The program that allows neighboring high schools to join forces for the purpose of fielding competitive sports teams has proven to be a great success dating back to the excellent Pierson/Shelter island girl’s hoop teams of the ’80s and early ’90s.
This year, East Hampton, Bridgehampton and Pierson have joined forces to field a boys’ lacrosse team, a sport that never really took hold out in these parts. Guess what? It is now.
On Friday, the locals, dubbed the South Fork Islanders, won their third straight, besting Port Jefferson 15-7 in East Hampton. The locals came out cautiously but gradually attacked with ever-increasing intensity, opening a six-goal lead after two stanzas that grew to a 10-goal lead in the third.
The scoring came from a variety of sources: Logan Gurney, Luke Marro, and Cole Shaw each tallied three times, and Marro added two assists. Kai Parcher-Charles scored twice, and Jameson Willey added a goal and an assist.
The deciding factor of the game, though, may have been goalkeeper Hudson Brindle, who frustrated the Royals time and again. He was credited with 17 saves. The locals moved to 3-2 in Division II; Port Jeff fell to 1-4.
Two days earlier, again playing in East Hampton, the locals edged Center Moriches 10-6, scoring twice in the third to open up a four-goal lead.
Parcher-Charles, Connor Rozzi and Shaw each scored twice for the winners; Jimmy O’Brien and Brindle shared the net chores for the winners.
After opening the season with two losses the Islanders broke the ice in Hampton Bays (1-5), exploding to a 17-3 win. Willey had five points including three goals and Marro added two goals and two assists. But it was Brian Damn who enjoyed a career afternoon, busting out for five goals and assisting on two others. Zach Finder also scored and added an assist. O’Brien had eight saves.
The locals play Mercy Thursday in East Hampton at 4:30 PM.
There are 28 teams in Division II, and the South Fork team is mid pack. Islip, at 5-0, is the only undefeated team. Other local schools in the league include Westhampton (2-2). Mattituck/Southold (2-2), and Mercy.
Riverhead, competing in Division I, currently sports a 3-3 mark after dropping a 14-11 heartbreaker to Smithtown East at home despite six goals and two assists from Kamryn Gill. Connor Kalmus had a hat trick and added an assists and Shane Coleman scored twice.