Friday, 23 March 2012 00:00
Oyster Bay High School Freshman Nicholas Orlowski began playing lacrosse for Oyster Bay in 2010 when he was in the 7th grade. He loved the sport so much that he looked for other ways to play in the off-season. Nick joined a summer travel team in a program called “For the Love of the Game.”
The coaches noticed that Mr. Orlowski had exceptional skills and recommended that he try out to compete on a national level. In the summer of his 8th grade year, Nick made the team. He traveled with his team comprised of other 8th grade players from Long Island to Maryland to compete in a tournament facing off against teams from all over the country.
His team, the Adidas National Team, went undefeated in the tournament ,earning them the title “2015 National Champions.” The teams are named for the year the players are expected to graduate from high school.
Mr. Orlowski plays long pole middy (midfield) and Defense. Nick says, “I’m pretty excited and can’t wait for the season to start and see what it has to offer.” Mr. Orlowski, who also plays bass guitar in the band The Army of Four, (recently featured in the OBHS Talent Show), should be a major factor in the debut season of Oyster Bay High School varsity lacrosse.
The first varsity lacrosse team at OBHS will be lead by head coach Brian Soper and assistant coach Frank Sommo. The season begins with an away game against Hicksville on Wednesday, March 21. The home opener will be on Friday, March 23 at the James H. Vernon School where the Baymen will face off against Wheatley – Carle Place.
Since the team has never played a varsity game, they will enter the season ranked 10 out of 10 teams. Don’t let the ranking fool you, coach Soper says, “We should be very competitive this season.” This is coach Soper’s third year with the team. In the first year the team finished with a record of six wins and 9 losses. The team gelled in the second year with a record of 13 wins and only two losses. Expectations are high for this, the third year.
Forty-six students are on the roster for JV and varsity. The junior varsity team will be led by head coach Chris Giacopino and assistant coach Kevin Kemp. Mr. Kemp comes to Oyster Bay with considerable credentials. He played for the Generals at Herkimer County Community College, a school known for multiple national championships. While at Herkimer, Mr. Kemp earned All-American status.