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MHS Shines Empire State Cup Games


Brian Gaffney (10) and James Gerstner (11), who earlier this year led the Mineola Mustangs to the second round of the playoffs for the Nassau County High School class C championship, were selected to Team Long Island at the Statewide high school lacrosse games. Team Long Island, coached by Matt Panetta (St. Mary’s) Marc Reeves (Chaminade) and Greg Matthews (Manhasset) was made up of players from such lacrosse powerhouses as Chaminade, St. Anthony’s, Garden City among others. They faced teams representing

New York City, Hudson Valley, Western NY, Central NY and Adirondack region.


After posting a 3-2 record, team Long Island earned the second seed in the playoffs and a bye in the first round. Long Island defeated Central NY 10-6 in the second round game with Brian leading the attack, scoring three goals and an assist as team Long Island earned a berth in the gold medal game.


The gold medal game was a defensive battle, with New York City winning 4-2. Gaffney


Gaffney finished the tournament with five goals, three assists and earned Inside Lacrosse’s All- Tournament team honors. Gerstner had four goals and played strong defense, including four takeaways. 


Gaffmey will be playing lacrosse next year at St. John’s University while Gerstner will help Mineola High School attempt a return to the playoffs.