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St. Dominic’s Takes Class A Lacrosse Championship

Both the boys and girls lacrosse teams at St. Dominic’s High School won the CHSAA ‘A’ Championship, for the first time since 2011.

“This is really a great group of kids. They take pride in winning for St. Dominic’s more than for themselves, and you don’t see that very often,” says Coach Matthew O’Brien.


Starting the season, he said there were a lot of unknowns about how it would go. They lost three division one players after they graduated last year, but the incoming team proved impressive, with a 14-4 finish and winning the state championship. Senior Patrick O’Brien was on the team as a freshman the last time they won.

“It’s very fitting for him to end his high school career with a state championship win.”

Other standout players for the boys team include junior Matthew DeFeo of Upper Brookville, junior goalie Joe Fabilli of Glen Head, and sophomore Patrick Kiernan of Huntington, the All League Defenseman. Liam McAuliffe is a freshman standout with 61 points.

During the final game against St. Mary’s, the team came back after three overtimes.

“That’s as exciting as it gets,” O’Brien says.

The girls team won the class A championship for the third time in four years. Coach Michele O’Brien said the team was undefeated in their league. Next year the team will be moving up to the AA, which will be a lot more competitive for the team. O’Brien is proud of her girls and the growth of the program over the years.

Standout players on the 28-girl team are seniors Julia LaRusso and Olivia Garcia, both All League players; LaRusso was MVP of the game and will be playing lacrosse at Manhattan College next year. Garcia will play at Misericordia University and senior Danielle Weir will play at SUNY Old Westbury.

News

On Saturday, July 5, Building J on the Western Waterfront was opened to the public for a free concert of classical music played by talented youth in the Oyster Bay Music Festival. The acoustics in the large metal shed were lively as the backdrop of the Ida May, a wooden oyster dredge under construction, lent artisanal flavor to the rich stew of mostly sea-related musical selections. People sat on stacks and benches of freshly milled wood or stood in the cavernous space. They soaked in beautiful solos, duets and trios that combined voice, piano, flute, cello and violin. Frank M Flower & Sons provided fresh oysters that engaged the palate, and representatives from Steinway & Sons gave a quick overview of how their pianos are made, relating several aspects of their meticulous process to the construction of the Ida May.

Last week was one of Oyster Bay’s biggest, most anticipated summer events, the Italian American Society’s St. Rocco’s Festival. Returning to its usually spot in Fireman’s Field on Shore Avenue, the festival was filled with amusement rides, live music, and great food and company.

“We come every year to St. Rocco’s with friends,” said Laura Regan of East Norwich. “The rides and awesome food make it a lot of fun.”


Sports

Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition last weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay.

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff trainees, including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

A total of 11 members of St. Dominic Track Team (grades 1-8) recently medaled at the Nassau-Suffolk CYO Championship Finals at Mitchel Field. In the finals, the athletes competed against the finalists from all three regions, representing more than 2,500 athletes from 23 other parishes.

In addition to the student athletes’ success, the track coaches were honored as well. St. Dominic CYO Track coaches Phil Schade (grades 1-3), Julie and Mike Keffer (grades 4-6) and Rich Cameron (grades 7-8) were selected by peer coaches in their region for the NSCYO Team Sportsmanship Award. The Saint Dominic CYO track program, in its second year, has already proven to be a force to be reckoned with and the young runners are among the best on Long Island.


Calendar

OB Band Concerts

Wednesday, July 23

Music Under The Stars

Friday, July 25

Annual Chicken BBQ

Saturday, July 26



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