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Girls Lacrosse Looks To Compete

Coach Erica Brennan feels Sewanhaka’s girls lacrosse program is making strides to compete this year. 

 

“We just need to develop a sense of game knowledge,” said Brennan, who is entering her seventh season as varsity coach. “That’s one of the things we lack overall, we have girls who are fast and learned the skills of catching and throwing, but we need to work on our game knowledge. And that comes with experience.”

 

The Indians, who have never made the playoffs in Brennan’s tenure, will kick off their season March 14 at home against the Elmont Spartans. 

 

Sewanhaka’s roster has yet to be finalized, but Brennan said the squad will consist of mostly juniors, a couple of freshmen and one returning senior with midfielder, Cynthia Devendran.

 

Brennan said the strength of the team, will be the defense, which is anchored by junior defender Daniella Ford. 

 

“She has a great feel and game sense,” Brennan said. “She’s a (varsity) basketball player so she moves the ball well. She always wants to play on offense but I tell her ‘No, we need you on defense.’”

 

Ford will play alongside junior defender Michelle Niles, who also played varsity basketball. Brennan feels they bring their basketball chemistry onto the lacrosse field. 

 

“They communicate pretty well,” said Brennan. “They understand the concept of goal movement, you know, move, pass and cut. Sometimes it’s hard to explain that concept to kids” 

 

Junior Nicole Santoli will be the starting goalie for the third straight season. 

 

“She’s smart, clears the ball very well,” said Brennan. “She’s not afraid to direct the defense and when there big plays you can count on her to stop it.”

 

On offense, Brennan said she expects big things from junior attacker Skylar Shimansky. She is expected to fill the void left by graduate Kaitlyn Dempsey, who led the team in goals scored last year. 

 

Brennan also said she expects big things from the freshmen Kylie Woo, Sandy Padilla-Ortega and Mariah Villerreal .  She feels that these ninth-graders are the start of a new wave of Sewanhaka students, who play lacrosse all year. 

 

“We’re a fairly new program,” said Brennan, who didn’t want to disclose the names of the ninth graders since rosters haven’t been finalized. “We don’t have a strong foundation but these elementary kids are playing lacrosse all the time. These (freshmen) girls are the same girls that after practice they’re playing on the field by themselves on a Saturday morning.”


News

The Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.

 

“They are going to make sure the [firms that win district contracts] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are right before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] reports directly to the architect and the Board of Education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”

The Sept. 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education covered a range of issues, from the district’s overall performance to the sudden death of a student to fiscal and personnel issues—even to the loss of maple trees. 

 

National Ranking 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth announced that the district’s high school had achieved an impressive level of distinction in a recent national survey that measured scholastic achievement; in fact, a great deal of Long Island made the cut, he said.


Sports

Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season. 

 

Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central. 

 

“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”

The Sewanhaka Indians continue to let their presence be felt in Nassau Conference II. 

 

The Indians played their second game as members of the conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Long Beach Marines, topping the south shore squad 51-30. 

 

On the opening drive, the Indians relied on running back Brenton Mighty’s legs to get them into the red zone. On first and goal from the 15-yard line, quarterback Elijah Tracey hit

Michael Parasconda on a screen pass for the first score. 


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