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Boys Lacrosse Primed For Playoff Run

With just a handful of games left, the Hicksville boys lacrosse team finds themselves “in the mix” and a “second-tier team” according to Assistant Coach Tom Kinsella.

They currently stand at 5-5 overall (2-3 in division play) and will certainly have the ability to control their own destiny as the season is dwindling to its finale. They could be in much better position had it not been for an uncanny amount of misfortune. They have lost their five games by a total of six goals. Their largest defeat was 10-8 at the hands of Cold Spring Harbor.

“We’ve been in every game,” said Kinsella. “We’ve gotten better as the season has gone on. We just need to fine tune some of the mistakes we made early on. Now we’re working on implementing more kids into the rotation and getting bench players more playing time. The team has been carried by senior Pat McCormick, who has been committed to play at the University of North Carolina since sophomore year and is the first player in school history to be selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game in Baltimore, MD. He has been a force for the Comets, scoring three goals and assisted on two others in their recent victory over MacArthur.

Another key contributor to the offense is junior Brian Lang, who is committed to play at Ohio State University. Kinsella noted that he has been pleased with their leadership to this point.

The team has also benefited from the play of goalie Ryan Toomey, who is headed to Molloy in the fall. “I don’t want to jinx anything but he has performed at an All-County level so far,” said Kinsella.

On the defensive end, the team relies on Tom Brennan (committed to Molloy) and Michael Brumber (mulling scholarship offers). They have played critical roles in keeping the opposition out of the net.

The Comets have five games remaining and they are all important. “This week is very important for us,” said Kinsella. “We’ve been able to put together good quarters and good halves, but we need to put together a good full game,” he added.

“One of our best efforts was our loss to Syosset,” he said. They lost that game 8-7 in overtime. They will have a crucial matchup on May 3 against Massapequa, who Kinsella admitted is the class of the division.

“With their win over Syosset, they really put their foot down and made a statement,” he said. “If we do what we’re supposed to we can hang with them, but we know what we’re up against,” he added. It will be the 10th annual Walker Cup, named after the late John Walker. Massapequa has won eight of the nine matchups with Hicksville last winning in 2011.

The conference is very strong but Kinsella is confident in the team . Their playoff push began Friday against Baldwin.

News

The community is rallying together to raise funds for a Hicksville native who has been battling to get a service dog.

Nancy Burpee is a 49-year-old competitive swimmer and single mother with a rare genetic terminal illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), which causes the deterioration of the connective tissues, tendons, ligaments and vital organs.

Local veterans groups and residents gathered at Hicksville Middle School Veterans Memorial Park recently to honor brave servicemen and woman, past and present. William M. Gouse Jr. Post 3211 hosted Hicksville’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The ceremonies began with the pledge and national anthem sung by Hicksville High School student Cassie Pursoo, accompanied by trumpeter Conner Hoelzer. Monsignor Thomas Costa from Our Lady of Church in Hicksville gave the invocation.


Sports

The fall athletic season seemed to move quickly, but all teams had outstanding seasons with all teams reaching the playoffs except for two who had their best season in many years.

In addition to athletic acheivements, all of the varsity programs at Hicksville High School also participated in raising more than $4,000 for several charities this past fall: pediatric cancer, breast cancer awareness and cystic fibrosis.

Football was Mike Torrellas’ heart and soul. He also liked a good Turkey Bowl.  

Unfortunately, the Hicksville Crusaders co-founder wasn’t able to witness the program’s inaugural event, which took place Saturday, Nov. 8.

Torrellas passed away suddenly last December due to a blood clot, but the spirit and drive of the man who wore the number 53 and tragically passed at that age still surrounds the Crusaders football program.


Calendar

Model Railroad Open House

November 28-30

Popcorn Balls

November 30

Craft Fair

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