Written by Steve Mosco, firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:15
After four years on the Ivy League lacrosse field, the pros came calling for a former Plainedge High School player.
Massapequan and Yale senior Dylan Levings was selected last weekend in the 2014 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft held at the U.S. Lacrosse Convention in Philadelphia, Penn.
Levings, taken in the third round (24th overall) by the Chesapeake Bayhawks, is one of the nation’s premier face-off specialists. He is a two-time USILA honorable mention All-American who was 2013 Ivy League Tournament MVP after leading the Bulldogs to their second straight championship.
But before his college years, Levings starred on the field for coach Gary Levitan’s Plainedge team, where he was first in face-offs in all of Nassau County and a captain for two years. Levitan said the face-off specialist earned a reputation as a leader on and off the field during his time at Plainedge.
“He was the kind of player who would do anything the team asked of him. He was completely unselfish and a real leader on the field,” said Levitan. “He would also drive teammates to and from practice and put in time with the youth league.”
Levitan said Levings’ prowess on the field will translate well to the pros. The coach said that at one point, Levings won 75-percent of the face-offs he attempted — an astonishing number that always put his team in the position to get ahead of its opponents.
“That is an incredible number. That is 75-percent more opportunities for his team to score off the face-off,” he said. “He has the ability to dominate the game with his face-offs. It is an incredible asset that is so valuable to any team.”
And it was that asset that caught the eye of the pro league. During his time at Yale, Levings ranked seventh in Division I with 7.59 ground balls per game and a .597 face-off win percentage. He won 30 of 40 battles on the X in the Ivy League Tournament. Officials at the Ivy League school said Yale has a long list of superb face-off men, and most of them have played under Andy Shay, Yale’s Ryan & Forst Family Head Coach.
“The fact that Levings’ career percentage of .612 ranks second at the school is a testament to his impact on the program,” said one official.
Levings will be Plainedge’s third lacrosse player to make it to the pros but probably the most specialized, according to Levitan. As a FOGO (face-off, get-off) player, Levings is expected to make his impact on face-offs, then leave the field for his teammates to finish the play.
Levitan said he still keeps in touch with his former player, as they spoke shortly after Levings was drafted to the pros.
“I told him to enjoy every moment because you never know when life will get in the way,” he said. “It’s important to take advantage of this opportunity.
We are all really proud of him and I’m sure he will continue to make us proud. He is a brilliant kid and one of the nicest, most humble people you will ever meet.”
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
With kids today obsessed with all the latest electronic gaming gadgets — the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, and the like — you’d think that the comparatively antiquated concept of pushing a piece of plastic along a sheet of cardboard would be eschewed by your average teenager; however, judging by the crowd of kids at the Massapequa Public Library’s Board Game Café, this actually may not be the case.
Young Adult Services librarian Peter Cirona, who created the Board Game Café at the library’s Central Avenue branch (in addition to a whole host of other young adult programs), said that it’s a great way for kids to socialize and play some classic board games in a fun and friendly environment.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”