After suffering a 13-5 loss in Southampton in the season opener on May 4, the South Fork boys lacrosse team responded with a pair of victories, despite being shorthanded.
The Islanders defeated host Copiague, 16-0, on Thursday, May 6, then defeated Riverhead, 10-7, in East Hampton on Saturday.
South Fork (2-1 Division I, 106.87 power points) lost starting attackman Andre Aponte and starting defender Riley Fisher to a pregame injury just prior to the season opener against what was a physical Floyd squad. Then starting longstick midfielder Bryan Pannasch was lost early in the game to an injury, so the Islanders were left without what head coach Matt Babb said were “staples to what we want to do defensively,” in both Fisher and Pannasch. Sebastian Frowein did a great job in stepping up in Pannasch’s absence, Babb added, but then the team lost midfielder Justin Marro to a leg injury late in the game.
“It was a tough on the team as us coaches tried to piece together the right combination of players,” Babb said.
Hudson Brindle was strong in goal with 15 saves and Babb was impressed with midfielder and faceoff man Jack Cooper, who held his own against one of the top faceoff players in the state in Floyd’s Jezayd Hall, who is committed to playing at the University of Albany.
“Although it won’t show up in stats, Jack did a great job of slowing him down and not allowing William Floyd to have fast breaks,” Babb said.
After a 16-0 victory at Copiague, a game in which Babb said he was able to rest a number of his ailing players and get some of the younger players’ “feet wet in a varsity game,” South Fork, now without Frowein and defenseman Jarrett Helgerson for various issues, went back and forth with Riverhead. Jack Cooper won seven of 20 faceoffs, the majority of which were down the final stretch of the game, providing the Islanders with a number of offensive opportunities.
Brindle was again solid in goal with 10 saves and Zac Mobius led the team offensively with three goals. Cooper and Chance Brindle each scored a goal, as did Luke Marro, Charlie Corwin, Jack Freel, and Jai Agoglia scored twice. The defense was anchored by Aiden Cooper, Fisher, who returned, and Griffin Wei.
“It was a complete team effort in earning South Fork’s biggest win to date,” Babb said. “We are determined to get some of our injured players back and keep the momentum going.”
South Fork played at Northport on Tuesday and is scheduled to play at Patchogue-Medford this Thursday, May 13, at 4:30 p.m., and will return home to Southampton this Saturday to host Brentwood at 10 a.m.