Zach Brenneman, who recently finished up a stellar career at Notre Dame University as a second-team all-American midfielder, was among a number of highly-proficient present and post-college players who turned out Friday for East Hampton High’s first alumni game.
Mike Vitulli, Bonac’s varsity coach, and Ralph Naglieri, who founded East Hampton’s program a decade ago, organized the game. “We made some phone calls, and, considering it was our first one the turnout was good, though some of the guys were working,” Naglieri said. Next year maybe we’ll have it on a Saturday.”
Besides Brenneman, who has already begun to play for the professional Long Island Lizards team, Naglieri said the list included Jarred Bowe, a defenseman at the University of Delaware, Mark Scioscia, a former All-Big East player at Villanova, Tyler Maguire, who played for Stevenson, Drew Smith, who was a goalie at C.W. Post and a two-time national champion when he was there, the Falkenhan brothers, Drew and Neil, the Fitzgerald brothers, Chris and Mike, the Burns brothers, Ryan and Matt, the Powell brothers, Brian and Tommy (a senior on this year’s team), Mikey Russell, and Mark Simmons, a topnotch goalie who is at Wesleyan.
Besides Tommy Powell, others from this year’s team who played were Brendan Damm, John Nolan, Eric Tortorella, Peter Johann, and Kevin Neylon.
“Mike and I each played for a half — I reffed the first half and he reffed the second,” said Naglieri. “We let them play, though there probably should have been some fouls called. We played four quarters running time.”
Asked who had won, Naglieri said, “The Dark Team did, 8-7. That’s probably because Mike and I played on the White Team. . . . The most important thing was that everyone had fun. We’d love to keep doing this in the future.”
Neil Falkenhan said that he would once again get together an East Hampton entry to play in a regional lacrosse shoot-out tournament at Greenport High School at the end of July.