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Boys Lacrosse Wins County Championship

County title is a first for Quakers and their program

With fans wildly cheering from the sidelines, the Friends Academy Boys Varsity Lacrosse team kept rival Cold Spring Harbor at bay before ultimately beating them 9-4 to capture their first ever Class C Nassau County Championship.

Coach Brian Crocco credits the team’s offensive balance with their success in the championship game and throughout the 14-2 season. “What we have found all season is that while we do have a few serious impact players who contribute quite a bit to our offensive success, what has been most remarkable is that we have shared the scoring well, especially in big games. During the championship game, we had seven different goal scorers contribute for the win — two seniors, three juniors, and two sophomores. We have six guys with at least 20 points each this season, so in crucial situations we have found that any number of guys can make a play.”

Friends and Cold Spring Harbor played a tight game until the fourth quarter, with the Quakers leading 3-2 at the half and 5-4 at the end of the third. “In the third quarter we made some key defensive stops and in the fourth scored a few important goals to lengthen the lead,” said Coach Crocco. “Scoring two goals in the last moments of the second and third quarters was key for building momentum,” he added. Senior Chretien Teitelbaum’s (Upper Brookville) performance the whole game in goal helped Friends win the battle, especially in an eight-save third quarter. Junior Will Sands (Locust Valley) finished the game with three goals and four assists and his feeds to senior Liam Kearney (Bayville) and sophomore Pierce DellaFera (Lattingtown) at the end of the third quarter put the Quakers in a great position to win the fourth quarter — and the game.

The strong defense by Quaker midfielders limited Cold Spring Harbor’s ability to score as seniors Kyle Dineen (East Meadow), Will O’Kane (Lattingtown), Garrett Doran (Locust Valley) and juniors Brandon Yaraghi (Mill Neck) and Jon Nierenberg (Sands Point) played hard on Friends’ defensive half of the field. The team of close defensemen — senior Peter Picoli (Locust Valley), junior Austin Rossi (Oyster Bay) and junior Nick Chapman (Oyster Bay) — were asked to handle their individual matchups with little help, and performed admirably. “We have been graced with a terrific senior class, and their play and leadership has set a high standard for Friends’ future lacrosse teams,” said Crocco. “This is a championship for them, and for all the alumni that have helped make this program what it is today.”

News

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

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.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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