All work and no play isn’t making anyone a dull player at Eastport-South Manor. Work for the Sharks is entertaining, especially when “work” leads to an undefeated record and a win against Riverhead, 3-0.
ESM (12-0, 13-0) is rounding out the season at the top of Suffolk II, something the second-year team isn’t boasting about.
“We don’t think about our record,” coach Jenna Rickert said. “We take it one game at a time and have fun while we do it.”
“Fun” includes shutting out 11 of 13 teams, combining for 37 goals and allowing only two scores so far this season, with two games left.
“Considering this is our second year, 13-0 is amazing,” junior Emily Masera said. “But you always want to take it one step at a time. It’s intense but we’re ready.”
Masera was the leader in the game against Riverhead (7-5), scoring the first goal and assisting Jessica Krewson on the second goal. Jamie Margiotta scored the third goal.
By the way, Masera is also ranked eighth in her class.
“Emily is super smart, academically and athletically,” Rickert said. “She was ready to receive the ball inside the circle [to score Thursday]. It was a great play.”
Masera credits her teammates in achieving her academic feats. The team is close. They’ve created a tradition this season in which one person, in secret, hands out gifts and motivational quotes to boost morale and companionship.
“It’s really brought our team together,” Masera said. “[Thursday] our energy was good and we’re in great spirits.”
ESM plays Huntington on Saturday. Both Rickert and Masera said they’re sticking to the manuscript, all play and no work.
“If you’re not having fun, there’s no point in playing,” Rickert said. “That’s why I think we are doing so well.”