Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00
When seven boys who have been playing Lacrosse together since they were in elementary school found themselves this summer without having a travel team to play on, they didn’t know what to do. At the same time, the Manhasset Maveriks Junior Varsity team was just about to fold because they didn’t have enough boys for their own town team. When word got out that the Maveriks team was short players, the Port group contacted Manhasset varsity coach Bill Cherry and a deal to combine players from both towns was made.
With the help of the seven boys from Port, the Maveriks just completed a successful summer tournament season by winning their division in the Yale Bulldog Bash this past weekend. Participating on the team were rising ninth-graders Zach Avazis, Luke Cummings, Conor Jenkinson, John Neil, Michael Petty, Hayden Quigley and Charlie Scharf. The boys played in four tournaments this summer, compiling a record of 13-7 against teams from the Northeast, Atlanta, Dallas, Pittsburgh and California. The mixed team of players from Manhasset and Port really started to come together as the Maveriks went 10-1 in their last two tournaments culminating in a nail-biting 5-4 victory over the Connecticut Whalers in the championship game of the Yale Tournament.
The Port boys are grateful to the Manhasset Maveriks and wish to thank team organizers John Gagliardi and Bill Cherry, as well as coaches Rob Reddington and Jeff Molinari, for giving them a great lacrosse experience this summer.