On This Day in History | 1983

Pioneers | Back: B. Snyder, S. Payne, H. Makar, J. Grace, T. Davis, J. Newton, W. Regan, R. Alioth, J. Harvey, Coach Coblentz | Front: P. Lawrence, C. Mathew, J. Freeman, E. Heckert, P. Hust, M. Elliot, D. Terrell

On this day 27 years ago…

After years of finding themselves on the losing end of the decisions, our boys’ soccer team finally defeated Mattituck, 3-1, on the east end of the Island. You can count on one hand the number of times our boys have defeated the Tuckers, with only three other wins coming in 1988, 2004, and 2009, but it was the ’83 squad that forged a path for later teams. The Shrikes were led by 1st Team All-League selections Pepper Hust and Pierre Lawrence and 2nd Team honorees Chris Mathew and John Freeman. Joe Harvey remembered Hust’s goal as a “blast into the net, from just short of midfield,” but it was not his favorite memory from that day:

Even better than being able to ring the bell like crazy outside Johnson Hall on our return to campus, was when Coach [Bruce] Boyce stopped the van at 7-11 and treated us each to a quart of Häagen-Dazs ice cream when we won.



  1. Thanks for posting this. As I recall this picture was taken when we won the Master’s Tournament in Connecticut. Remember the party at one of the host kid’s house? My first exposure to MTV. They tried to keep us up late so we’d lose the final the next day, but we outsmarted them. Those were the days!


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