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Syosset Muscle Over Hicksville In Semifinals

The Syosset Braves lacrosse team saw the scoreboard light up early and often in the goals column in a Tuesday afternoon Class A semifinal clash with the Hicksville Comets.

By the time it was midway through the first half, the Braves had already jumped out to a 10-1 lead. Sophomore Mac O’Keefe found the net five times adding two assists and junior Alex Concannon tallied four times to lead Syosset. The Braves finished with a big 21-9 win to advance to the final.

Syosset, who hadn’t been getting out to fast starts in recent games, knew it was an important factor coming into the semifinal match against Hicksville.

“The last five or six games we haven’t had a quick start so we’ve been working on that all week. We kind of had a repertoire of giving them a lot of rest this week in practice so they’d be fresh for this game,” said head coach John Calabria.

Throughout the day, O’Keefe was able to maneuver in tight spaces, as well as flashing strong stick work with behind-the-back and no-look passes and shots. O’Keefe credited his time playing box lacrosse- the game’s indoor version that originated in Canada- where he honed those skills.

“I play box lacrosse and it’s all in tight spaces so I try to work myself in the crease and get open and I got opportunities today,” said O’Keefe on his goals.

The Comets didn’t go down quietly though. From the end of the second quarter until just past the halfway point of the third, the Comets cut the lead to four goals on three separate occasions, led by senior Pat McCormick’s three goals.

“We just made a couple of adjustments and kids started finishing plays in front of goal, defensively, everybody just stepped it up a bit,” said Hicksville head coach Chuck Arnone.

However, the Comets weren’t able to close the gap any further as their last goal came with 5:43 remaining through McCormick’s extra man offense finish.

In the end, Syosset was too strong, closing the game out with eight unanswered goals. A lot of Syosset’s strong play on the attacking end can be owed to the strong chemistry of O’Keefe and Concannon.

“I love playing with him [O’Keefe]. We’ve really become really good friends and evolved this year. Last year he was on and off with another kid, this year being on the field is a big help for us,” said Concannon.

Hicksville will be left to rue their semifinal struggles. However, the Comets can take pride in a strong overall season, even if it came up a bit short.

“The kids played very good, we finished in the final four. Our goal was to get here and see how we’d do,” said Arnone.

For Syosset it’s getting exactly where they wanted to be.

“Last year we didn’t make it to the county final and the season didn’t go as planned, so this year has been all about getting to this point,” O’Keefe said.

News

On Nov. 10, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of a beautiful new two-story house in Hicksville. However, while new dwellings are an ordinary occurrence on Long Island, this one was unique and special in a way that very few are.

The house at 77 Thorman Ave. was built in memory of Navy Lieutenant and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Michael P. Murphy, a Long Island native who tragically died in combat while serving in Afghanistan in 2005. However, this house represents more than just the dedicated service of a man to his country; it represents the beginning of a new life full of hope for a brother-in-arms and his family as well.

Commuting to work via train is exasperating and expensive—add on the stress of parking and the threat of tickets, and it becomes madness.

At the Hicksville Long Island Railroad (LIRR) station, there are 2,603 total spots, which includes 1,440 in the town parking garage. Of the total spots, 1,531 are permit spots and 618 are unrestricted, according to the Town of Oyster Bay public information office. Though that sounds like plenty, the sheer volume of passengers commuting from the station makes every morning a mad dash for parking.


Sports

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.

The Long Island Fight for Charity will be hosting its 11th annual Charity Boxing Event on Nov. 24 at the Hilton in Melville. Among the 20 volunteers putting up their fists for funds will be Hicksville business owner Mell Goldman, who will be fighting under the nickname “The Kid.”  

Goldman is the President of All Boro Cleaning Services. He stated that he was enticed at the opportunity and wanted to contribute to charity.


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