The aftermath of their loss on Friday offered Mattituck-Southold’s players a chance to both look back on a historic season and look ahead to a promising future.
The Tuckers fell to Bronxville, 13-7, in a state Class D girls lacrosse semifinal at SUNY-Cortland. The first-time Long Island champions led 2-0 and 4-2 in the first half, before Bronxville went on an 11-0 run.
“Obviously we were looking for a win at the end of the day, but it was just one more step for next year,” said Francesca Vasile-Cozzo, who scored two goals. “We’ll definitely be back.”
Mattituck (14-5) won the first county championship in program history and will only graduate one senior starter. Its leading scorer this season, Mackenzie Hoeg, is a freshman, and the team’s top point producer, her sister Riley, is a sophomore.
“I think it’s huge for us to get here, not having a lot of seniors, with a chance to continue to progress forward,” coach Matt Maloney said.
Friday’s game had a promising start for the Tuckers, who won the first seven draw controls but struggled to convert their possession edge into clear-cut scoring chances.
“We started really nice, winning seven draws and that’s what you want to do,” Maloney said. “I think we probably needed to capitalize and score a couple of more goals in that time.”
Bronxville (20-1), which had made the last three state Class C semifinals, tied the score at 4 with 5:57 left in the first half and led 7-4 at halftime.
Jane DiGregorio had two goals and an assist for Mattituck and Claudia Hoeg (Mackenzie and Riley’s cousin) made seven saves.
“We’ve come such a long way,” said Corinne Reda, who along with injured goalie Emily Perry, are the team’s only seniors. “We’ve been working every single day to get to this point, because for a lot of us, this was our dream.”
Vasile-Cozzo said Reda was an “awesome” teammate. “I know I could always look to her for help. She was always there to help everybody,” she said.
Though Reda, a starter on defense, will not be with the Tuckers next season, she said she is optimistic about their future.
“They’re so good right now even though they are young, so the next few years, they’ll be unstoppable,” she said.
Added DiGregorio: “We have a lot of great potential. Next year should be even better, because everyone can grow and use this to motivate them.”