Senior Kevin Lawrence scored 27 points to lead the Huntington boys’ basketball team to one of its best wins of the season as the Blue Devils topped North Babylon at home on Saturday afternoon, 70-59.
Lawrence dropped nine points from the free throw ling alone and added a pair of three-pointers. Taqwan Gooden-Hill scored 18 points, all on three-pointers. Mike Abbondandelo had 15 points and 10 assists. Mehki Harvey added six points. James Shea scored four points.
The Blue Devils took an early 23-14 lead and were up 36-28 at halftime. Huntington outscored North Babylon in the third quarter by a 13-9 margin to take a 12 point lead into the final eight minutes of the game.
Tentative Girls’ Lax Schedule
The Huntington girls’ lacrosse team will open the season with a non-league game at Hauppauge. The Blue Devils will take the field on Tuesday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m. Another non-league game is schedule for Saturday, March 25 at Farmingdale at 10 a.m.
Huntington’s league opener is set for Wednesday, March 29 at home against Lindenhurst at 4 p.m.
The Blue Devils will be coached by Kim Gilroy, Linda Costello-Roth and Elizabeth Vogelsang.
Mike Kaplan Nears 100th Career Win
Huntington girls’ varsity basketball coach Michael Kaplan is nearing his 100th career victory. The Blue Devils are currently 12-4, which gives Kaplan a lifetime mark of 98-37 for a .726 winning percentage.
In Kaplan’s first seven seasons with the team, Huntington has qualified for post-season play six times. The Blue Devils has won three consecutive league titles and are in contention to win their fourth crown this season.
Huntington plays at Copiague on Tuesday before hosting Newfield on Thursday in Louis D. Giani Gymnasium.
Fencing Nips Sayville
Huntington’s boys’ and girls’ fencing teams both nipped Sayville by identical 14-13 scores. The Section XI championship is set for Walt Whitman High School on Saturday, February 4 at 9 a.m. The Long Island championships pitting the best from Suffolk and the finest from Nassau will be held at a site to be determined on Tuesday, February 7 at 6 p.m.
Alum Named Pre-Season College Lax All-American
Huntington alum Anna Tesoriero has been named an honorable mention pre-season All-American by Inside Lacrosse as part of the magazine’s Face-off Yearbook. She plays goalie for Stony Brook University’s women’s lacrosse team, which went 17-4 last spring.
A member of Huntington’s Class of 2015, Tesoriero started each of Stony Brook’s 21 games in 2016. The former Blue Devil great was named America East First-Team All-Conference and to the All-Rookie team.
As a Stony Brook freshman, Tesoriero played 1,058 minutes, allowing 107 goals and making 107 saves for a 6.07 goals-against average and .500 save percentage. Her goals-against average was the best by any NCAA Division I freshman since 2002. She kept Binghamton scoreless last April 20 for only the second shutout in the history of Stony Brook’s women’s lacrosse program.
Tesoriero won five varsity lacrosse letters and three varsity field hockey letters at Huntington High School. In lacrosse, she was All-Division and Academic All-American in 2015 and All-County in both 2013 and 2014, in addition to being an Academic All-American in 2014. In field hockey she earned All-League and All-Division honors.
The Huntington grad is majoring in nursing at Stony Brook.
Blue Devil Boys’ Lax Schedule
The Huntington boys’ lacrosse team will participate in a series of scrimmages beginning on March 15 at home against Harborfields at 3:30 p.m.
The Blue Devils will open the season with a non-league home game on Friday, March 24 against Kings Park at 4:15 p.m. Huntington’s first league game will be played on Tuesday, March 28 at Ward Melville at 4:30 p.m.
The Blue Devils will be coached by Kevin Travis, Eric Triolo and Julian Watts.
Emma DeGennaro’s College Lax Debut
Blue Devil alum Emma DeGennaro’s college lacrosse career will kick-off on Saturday, February 18 when Brown University host Sacred Heart at 1 p.m.
DeGennaro plays attack for Brown. The Huntington High School Class of 2016 member will square-off against close friend and former teammate Katie Reilly on Saturday. March 4 at Princeton at 12 p.m. Reilly plays midfield for Princeton.
Named MVP of last year’s Huntington team, Ms. DeGennaro tallied 52 goals and 23 assists as a senior and 165 goals and 67 assists over her four year varsity career. She captured a long list of honors and was even All-County in field hockey, notching a memorable goal on a penalty shot as a senior.
Taqwan Gooden-Hill Drops 26 Points
The Huntington boys’ basketball team went into the fourth quarter with a 12 point lead last week at West Islip, but the Blue Devils couldn’t hold on as the Lions rallied to take a 66-62 victory in a Suffolk League III game.
Huntington started the game on fire, methodically building an 18-9 first quarter lead. The Blue Devils kept scoring and headed into halftime with a 34-23 advantage. The shots kept dropping in the third quarter as Huntington outscored their hosts, 16-15.
Leading 50-38 with eight minutes remaining, the Blue Devils felt good, but West Islip went on a 28-12 run to stun Huntington. The Lions comeback was complete with 1:30 remaining when they took a two-point lead.
Huntington’s Taqwan Gooden-Hill led both teams in scoring with 26 points, including five baskets from beyond the arc. Mike Abbondandelo, Mehki Harvey and Kevin Lawrence had 10 points each. James Shea and Max Angstadt both scored three points.
The Blue Devils connected on ten 3-point baskets, but it wasn’t enough.