Fall Sports Wrap-up
The 12-5 team led by coach Christopher Veit and captains Alyssa Groneman, Rachel Lange and Jackie Vogelsang had a great run in the 2011 fall season. Sixth-seeded East Islip lost in the playoff quarterfinals to third seed Ward Melville. Key players included Rachel Lange in the midfield, Nicole Maccaldi in goal and Jackie Vogelsang, Alexa Martino and Alyssa Groneman up top. This team shows great promise for next year, thanks to underclassmen Nicole Levy, Carlie Ancona and Alexa Martino.
Coach Steve Brown led one of his fastest teams ever to a 2-3 record. The four senior captains – Alyssa Febbraro, Lexi Francisco, Quinn Favilla and Niki Lund – helped form a great bond among their teammates. Kayla Murphy, who strived for a new personal record every time she ran, is just one of many underclassmen to look out for next season
Alanna Nawrocki, a new face for swimming in East Islip, brought great success to the team this fall season. Captain Olivia Carroll along with coach Marguerite Gomez led the team to two victories, with Nawrocki and Julia Llewelyn becoming state qualifiers.
Captains Evan Maxwell, Eric McKenna, Joe Braccioforte, Andrew Grosse and Dylan Kruger led a victorious 9-5-3 team to the first round of the playoffs, clinching a spot in a great overtime win over Riverhead. The boys were defeated by Commack in an overtime upset, much to East Islip fans’ dismay. Throughout the season, Steve Frost and the five captains proved to be key players, complimented by the team’s strong defense and great chemistry.
Led by coach James Marino and captains Dakota Lopez, Raymond O’Connor, Jack Smith and Brandon Vuolo, East Islip’s impressive cross-country team had a strong season. Next year doesn’t look to be much different; strong underclassmen include Shane Martensen, Brian Kennedy and Ryan Smith. In the division championships, their most crucial race of the season, the boys scored high enough to run in the state qualifier meet.
With new head coach Stacie Wixted bringing high expectations, the girls varsity volleyball team went on to finish 9-6 for the season. Captains Kiersten Kissinger and Alicia Anderson helped to bond their team and instill great confidence in the players. Ranked ninth in the county, the team lost its first-round playoff appearance in a five-game match. Underclassmen such as Vanessa Marques and Sarah Varnot will ensure the team is competitive next year as well.
Senior captains Kaylin Schmidt and Rachel Domozych led East Islip’s gymnastics team to a 2-6 record, hampered by many hardships, including inconvenient injuries. All-county awards went to Schmidt and Rachel Silsdorf, with Elizabeth Sallie and Jaycie Snider earning all-league status. Every senior on the team had been a member since the seventh grade.
Led by coach Mike Drozd and captains Jackie Clyne, Karen Serina and Sarah Schreiner, the girls tennis team had a successful 7-5 season. East Islip was seeded 12th out of a total of 54 schools, and advanced to the final 16. In the season’s most important match, they defeated Miller Place 7-0 in the first round of the playoffs. Serina was an all-state athlete for the second year in a row – the first such achievement in East Islip sports history. All-county honors were awarded to Shannon Murphy and Nicole Damore, while Schreiner received an all-division award.
The 8-3 football team marked a great season in the books. Head coach Sal J. Ciampi and senior captains Tyler Rigo, Robert Sconone, Mike White, Todd Collins, Pete Hanabergh, Joe Modica and Kyle Moller guided the team to one of its best seasons in recent years. Although the Redmen didn’t make it as far as they had hoped, losing a crucial county championship game against Newfield, they were the most successful team of the East Islip fall sports program.
The 11-3-1 girls soccer team was defeated in the first round of the playoffs against Connetquot. The shoot-out loss was a major upset for third-seeded East Islip, guided by captains Rebecca Carucci, Brianne LaFemina and Cari Roccaro as well as coach Julie Susskind. Six girls took home honorable awards for the season. Underclassmen Kayla Roundsman, Shannon Cummings and Caylan Carracino look to be important players next season.
New coach Chris Robertson strengthened the 8-2 boys golf team, which qualified for the county tournament. Captain Ryan Scalcione’s efforts were a major factor in earning the title the boys took home this season as league co-champions (with Bay Shore). The team’s biggest match was against Walt Whitman High School, which clinched a title spot for East Islip. Paul Caliguri and Frank Argenti show promise for next year.
Article by Cristiana Votta