Friday, 04 June 2010 00:00
May 22-The Mini’s walked off the field at halftime in a scoreless game against the Garden City Chargers. With Cara Kennedy playing brilliantly in goal and Mineola’s defense, led by the superb play of Meghan Lafaye and Jillian Palma, playing a strong positional game, Mineola needed an offensive spark.
Casey Conners and Christen Patalano provided that spark with hustle and physical play and Patalano’s dominant coverage of the entire field led the team to a 4-0 win. Conners got the scoring started two minutes into the second half, crashing the Chargers goal and slamming home a perfect cross from Allison Lamonica.
The Mini’s continued to work hard, following the examples of forwards Alana Conrioy and Annie Cripps. Minutes later, the perfectly positioned Patalano pounced on a loose ball and scored the Mini’s second goal. Emma Feimer and Olivia Delay combined on the hard-working third goal. Feimer challenged a Garden City defender, stole the ball and quickly passed to Delay, whose hard, low shot slipped past the goalkeeper for Delay’s first goal as a Mini-Mustang. With time running down, Lamonica’s brilliant individual effort was capped by a hard shot across the goal that slammed off the post and into the goal.
Shannon Durham, Michelle Viola and Valerie Cobos played solidly on defense to help Kennedy earn the shutout. Mineola played without forwards Katie Russelman and Gretchen Keller.
May 23-The Mineola Storm majors 12U softball team improved its season record to 6–3 with a 10 – 1 win over Manhasset.
The Storm pitchers Meghan LaFaye, Erin Gruppe and Cara Kennedy recorded eleven strikeouts to lead the way. The defense was anchored by the sparkling play of Mallory Donelan, Jillian Palma, Rebecca Benintendi and Anna Bongiorno. The bats were led by the thundering attack of Tina Conway, Lizzie Caccavale, Noelle Hines and Taylor Dalton. On the base paths, the Storm were very aggressive as Teresa Holliday and Mackenzie Schnaufer put on a sliding clinic with their steals of home.
The Storm, the youngest team in the Major division, is currently in second place after impressive back-to-back wins against Manhasset and Garden City. The girls have been working very hard at practice since January to be ready for this season.