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Big Red Sports: May 22, 2009

Coach Tripp and Team Push to Best Record

Boys Varsity Lacrosse

The Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team won two games this week in convincing fashion, beating Wheatley 13-3 and Lawrence 13-2. The two wins pushes the team’s overall record to 11-5, the best record under coach Steve Tripp’s tenure, besting the 10 wins in 1987, 1989 and 2000.

In the Wheatley game, the Big Red came out strong, taking a commanding 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Brothers Dougie and Eric Tripp each scored two goals, while Kevin Gardrvits and Zach Rubin each scored one. Dougie and Zach would each add two more scores, and Owen Valance, Adan Kornfeld and Tyler Ravener would complete the scoring. Kevin led with three assists, Mike Pappachristou, Dougie and Owen each had one.

The Lawrence game celebrated the end of the regular season, and the last game for our seniors. In a ceremony before the game, it was mentioned that the class had amassed a 18-14 record over the last two years.

Once again, the Big Red jumped out early, building an 8-0 halftime lead. Dougie, Eric and Ravener each scored twice, Gardrvits and Ryan Zupa added goals as well. The second half was highlighted by two more goals from Gardrvits and one from Ravener. Daven Plummer found a cutting Chris Borer in front of the goal, and Magic Mike Moglia hit Harrison Balisky on the crease for Harrison’s first career goal. Also adding assists were Mike Pappachristou with two, Charles Ring, Eric, Dougie, Tyler, Big Kev, and Zupe with one.

Defensively, the Big Red hit their mark over the two games with 38 saves coming from the goalie tandem of Brendan Huggins (28) and Michael Doxey (10). George Weck, Garen Spendjian, Brandon Winkler, Phil Voegetlen, and Lewis Linares were able to hold down the Wheatley and Lawrence attack.

Girls Varsity Softball

“The saddest part of the season has come; the end,” said coach Amanda Sullivan, “Sully”. “For us coaches, we dread this day all season, the day that we say goodbye. We look back and remember all the fun times and those long cold nights are just faint images. I will remember a lot about this season.”

The coach said that eighth-grader Kayla Morrissey stepped up to the plate and caught for the team. She was a welcome addition to the JV squad. She had nine home runs for the team.

“Each time she was at bat you know she was aiming for the fences,” she said.

Pitchers and captains, Ali Baade and Leilani D’Onofrio put on a good show as well, with 11 strike-outs against Seaford, Big Red’s toughest competitors. Jenna Basile was a versatile player who was the quickest base runner. She played any position that the team needed her in. Antonella D’Ambrosio was quick with the tag at third and was quick and accurate with her bunts. Returning player Allie Jecklin, worked hard and earned her spot as starting first baseman, she also earned the nickname Betty Spaghetti, for her long left-handed catches that made many outs. Overall, the coach said the most improved player was freshman and first-time ball player Rosie Petulla.

“This young lady came back day after day, struggle after struggle, always with her heart and a big smile,” she said. “As promised, I owed the girls ice cream after Rosie made her first catch in the outfield during our Hewlett game. It was a proud moment as a coach.”

The biggest victory was defeating Locust Valley in the season closer 6-1. The coach said they could not have done this without the support of second baseman Morgan MacDonald and outfielders Mellissa Gary, Yaz Garces, and Captain Katie Douso.  

“I’m sad to see them go but proud to watch them grow into fine young women and great ballplayers. Thanks, girls for a great and memorable season,” she said.