The Old Westbury College Foundation, Inc. recently welcomed more than 800 alumni and friends recently to celebrate the 11th Annual Summer Polo Match and Lawn Party to support SUNY College at Old Westbury.
The championship polo event was a fundraiser to support academic and programmatic enhancements at the college, while also honoring those who advocate for the preservation of Long Island’s open spaces. The event, which featured a match provided by the historic Meadowbrook Polo Club in the surroundings of Hickox Field in Old Westbury, grossed more than $80,000 in support of the foundation.
The Long Island Ducks announced on July 19 that individual game tickets for the 2012 Atlantic League Playoffs are now on sale. The Ducks secured their eighth trip to the postseason in franchise history by winning the First Half Liberty Division title on Sunday, July 1.
The Ducks will host games three, four (if necessary) and five (if necessary) of the best-of-five Liberty Division Championship Series. Should they advance, the Ducks will host games three, four (if necessary) and five (if necessary) of the best-of-five Atlantic League Championship Series as well. Promotions for the playoffs will be announced at a later date.
Recently, Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum was the site of the Islanders’ 12th annual Draft Party. Calling the event festive was an understatement as the old barn had the aura of a carnival right down to the line of kids waiting to use the myriad of bounce houses, the multigenerational families wandering around clad in blue and orange and even a Ferris wheel whose passenger cars were festooned with the team’s logo.
After the Edmonton Oilers took Russian junior right wing phenom Nail Yakupov with the overall first pick, speculation was rampant as to who the Isles would take with the fourth pick. Forty-year-old father and fan, Jeff, hoped his Islanders would go in more for more scoring punch to go along with John Tavares and Matt Moulson.
The Long Island Ducks defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters 2-1 on July 1 to sweep the four-game series and earn the 2012 First Half Liberty Division title.
The Skeeters took a one-run lead in the top of the third off Ducks starter Dan Meyer on a RBI sac fly by Ofilio Castro. After a 54-minute rain delay, both teams traded zeroes until the bottom of the sixth when Shawn Williams knocked a RBI single to right tying the game at 1-1.
The Lizards will be squaring off against the Rochester Rattlers on July 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium and a fireworks display will follow the showdown. Heading into the All-Star Break, the Lizards, who feature many homegrown Long Island players, are one of the hottest teams in Major League Lacrosse, winning their last five in a row. Support your hometown professional lacrosse team as they look to get back to the MLL Playoffs.
The New York Islanders have released their schedule for the 2012-13 season. On Friday, Oct. 12, the Islanders will open this year’s National Hockey League campaign on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 p.m. The following night, the Islanders will host their 2012-13 home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Islanders will face off in their first meeting of the season with their rivals, the New York Rangers. The Islanders’ will also host their cross-town rivals on Tuesday, Jan. 15 and on Thursday, Mar. 7. The Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Devils will also play three games at Nassau Coliseum this season: Saturday, Nov. 17, Wednesday, Dec. 26 and on the final day of the regular season, Saturday, April 13. The Islanders and Devils will also meet in a special pre-season game on Oct. 2 when they play the first NHL game in Brooklyn at Barclays Center.
Lydia Rice has been selected at regionals to represent New York State at the Field Hockey National Championship in Virginia. Lydia has been playing field hockey as a goalie since fifth grade under the expert tutelage of Carol Nesdill, president of Long Island Field Hockey Association, who provided her with a start and nourished her love for the game from the beginning.
Lydia has been training with the USA Futures program for two years, this being the Olympics pipeline for young athletes in the United States. She has been playing field hockey at the junior varsity level for three years and served as captain for two, progressing this year to the varsity squad.
The 2012 Carle Place varsity softball team posted an overall record of 19-4 and 11-1 in league play. The season was a success, as the team was named Class B/C conference champions and Class B county championships. The Lady Frogs were ranked first in the state for Class B schools. In 16 varsity seasons, the Lady Frogs have captured six conference championships, nine county championships, four Long Island championships and one Final Four finish at states.
A team consisting of 14 talented players, including senior captain Ashley Cole, captain Leanne Iannucci, captain Tori Hytell and Amanda Machado; juniors Taylor Ruscillo, Nicole Grande, Brooke Topel, Devin DeVeau, Jessica McMurray and Stephanie Konze; sophomores Kaitlyn Davis, Courtney Mulcare and Keara Mooney; and freshman Sarah Pisani.
The SUNY College at Old Westbury junior outfielder Paul Valerio was named to the ABCA/Rawlings third-team All-America squad.
Valerio, a native of Merrick, was a 2012 first-team selection on the ABCA/Rawlings All-New York Region, D3Baseball.com All-New York Region and the Skyline Conference. He completed the season as the conference leader in runs scored (55) and stolen bases (58). He was second in the Skyline in hits (62), triples (six), walks (27), at bats (158) total plate appearances (190) and ranked third in the league in total bases (85).
While many may not have made the trek to Elmont this year without the treat of a Triple Crown, longtime racing fan Louis Howe still made the 3-hour drive from North Hampton, MA to see the race.
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