Former Farmingdale varsity black roller hockey player, Nicholas Vitale, was one of two freshmen picked for the University at Albany Great Danes Division II Roller Hockey Team. The Eastern Collegiate Roller Hockey Association (ECRHA) chose the defenseman to participate in the 2012 All Star Game played in Feasterville, PA.
At the Regional Playoff weekend festivities, the ECRHA announced Vitale as the 2012 Rookie of the Year. He joined a select group of nominees that included Nathan Gerger from the University of Pittsburgh who won Player of the Year. The other rookie candidates were Nick Carter from the University of Massachusetts, Sean Connolly at Binghamton, and Kevin Robitaille from Boston University.
The Dalers capped off the 2011-2012 season with an 8th place finish at the Nassau County Championships on Saturday, Feb. 10. Amidst a number of very strong individual performances, six Farmingdale swimmers joined diver James Mangione as selections to the All-Conference team (see list below).
Among the highlights was the swim by the 200-Free Relay team of Jimmy Barnola, Matt Crow, Nader Golsahr, and Vinny Mattei who finished 4th overall, just missing All-County honors. Barnola split a 24.1 off the lead leg, followed by Crow’s 23.2, Golshahr’s 23.4, and Mattei’s personal best 22.8 coming right out of the 500 Free.
The Farmingdale State College men’s lacrosse team fell to visiting Scranton on Saturday, Feb. 25, (11-5) in the season opener. The FSC Rams now stand at 0-1 overall, while the Scranton Royals improve to 1-0.
In the first quarter, junior midfielder Bobby Thomas (Wantagh) opened the scoring with an assist from senior midfielder Rob Nosworthy (Massapequa). Scranton evened the score at 1-1 with a goal by junior attack Taylor Nelson (Chester Springs, PA). The Rams added two goals in the first minute of the second quarter, from senior midfielder Tim Caden (Setauket) and Nosworthy, to gain the 3-1 lead. But Scranton scored three unanswered goals before the halftime break for the 4-3 advantage.
The defending National Champion, Mercyhust Lakers, have been tabbed as the 2012 preseason favorite in East Coast Conference men’s lacrosse. Senior Eddie Plompen (West Islip) of C.W. Post has been named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while junior goalkeeper T.J. DiCarlo (Farmingdale) of Mercy has been named the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
Mercyhurst accumulated 118 total points with eight first place votes to take the top spot in the preseason poll. The Lakers are coming off a season in which they finished 14-2 (8-2 in ECC play). Their final win, a 9-8 victory over Adelphi, gave the team the first National Championship in program history. Four starters and 25 players return for Mercyhurst in their quest to capture the ECC title and defend their national title.
Max Schall, 13, a student at Howitt Middle School, participated in the 3rd Annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl. Schall, an offensive lineman for the Farmingdale Titans, played in a bowl game held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. He received the Offensive Lineman Award at camp this past summer to earn his third selection to the OD Youth All-American Bowl.
Councilman Joseph Muscarella and Legislator Joe Belesi recently joined in celebrating the many accomplishments of the players and cheerleaders of the Farmingdale Titans Youth Football and Cheerleading Organization, at their annual awards dinner held at the Sterling in Bethpage. Among those on hand for the nights festivities include the players, cheerleaders, and Rob Rodriguez, Flo Hilbrandt, Marty Hettrich, Laura Cincotta, Bob Thompson, Eric Roache, and Tina Gangale.
Island Harvest (“A Food Bank for Long Island”) describes its mission as “Fighting Hunger, Touching Lives.” You could certainly say that the mission of the Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) is “Promoting Fitness, Touching Lives.” So it is quite natural that the Club would find a way to combine resources in some way with Island Harvest to do good things together!
Island Harvest will be a beneficiary of the 2012 Runner’s Edge-TOBAY Triathlon, and everyone will be urged to bring a canned or packaged non-perishable item of food to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in August for collection and distribution to people who are hungry on Long Island.
On Saturday, Feb. 4 the Farmingdale Boys and Girls bowling teams competed at the Garden City Bowl for the Nassau County Championship. The tournament competitors consisted of the top 16 teams in Nassau County by pin average per game over a 12-week season. Farmingdale qualified by finishing in fourth place overall.
This year’s team consisted of Joseph Inzirillo, Eric Kennedy, Steve Hamlin, Jonathan Smalkin, Chris Olsen, Chris Valentine and Casey Sparacio.
Last year the boys’ team lost the champions by just 19 pins. The goal for this year’s team was, not only to qualify, but also to win the tournament.
The Farmingdale State women’s basketball team will be hosting their annual breast cancer fundraiser on Thursday, Feb. 16. This year the game is titled “Play4Kay Night”, as the Rams host the College of Staten Island in a non-conference game. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.
This is the 4th annual breast cancer women’s basketball game held at Farmingdale State. Play 4Kay, formerly known as WBCA Pink Zone, is a global, unified effort of a nation of coaches to assist in raising breast awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Play 4Kay benefits the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Two of the best teams in Nassau County’s Conference AA-I went at it when Farmingdale hosted Uniondale on Thursday, Jan. 12. The Dalers boys’ basketball team came into the game 6-1 overall, 3-0 in-conference. Uniondale had an eight game winning streak and had yet to lose a game this season. Four of these wins came against other Conference AA-I opponents.
All eyes were on the Knights’ point guard Shaquille Mosley. The 5’7” senior ranks among Nassau’s top scorers this year, having totaled as much as 33 in a game and reaching the 20-point plateau five times.
Thirty seconds into the game, Mosley pulled up for a three to begin the scoring. Farmingdale’s Dalique Mingo made a tough basket to put the Dalers on the scoreboard. Mosley added a pull up jumper, another three and a fast break basket and Uniondale was quickly up 12-2.
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