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MHS Alum Inducted Into LAX Hall of Fame

Had college lacrosse burst onto the scene one generation earlier, one local resident would have become a household name within the inner circles.  Settling for three National Championships and a professional contract, however, is not a bad consolation prize.

 

Alex Rosier can now add one more accomplishment to the resume, nearly 20 years after his college career ended. 

 

Rosier, a 1991 graduate of Mineola High School, was recently inducted into the National Junior College Association (NJCAA) Men’s Lacrosse Hall of Fame. 

 

“When I got the call I got choked up a little,” said Rosier, a Williston Park resident. “My old coach called and it took me back.”

 

He had one of the most decorated careers in the history of college lacrosse. After the completion of his All-County season at goalie in Mineola, Rosier went on to play at Herkimer Community College in upstate New York during the 1992 and 1993 seasons.

 

At the time, Herkimer boasted a top-3 national ranking in lacrosse and was notorious for boasting some of the most talented lacrosse players from upstate. 

 

“Coach Paul Wehrum is a Hall of Fame coach, both at the junior college and D-1 level, and he had a big influence on me,” said Rosier. 

 

Rosier promptly went on to win all 35 games during his two-year tenure to go along with two junior college National Championships. He was the captain of the 1993 team and was named All-American.

 

“It was something we had to carry on,” he said of the winning tradition at Herkimer. 

 

When it was time to move on to a four-year college after his two seasons, the decision was easy. Rosier moved 58 miles west to another lacrosse powerhouse—Syracuse University. 

 

“Their goalie had just graduated and they were looking for a new one. Coach Wehrum and the Syracuse coach had a good relationship, so it was a fit,” he said.

 

Despite moving on to play against top-tier talent, Rosier led the Orangemen to the Final Four in ’94 before being knocked off by Virginia 15-14 in OT.  During that season, Rosier compiled 245 saves—ranked sixth in program history. 

 

Most people would have been content with such a tremendous season, but Rosier and the Orangemen took it to the next level in 1995. They defeated Maryland 13-9 to claim the National Championship. 

 

Although he was talented enough to play at the professional level, a league did not exist at the time. Rosier went on to play for club teams that competed in tournaments. 

 

Four years later, the Major League Lacrosse was founded by Jake Steinfeld and Dave Morrow. Rosier went on to sign a professional contract with the New Jersey Pride. 

 

While Rosier was successful and living his dream, he “came to the realization that lacrosse wasn’t paying the mortgage,” he said.

 

At that point in his life, he had begun his career as a member of the New York City Department of Corrections Emergency Service Unit at Rikers Island. Now, with his lacrosse career in the rear-view mirror and with three kids, he still looks back on his playing days with fond memories.

 

“It was a good run,” he said when referring to his career. The next phase of his career will be in coaching.

 

 “I’m still involved with the local PAL. I enjoy giving back to the kids—that’s what it’s all about now for me.”  


News

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


Calendar

International Night - October 30

Halloween Parade - October 31

Cultural Arts Series - November 1 


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