There have been a lot of contributions from the Hoeg family over the last six years at Mattituck. The two eldest of the group are in their last season together, and they don’t want to leave without one more run.
Cousins Audrey Hoeg and Katie Hoeg, part of the Mattituck/Greenport/Southold girls lacrosse program for six of its seven years of existence, each had four goals and three assists in a 15-8 win over Sayville on Wednesday in Suffolk II. Katie’s sisters, freshman Riley (two goals, five assists) and Mackenzie (four goals), also excelled. Chelsea Marlborough added the team’s final goal.
“It’s a really special thing that not a lot of people can say they were pioneers of a program and watched it grow into something,” Audrey Hoeg said, noting last year’s semifinal playoff appearance.
The Tuckers (4-2) sealed the win in the second half, expanding a 9-5 lead. It came after a back-and-forth first half that Mattituck always led, but Sayville (3-4) was within one at 5-4 with 6:20 left in the first. Audrey, Katie and Riley Hoeg were involved in every second-half goal.
“We knew we had control and we were building off the momentum of defensive saves and everything,” Katie Hoeg said.
An early turning point helped set the momentum when an offensive foul by surging Sayville was turned into two quick goals by Mattituck. It swung a game that had gone from 3-0 to 3-2 and back up to 5-2. One more Sayville run followed, but Mattituck remained in control. It built the lead from there, with Audrey Hoeg scoring two consecutive goals, followed by one by Sayville’s Maddy Schaefer and two more from Katie Hoeg.
Behind the Hoeg scoring attack was a strong defense that the team calls its “Core Four” — Courtney Penny, Corinne Reds, Alexandra Beebe and Ashley Burns. That defense was anchored by Audrey Hoeg’s sister, freshman Claudia, who had five second-half saves and allowed three goals.
Schaefer, Meghan Havranek and Kelly Marra had two goals each for Sayville. Havranek and Marra also had two assists each.