The Huntington boys’ lacrosse team put on a sensational show in its final game of the season. The Blue Devils nipped playoff bound Riverhead (11-5) on its home field, 8-7.
Huntington (6-10) trailed at halftime, 4-3, but went on a 4-1 third period run and held on for the win. Matt Gelb tallied three goals and two assists and Jared Leake had three goals and an assist to lead the Blue Devils.
Trailing 5-3 in the second half, Huntington scored five straight goals and then hung tough for the win. Garrett Moya had a goal and three assists. Colby Martin also scored for the Blue Devils. Jack Stewart had two assists. Goalie Sam Bergman stopped a remarkable 17 shots in the cage.
Senior Matt Meyers was among the Huntington players donning their Blue Devil uniform for the last time. “Lacrosse has been a life changing opportunity for me,” the teenager said. “The sport offers a dynamic relationship between players on and off the field. Whether it is club lax or school lax, some of the relationships I have made will last forever.”
Blue Devils Solid at St. Anthony’s Invitational
The Huntington girls’ track and field team enjoyed “two fantastic days of competition” at this year’s St. Anthony’s Invitational, Blue Devil head coach Shawn Anderson said.
Inclement weather on the first day of the two-day competition forced several field events indoors. Anna Gulizio cleared 4-09 feet in high jump and Alexandra McKenzie placed seventh in pole vault after scaling 8-06 feet. Jolena Smith placed 13th in shot put with a throw of 32-09 feet. Nephar Durand tossed the weight ball 30-03 feet. Marina Ruzic finished sixth in long jump with a leap of 15-05 feet.
McKenzie was strong in the unseeded section of the 400m dash, finishing third in her heat and fourth overall with a personal best time of 65.14 seconds.
Huntington sparkled in the unseeded section of the 800m run with Nicole Abbondandelo taking second place in a season best time of 2:25.31. Hadley Clayton (2:26.73) out-leaned teammate Sophie Dellecave (2:26.76) as the pair placed 3-4. Niamh Condon ran a season best time of 2:37.68.
Second day highlights included:
• Girls’ sophomore 4x400m relay: Karley Mathews, Hadley Clayton, Keily Rivas and Sophie Dellecave took third in a time of 4:27.20 with each runner turning in a split under 70 seconds.
• Unseeded 1500m: Hadley Clayton decided to “go for it” and double back in the 1500m run. With about 25 minutes rest, she ran a personal best of 5:09.46 to finish second.
• Discus: Jolena Smith took sixth with a throw of 101 feet. It was the first time the teenager had ever thrown beyond 100 feet. Nephar Durand wasn’t far behind, finishing ninth with a throw of 97 feet, also a personal best. It places her among the county’s top sophomores.
• 1500m race-walk: In what seemed to be the race-walk of the season, Erika Varady and Keily Rivas proved why they are two of the best in the county, state and nation. The two sophomores keep pushing each other to new levels. Varady reclaimed her former school record, lowering it to 7:09.66 to place fourth. Rivas, who had run the 4x400m relay earlier, lowered her best to 7:14.74 good for sixth place. The two are in the top five in Suffolk and top ten in the country. “Both qualified for the national meet,” Anderson said. “It is yet to be determined if they will attend, as it is in the middle of Regents week, but options are being explored.”
• 400m: Anna Guilzio came in ranked 20th but she finished sixth in a time of 59.72.
• 1500m Nicole Abbondandelo ran a splendid race, finishing eighth in 4:49.28, just .28 of a second off her personal best. “It was a fantastic race with some stellar competition and lots of wind,” Anderson said.
“Overall, our team had a great two days,” Anderson said. “This gave the athletes confidence going into the championship season.”
Alum Wins North Eastern Athletic Conference Honors
Huntington High School Class of 2015 member Mackenzie Maloney has earned Second Team North Eastern Athletic Conference honors after leading Wells College in goals, assists and points. The conference honors were voted on by the ten league coaches.
A sophomore midfielder, Maloney was second in the conference with 62 goals and tied for the Wells team lead in assists with 16. Her 78 points ranked fifth in the conference.
This marks Maloney’s second all-conference award. She was a first team pick in 2016 and the NEAC Rookie of the Year. The Huntington alum was also selected as Wells College’s Most Valuable Player for the 2017 season.
Lynch Enjoys Strong Sophomore Season
Huntington alum Samantha Lynch enjoyed a strong sophomore season with the Notre Dame women’s lacrosse team. The former Blue Devil great played in 17 games and tallied 36 goals and three assists. She took 87 shots, picked up 15 ground balls and won 14 draw controls.
The Huntington Class of 2015 member is studying civil engineering.