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Stavish Is A Player To Watch

Dowling’s senior midfielder, Samantha Stavish of Albertson took home the East Coast Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honor. 

 

Dowling, whose two-year run as conference champions was halted by LIU Post last season, grabbed the final two first-place votes to come in second in the poll with points. The Golden Lions are also ranked in the IWLCA Preseason Poll, coming in at No. 9. 

The 2014 season will be the first-ever that the ECC will decide its conference champion with a post-season tournament. The ECC will host its first ever Women’s Lacrosse Championship with semifinals taking place at the two highest seeds on May 1, and the final being hosted by LIU Post on May 3. 

 

Stavish, the reigning ECC Defensive Player of the Year, is the coaches’ pick to win the honor again in 2014. Last season, the ECC All-Conference First Team and IWLCA All-America Second Team selection anchored the Golden Lions defense from the midfield position.

 

She ranked second in the conference with 29 caused turnovers and sixth with 36 ground balls to help lead a defense that was second in the ECC in allowing 8.38 goals per game.


News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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