Written by Enterprise-Pilot Staff Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
With grit, determination and all-out teamwork, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Soccer team completed their quest for a third state soccer championship, defeating a tough Lansing High School, 1-0, in the New York Class C State Championships.
Both teams kept the game at a tight 0-0, until 20 minutes into the second half, when a throw-in from senior Patrick Moodhe (Manhasset) connected with the head of senior Jon Nierenberg (Sands Point) for the game’s only goal.
The day before Friends defeated Lake George HS with a convincing 3-0 victory in the semifinals. “Lansing came out with an excellent defensive game plan,” said head coach Marshall Lindner. “They saw us play a very strong game against
Lake George and they made a major commitment to team defense.”
Lansing also double-teamed Nierenberg, but was unable to contain his game-winning goal. “Their strategy was a brilliant move, but we continued to push hard for a game-winning goal,” remarked Lindner.
While Friends enjoyed a successful season with 11 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties, Lindner admits that the team was still not ready for championship play. “We had an excellent regular season, but I think we understood that we really weren’t yet a real serious playoff contender. And if you look at our season at the beginning, we were not a championship team,” said Lindner. “We lost to an outstanding Carle Place team; tied another strong team, CSH, and only squeaked by Wheatley,” he added.
Lindner credits the team’s seniors as pivotal in changing both the mindset and ability of the team. “The senior leadership was fantastic. These guys were driving everyone else,” recounted Lindner. “They pushed everybody to do the drills better and they constantly said to the younger players, ‘We have to play for each other.’ They would say, ‘You can’t play for a trophy or a title -- you need to play for each other.’ There was this ethic that you went out there and played, not only team offense, but also team defense. We made the commitment to being an elite team,” said Lindner.
For Lindner, this level of teamwork is what defined the 2013-14 Quaker championship team. “The championship teams of 2009 and 2010 had four Division I players on the field at once. We’re not a school of 2,000 kids. To have four at the same time... that doesn’t always happen. We have some very fine players, but this was a team that was much more team-oriented. We passed the ball beautifully. And while we didn’t have four D-I players, we made up for it by playing like a team.”
In the end, playing for each other is what made the difference and turned this start-of-the-season okay team into a team that will forever be a state champion. “If guys are willing to sacrifice for each other and play as a team, you can achieve a tremendous amount,” finished Lindner.
Friends Academy is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year and will hold a Lower School Open House on Monday, Dec. 9 at 8:30 a.m. and a Middle/Upper School Open House on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8:30 a.m. Call 516-676-0393 for more information and to schedule a tour of the campus. Enrolling 779 students from age 3 through grade 12, Friends Academy is guided by its Quaker heritage and the principles of integrity, simplicity, patience, moderation and a peaceful resolution of conflict. The school is located on 65 acres at the intersection of Piping Rock and Duck Pond roads in Locust Valley/Glen Cove.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Local author Rajdeep Paulus of Locust Valley is living the writer’s dream. After having her first young adult novel published last year with positive reviews, she has just released her second novel, and will be holding a book signing at The Book Revue in Huntington on March 12.
Her first book, Swimming Through Clouds, is about a high school transfer student and her friendship with the basketball captain during their senior year. The sequel, Seeing Through Stones, was released March 1.The mom of four girls only recently tried her hand at novel writing; an English major in college who then taught for a few years, says, “I spent about a decade doing the mom thing...then as my youngest got to be school age, my husband asked me, ‘What do you want to do with your life now?’”
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
February, Black History Month, was celebrated by the Hood A.M.E. Zion Church of Oyster Bay with a series of special events.
“The whole month was inspiring, so I am looking forward to doing it next year,” said Black History-Harriet Tubman Committee Chair Diane Cortes-Evans.
The month included a visit from Assemblyman Charles Lavine, who attended the Feb. 9 service and presented Pastor Linda Vanager with a citation from the NYS Legislature for the church’s work in preserving the Pine Hollow Cemetery, and a lecture by historian Simon Rutledge.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:01
On Saturday, Feb. 22, as temperatures rose to well above freezing for the first time in weeks and the melting snow created a thick fog, the Oyster Bay High School Varsity Lady Baymen Basketball Team showed up at Long Island University ready to play.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 11:48
The Winter Varsity Sports Season is into post-season play in Oyster Bay. Many fine young athletes have excelled this season and were chosen by the Oyster Bay High School coaches as Athletes of the Month for February.
Cassidy Exum has been a member of the varsity wrestling team since his freshman year. Since that time, he has achieved All-County honors, which includes a Nassau County Small School County Championship. This year, Exum started his competitive season with success. He was a place winner in the annual Locust Valley Tournament, a Hank Paris Tournament Champion and a Bethpage Tournament Champion, where he was presented with the Champion of Champions Award. Exum’s success is due to his work ethic, dedication and discipline.; he is a fierce competitor which will help him as he competes for his second Nassau County Championship. Exum is coached by 2012 Coaches of the Year Jay Davis and Doug Axman.