talent and eye for it.”

Fujita said he has been helped by assistant coach Kyle Romeo, who himself was one of the best goalies to ever come out of Southold. In addition, Fujita said, he watches a lot of soccer.

Southold graduated six players from last year’s school team, but more than twice that many return from the squad that went 9-7-2, losing to rival Port Jefferson in the Suffolk County Class C final.

“Six guys did leave, but still, we do have a lot of returning players,” Fujita said. “I mean, Evan Miller is pretty good, Drew Sacher is pretty good. We have a lot of good players that are coming back.”

Grigonis said the summer league has been productive. “It’s always a process,” he said. “You start off rusty, but you shake it off as the season goes on.”

Among the Southold players who have made an impression on Grigonis are center midfielder Will Richter, midfielder Drew Sacher and defensive players Ryan DiGregorio and Rob Melley. Another player, Sean O’Donnell, scored a hat trick in a 4-1 defeat Smithtown Christian on Friday.

Some might not take the summer league too seriously, but Miller see the value in it.

“It’s really important,” he said. “… Right now is really the beginning steps of getting ready for the [school] season.”

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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mario Arreola, who is headed into his second varsity season as a freshman, is one of Mattituck’s skilled attacking players.

Most soccer coaches would probably say their teams can never score too many goals. Mattituck High School’s coaches might be among them, but the Tuckers certainly can’t complain about their ability to put the ball in the net.

No doubt about it, Mattituck’s boys team has scoring punch, with offensive players who are speedy and skillful. The Tuckers have the pieces. Now it’s just a matter of putting those pieces together in a way that best makes sense. That is their assignment this summer.

“There’s just so many players to choose from,” said Stephen Urwand, an incoming senior who can play on the wing or up top. “That’s the difficult thing. Half our team is offense.”

So, when the Tuckers need a goal, who can they turn to? Well, they can look to Mario Arreola. Or Kevin Williams. Or Urwand. Or Kaan Ilgin. Or David Burkhardt. Or James Hayes. Or … well, you get the idea.

In the Town of Brookhaven Summer League, Mattituck has scored eight goals in its first three games (two wins and a draw), not a bad tally, especially considering the games are only 60 minutes long, not including overtime. Another fact that the Tuckers have to like is that six players have shared in those eight goals, with Arreola and Williams netting two apiece.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck senior Stephen Urwand has skill to go with pace, not to mention ball-heading ability.

“The offense is the strength of this team,” said Mattituck’s summer league coach, Will Hayes, a 1999 Mattituck High School graduate. “We have a lot of high-quality, attacking players.” He added: “We have plenty of good players. It’s just figuring out what to do with them. That’s what summer is for.”

Perhaps the two most impressive Mattituck players on Friday evening, when the Tuckers scored a 2-1 sudden-victory overtime defeat of Miller Place at Diamond in the Pines in Coram, were Arreola and Urwand, the team captain. Williams put away a 64th-minute penalty kick for the game-ending goal.

Arreola registered Mattituck’s first goal in the 26th minute. After a brilliant dribbling display by Walter Jacob, the ball deflected into Arreola’s path and, showing a striker’s instinct, he nailed a first-timer from outside the penalty area that found nothing but net.

That strike was the equalizer for the long-range, right-footed connection by Nate D’Agati that had given Miller Place (2-1) a 1-0 lead 13 minutes earlier.

Mattituck was unfortunate not to have scored more, thanks in part to the goalkeeping of Miller Place’s Noah Varonier. Ryan Finger of Mattituck fired a shot that whizzed past legs and bodies, apparently nicking a Miller Place defender before missing the left goalpost by inches. Arreola nailed a well-struck effort from about 35 yards, only to see it land right into Varonier’s hands. It showed that Arreola is not afraid to take a chance from long distance. As he acknowledged afterward, sometimes those types of shots go in. Varonier also did well to block a drive by Urwand in the 55th minute.

“When you watch him play, it’s pace,” Will Hayes said of Urwand. “He can push it down the line. He can push it across. He can run across the backs. He can run through the backs. It’s just a nice weapon to have.”

Arreola said Urwand “has touch. He thinks when he passes the ball. He knows what he’s doing.”

Arreola isn’t too shabby, either. The forward was the second-youngest player on the school varsity team last fall as an eighth-grader.

“He’s a bag of tricks,” Will Hayes said. “It’s fun to watch him play. He can beat you on the dribble. He can move around you. He finds spaces very, very well.”

If Mattituck is rich in goal scorers, well, goalkeeper is another question entirely. Austin Scoggin, who helped the Tuckers to a place in the Long Island Class B final last fall, has graduated. That leaves a position to be filled. Stephen Ostrowski and Casey Grathwohl, the leading candidates for the job, split time in goal on Friday. Ostrowski did not make any saves; Grathwohl had three. Grathwohl came up big in the 48th minute, blocking a hard-hit shot by Kevin Romano, who had been sent through nicely with a pass from Mike D’Agati.

“The one position we don’t have a lot of experience in is goalkeeper,” Will Hayes said. “How far they go depends on our goalkeeping, really.”

For now, at least, the other end of the field seems to be taking care of business just fine.

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06/26/12 11:21pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Amanda Gatz of Mattituck left her feet to get a foot on the ball during Tuesday night's game against Miller Place.

The Mattituck girls soccer team seems to possess that valuable quality of tailoring the proper mind-set for the situation. The Tuckers know when to be personable, when to share some laughs, and when to be serious. Smiles on the sidelines turn into game faces on the field.

“They’re actually all good friends, so it’s a good team network, and when they’re on the field, they’re all business,” assistant coach Jim Murphy said. “When they’re off the field, they can talk about it and laugh about it, but when they’re on the field, their disposition changes.”

Based on their performance on the field on Tuesday evening, the Tuckers had good cause to smile and laugh afterward.

A new era — the Pete Hansen era — for Mattituck girls soccer kicked off without the team’s new coach, Pete Hansen, but with a win the Tuckers could feel good about.

Lauren Guja, a senior stopper turned forward, scored both goals for Mattituck, including the game-winner with less than five minutes remaining to give the Tuckers a 2-1 triumph over Miller Place on the opening night of the Town of Brookhaven Summer League.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck's Samantha Stapon, right, tries to ward off a Miller Place player while chasing the ball.

What had to be encouraging for the Tuckers, just as much as the result, was the way they played on the field turf at Diamond in the Pines in Coram. They played smart and composed, connecting passes to feet.

“It’s a good start for the season,” said Murphy, who ran the team in the absence of Hansen, who was on a vacation. “For the first time, really, playing this year, I thought they played well together. There was some good continuity, some great passing, some great touches.”

Perhaps that shouldn’t come as a surprise. The Tuckers have 14 players who were on the school varsity team last fall, and the other seven players on the summer roster were on the junior varsity team.

“With most of us coming back, we’re used to playing with each other by now,” said Guja, who was an all-conference player last fall. “So, we just need to start winning games this season and just work toward that.”

It was also a good start for Guja who, although she had played forward for her club team, was stationed up front for the Tuckers for the first time. She bagged a couple of well-deserved goals that were set up by Alex Berkoski and Courtney Murphy, the assistant coach’s daughter.

“They were perfect crosses,” Guja said. “You have to finish those at this level.”

Guja poked in a shot off a pass from Murphy to snap a 1-1 tie in the 55th minute of the 60-minute game.

In the 20th minute, Guja had made it 1-0. Berkoski knocked a ball forward from the left flank, and Guja knocked the ball into the net.

“What an athlete,” Jim Murphy said. “She’s very, very athletic, very smart player on the field. Those are great goals. Good team goals, too.”

Guja proved to be a handful for Miller Place’s defenders to handle. She provided a right-wing service for Abby Graeb, who nearly scored in the 13th minute. In the 39th minute, Guja almost scored again, only to be denied by a save for a corner kick.

Miller Place pulled even at 1-1 when Mikayla Dooley punched in a ball near the goal line in the 45th minute.

The Panthers might have taken the lead themselves nine minutes later if not for Nicole Zurawski’s hustle and potential game-saving tackle.

Berkoski, a senior who can play as an outside midfielder or forward, said, “It’s a good way to start the season.”

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04/10/12 6:11pm
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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Mattituck/Greenport/Southold's Tom Filipkowski shielding the ball from a stick check by Miller Place's Nicco Narbutas.

PANTHERS 14, TUCKERS 1

The Mattituck/Greenport/Southold boys lacrosse team is experiencing growing pains, and Keith Lizzi can empathize. For good reason, too. The Miller Place team that Lizzi coaches is only in its third varsity season.

This is the second varsity season for Mattituck/Greenport/Southold, which fielded only a junior varsity team last year following the Tuckers’ inaugural varsity season in 2010. As one might expect, the going has been tough for the Tuckers. They have managed a meager 11 goals in their first four games, all losses. At the other end of the field, they have conceded 52 goals.

“It’s been humbling,” said coach Tim Corcoran.

Given that Miller Place has only one year on the Tuckers in terms of varsity growth, it’s impressive to see how far the Panthers have come. Miller Place went 7-8 in its first varsity season and lost to Comsewogue in the first round of the playoffs last year. This year Miller Place was ranked seventh in Suffolk County Division II in a preseason coaches poll. The Panthers recorded their third straight win with their 14-1 romp over the Tuckers on Tuesday at Miller Place High School.

But Miller Place (3-3 overall and in Division II) had something Mattituck/Greenport/Southold didn’t have: a lacrosse culture. Even before it fielded a varsity team, Miller Place benefitted from a strong youth lacrosse program that prepared players for higher levels. Furthermore, four of Miller Place’s neighboring schools — Shoreham-Wading River, Rocky Point, Mount Sinai and Comsewogue — have all won state championships.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Connor Malone of Mattituck/Greenport/Southold carrying the ball forward, with Miller Place's Liam Walsh in his wake.

“Lacrosse is really big around here,” Lizzi said. “Youth lacrosse is huge here in Miller Place, and we’re surrounded by it. I wasn’t starting from scratch. I had some boys that could play.”

They just needed some fine-tuning, perhaps. The Tuckers need a good deal more than that, as evidenced by Tuesday’s result, which could have been even less flattering had Miller Place, in a sportsmanlike gesture, not eased up in the second half.

James Nielsen, a senior attackman, scored five goals from six shots and also tallied four assists. Ryan Callahan contributed four goals and two assists for the Panthers, who held a 9-0 lead by halftime. Another Miller Place player, Paul Ceschini, scored twice. Mitch LaBianca scooped up a game-high eight ground balls.

Three Miller Place goalies — Matt Liantonio, Matt Hin and J. C. Guido — totaled only one save among them. Miller Place outshot the Tuckers, 33-10, and won the ground-ball battle, 38-17.

Miller Place dominated all facets of the game and did an excellent job of keeping the ball out of the Tuckers’ sticks. The only thing Miller Place didn’t get was a shutout. The Tuckers avoided becoming the victims of a rare shutout when Patrick Robbins scored off a pass from Jack DiGregorio in the game’s final seconds.

Speaking of the shutout bid, Nielsen said, “It would have been nice, but it’s not the end of the world.”

Miller Place did all of this without arguably its best player. Jeff Reh, a senior attackman who is headed to play for Stony Brook University, is recovering from a dislocated shoulder. The Panthers expect to have Reh, who has missed one and a half games, available for Thursday’s game against Hauppauge.

Meanwhile, the learning process continues for the Tuckers, who went 1-13 in their first varsity season.

“It’s been tough, but we’re improving a lot,” midfielder Casey Grathwohl said. “We got to piece it together.”

What do the Tuckers need most at this stage in their development?

“Dedication, [from] everybody,” Corcoran said. “You know, I have guys missing practice here and there for Spanish club or any other clubs. Lacrosse just isn’t their first choice.”

Lizzi offered some words of advice for the Tuckers.

“Patience,” he said. “You got to be patient. It’s not going to happen overnight.”

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11/09/10 6:50pm
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Linda Hulsmann

Former Miller Place and Rocky Point resident Linda Marie Owen (Balazy) Hulsmann died suddenly on Nov. 1, 2010, at her home in Jacksonville, N.C. She was 54.
She is survived by her daughter, Veronica Savage; two grandsons, Damian and John; parents, John and Veronica Balazy of Miller Place; siblings, Sharon Lee O’Brien, Laurel Feerick and her husband, Raymond Feerick, of Aquebogue, John Balazy Jr. and Lewis Balazy.
Linda worked for many years at the North Fork Market and Deli in Mattituck in the 1980s.
Services were held on Tuesday, Nov. 9, in Miller Place. Condolences may be left on Facebook by searching for the group “Friends and family of Linda Hulsmann” and at Legacy.com.