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Mauling The Competition

Lady Panthers

start season 7-0

The number two ranked Adelphi Panthers Women’s Lacrosse team has gotten off to a fast start to their 2014 season and show no signs of slowing down. Head Coach Rob Grella, entering his third season at the helm, has led his team to an impressive 7-0 record to kick off their campaign. Six of the Panther’s first seven games have been won in commanding fashion in which they have outscored the opposition by a staggering margin of 122-14.

Last season, the Panthers continued their tradition of playing hard and fighting off tough challenges. They would finish the 2013 season with an impressive 11-1 record within the Northeast Ten Conference and overall at 18-3, making it to their fourth consecutive trip to the NE-10 Conference Championship where they eventually lost to Le Moyne.

The girls also earned their sixth consecutive run at the NCAA Tournament, featuring a thrilling 9-8 victory in the opening round against Le Moyne. The team’s quest for the title ended in a heartbreaker where the Panthers would fall to the eventual champions LIU-Post in the semifinals on a last second goal at the buzzer 7-6. Despite coming up short, the 2013 Brown and Gold Squad featured seven players named to All-Conference teams, five selected to All-Region teams and two named to the IWLCA All-America First Team.

This season, they seem to be on a mission to win every game they play and recapture the NE-10 Championship, where they are looking for their fourth championship in five years. “Leadership has been the key to our fast start this year” said Grella. “They remember how far and close they got last year.”

Many of the Panthers’ games so far have been lopsided but Coach Grella still has the girls motivated.

“It’s an everyday process where we try to go out and do the things we want to do, right” explained Grella. “It’s not about the scoreboard, but about execution and accomplishing what we set out for.” While the coach believes he has several impact players on this powerful roster, “the names keep on going but in the end, it’s really a team effort starting with the leadership,” added Grella.

Coach Grella stresses the one game at a time approach but his long term goal is to capture the regular season championship, conquer the conference tournament and eventually move onto the NCAA playoffs and win a national championship. These girls are well on their way to these very reachable accomplishments. If they continue to play up to Coach Grella’s expectations, then they may very well do so.

News

New leaders In Garden City Public Schools

Due to retirements, Garden City Public Schools is welcoming two new administrators: Dawn Cerrone will serve as the director of Athletics and Physical Education, and Lynette Abruzzo was appointed as the director of Pupil Personnel Services.

Cerrone was awarded her building and district administrative certificates from Albany’s College of St. Rose in 2008 and 2009, respectively. She received her Master’s in Health Education from Hofstra University in 1989 and her Bachelor’s in Physical Education from St. Bonaventure University in 1986.

Long Island University (LIU) announced that Garden City native Dr. Kimberly R. Cline has been honored as a 2014 Distinguished Leader in Education by Education Update.

Past recipients of the publication’s Distinguished Leader in Education awards include: Harold (Terry) McGraw III, chairman of the board and former president and chief executive officer of The McGraw-Hill Companies; Dr. Susan H. Fuhrman, president of Teachers College, Columbia University; and Dr. Lisa S. Coico, president of The City College of New York.


Sports

Fall Roller Hockey Programs Announced

The Garden City Recreation and Parks Department will once again offer various roller hockey programs this fall for both youth & adults who reside in the Inc. Village of Garden City. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park. Please note at this time, the recreation department is just announcing its programs. Fees and registration information will be announced at a later date.

This season, the roller hockey programs are broken down into grades. Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed:

Garden City gals lead FLG

to three championships

The FLG 2018 girls have established themselves as one of FLG’s premier teams of the summer. Garden City’s Julia Kavan and Anna Mandaro at the midfield and Megan Sprotte and Ann Sullivan defensively led their team to three championships this summer. The girls “really started to gel and play as a unit,” said Coach McGinty, successfully executing new plays, transitioning well and crashing on defense. With the improvements across the board, the team hasn’t lost a game since the first tournament of the summer. These girls were leaders on and off the field and are taking FLG Girls Lacrosse to the next level.


Calendar

Friday Night Promenade

Friday, August 22

The Little Mermaid JR

Saturday, August 23

Getting Your Feet Wet

Tuesday, Aug. 26



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