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Seniors Lead Hicksville Lax To Victory

Hicksville’s varsity lacrosse team held their annual Senior Day last Wednesday afternoon. It always presents a chance to reflect as a four-year career winds down. For Pat McCormick and T.J. Kilmetis, they left quite an impression in their penultimate home game in the regular season.

The two seniors combined for eight goals and two assists (McCormick— five goals, two assists, Kilmetis—three goals) in a 15-4 rout of Mepham.

“We knew this was an important game, coming down towards playoffs. We knew we had to get on a roll fast and it would really help us,” said McCormick.

The senior attacker started the scoring for the Comets with less than two minutes into the first quarter. After the Pirates made it even, McCormick and Kilmetis combined for three of the next four goals to push the lead to 5-1.

The chemistry of the team, particularly of Kilmetis and McCormick continues to play a pivotal role.

“I’ve been playing with Pat since I started playing lacrosse so the chemistry is definitely strong. Brian Lang coming over from Holy Trinity helped our offense even more,” said Kilmetis.

When the Pirates began to settle down in the second quarter, scoring their second goal of the game, McCormick and Kilmetis again combined to squander any potential run. McCormick scored three of the Comets’ second quarter goals. Kilmetis put an exclamation mark on the opening half with his third of the game with 1:01 remaining.

“It wasn’t really anything special,” said McCormick on his five-goal performance. “I just took what the defense gave me and I had a good shooting day today.”

Head coach Chuck Arnone noted that his team was the better team on the day as he continues to be happy with his team’s performances throughout the season.

“We’ve played well the whole year. I’m happy with the performance and the consistency,” he said.

With the regular season winding down, the team could be hitting another gear right before playoffs.

“After the ‘Pequa loss, we kind of meshed together and realized there was only three games left before playoffs so we’re making the most of every single day. We’re just going to keep on trucking,” said McCormick.

Kilmetis has certainly found his stride offensively over the last few games after a slow start offensively from the middle.  

“I’ve had a slow season at the beginning, but I’ve had to pick it up going into playoffs. I know we need more offensive production,” Kilmetis said.

Not only was it a big win on the scoreboard for the Comets, it’s a game that’s always special to win. With such a comfortable lead, every senior was able to take the field.

“It’s really important,” said McCormick. “As a group, as seniors we really want to make this last year really memorable for us, I wouldn’t want to play with any other guys."

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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.


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