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Bethpage Lax Star Makes Defense Count

Stifling an opponent’s offensive output is task that Bethpage resident Melissa Rohr has down to a science.

 

The LIU Post lacrosse player recently earned Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors, a major award from the East Coast Conference. Rohr was joined by teammates Jackie Sileo, of Wantagh, who won ECC Player of the Year; and Katie Hannan, of Gansevoort, N.Y., who won Goalkeeper of the Year.

 

Rohr wins a piece of the conference’s top defensive award after anchoring the second best scoring defense (5.44 goals allowed per game) in Division II. The senior defender is second on the Pioneers with 27 ground balls and caused four turnovers on the season.

 

Sileo wrapped up one of the most decorated all-time women’s lacrosse careers in NCAA all-division history with another superb season in 2014. In 16 games on the season, Sileo has posted a total of 127 points on 47 goals and 80 assists. Her point, assist, and assists per game (5.0) totals all currently lead Division II. She also continued to stamp her name in the NCAA record books this season. After becoming Division II’s all-time leading scorer as a junior, Sileo became the NCAA’s all-time all-division leading scorer with an eight point performance in a win over Dowling on April 2.

 

Hannan takes home the Goalkeeper of the Year in her first and only season starting for the Pioneers after posting a perfect 16-0 record between the pipes. Hannan leads the conference in goals against average (5.37), goals against (73), and save percentage (.549) after tallying 89 saves on the season. Her save percentage is also the top mark in Division II, while her goals against average ranks third.

 

LIU Post’s Meghan McNamara has been voted the Coach of the Year for the third consecutive year by her peers. Under McNamara’s guidance, the Pioneers finished with an unblemished 16-0 record and spent every week but one ranked as the top team in Division II in the IWLCA poll. The two-time defending National Champions also won the ECC Regular Season Championship to earn the top seed in the upcoming ECC Women’s Lacrosse Championship.

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Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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