The Huntington girls’ lacrosse team needed a big win and the Blue Devils got it, toppling host Longwood on Saturday, 16-6.
Huntington started slowly, but methodically built a 9-2 lead by halftime. The Blue Devils outscored the Lions in the second half, 7-4 to improve to 9-6 overall. Ryann Gaffney had 4 goals and two assists and Abby Maichin scored four goals and added an assist.
Gaffney has 32 goals and 15 assists this spring while Maichin has found the back of the cage 50 times and has assisted on eight other goals. The victory improved the Blue Devils mark to 9-6 overall and 8-5 in Suffolk Division I.
“We started really slow, but towards the end of the first half really picked it up and found the back of the net,” said Camille Stafford, one of Huntington’s defensive stars. “Overall, it was a great win for the team.”
Huntington’s offense hummed against Longwood. Emma Greenhill had three goals and an assist and Isabella Piccola added two goals and an assist. Marissa Stafford, Isabella Annunziata and Paige Lennon all scored in the game. Emma Petrizzi had two assists. Megan Bacik stopped 12 shots in goal. Maya Santa-Maria recorded one save in the cage for the Blue Devils.
Greenhill has 30 goals and 10 assists for Huntington while Piccola has scored 20 goals and assisted on 20 others. “Today was a really big day for us” said Greenhill after the game. “We knew coming into it that leaving with a win would give us great chances for playoffs. Everyone contributed today on both ends of the field making it a great game. We’re really excited for the upcoming games and are definitely going to build off of everything in this one for playoffs and Senior Day.”
Longwood had eight wins coming into the game so the Blue Devils took nothing for granted. “We started off slow in the first half, but we really stepped it up in the second half,” said Amber Stieve, who plays a key role on the team. “In the end, we came up with a big win and I think that we have a good chance of advancing to the playoffs.”
Huntington is pulling closer together than ever as it goes all-out to reach the playoffs. The team is coached by Kim Gilroy, Linda Costello-Roth and Elizabeth Vogelsang.
Matt Gelb Notches Nine Points in Victory
Matt Gelb enjoyed one of the best games of his career on Saturday, tallying four goals and five assists to lead the Huntington boys’ lacrosse team past visiting Patchogue-Medford at Blue Devil Field, 17-4.
Huntington bolted to a 5-1 first period lead and held a 10-3 halftime advantage. The Blue Devils locked up the victory with a 7-1 second half run.
Garrett Moya continued his stellar play with four goals and four assists. Colby Martin scored three times and Ryan Gorecki scored twice. Matt Mattiace, Nat Amato, Jack Stewart and Jordan McCoy also scored in the game. Jared Leake picked up three assists. Freddie Amato and Mark Rafuse added assists.
Huntington goalie Sam Bergman compiled 10 saves before yielding to Chris Martin, who stopped one shot.
Blue Devils Tune-up at St. Anthony’s Invitational
The Huntington boys’ track and field team vied in last weekend’s 46th St. Anthony’s Invitational as the Blue Devils prep for the division, county and state championships.
Kyree Johnson blazed to victory in the 400m dash in a time of 48.68 seconds, easily vanquishing the field of 64 runners.
Clay Jamison finished third in a field of 24 in shot with a toss of 46-09.75 feet. Jonathan Smith was eighth in the 400m hurdles in 59.51 seconds. Six of the seven runners finishing ahead of the Huntington sophomore were seniors.
Coach Ronald Wilson gave the metropolitan area a glimpse of the Blue Devils’ young talent in a pair of relay races.
In the frosh 4x100m relay, eighth graders Nasir Youngblood, Anthony Joseph, Chad Rowe, Jr. and Jason Turner bested a field of 14, coasting to first place in 46.50 seconds.
In the frosh 4x400m relay, freshman Justin Stevens teamed up with Rowe, Turner and Joseph to finish first by a whopping 4.2 seconds difference over second place Sachem East. Huntington’s time of 3:42.00 was the class of the 18 team field.
Blue Devils Fall One Goal Short
Freshman Abby Maichin scored five goals, but the Huntington girls’ lacrosse team suffered a heartbreaking loss at Sachem North, 10-9.
Huntington trailed 6-4 at halftime and outscored the Flaming Arrows in the second half, 5-4 to come to within a goal. Isabella Piccola had a goal and two assists and Ryann Gaffney tallied one goal and one assist for the Blue Devils. Emma Greenhill and Amber Stieve also scored in the game. Goalie Maya Santa-Maria made three saves.
Blue Devils Topple HHHW in Close Meet
The Huntington girls’ track and field team edged Half Hollow Hills West, 80-70 in a close battle.
“It was exciting and came down to the relays,” head coach Shawn Anderson said. “As a whole, our team had some solid performances, but individually we struggled in a few areas. We are now in May, so as we look toward the future, we should be developing some quicker, fresher legs and arms to be able to run, jump and throw further.”
Anna Gulizio, Hadley Clayton, Sophie Dellecave and Marina Ruzic won the 4x400m relay in 4:19.4. Nicole Abbondandelo, Alexandra McKenzie, Niamh Condon and Keily Rivas took first place in the 4x800m relay in 11:00.
Abbondandelo, Rivas and Clayton swept the 1500m run. Abbondandelo also won the 800m run in 2:31.2 with Ruzic taking third in 2:40.6.
Jolena Smith (98-01 feet), Nephar Durand (95-01) and Mardnie Mentor (76-01) swept discus. Royyele Sainvilus (68-03), Mya Davis (67-6) and Jai-la’ Bush (59-05) also turned in strong performances. “The throwers all had fantastic days as everyone in discuss saw personal bests,” Anderson said.
Rivas lowered her school record in the 1500m race-walk, crossing the finish line first in 7:27.1. Erika Vardady was close behind in a personal best time of 7:30.3.
In other action:
High jump: Gulizio took second with a leap of 4-10 feet. Smith notched a best of 4-04 feet for third place. Eve Combs also had a best in the event.
Pole vault: McKenzie cleared eight feet to claim second place. Mackenzie Joseph soared 7-06 feet for third.
Shot put: Durand realized a huge personal record of 32-09 feet to grab first place. Smith was second with a toss of 31-05 feet.
100m high hurdles: Mentor took second place in 18.6 seconds.
400m: Gulizio finished first in 61.9 seconds.
400m hurdles: Dellecave captured first (71.5 seconds) with Clayton coming in second in a personal best time of 73.9.
3000m: Abbondandelo finished first in 12:23 with Clayton placing third in 12:47.