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Battle Of The Titans

Garden City falls short against Manhasset rivals

You’d have to forgive the Garden City players if they were experiencing déjà vu. For the second time this season, the Trojans found themselves facing a resilient Indians squad that wound up rallying to a victory over a strong Garden City team.

Just a few weeks ago, Manhasset fell short, losing by one goal. This time they returned the favor, beating the Trojans 4-3 en route to a Class B final date against Lynbrook.

At 3-3 heading into the fourth quarter, it was poised for a big moment to sway the game in either team’s direction. It was the Indians that came away with not one, but two big moments to advance.

With 6:05 remaining in the fourth quarter, senior James Farrell found sophomore Matt Gavin for the Indians’ first lead of the game and the eventual winner. Gavin then leapt into Farrell’s arms to celebrate.

“It was hallelujah. It was a great feeling scoring that goal,” said Gavin. “We knew we could rally back from three goals. Last Wood Stick we were down 7-4 and we rallied back to lose by one and we didn’t want to lose again. We knew we had to win this one.”

After a Manhasset turnover, the Trojans had 1:40 left in the game to find a tying goal. They were inches away from finding it. Indians’ goaltender John Young was able to get enough of his body in front to make a massive stop with :12 seconds to go as time eventually ran out on the Trojans.

“On the last shot I saw him get open on the crease and I tried to step up a little bit to take away as much of the goal as I possibly could so he wouldn’t have much to shoot at. He managed to hit the inside of my leg and it didn’t trickle in,” said Young.

The Trojans found themselves up 3-0 with senior Cody George’s goal with 9:30 left in the second quarter. Senior Kieran Byrnes and junior James Sullivan also scored for Garden City.

The Trojans’ plan of limiting Manhasset’s possessions was working perfectly in the opening half, but uncharacteristic errors in the second half may have ultimately doomed Garden City’s chances to play for the Class B title.

“It turned into that sort of game where it was taking care of the ball. We had too many turnovers in the third quarter, but tip the cap to Manhasset they played well, said Trojans’ head coach Steve Finnell.

Senior Charlie Malhame finished one off towards the end of the first half off a feed from Gavin to cut the lead to 3-1.

Indians’ head coach Bill Cherry noted that it was a point of emphasis over the halftime break to take care of the ball and make the best of opportunities. His team did just that with junior Tyler Dunn and senior Ryan Miller scoring the only goals of the third quarter, before Gavin’s winner in the fourth.

“We don’t play any creampuffs, we could be 12-2, 15-1, it’s just a matter of being more disciplined and wanting it more, tonight they wanted it more,” said Cherry.

The win washed out the poor taste in the Indians’ mouth from losing so many one goal games. They will get one more chance for revenge when they face Lynbrook.

“They’ve mentioned it a few times,” said Cherry of facing Lynbrook. “We’ve sort of put it on the back burner, but now we can talk about it.”

For Garden City, Finnell noted that he expects his Trojans team to be once again be fighting for a county championship next year, acknowledging having one of his best senior classes this past year.

“Our seniors were great leaders, one of the most decorated classes to ever come through Garden City High School lacrosse, some guys have been with us two or three years and have been with us for counties, Long Islands and state championships,” said Finnell. “They’re winners, the scoreboard just doesn’t show it today.”

News

The Garden City Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the 35th annual Fall Festival Street Fair set for Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Seventh Street. The chamber thanks the Garden City Hotel which will serve as the primary event sponsor.

JGS entertainment will return for the 16th year as master ceremonies providing music and vocals. There will be plenty of activities for the kids. Included will be the return of the two trackless trains carrying children 12 years of age and younger up and down Seventh Street sponsored by Coach Realtors and Garden City Teachers Association. There will be the traditional inflatable bouncy house sponsored by SMPL Technologies and the ever-popular money cube sponsored by Calogero’s and Leo’s. The Garden City Parks and Recreation Department will have giveaways and temporary tattoos.


Sports

Reminder

With the fall sports season upon us, the department of recreation and parks would like to remind all residents that pets are not allowed in any neighborhood parks, Community Park, or St. Paul’s fields. Non compliance with this rule will result in the issuance of appearance tickets.

Register For The Online Registration Option

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks will offer the option of online registration with credit card payment beginning with its winter programs in early December.

In order for a family to use the online registration option, the family will first need to visit the recreation and parks office at 108 Rockaway Ave. to verify residency and their family information and receive their password.  A list of instructions as to how to use the website will be included.

Stretching tips for the high school athlete

Prior to the start of high school running season, Garden City’s Physical Therapy Options (PTO) had an opportunity to provide a presentation to members of Sacred Heart Academy’s cross country team. Team members gathered at Garden City’s New York Running Company to learn strategies and tips for a successful fall season.

PTO staff members Dr. Meghan Goetz, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and PTO Aide Mike Murphy discussed the importance of stretching to prevent injury and provided strategies and tips for success for the high school runner.


Calendar

Garden City High School Homecoming

Saturday, October 25

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, October 27

A Map Of Artistic Inspiration

Saturday, November 1



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