Written by Tracy Reardon Friday, 21 May 2010 00:00
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.
Nicky Fabian scored the winning goal off a pass from Billy Gerstner with 2:04 left in overtime. Senior Mike Escobar had 12 saves to keep the Mustangs in the game and Nick Grimaldi had a career high of eight goals to lead the team to victory. As far as senior statistics go for the season, Nick Grimaldi had 42 goals, 7 assists; Bob Port had 9 goals, 5 assists and Billy Gerstner had 13 goals, 8 assists. Mike Escobar had a phenomenal season in goal with 137 saves in 14 games. For the juniors Nick Fabiano had 11 goals, 7 assists, Spencer Wolf had 10 goals 1 assist and freshman Brian Gaffney rounded out the scorers of this Mustang squad with 17 goals, 8 assists.
The team had an upsetting loss against Locust Valley on May 8. This was the determining factor on whether or not the boys would make the playoffs. Even with the fight that they did put up they lost a respectable game with the final score of 12 -9. The Mustangs have one more game but as of right now they have a record of 3-6 and 5-9 (3-6 in conference). Coaches Perro and Barone have a young team to work with over the next few years and will make sure that they make big strides and go far in seasons to come.