TUCKERS 20, BAYMEN 4
It’s called paying your dues.
The Hampton Bays High School girls lacrosse team, in only its second varsity season, has taken its share of lumps. The Baymen, still awaiting their first win in the team’s short history, suffered their sixth loss of the season on Friday at the hands of a team that can sympathize with what they are going through.
It wasn’t long ago at all when Mattituck/Greenport/Southold was experiencing those sort of growing pains, and to some extent still are. Been there, suffered through that.
Perhaps it will provide some solace for the Baymen to know that the Tuckers were once in their shoes but now enjoy a winning record and are hopeful of earning what would be their first appearance in the playoffs in this, their fifth varsity season.
The Tuckers matched their win total from last year with a season-high goal total in their 20-4 thumping of Hampton Bays at Cutchogue West Elementary School.
In a sportsmanlike gesture, the Tuckers (5-2, 4-2 Suffolk County Division II) eased up the pressure considerably over the final 12 minutes. With the win safe in hand, they essentially played a game of keepaway, passing from one side of the field to the other, and then back again.
Hampton Bays pulled to within 3-2 of Mattituck/Greenport/Southold before the Tuckers closed out the first half on a 12-1 run, with Audrey Hoeg, Katie Hoeg and Trish Brisotti shooting in three goals each.
Katie Hoeg finished with four goals and three assists while Audrey Hoeg had three assists and four ground balls to go with her three goals. Riley Hoeg put in three goals.
Molly Kowalski, a four-year varsity player who has been moved from defense to attack this year, contributed two goals, one assist and four ground balls.
Even the Tuckers’ senior goalie, Nicole L’Hommedieu, got into the scoring act. After playing the first half in goal, L’Hommedieu was sent out as a field player in the second half and she scored off a feed from Katie Hoeg, making the score 19-4.
Also finding the net for the Tuckers were Megan McKillop, Corrine Redda, Ashley Burns and Erin Feeny, who scored just as time expired.
L’Hommedieu’s replacement in goal, seventh-grader Claudia Hoeg, made her first varsity save.
Nikki Nolan fired in Hampton Bays’ first three goals. One of them was assisted by Gabby Morea, who netted the Baymen’s other goal. Morea and Caroline Oakland each came up with five ground balls.
The Tuckers outshot Hampton Bays by 25-10.
It was Hampton Bays’ largest losing margin this season. The difference between the teams could have been predicted. At the start of the day, the Tuckers were 12th in the 23-team division while Hampton Bays sat in 22nd place.