Written by Robert Bonaparte Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
Sewanhaka’s boys lacrosse coach Peter Burgess has one rule when it comes to his goalies: make the saves that you’re supposed to make.
Luckily for Burgess, senior Jake Mellen does that and more.
“Once or twice a game he’ll make a save that no one’s supposed to make,” Burgess said. “I’ll look over to my assistant coach and say, ‘Wow, that was a special play right there’”
For three years, Mellen has been making those kind of spectacular saves for the Indians as the starting goalie. Before his senior season started, he was voted captain by his teammates and coaches.
“For me to be named captain [senior] year is really more special to me than anything,” Mellen said.
Burgess said if there’s one difference between Mellen’s sophomore and senior seasons is his leadership on-and-off the field.
“When he was a sophomore maybe he wasn’t as confident to tell an older kid, ‘Hey you missed that slide’” Burgess said. “This year, he has no problem doing that. In the huddle he’s telling everybody what’s going on and how to correct things on the fly.”
Mellen has gotten off to a solid start this year. Through seven matches in 2014, he’s notched double-digit saves six times.
“He’s been consistent for us since his sophomore year,” Burgess said. “He’s always been a good ball stopper and he throws a nice outlet pass that allows us to create transition.”
Mellen says the biggest quality to be an effective goalie is to have a short-term memory.
“Obviously people are going to score, you’re not going to have a shutout,” said Mellen. “As a goalie, you just have to forget things really quick. There’s always going to be pressure on you.”
Mellen, who was also starting quarterback of the Indians football team, says he has yet to make a decision on where he is going to college but is leaning towards Nassau Community College.
“Everyone knows I love football,” said Mellen, whose uncle is former NFL quarterback Vinny Testaverde. “If I go to Nassau, I’ll try out for the football team. But I definitely plan on playing lacrosse for coach (George) Powers.”
When asked if there’s one moment that sticks out in his time playing lacrosse for Sewanhaka, Mellen brought up a week in his sophomore season.
“Usually our rivals are the biggest games,” Mellen said. “We beat New Hyde Park 11-8 then later on in the week, we beat Elmont 14-4 and I had 20 saves.
“But saves don’t really matter at the end of the day. The score matters most.”
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Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.
Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.
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The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.
“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.
They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.
The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.
“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”