Whitman Takes Game One in Playoff Schedule

Whitman’s sophomore goalie Shane Brennan (1) registered 18 quality saves.
Whitman’s sophomore goalie Shane Brennan (1) registered 18 quality saves.
Patric Harrington takes a shot scoring one of his two goals on the day.
Patric Harrington takes a shot scoring one of his two goals on the day.
Whitman junior Jaron Batts grabs a breather in a rare moment when he wasn’t flying down the field.
Whitman junior Jaron Batts grabs a breather in a rare moment when he wasn’t flying down the field.
Left to right: volunteer assistant coach Mike Brennan, assistant coach Matt Lauria, and head coach Bob Howell present game balls after the Bay Shore win.
Left to right: volunteer assistant coach Mike Brennan, assistant coach Matt Lauria, and head coach Bob Howell present game balls after the Bay Shore win.
When he’s not scoring, Liam Brennan (7) rides his opponent looking to create a turnover.
When he’s not scoring, Liam Brennan (7) rides his opponent looking to create a turnover.

The last time these two teams met, the Wildcats let their defenses down and allowed Bay Shore to get back in the game and eventually win by one point. On Monday at Whitman’s turf field, the Wildcats were not about to let history repeat itself. “We are not letting them get back in this game today,” coach Bob Howell told his players at halftime. “This is our game, we keep looking forward, and we walk out of here with a win.”

But Bay Shore was also thinking about the last time they played Whitman, and fought hard to put up 4 points to Whitman’s 2 in the 3rd quarter.  Beginning the 4th quarter 8-9 and Whitman up by only 2, the teams went head-to-head in a hotly contested game. The pace quickened as both teams fought desperately for an edge as the minutes ticked away. But today was going to be the Wildcats day and the speedy Whitman junior Jaron Batts was determined to make sure history did not repeat itself. “Jaron scored 3 goals and had the game of his life today,” said Coach Howell as he presented Jaron with one of the coveted game balls.

“The team really showed their mettle today,” continued Coach Howell.  “This was a terrific win, the kids never quit, they were so focused, they were mentally and physically ready to win this game today. I’m very proud of them.”

The scoring was spread around with Liam Brennan- 2 goals and 1 assist; Patric Harrington- 2 goals and 1 assist; Matt Stockfeder- 2 goals and 1 assist; Jaron Batts- 3 goals; Ryan Wolff- 2 assists; Alex Keane- 1 assist; Scott Manning- 1 goal. Shane Brennan registered 18 quality saves. 

Whitman will now go up against Long Island’s #1 ranked team Smithtown West on Wednesday at 5PM. 

Directions to Smithtown West High School can be found using the following link:https://www.google.com/maps/@40.8639798,-73.2410823,17z