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LILJ Girls High School Winter League Recap: Week 3

Week three of the LILJ High School Winter League marked the final week of the regular season before the playoffs begin after the holidays. Some of these games had implications as to where certain teams would finish in the standings. Here’s a recap of each of the final regular season games!

Ward Melville vs. Bayport 1

The first game of the day was between Bayport’s varsity team and Ward Melville. The Phantoms came into this game looking to remain undefeated and get one of the top seeds for the playoffs. They were able to do that by getting a big win over the Patriots. The depth that this team has was on full display. They got multiple points from a total of seven different players, with Hayden Eisfeld leading the way with seven. She scored four goals and also added three assists.

It took about six minutes for the first goal to be scored, but the Phantoms got on the board as Hayden Eisfeld found Margaret Kennedy for the first goal of the game. Katie Clare gave Bayport a 2-0 lead on a free-position goal that made the GLE top 10 plays. Bayport managed to score eight goals in the first half and keep Ward Melville off the board. Despite the deficit, Ward Melville goalie Ava Carillo played a great first half, racking up a number of saves to keep the Patriots from being in a bigger hole.

Bayport kept it going in the second half, scoring six more goals to add to their lead. Hayden Eisfeld went one-on-one and fired a stinger to give them an 11-1 lead. That was followed by her younger sister Aubrie Eisfeld slipping to the cage and scoring off of the feed by Mikaela Mooney. When the clock hit zero it was the Phantoms who won this one 14-1. The Epoch Player of the Game went to Mairead Kelly who scored two goals. Despite the loss for Ward Melville Ava Carillo played a great game in goal, making 12 saves.

Comsewogue vs. Rocky Point

Game two was a battle between the Warriors of Comsewogue and the Eagles of Rocky Point. The first half was a defensive battle as neither team was able to get a sizable lead. Comsewogue struck first with a goal by Alyssa Deacy off of the feed from Kamryn McCrary. A free-position goal by Jayla Calender gave them a 2-0 lead. Rocky Point responded with a shot to the far pipe by Mckenzie Moller. Comsewogue jumped in front by two again on a goal that rattled the cage by Mackenzie Beck who was assisted by Gianna McNulty. Before the half came to close Rocky Point cut Comsewogue’s lead to one and went into halftime trailing 3-2.

Gabby Tomaso was the first half goalie for Comsewogue and recorded three saves and allowed only two goals. Rocky Point’s first half goalie was Alexa Kuhn and she gave up three goals and made six saves to keep them in the game.

Rocky Point came out of halftime looking like a different team. They outscored Comsewogue 6-1 in the second half to take command of the game. Victoria Curreri got the scoring started for the Eagles, and they followed that with a stinger by Kylie Lamoureaux which evened up the game. Mckenzie Moller gave Rocky Point their first lead of the game, going upstairs with the free-position shot. From that point on Rocky Point controlled the game. Comsewogue was held to just one second half goal. The Eagles came away victorious 8-4 to improve to 2-1 and drop Comsewogue to 1-2. The Epoch Players of the Game went to goalies Alexa Kuhn and Samantha Castellucci, and Kylie Lamoureaux.

YJ Spallina vs. Westhampton

The YJ Spallina team has been one of the toughest teams to beat in the winter league. They have yet to lose a game this season and that trend continued against Westhampton. They coasted to a 17-2 win improving to 3-0. The chemistry that this team shows is off the charts. Six different player had at least three points. Alexa Spallina had a game-high seven points with three goals and four assists.

They got out to an early lead to begin the game and didn’t look back. They scored two quick goals right out the gate. The first one was an assisted goal by Spallina to Reese Maracrio. Shortly there after a ground ball that was picked up by Eisfeld led to a little tic-tac-toe action as between Spallina, Marcario and Erika Kreuscher who ended up scoring on the play. Westhampton got two goals in the first half, one by Sofia Amodemo from Samantha Schaumloffel, and the other by Lily Graves. However YJ Spallina controlled the first half and went into the break up 9-2.

The second half saw YJ Spallina add another eight goals as well as shut out Westhampton. One those eight second half goals came from Jolie Schiavo which made the GLE top 10 plays as she handled the high pass from Eisfeld and went behind the back for the goal. In addition to cracking the top 10 plays, Schiavo was named the Epoch Player of the Game, finishing with two goals and one assist.

William Floyd vs. St. Anthony’s

The Friars were one of the teams that were battling for the top seed in the playoffs and needed to get a win against William Floyd to stay in the mix. The game was very competitive for much of the first half. Tess Calabria got the scoring going for the Friars by taking it in transition right down broadway for the finish. Kayden Meyer and Kayla Gilmore of Floyd had an answer, combining for three straight goals to give the Colonials a 3-1 lead. The Friars then countered with three straight goals of their own to regain a 4-3 lead. The go-ahead goal was by Calabria who went air-born for the shot fake, then came back down for the finish.

With five minutes left int he first half, Floyd was back up by one, but the Friars ended the first half with an offensive explosion. They closed out the last five minutes with six straight goals and went into halftime in command, up 10-5. The unforced turnovers and the difficulty clearing the ball put Floyd in the five goal deficit.

The momentum poured into the second half for the Friars. The pressure that they put on Floyd in the clearing game and the ability to get out in transition made them impossible to stop. They wound up scoring another eight goals in the second half. Megan Kenny added a goal that’s made this weeks GLE top 10 plays. When the horn sounded it was the Friars who were winners by a score of 18-6. Calabria finished with an astounding 9 goals, three assists and two ground balls. Megan Kenny also had four points and five ground balls, and Riley Zusi who was the Epoch Player of the Game had two goals, one assists and won all three face-offs taken.

St. Anthony’s vs. Rocky Point 

Rocky Point entered this game with a chance to get the top seed for the playoffs. They needed to win this game as well as hold St. Anthony’s to less than seven goals. That was definitely going to be a tough task when St. Anthony’s has Tess Calabria on the other side. The opening minutes of the game were back and fourth. St. Anthony’s struck first but Rocky Point came back with an answer as Kylie Hagan found Emilie Shultz for tying goal. Megan Kenny came right back with a goal for the Friars to give them a 2-1 lead. Rocky Point once again had an answer with Mckenzie Moller scoring one of her two goals in the game to even the game at two.

The Friars proceeded to rattle off five straight to goals build a five goal lead and surpass the magic number that Rocky Point needed to have a chance at the number one seed. That run was initiated by the pressure that they applied on Rocky Point in the clearing game. Calabria managed to strip the goalie Alexa Kuhn and score as part of that five goal run. Calabria also assisted to Riley Zusi who stung one for one of her four goals in the game. By halftime St. Anthony’s held a 9-5 lead over Rocky Point.

St. Anthony’s controlled the game in the second half. They built a seven goal lead which would be their largest of the game. Calabria trail-checked Mia Negus and came up with the turnover where she then dropped the defense and scored to make the GLE top 10 plays. St. Anthony’s outscored Rocky Point 6-5 in the second half and went on to win by a final score of 15-10. The Epoch Player of the Game for the Friars went to Jenna Binkis. Rocky Point was eliminated from getting the top seed but is still in the top four.

Shoreham vs. Wantagh

The Wildcats and the Warriors played in what was definitely the most competitive game of the day in the girls league. Both teams were racking up goals in the first half which led to this one being a shootout. Shoreham jumped out to an early lead. Their third goal came in transition as Catherine Erb found Reese Marcario in the low right corner for the goal. The Wildcats went up 4-1 before Wantagh’s offense got it going and rallied with three straight goals to even the game. Madison Alaimo intercepted the clear by Shoreham and scored the game-tying goal. The back-and-forth affair continued and with the game tied at eight in the final seconds, Eva Ingrilli gave Wantagh a 9-8 lead going into halftime.

In the second half it looked as if Wantagh was going to pull away. They built a four goal lead and with eleven minutes remaining Shoreham needed a run to keep themselves in the game. They got just what they were looking for, outscoring Wantagh 4-1 to get within one with four minutes left. The Wildcats then got the tying goal after a big save by Leigha Serio led to them getting out in transition where Grace Ann Leonard found Reese Marcario.

With two minutes left, Madison Alaimo had huge goal to give Wantagh a 16-15 lead. Shoreham once again responded to tie the game. Reese Marcario dished to Catherine Erb for the stinger. Wantagh came back down looking to win the game but the shot by Eva Ingrilli went off the cross bar. Wantagh was able to get another possession after the Wildcats were called for an empty check. This set up the game-winning goal by Erin Whitaker who spiked it home off of the feed from Ingrilli. Wantagh survived an epic showdown by a final score of 17-16. The Epoch Player of the Game went to Julia Nicholson who finished with one goal, one assist, four ground balls, and one caused turnover.

YJ Wiener vs. Smithtown West

Game seven on the day was a battle between YJ Wiener and Smithtown West. This one turned out to be a win for the Yellow Jackets who improved to 2-1 on the season. They got a 19-12 win thanks in large part to the incredible eight goal performance by Jenna Soto.

The first half was controlled by YJ but Smithtown remained within striking distance. YJ played at a fast pace, getting out in transition and not letting Smithtown get set defensively. With YJ up 6-4 with just over four minutes remaining in the half, Jenna Soto stung one to the bottom left corner for one of her eight goals in the game. Smithtown answered back with a free-position goal by Nikki Menella which brought them back within two. The Bulls hung tough in the first half but YJ Wiener held a 9-5 lead at halftime.

YJ maintained the lead in the second half. The offense continued to remain hot, scoring 10 goals in the second half. They outscored the Bulls 10-7 which earned them a 19-12 win. The eight goals that were scored by Jenna Soto earned her the Epoch Player of the Game. YJ also got four goals from Jayden Piraino, three from Christina Lauro, and two from Holly Newman. Nikki Menella was the leading scorer for Smithtown with five goals.

YJ Wiener vs. Ward Melville

The final game of the day in the girls league was the second on the day for both YJ Wiener and Ward Melville. YJ was looking to make it two straight wins and they were able to do so, defeating the Patriots 15-7. Tess Calabria put on a show on the offensive end, scoring seven goals for YJ Wiener.

It was a relatively low scoring first half fo both teams. YJ had a 5-3 lead in the final minute of the first half when Isabella Dantuono hit Skylar Cohen for the goal to give them a 6-3 lead. This score held up the rest of the half and YJ entered halftime with a three goal lead. Ava Carillo of Ward Melville made multiple big saves which allowed for the Patriots to still be in the game.

Ward Melville opened up the second half with a goal by Grace Mulham which brought them back within two. The offense for YJ started to get going, beginning with a goal by Jenna Soto who was assisted by Christina Lauro. That was followed by Tess Calabria forcing a turnover and taking it to the cage for another YJ goal. The game began to get away from Ward Melville with YJ settling into their offense which helped them build a sizable lead. They outscored Ward Melville 9-6 and got a 15-7 win to make it two for two on the day. Sophia took home the Epoch Player of the Game for her efforts on the defensive side of the ball. Despite the loss, Ava Carillo finished the game with 10 saves for Ward Melville.


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