Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
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.”
Friday, 19 September 2014 00:00
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.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
As the night sky fell on Memorial Park last Thursday, Mineola residents and officials paused to remember the almost 3,000 lives that were lost in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.
Mayor Scott Strauss, a former NYPD EMS worker and 9/11 first responder, was one of the many who rushed into Manhattan after the attacks, searching the rubble for survivors. He was part of the rescue effort that saved the lives of Port Authority Police officers Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin.
Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 11 September 2014 00:00
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.