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Southold sophomore Madison Tabor goes up for a shot as Mercy's Nicole Gravagna guards. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk)

Southold sophomore Madison Tabor goes up for a shot as Mercy’s Nicole Gravagna guards. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk)

CLIPPERS 39, MONARCHS 35

The full length of the court separated the McGann-Mercy girls basketball team from basket as they prepared to inbound for one final possession.

“Can you say Christian Laettner?” yelled out Southold/Greenport coach Howie Geismer.  (more…)

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Madison Tabor of Southold/Greenport drives toward the basket against East Hampton Saturday afternoon. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Madison Tabor of Southold/Greenport drives toward the basket against East Hampton Saturday afternoon. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Sophomore guard Madison Tabor enjoyed a career game of her short Southold/Greenport girls basketball career Saturday afternoon.

She scored a career-high 23 points — 16 in the second half — to pace the Clippers to a 41-24 victory over East Hampton in a non-league home game.  (more…)

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Southold/Greenport's new coach, Howie Geismar, said he likes what he has seen from sophomore center Jamie Molnar. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Southold/Greenport’s new coach, Howie Geismar, said he likes what he has seen from sophomore center Jamie Molnar. (Credit: Garret Meade)

The break from the recent past — as in last season — is almost complete. The Southold/Greenport high school girls basketball team has a new coach (Howie Geismar), a new assistant coach (Maria Troisi) and a whole bunch of new players.

Perhaps the most telling way to look at it is like this: sophomores Toni Esposito, Madison Tabor and Katie Tuthill are the only returning players from last season’s team. And Tuthill, a forward, is out indefinitely with a concussion she suffered while playing field hockey in September.

“It’s like we wiped the slate clean and we’re starting over again,” said Geismar, the team’s fifth coach in five years who takes over from Joe Read. (more…)

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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Madison Tabor, right, challenging for the ball, scored Greenport/Southold's first goal.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Madison Tabor, right, challenging for the ball, scored Greenport/Southold’s first goal.

CLIPPERS 2, ROYALS 1 (OT)

Four seconds. Four measly ticks of the clock.

That is how close Port Jefferson and Greenport/Southold came to experiencing the new shootout system that has been introduced this year to settle New York State high school field hockey games that are tied through overtime.

Sarah Tuthill, however, made that unnecessary. The junior left inner’s game-winning goal with four seconds left in sudden-victory overtime brought Greenport/Southold a dramatic 2-1 triumph in the season-opening Suffolk County Division III game for both teams on Monday. Kelly Dacimo assisted.

Talk about drama. Tuthill, the team’s longest-serving player who is in her fourth varsity season, said she had never scored a bigger goal in her life.

“That was amazing,” Tuthill said. “I think the first thing I said was, ‘Thank God.’ ”

Tuthill dodged a throng of Port Jefferson players before sending her shot toward the far right corner. “I was just hoping it would go in,” she said.

The ball was right on target, skipping in and banging off the backboard with a thud, the happiest sound in field hockey (at least for the scoring team).

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Port Jefferson's Chiara Rabenno, left, and Greenport/Southold's Gina Seas going shoulder to shoulder in pursuit of the ball.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Port Jefferson’s Chiara Rabenno, left, and Greenport/Southold’s Gina Seas going shoulder to shoulder in pursuit of the ball.

“I jumped,” Greenport/Southold right inner Madison Tabor said. “I was so happy — so happy.”

If winning in sudden-victory overtime is the best way to win, losing in such a manner may be the worst way to lose. After the game, the reactions of the two teams couldn’t have been much more different. While the jubilant Clippers celebrated, the dejected Port Jefferson players trudged off to their team bus in dead silence.

“It’s the way I want to start the season,” Greenport/Southold coach Rebecca Lillis said. “I’m proud of them. Like I said before, they’re dedicated, and all the pieces came together today. It was two hard weeks of preseason prep work for this moment, and it’s worth it.”

The result was the Clippers’ second win in three games, dating back to last season when they defeated Port Jefferson on the same field. It was the first interscholastic sporting event for the fall season at Greenport High School, not to mention opening day. That in itself brought added excitement for the Clippers.

“The girls were pretty pumped,” Lillis said. “I told them it was like ESPN ‘GameDay’.”

And they played like they were in front of a national audience, too.

Despite enjoying the lion’s share of the possession, Greenport/Southold fell behind, 1-0, when Port Jefferson scored on its first shot, a goal off a counterattack by Teresa Gomes 19 minutes 4 seconds into the game. Following a penalty corner by Greenport/Southold, Gomes collected the ball well inside her team’s half of the field, carried it forward and slammed a shot past goalie Brandi Gonzalez.

The Clippers’ hearts must have sank.

“It was a little discouraging … but we had to keep going,” Tabor said. “We couldn’t give up then because we could still win. The game wasn’t over.”

The Clippers suddenly found themselves in the odd position of enjoying advantages in every major statistical category except the most important one: goals.

Tabor took care of that, though. The freshman, assisted by Tuthill, knocked an equalizer past sprawling goalie Tammy Serabian (9 saves) with 14:13 left in the second half.

Gonzalez stopped a low penalty stroke by Gomes with her pads with 11:52 to go, keeping the score even. Greenport/Southold also killed off two delay of game penalties in the second half that left the Clippers at a player disadvantage for two minutes each.

And so the game went to overtime, when the field opened up as each side was limited to seven players instead of 11.

Gonzalez came up big during overtime, knocking aside a shot by Shannon Fee for one of her 6 saves.

Then, in the dying moments, Tuthill and the Clippers got their reward for perseverance. For the Clippers, the first game of the season left them with a lot to feel good about.

“It’s awesome,” Tabor said. “It feels great because we’re undefeated now.”

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GARRET MEADE PHOTO | Greenport/Southold/Shelter Island’s Toni Esposito exults after scoring 1 minute 48 seconds into Monday’s game against Port Jefferson.

CLIPPERS 3, ROYALS 1

When two field hockey teams with one win between them, mired at the bottom of Suffolk County Division III, play each other in a game with no playoff implications whatsoever, one might think there would not be a lot riding on the outcome.

Think again.

Monday’s game had meaning for Greenport/Southold/Shelter Island, playing its final home game of the season and after 13 games still searching for its first win of the year. It was also Senior Day for the team’s three seniors as well as a Play for the Cure game, which raised money for breast cancer awareness.

The opponent was Port Jefferson, a team that had beaten the Clippers, 2-0, earlier in the season in a game that was stopped in the second half because of inclement weather. If Greenport/Southold/Shelter Island was to get a win this season, it would almost certainly have to come against Port Jefferson since the Clippers’ final game against undefeated Miller Place on Tuesday holds little promise for them.

So, the Clippers made the most of their opportunity.

Greenport/Southold/Shelter Island and its first-year head coach, Rebecca Lillis, had to wait a while for their first win of the season, but that didn’t make the team’s victory on Monday any less sweeter. The Clippers finally made it into the win column courtesy of a 3-1 triumph over Port Jefferson at Greenport High School. Toni Esposito scored two goals and Wendy Peterson assisted on the first two goals for the Clippers (1-13 overall and in Division III).

“We all wanted this win,” Greenport/Southold/Shelter Island right inner Madison Tabor said. “It was amazing. We worked so hard this season to get it. I’m so proud of all of us.”

The win was as meaningful to Peterson, as anyone else. During a halftime ceremony, Lillis presented flowers to the left wing as well as the team’s two other seniors, fullback Daniele Freeman and midfielder Julissa Corla.

“It means very much to us because we’ve worked hard this whole season, and just to get this one win is great,” said Peterson.

GARRET MEADE PHOTO | One of Greenport/Southold/Shelter Island’s three seniors, Wendy Peterson, pushing the ball forward while being chased by Port Jefferson’s Caroline Biondo.

The three goals represented a season-high output for the Clippers, and only the second time they have scored more than once in a game. They have been shut out eight times this season.

Perhaps it was the pink tie-dye shirts that the Clippers wore for the Play for the Cure game that brought added zest to their play. The players and assistant coach Maria Troisi made the shirts last week.

Call it pink magic. Esposito opened the scoring 1 minute 48 seconds into the game when she converted a centering pass from Peterson.

Allegra Fills-Aime had tied the score at 1-1 for Port Jefferson (1-13, 1-12) 4:33 later.

Then Katie Tuthill’s goal gave the Clippers a 2-1 lead with 3:01 left in the first half.

Esposito all but sealed the result when, off a pass from Mairi Creedon, she scored an insurance goal — her third of the season — on a breakaway with 13:50 left in the game.

“I think it was one of our better games this season,” said Peterson, who played the entire game except for the final 1:54 as a result of a yellow card she was shown for not allowing five feet of space on a free hit. “We worked as a team, which is really good because we’ve been struggling with that all season, but we finally got it down.”

The final score was perhaps a bit unfair to Port Jefferson, which allowed the Clippers only four shots. The Royals earned 10 short corners, twice as many as the Clippers. And yet, something was missing.

“They moved to the ball, we didn’t,” said Port Jefferson coach Debbie Brown.

It hasn’t been a kind season to either Port Jefferson or Greenport/Southold/Shelter Island.

“It’s a struggle,” said Brown, who doesn’t have a single senior on her squad. “Every day is a struggle. We don’t have enough subs. We don’t have enough players, and when you’re losing, the girls by the end of the season kind of lose their motivation. They’ve had some great games that we lost. We’ve had some games we should have won. Today we didn’t play well and Greenport came out on fire.”

Some might call this a hangover season for the Clippers, who lost 11 players from last year’s team, which reached the playoffs for the first time since at least 1987.

“We lost a lot of people,” Esposito said. “We knew that we had to work hard this season to get better.”

The team’s progress over the course of the season was seen in Monday’s game.

“They’re beyond excited,” Lillis said. “I think it was really good for them. It picked up their spirits. It’s been a tough season for them, and they needed this.”

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