An historic win has put Hauppauge ito the Division II fray. Even further, it has put the Eagles on the map.

On Tuesday, Hauppauge earned a 9-8 decision at Shoreham-Wading River to snap the Wildcats 57-game winning streak against Suffolk opponents. SWR hadn't lost to another Suffolk team since April 24, 2007, a 9-6 defeat at Rocky Point. And the Wildcats' last home loss was May 3, 2006.

For Hauppauge (13-2, 12-2), it was a signature victory. Never before had the Eagles defeated SWR, and their two losses came at the hands of Eastport-South Manor (13-12) and Rocky Point (11-4) — the two Class B teams ahead of them in the Division II standings.

"We've been working really hard getting on the map and this is a big stepping stone in the right direction," said head coach Abigail Zeltmann. "Last year, we beat Rocky Point, but it was in [two overtimes]. More so [on Tuesday], it was a clear victory. We clearly outplayed them. It wasn't like anyone watching the game could say this was a fluke."

Samantha Losco, who finished with three goals and two assists, scored Hauppauge's final goal with 5:00 remaining in the second half to make it a 9-5 game. But SWR (12-2, 11-1) scored three goals off three straight draw controls in a little over two minutes to close the gap to one. Kait Brosco's third goal of the game with 2:48 to play made it a one-goal game.

Said Zeltmann: "It was a little touch and go at the end."

Taylor Ranftle won the last draw, but SWR regained possession with 30 seconds to play. After a missed shot, Hauppauge snatched up the ground ball with four seconds to go to seal the win.

"We had a letdown period of about 2:00 because we were getting a little tired," Zeltmann said. "But our girls played their hearts out. Everyone's got a role, and we just played very, very smart."

Sophomore Jenna Vinci was the only other Eagle with a multi-goal game. She scored two goals on just two shots. As a team, Hauppauge connected on nine of its 13 shots on net, which is a fantastic shooting accuracy.

That'll be key come playoff time against ESM and Rocky Point, who feature two of the top goalies in the county in Samantha Giacolone and Julie Nolan.

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"One of the thing's we've been stressing is our shooting," Zeltmann said. "Making sure they bury their levels, thinking about where the goalie's strong side is, and thinking about where the shots need to go."

Zeltmann added that Hauppauge, winners of three straight, is getting hot at the right time, and is only getting stronger. Jessica Venturino returned from a fractured thumb on Tuesday, and goalie Kasey Kephart, who has mono, should be back for the playoffs.