Written by Gary Simeone Thursday, 04 September 2014 00:00
Dina Nicastro and Melissa Montreuil are best friends who have been playing lacrosse together since third grade. The New Hyde Park Memorial High School graduates developed their talents early on, participating in PAL lacrosse clinics and taking those talents to college where they excelled in the sport. Now, the two want to help other local girls succeed by hosting a girl’s lacrosse clinic at Memorial Park for three Sunday’s in September.
Nicastro got the idea for the clinic when she was working as camp director for the New Hyde Park Village Summer Program this year. She previously worked as a counselor for six years.
“There haven’t been any girl’s lacrosse clinics for a few years in the village and Melissa and I thought it would be a good idea to start one up,” said Nicastro.
“We know that there is a strong interest in the sport here.”
After graduating New Hyde Park Memorial, Nicastro went to Mount St. Mary’s College to play lacrosse. She ended up transferring to Adelphi University where she graduated in 2013. She is now a teacher’s assistant in Richmond Hill, Queens.
Montreuil played lacrosse at Queens College where she was the team leader in assists. She is currently in grad school, studying nutrition.
“We love the sport so much that after college we wanted to continue to be involved with it,” said Montreuil. “Originally we looked into programs for ourselves so we could continue playing but it is hard to do especially now that we are in the working world.”
The clinics will be held in three sessions on Sept. 14, 21 and 28. The sessions will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at New Hyde Park Memorial Park at 610 Albert
The cost will be $30 per session or $85 for all three sessions. A registration and liability form is included in the sign-up. Bring your own equipment.
In the clinics which are for girls age 7-12 years old, Nicastro and Montreuil will teach the fundamentals of the sport, including catching, throwing and cradling the ball. They will concentrate on offensive, defensive and individual skills with a focus on scoring, feeding, off-ball movement and end with a scrimmage on the third day.
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In the year it’s been open, the Space at Westbury has been host to musicians, comedians, dancers and last week, the venue opend its doors for world class boxers and their loyal fans. One of the headliners was Richie “Brazil” Neves, from New Hyde Park.
Winner Takes All Productions and Greg Cohen Promotions brought a night of boxing to the Space on Thursday, Nov. 13. While boxing events have come to Long Island before, this was the first of its kind to come to The Space.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
Despite a disappointing playoff loss against the Wantagh Warriors, Sewanhaka Indians Head Coach George Kasimatis, is pleased with his football team’s season.
“I’m proud of my team,” he said. “But you are never satisfied unless you win the whole thing.”
The Indians faced a big challenge this year, moving up into Conference II left them as the new kids on the block, unfamiliar with the teams they would be going against.
Kasimatis will have a tall task next year replacing graduating seniors, which made up most of his starting lineup. Kasimatis said most of the offensive line, such as Danny Gianotti, Adrian Gonzalez and Louis Segarra III, and the defensive line, such as Justin Alexandre, Peter LaTorre and Peter Militano are seniors, many of which have started multiple years for him.
Thursday, 13 November 2014 00:00
The fifth seeded Sewanhaka Indians traveled to Wantagh to take on the fourth seeded Wantagh Warriors on Friday, Nov. 7 for its opening playoff game.
The Indians opened the game sluggish on offense, and were held in check throughout the first quarter. The Indians defense did its best to keep the team within striking distance, but field position form shaky special teams play, put them in a difficult position.
Warriors running back Dylan Beckwith, was able to punch in a 15-yard touchdown run, to give the Warriors a one score lead after the first quarter.