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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

Some people deserve a long obituary: in a way, it is a tribute to the number of people’s lives they have touched, so for Dottie Brandt, it is a given. A long line of mourners stretched down the street from the Francis P. DeVine Funeral Home, in Oyster Bay, where Dorothy R. Brandt, known to everyone as “Dottie,” was laid to rest, soon after her death on Friday, Sept. 12.

Dottie was a beautiful woman that age couldn’t change. When your warmth, spirit and love come from the inside, it keeps the outside looking bright and fresh. Dottie was always smiling, full of energy and always willing to help people.

The music was rocking and everybody was dancing on Friday, Oct. 3 in the St. Dominic High School gymnasium as the school hosted its Fall Ball dance. The event included gregarious kids from St. Dominic’s dancing and socializing with 20 disadvantaged children from St. Christopher-Ottilie Family of Services in Sea Cliff.

“St. Dom’s is very active with St. Christopher-Ottilie during the school year,” said Janice Seaman, who was the party coordinator and one of many volunteers at the dance, which ran from 7 to 10 p.m. “This was the first time, though, that St. Dom’s invited the kids from St. Christopher-Ottilie to their school for a dance and it is a great way to bring some normalcy into these children’s lives and show them what a school function is like.”


Sports

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.

The Diane Whipple Foundation with the cooperation of Manhasset PAL, Manhasset School District and St. Mary’s High School Athletic program has announced a premier College Division I Women’s Lacrosse Scrimmage day on Saturday, Oct. 18.

Competing in this great event will be Columbia, Fairfield, Michigan, Sacred Heart, Stonybrook, UCONN, UMASS, and USC.


Calendar

That’s a Smash!

Wednesday, Oct. 15

East Woods Open House

Friday, Oct. 17

 Oyster Festival

Weekend, Oct. 18, 19



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