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Higgins going for Lord Stanley
Long Island native Chris Higgins is playing for the Stanley Cup with the Vancouver Canucks. He’s trying to be just the second island native to capture Cup glory behind Syosset native Rob Scuderi, who won a title with Pittsburgh in 2009.
Long Islanders selected in MLB draft
A handful of Long Island natives had their dreams come true when they were selected in this year’s Major League Baseball draft. They include Nick Tropeano (Stony Brook – Astros), Matt Colantonio (Brown – Padres), Dave Kubiak (Albany – Rays), Dennis O’Grady (Duke – Padres), Ian Dickson (Lafayette – Cubs) and Pat Cantwell (Stony Brook – Orioles). Robert Nixon, who is from Canada originally and plays at Adelphi, was also drafted by Cleveland.
Freeport’s Hall Wins Belmont Stakes
Freeport native George Hall, the owner of Ruler On Ice, was a happy man this weekend at the 143rd Belmont Stakes. His horse, a 24-1 long shot, won the final leg of the Triple Crown in 2:30.88.
Sowell Out, Stony Brook Job Left Open
Stony Brook lacrosse coach Rick Sowell is out as head coach of the men’s lacrosse team. He took the same job at the Naval Academy. Right now Stony Brook has not released any potential candidates.
Ducks Launch Mobile Site
The Long Island Ducks have announced the launch of a brand new mobile web site, liducks.com/mobile. Fans can now follow the Ducks on with a mobile-friendly version of the team’s official web site, liducks.com.
“We are happy to provide fans with a way to follow the team wherever they might be,” Ducks’ president/general manager Michael Pfaff said in a statement. “The Faithful Flock can now stay up-to-date on the team despite their busy, on-the-go lifestyle.”
On the new site, fans will be able to view the team’s upcoming schedule, complete with promotional giveaways and game times, as well as check up-to-the-minute status of that night’s game. In addition, the site provides links to follow the game through Pointstreak’s mobile GameLive application and to contact the Ducks with questions or comments.
Social networking users can now follow the Ducks on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Foursquare right on their phone with icons located at the top of the mobile site. Fans can also sign up to receive text messages from the team with game status updates and special offers.
Long Island Women’s and Men’s Lacrosse National Championship Winners
The following Long Island natives won a women’s or men’s lacrosse national championship this past weekend …
Division I Men: Virginia
Connor English, Manhasset
Nick O’Reilly, South Side
Adam Ghitelman, Cold Spring Harbor
Jacob Ghitelman, Cold Spring Harbor
Tom Kelly, Rocky Point
John Walker, Hills West (assistant coach)
Dom Starsia, Valley Stream (Head coach)
Division II Men: Mercyhurst … NONE
Division III Men: Salisbury
Ryan Clarke, Manhasset
Matt Cannone, Bethpage
Shaun Church, Hicksville
Division I Women: Northwestern
Alyssa Leonard, Bay Shore
Shannon Smith, West Babylon
Erin Fitzgerald, Mt. Sinai
Kara Mupo, Rocky Point
Lacey Vigmostad, Northport
Amanda Macaluso, Hauppauge
Jessica Russo, St. Anthony’s
Alexa deLyra, Bay Shore
Brianne LoManto, Rocky Point
Division II Women: Adelphi
Courtney Acker, Blue Point
Nicole Bass, Commack
Meg Brown, Lindenhurst
Joanie Buczkowski, Farmingdale
Frankie Caridi, Commack
Kaitlyn Carter, Mineola
Michelle Ceraso, Massapequa (Kellenberg)
Katelynn Ciaci, Northport
Demmianne Cook, Smithtown East
Devan Crimi, West Islip
Erica Devito, Shoreham-Wading River
Elizabeth Fey, Kings Park
Tara Gangarossa, Farmingdale
Laura Hedges, Longwood
Kristen Jones, St. Anthony’s
Emily Mercier, Rocky Point
Marissa Mills, Islip
Claire Peterson, Wantagh
Jennifer Rojas, Hewlett
Allison Staudt, Rocky Point
Mariel Wenzel, St. John the Baptist
Lindsay Whitfield, Levittown (MacArthur)
Jacqueline Williams, Merrick (Holy Trinity)
Joe Spallina, Rocky Point (head coach)
Division III Women: Gettysburg
Jenn Levy, Manhasset
LI Lax Playoff Updates
The college lacrosse playoffs are heating up with many Long Island story lines. This past weekend Hofstra played host to the NCAA Division I men’s quarterfinals, next weekend Stony Brook hosts the Division I women’s national championship and countless Long Island natives are playing for schools that are still alive in the fight for a national title.
Division I Men
Maryland will play Duke in the first quarterfinal and Denver will play Virginia in the second. Maryland’s Ryan Young, a Chaminade alum, is battling the loss of his mom this past April, so he’s playing with raw emotion. Duke coach John Danowski is the former head coach at Hofstra and an East Meadow alum. Denver coach Bill Tierney is from Levittown and used to coach there, Great Neck South and Adelphi. Virginia coach Dom Starsia grew up in Valley Stream.
Division II Women/Men
On Saturday, Adelphi’s No. 1 ranked women’s lacrosse team will begin defense of its 2009 and 2010 National titles at home. The winner will play for a National title on Sunday, May 22 at noon. The men’s lacrosse team will take the field in the National Semifinal on Saturday, May 21 with a chance to compete in the Division II National Championship game.
High School Action
The Nassau and Suffolk County boy’s playoffs are just beginning this week as well. West Islip has the top seed in Suffolk, with Smithtown West, Ward Melville and Sachem North following suit. Look for No. 1 Farmingdale, No. 2. Syosset or No. 3 Massapequa to go the distance in the county and hit a roadblock against any Suffolk team.
Stay tuned to the Hot Corner Blog for other interesting lacrosse storylines and updates throughout the next week.
Stony Brook Woman’s Lax Coach Steps Down
Stony Brook University women’s lacrosse coach Allison Comito has resigned her position effective immediately, according to a release from the school.
“I want to thank Coach Comito for her contributions to Stony Brook women’s lacrosse over the last six years and wish her the best as she plans for her future pursuits,” Stony Brook Athletic Director Jim Fiore said in a statement. “We are committed to developing a Stony Brook women’s lacrosse program that has a national profile and annually competes for the America East Championship, and we look forward to finding a coach who will accomplish the goals we have set forth for the program.”
Comito took over as interim head coach in November 2005 and was promoted to head coach on July 12, 2006. In her six years, she posted a 42-54 (.438) overall record and 14-22 (.389) mark in America East Conference games.
She led Stony Brook to the 2007 America East regular season title and an appearance in the America East Championship, but the Seawolves have not qualified for the conference tournament since, going 5-19 in conference play over the last four seasons. In 2011, Stony Brook finished 4-11 overall and 1-5 in America East.
“I want to thank Jim Fiore for the opportunity he gave me to coach at Stony Brook, but at this time I feel that it is in my best interest and in the best interest of the women’s lacrosse program that we part ways,” Comito said in the same release. “I wish nothing but the best to my student-athletes and hope that they achieve all their goals in the future.”
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