May 22-The Mini’s walked off the field at halftime in a scoreless game against the Garden City Chargers. With Cara Kennedy playing brilliantly in goal and Mineola’s defense, led by the superb play of Meghan Lafaye and Jillian Palma, playing a strong positional game, Mineola needed an offensive spark.
After graduating eight starting seniors and faced with moving from Conference III to a tougher Conference II, Coaches Massaro and Hock-Bennett did not know what to expect.
There is no doubt that both coach Helms Bohringer and coach Barry Silverstein will be emptying out their lockers with their heads held high following last Saturday’s playoff loss against Valley Stream North. The reason? Because many starting underclassmen will return next season with more experience as well as more leadership.
Submitted by Shannon Durham
The Mineola Lightning girl’s minors softball team kept its streak alive, beating a tough Garden City Orange team. Mineola’s offense took some of the pressure off pitchers Tierney Fitzgerald and Shannon Durham, with Samantha Marcia, Stella Davis, Vallerie Cobos, Kellie Cassidy and Courtney Scheuer all driving in runs in the Lightning’s 11-5 win. There were also some key defensive plays by Victoria Ondris, Hannah Hoyt, Kayla Orefice and Lyndsey Reuther that helped Mineola get off the field. Christina Benintendi, Angelina Filpo-Toscano, Sara McCarthy and the injured Angie Morelli complete the team.
Heading into the 2010 season, the Mineola varsity boys lacrosse team was looking to be playoff bound. Returning players such as seniors Nick Grimaldi, Bob Port, Billy Gerstner, Mike Escobar and also juniors Nick Fabiano and Spencer Wolf made coaches Mike Perro and Anthony Barone excited for the season to come. Freshman attackman Brian Gaffney showed his talents sooner rather than later in the season and has really proved that he deserves his starting spot on the field. Off to a rocky start, the Mustangs showed some hope in a game against North Shore. Spencer Wolf scored a goal with 1:18 left in the fourth quarter off a pass from Billy Gerstner who had two goals on the day to tie the game for the Mustangs.
The Chiefs 3rd Grade Boys Lacrosse Team was outstanding as they had their work cut out for them in beating the perennial powerhouse Massapequa Mustangs 9-5 at home on the first annual Mineola Lacrosse Day. This brings their undefeated record to 3-0.
The Girls U11 Mineola Mini-Mustangs suffered a heartbreaking defeat to the Garden City Shooting Stars in the Waldbaum’s Cup Challenge in the second overtime period. With two minutes remaining before a decisive shootout, Garden City scored the winning goal on a perfect shot past the outstretched arms of Mini-Mustangs goalkeeper Cara Kennedy. Kennedy had given her team a chance to win all game long, with many terrific saves.
April 24 -The Girls U11 Mineola Mini-Mustangs were defeated by the Oyster Bay Pearls 3-0. The Mini’s recovered from a low start to put a lot of pressure on Oyster Bay, but couldn’t score on any of its ten shots on goal. Mineola forwards Annie Cripps, Emma Feimer, Alana Conroy, and Cara Kennedy all played hard and generated many good scoring opportunities for Mineola. Although the Mini’s came up short, midfielders Katie Russelman, Christen Patalano, Casey Connors, and Michelle Viola, all played great. Jillian Palma, Olivia Delay, Valerie Cobos, and Meghan LaFaye each broke up several Oyster Bay scoring opportunities to lead Mineola’s defense in front of goalkeeper Shannon Durham, who made several difficult saves.
April 25– The Mineola Lightning Girls Softball Team improved its record to 5-0. The Lightning have been led by the strong pitching of Tierney Fitzgerald and Shannon Durham and solid fielding by Hannah Hoyt, Kellie Cassidy and Courtney Scheuer. They are also swinging their bats well with timely hits by Sara McCarthy, Valerie Cobos, Stella Davis and Kayla Orefice. The Lightning’s offense has been averaging more than 10 runs per game. Christina Benintendi, Angelina Filpo-Toscano, Samantha Marcia, Angelina Morelli, Victoria Ondris and Lyndsey Reuther round out the squad, which since forming in January has improved significantly because of the dedication of the girls. All of their hard work is now paying off.
The Mineola Varsity Softball team has been in the process of rebuilding since its conference championship in 2008. With big losers such as Alyssa Palma and Nicole Reardon, the team had to find their way again. Fourth-year varsity starter Michelle Morrison has taken over the role of team captain. She is an inspirational leader who has overcome many obstacles such as shoulder surgery last February.
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