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LI Challenge: Farmingdale Reaction
Farmingdale was a gracious (and victorious) host for Saturday’s Long Island Challenge. The event featured four games, Suffolk vs. Nassau, with Farmingdale’s 8:30 p.m. matchup with Eastport-South Manor being the nightcap.
The event went smoothly (‘least as far as I know) and it was a festive atmosphere. Props to Barbara Brescia (Samantha’s mother) and Laurie Kolodny (Kim’s mother), who helped organize the event.
* Before Farmingdale's game, assistant coach and MSG Varsity analyst Tracy Wiener was honored for her illustrious career and this year's induction into the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation's Hall of Fame. Former Daler and current Cold Spring Harbor coach Danielle Skakandi had a wonderful introductory speech. Congrats, Wiener!
As for the game...
Nadine Hadnagy had five goals and an assist as Farmingdale beat Eastport-South Manor, 17-11. Amanda Turturro added four goals and two assists, Kim Kolodny scored four goals, and Colleen Reynolds had two goals, two assists and three groundballs.
We’ll start with Diana Prendergast, who did an excellent job singing the national anthem before the games (a lovely rendition of the classic without many twists and alterations), and then performing well defensively.
Singing the national anthem: “It was a good feeling to sing in front of my friends – a lot of them don’t see that side of me... I’ve been singing probably since I could speak.”
Her influences are… “Mary J. Blige, Leona Lewis and definitely Celine Dion.”
(Note: I’ll admit it, I have several Celine Dion songs on the iPod. I’ve had “Falling into You” and “To Love you More” blasting loudly in the car on many occasions. Laugh if you want to, that’s good music.)
Transitioning from singer to player: “I can switch it pretty easily, as long as my friends are around. They put me in the mood and I can get into that zone when the game starts.”
Beating Eastport-South Manor: It was an amazing feeling because we’d been looking forward to this game. As big a win as the Garden City game was, this was as important. We wanted to set a tone on the Island.
Unlike a lot of teams, Farmingdale has adopted the tradition of not wearing bows in the hair. Why is that? “We want to be noticed only for our play. We don’t think the appearance is that important and we want people to recognize us for our play on the field.”
Scoring 17 goals against a good defense and a top goalie: “It was a great team effort. The draws were key and once we started controlling that, we were able to get the offense going.”
Facing one of Suffolk’s better teams: “It was our first game against Suffolk so we wanted to make a statement. It was a really competitive game, under the lights and everything, so we were excited. This is a win we’re really proud of.”
Senior Kaitlin Gaghan. In addition to playing and helping handle the concessions all day, Gaghan was collecting used lacrosse equipment for the Bridge Program, which donates equipment to underprivileged children.
The win: We played so well on defense. It started with [Olivia Kirk] at goalie. She made some great saves that allowed us to start it up. Our slides were great, our doubles, and our second slides, so we were able to recover even when we were pressuring the ball.
Prendergast’s singing: She’s a great singer. She’s been in both school musicals and she was the lead in 'Bye Bye Birdie.' She really enjoys it… She brings such a great energy to everything and that translates, going right from signing the anthem so admirably and then playing well.
The equipment collection: “It went well. I’ve been collecting lacrosse equipment and we’re giving it to underprivileged kids in areas where we’re trying to get lacrosse started.”
Farmingdale hosting the LI Challenge: “We had a lot going on. Italian ices, food, baked goods, t-shirts. It was a hectic day, but the parents and coaches did well. We really came together as a team and a community. To cap it off with a win, under the lights, is great. That really gives us momentum going into our game against Manhasset.”