Scott Manning Posts 7 Points in Win

Scott Manning (22), shown in an earlier game, came up big on a rainy day.
Scott Manning (22), shown in an earlier game, came up big on a rainy day.

Outdoor sports came to a standstill yesterday as the weather pelted anyone willing to defy the downpour and heavy wind. Not surprisingly, the Whitman turf field easily handles anything Mother Nature can throw at it, giving our athletes an excellent surface to compete on.  And that meant that a crucial boys lacrosse game was in full swing. As the lacrosse season winds down, separating the wheat from the chaff, every game has playoff implications.

“The field was in good condition and our kids were mentally and physically prepared to play this game,” said varsity head coach Bob Howell after the big win. The Wildcats got off to a slow start, down 4-2 at the half with the Riverhead goalie John Rocca making it tough on the Wildcat offense. Everything clicked in the second half with Whitman outscoring Riverhead 9-1 and the Wildcat defense putting on one of their best performances to date.

“I attribute the quality of our second half to many things,” said coach Howell. “The offense, led by Scott Manning (4 goals and 3 assists) and Liam Brennan (3 goals and 2 assists) came up big for us, but it was our defense, who kept their big scorers in check that was the highlight.” Riverhead’s Ryan Hubbard and Dan Czelatka are both in the middle of Newsday’s’ scoring leaders list. Fortunately for Whitman, the leader and top point-maker in Suffolk County is the Wildcat senior attackman Liam Brennan with 72 points.

“This win said a lot about our defense,” said coach Howell. “Sam Esposito, Keith Morrissey, Addison Bermudez, and long pole midfielder Alex Kean and goalie Shane Brennan played a terrific game. To hold such a high-scoring offense to only one goal in the second half was terrific. Brennan, who is only a sophomore, had an outstanding day with 8 potentially game-changing, quality saves.”

Whitman was able to put up 9 goals in the second half and come away with the 11-5 victory. “This was I big game for us as it sets the table and puts us in excellent position for a playoff spot.”  Other notable Whitman scoring came from: Patrick Harrington- 2points, Jaron Batts- 2 points, Matt Stockfeder- 1 point, and Ryan Wolff- 1 point.

The following Newsday link with bring you to the current Walt Whitman Boys Lacrosse scores, stats and schedule page: http://scores.newsday.com/sports/highschool/team.php?id=53-7

This Saturday May 3 will have a full day of lacrosse slated for the Whitman campus.

2PM Youth League Game

4PM Walt Whitman Alumni Game

6:30PM Varsity Game vs Longwood (Senior Appreciation Ceremony)