Written by Jill Nossa, email@example.com Thursday, 12 June 2014 12:14
Both the boys and girls lacrosse teams at St. Dominic’s High School won the CHSAA ‘A’ Championship, for the first time since 2011.
“This is really a great group of kids. They take pride in winning for St. Dominic’s more than for themselves, and you don’t see that very often,” says Coach Matthew O’Brien.
Starting the season, he said there were a lot of unknowns about how it would go. They lost three division one players after they graduated last year, but the incoming team proved impressive, with a 14-4 finish and winning the state championship. Senior Patrick O’Brien was on the team as a freshman the last time they won.
“It’s very fitting for him to end his high school career with a state championship win.”
Other standout players for the boys team include junior Matthew DeFeo of Upper Brookville, junior goalie Joe Fabilli of Glen Head, and sophomore Patrick Kiernan of Huntington, the All League Defenseman. Liam McAuliffe is a freshman standout with 61 points.
During the final game against St. Mary’s, the team came back after three overtimes.
“That’s as exciting as it gets,” O’Brien says.
The girls team won the class A championship for the third time in four years. Coach Michele O’Brien said the team was undefeated in their league. Next year the team will be moving up to the AA, which will be a lot more competitive for the team. O’Brien is proud of her girls and the growth of the program over the years.
Standout players on the 28-girl team are seniors Julia LaRusso and Olivia Garcia, both All League players; LaRusso was MVP of the game and will be playing lacrosse at Manhattan College next year. Garcia will play at Misericordia University and senior Danielle Weir will play at SUNY Old Westbury.