HALF HOLLOW HILLS, New York, May 7
BY: Andrew Wroblewski
Cam Mule led Half Hollow Hills West with 6 points and Ryan Ozvath scored 5 goals as Half Hollow Hills West cruised to a 14-8 victory Friday night under the lights of Walt Whitman High School.
With the win, the Colts (7-3) claimed their second consecutive win over Whitman (5-5) in what has become an annual night game between the crosstown rivals.
For Hills West, the scoring came early and often as the Colts jumped out to a 5-1 lead after one quarter and extended that total to 9-2 before the break for halftime.
From that point on, despite the Wildcats outscoring the Colts 6-5 in the second half, Hills West preserved its lead to claim a two-game lead over Whitman in the League II standings.
Mule, a sophomore attacker, powered the potent Colts offense with 6 points on 2 goals and 4 assists to lead all players in points.
Ozsvath, who this season become Hills West’s all-time scoring leader, added 5 goals of his own to lead all scorers.
Michael McCarthy, a senior, produced 5 points of his own on 1 goal and 3 assists while goaltender Ryan Coffey managed the Colts’ net and lead with 4 saves to his name.
The win for Hills West extended its League II winning streak to four straight. Consecutive wins over East Islip, Deer Park, West Babylon and now Whitman have clinched the Colts’ spot in the 2015 Suffolk Division I playoffs, which kick off next Friday.
After press time on Tuesday, the Colts began their final week of the regular season with a matchup against Bellport (3-7), a team eliminated from playoff contention.
Perhaps the Colts’ bigger test, however, will come against Hills East (9-1) on Saturday. The matchup will be the Colts’ final League II game of the season and is scheduled to be played at 4 p.m. on the turf field of High School West.
One of the biggest rivalries in Long Island lacrosse, the battle for Half Hollow Hills will be fought in league play for the first time since 2012; the result will have a direct impact on playoff implications for both teams.
Dating back to the 2011-2012 season, the Colts have won one of the last three matchups with the Thunderbirds. That last win came during the 2013-2014 season when the Colts defeated Hills East 11-6.
Originally published: Long Islander News: Half Hollow Hills
(Thursday, May 7, 2015; A30)