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Arlotta Motivated By Competition

Competition doesn’t always need to manifest from a rival or adversary. It can sometimes be conjured up from a strong bond that yields big results on the field. Molloys star lacrosse player Samantha Arlotta finds motivation from her friendly rivalry with her brother.

 

“My brother, Joe, who is three years older, played lacrosse at Pace University,” said Arlotta, of Garden City Park. “We were constantly competing with each other.”

 

The competition has benefited her as a player and she is now making quite an impact on the East Coast Conference (ECC). 

 

Arlotta has put together a tremendous season. She was recently been named to the ECC Player of the Week honor roll and leads the team with 34 points. She noted that she also loved gymnastics and soccer growing up—and even played all four years while in high school at St. Mary’s—but decided to give it up because lacrosse was her true passion and also because of her brother’s love for the game.

 

So far, it appears to be the right decision for Arlotta, who is performing at the top of her game and has the Lions primed for a playoff run as they are currently the fourth seed in the ECC.

 

“It has been one of my best seasons,” she said. “I’ve kind of been an underdog story. Nobody was talking about me in the beginning of the season.”

 

She put herself on the map with an extraordinary eight game stretch from March 14 to April 18, in which she compiled 30 of her 34 points on the season. She shot 50 percent and played a pivotal role in the team’s 6-2 record during that run. They had high-scoring victories over Wilmington University, Bridgeport and the University of the District of Columbia. 

 

“We just need to focus on playing together and playing solid defense,” she said in regards to the keys to their playoff matchup.

 

There is no reason to discount Arlotta, who has been able to excel no matter what the circumstances are. More impressive than her statistics on the field is her ability to manage her workload as a nursing student with the rigors of college lacrosse. 

 

“It’s not easy,” she said in terms of the balancing act. “It’s definitely hard work, plus I also work the night shift in the hospital sometimes until 7 a.m.,” she added. She noted that it will be worth it in the end. 

 

In the meantime, Arlotta is looking to take her team on a deep run in the playoffs. She feels that she has come a long way during her collegiate career.

 

“I’ve worked hard to get to this point,” she said. “The success has finally come.”

 

In just one year Arlotta has become the catalyst on the team. In her junior year, she was the eighth-leading scorer on the team with 11 points on seven goals. She shot 28 percent last year.

 

In 2012, she was the tenth-leading scorer with five points on 33 percent shooting.  The dramatic improvement is a testament to her maturation as a player and her work ethic that led to the improvement.

 

 It also came at a great time for the program. The past two seasons they had a potent offense that averaged more than 11 points per game. The 2012 squad featured a 60-point season by Kaitlynn Kelly. As is always the case, players move on and graduate, and the team looks for its next crop of stars.

 

They will be taking on CW Post on May 1 in the first-round of the playoffs.


News

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.

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.”


Sports

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.

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.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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