Lady Whalers Fall to Miller Place
The Pierson/Bridgehampton field hockey team lost, 3-2, in a shootout against Miller Place on Monday to fall to 4-3 in the Division III standings. Still, with 199.990 power points, the Lady Whalers were in third place behind Miller Place, which is undefeated, and Rocky Point in the 14-team division.
“We started off really strong and played with a lot of intensity,” head coach Bethany Semlear said. “Playing great teams like Miller Place helps us to develop our skills as a team and forces us to play at a higher level. Games like this prepare us for the postseason.”
Prior to Monday’s game, the Lady Whalers split a pair of overtime games including a dramatic 3-2 road victory on September 20 at Harborfields, where senior Cali Cafiero broke away to scored the game-winning goal with less than 30 seconds remaining in overtime. The team lost to Sayville, 2-1, on Friday, with Cafiero scoring the team’s lone goal.
The Lady Whalers jumped out to a 2-0 lead over Miller Place, traditionally one of the top programs on Long Island, on goals by Ana Sherwood and Hollie Schleicher. Miller Place came back with two goals in the second half, and following a scoreless overtime period, outscored Pierson, 2-1, in the shootout.
Tennis Team Knocks Off Westhampton
Pierson seniors Isabel Peters and Lily Kot continued their strong seasons Monday by winning singles matches to help pace East Hampton to a 5-2 win at Westhampton. As of Tuesday, the Lady Bonackers (5-2) remained in the hunt for at least a share of the League VII title. The team was scheduled to face Southampton on Wednesday, with remaining matches at Ross on Friday and at first-place William Floyd on Thursday, October 6. Floyd lost its only match early of the season to Westhampton on September 8.
The Pierson doubles team of Allie Clark and Caroline Micallef lost their match at first doubles on Monday, falling 6-3, 7-6, 6-4. Peters and Kot won their matches in straight sets.
Golf Drops Two, Wins One
The Pierson golf team dropped two straight matches to local rivals following an easy 8.5-.5 victory over William Floyd at the Noyac Golf Club on September 20. Jack Brown shot a 39 and Tom Brooks and Matt Burke shot scores of 41 and 42, respectively, to lead the Whalers to a win on their home course. A day later at Westhampton, however, Brown shot a 44 to halve his match with Thatcher Cord and Brooks shot a 46 to lose a point in the second slot. Westhampton outscored the Whalers, 217-224, and won 6.5-2.5.
Facing East Hampton back at Noyac on Thursday, Brown once again turned in a great score with a 37, but lost his match to Turner Foster, who shot a 34. Henry Brooks shot a 46 to win Pierson’s only head-to-head match of the day, and East Hampton’s team score of 209 beat Pierson’s 217 as the Whalers fell to 3-2 in League VIII action.
Doyle is Swimmer of the Meet
Pierson freshman Eva Doyle was chosen as Swimmer of the Meet by captains of the East Hampton swim team following a 97-79 loss to Sayville on September 21. Doyle, who is new to the sport, was asked to swim the 100 meter freestyle as part of the “C” 400 free relay and had “big doubts as to whether she would be able to finish it,” according to head coach Craig Brierley.
“One of the great things about the sport of swimming is dealing with tough challenges, and Eva needed to face this one,” Brierley wrote in an email. “Well she did it! Afterward, Eva admitted it was really tough. The coaches knew she was capable of doing it and the best part is now Eva knows she can do it.”