Kerri Thornton and Kate Mulham each finished with a goal and an assist as Ward Melville won a battle of undefeated field hockey teams against Eastport-South Manor Tuesday.
The Patriots took a 3-2 victory over the visiting Sharks and improved to 10-0 in Suffolk I. Ward Melville has not lost in a regular-season matchup since Sept. 19, 2015.
“We knew that today was going to be a very competitive game,” coach Shannon Sioss said. “Two teams were coming into this game, both undefeated, so we were definitely not taking it lightly, and they’ve been having a phenomenal season.”
Eastport-South Manor opened the scoring with a goal from Ellie Masera with 21:06 remaining in the first half. Jessica Krewson notched an assist on the tally. Less than three minutes later, Thornton, the reigning Long Island Player of the Year, tied the score at 1 at the 18:09 mark for Ward Melville.
Elizabeth Wang would increase the Patriots’ lead to 2-1 off an assist from Mulham with 12:31 left in the first half.
Mulham later added on a goal of her own at 27:48 remaining in the second half. Thornton drew an assist.
The Sharks would cut the deficit to one on a goal from Jameson Margiotta with 12:07 left in the game, but Ward Melville would hold on and come away with the victory.
Sioss added that home-field advantage and having a number of upperclassmen who have been through similar situations before played an important role.
“Every day we are coming out and working on trying to make ourselves better,” Sioss said. “We are taking every game that we play, no matter what the score is or anything like that. A win is always nice, but there’s always things to be learned and so every day we take from each game and each practice and we work on building it and just growing as a team together.”
Goalkeeper Meghan Lorenzen made seven saves in the win, and Eastport-South Manor’s Paige Vinch made two.
Eastport-South Manor drops to 10-1 with three games left in the regular season.
Though undefeated, the Patriots are only looking ahead. “We can’t let this record affect how we play because then it’ll get to us and we don’t want it to affect how we play in the future,” Thornton said. “In our remaining four games, we have to play like we did today and come out strong and keep playing how we did today and not let anything affect us.”