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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

Vastra boutique finds a niche

in hand-embroidered dresses

Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.

There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.

Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.

Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.


Sports

Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.

It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.

I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.

Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup.  I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club.  This U16 team has a group of standout players led by  Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.


Calendar

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs and Ascended Masters

August 29

Adventures in Genealogy

September 4

Greek Festival

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