Written by Karen Gellender, email@example.com Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00
This past fall, Jericho native Amanda Epstein was a force to be reckoned with on the soccer field. The sophomore led her team at Marist College in points scored and also led the Metro Athletic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in game-winning goals for the second year in a row. She also won two Offensive Player of the Week awards from MAAC, was named the No. 2 player from MAAC out of approximately 270 players, was one of only 16 players across the nation to be named to the CollegeSoccer360.com Primetime Performers Weekly Honor Roll, and finished an impressive seventh in the nation in NCAA Division 1 game-winning goals.
Not bad for a season where she was forced to spend a solid quarter of it on the bench.
During a practice early in the season, Epstein sprained her ankle. “No one was even around me, I took a wrong turn I guess, and my foot got caught on the ground,” she said. The 2011 MAAC Women’s Soccer Rookie of the Year had to sit out for several weeks while her ankle healed, patiently waiting to get back on the field. As though that weren’t bad enough, to add insult to injury (or more accurately, injury to more injury), she suffered a concussion just as her sprain finished healing, keeping her benched for yet another week.
However, instead of being discouraged by her run of bad luck, Epstein seemed to make up for lost time as soon as she was put back in the starting lineup for the second half of the season. She scored six goals in the team’s final nine conference games, including two goals against the previously undefeated Fairfield University, Marist’s rival. In addition to acquitting herself well as an individual player, Epstein also helped lead her team to great results; Marist College set a record of 14 regular season wins and secured their second consecutive first-place finish in the conference, the first time in Marist history that the team repeated as regular season champions.
Epstein, who comes across as cheerful, genuine and humble, despite her dominance on the field, didn’t lose heart that Marist did not advance very far during the post-season. “We lost one game, so other than that, we won everything; it was a good year,” she said.
Katherine Lyn, Epstein’s coach at Marist, spoke highly not only of Amanda’s soccer skills, but also her character. “She is not the type to boast about her talent but rather share credit with her teammates. That trait in itself is admirable and unique and I am quite thankful for having such a great role model in our program,” said Lyn.
Going forward, the communications major has to consider whether or not a full-time career in soccer is the best path. “I’m not sure; they’re just bringing the soccer professional league back, and I’m not sure if I want to do that,” she said.
Still, there’s no doubt Epstein will still be playing competitive soccer post-college, for fun if not professionally; though she enjoys playing other sports, like basketball, with friends, she has been playing soccer on a daily basis since she was little more than a toddler. “It’s always been soccer,” she confirmed.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 00:00
During its April and May meetings, the Birchwood Civic Association welcomed Board of Education members and candidates from the Syosset School District, as well as Board of Education members and administrators from the Jericho School District to discuss budget proposals and issues facing the districts. The BCA voted to endorse both the Syosset and Jericho budgets, as well as the Jericho Library budget, acknowledging that all made a strong effort to retain programs while staying below the state tax levy cap. In addition, the BCA voted in support of Jericho's Proposition 2 regarding the establishment of a capital reserve fund. The Syosset Library budget was not reviewed.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
Susan Parker, a resident of Syosset for 24 years, is running for a trustee seat on the Syosset Board of Education.
A mother of three and employee of the Syosset Fire District for the past seven years, Parker has been an active PTA member for the past 21 years on a local and county level. Parker received her BS from SUNY Binghampton and her MBA from Boston University. Parker says she has two “gainfully employed” graduates of the school district, and a son currently attending Syosset High School.
Thursday, 16 May 2013 00:00
The Syosset Braves varsity boys lacrosse team (7-1) were victorious over the Plainview JFK Hawks (5-3) last Friday afternoon, 12-5 in Conference I play. The Braves are the number two seed going into the playoffs, and the Hawks are the number six seed.
Ending the first two periods with a 6-2 lead, the Braves’ defense reduced Plainview’s potential comeback to only one goal, while Syosset scored four.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Monmouth University sophomore Ashley Sandler of Jericho was named Northeast Conference tennis co-player of the week in April. The Syosset High School grad earned her second career league honor after posting a 4-0 record, including a 3-0 NEC mark, in a week that saw the Blue and White go 3-1.
Sandler did not drop a game in rolling to a 6-0, 6-0 win over La Salle’s Allison Amrein then stopped Wagner’s Rachel Jurgielewicz, 6-0, 6-4. Sandler edged the Mount’s Renee Deane in a marathon three-set affair, winning 6-2, 3-6, 13-11 and ended her week with another 6-0, 6-0 victory, this time over St. Francis’(Brooklyn) Akuila Edwards.