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Why Hicksville beat Oceanside

Hicksville goalkeeper Ryan Toomey (12) attempts to make

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Pat McCormick and the rest of the Hicksville boys lacrosse team can still hold the rope.

McCormick rattled off a few reasons why he thought his squad was able to beat Oceanside in a Class A quarterfinal Tuesday night.

They were tired of losing close games, he said after the sixth-seeded Comets edged No. 3 Oceanside, 12-11, at Hofstra. They finally played to their capability as a team,...

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Chaminade's Colin Sacco wins CHSAA tennis title

Colin Sacco of Chaminade returns a volley during

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Even though Chaminade's Colin Sacco beat St. Anthony's rival Brian Hoffarth twice during the regular season, it was almost inevitable that they would meet again during the postseason.

They would play two more matches, with Sacco coming out victorious in both, including winning the CHSAA Individual championship, 7-5, 6-3 at Hofstra on Tuesday.

Sacco also defeated Hoffarth in Chaminade's...

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They Made It: Girls lacrosse players of the week

Farmingdale and Sayville girls lacrosse teams pose after

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Meghan LaBelle, Sayville: In a heartwarming scene, LaBelle, a teenager with Down syndrome, was substituted into Sayville's game against Farmingdale with 34 seconds left and scored a goal. The game was the nightcap of a doubleheader at Farmingdale as part of an event to raise money and awareness for Down syndrome. Both teams and LaBelle's family agreed to have her play and allow her to score, and...

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Bay Shore's Dale Cosgrave excels in face of Type 1 diabetes

Bay Shore's Dale Cosgrave signs a letter of

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Dale Cosgrave has established herself as a key contributor on Bay Shore girls lacrosse.

The senior attacker's on-field accomplishments this season—17 goals and 16 assists—look even more impressive when considering Cosgrave has Type 1 diabetes.

While Cosgrave does not use the condition as an excuse, she does say it makes playing more difficult.

“You have the game on your mind,”...

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Defender Michael Aronow scores OT game-winner for Sachem North

Sachem North defenseman Michael Aronow scores the winning

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It’s the ultimate fantasy for a lacrosse defender: scoring the winning goal in overtime.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Sachem North senior Michael Aronow can say he’s done it.

Aronow, a defender who is committed to Penn State, went coast-to-coast and scored the winner unassisted with 3:46 left in overtime as Sachem North edged host Connetquot, 10-9, in Suffolk Division I.


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They Made It: Girls lacrosse players of the week

Middle Country's Nikki Ortega.

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Morgan Jaycox, St. John the Baptist: The senior scored four goals and set a career-high with nine assists in a win over Holy Trinity.

Erin Vaughan Ware, MacArthur: The freshman has had 25 points in the Generals' last three games, including 10 in Monday's 13-12 win over Lynbrook. Vaughan Ware had four goals and six assists and scored the winner with three seconds left off a feed from Jen Race.


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Schwartz and the sophomores step up for Bellmore JFK

Mike Schwartz is probably having the best year out of anybody.

So says his assistant coach Glenn Bedell. Even Schwartz couldn’t have imagined that.

“It’s a little surprising, considering it’s my first year on varsity,” said Schwartz, the Cougars’ sophomore centerfielder, who is one of the team leaders with a batting average over .400 with eight doubles. “With the team around me, I knew...

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Suffolk Boys Tennis Division Championship results

Boys doubles finalist Cooper Lacetera of Westhampton with

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Division I Results:At Smithtown East High SchoolSingles Final: No. 1 Zain Ali (Hills East) defeated No. 2 Kyle Alper (Hills East), 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.Singles Consolation:  No. 6 Justin Park defeated No. 4 Aziz Rashidzada with an injury default.Doubles Final: No. 1 Duane Davis and Dylan Davis (Hills West) defeated No. 2 Nick Fox and Cory Seltman...

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Zain Ali wins Suffolk Boys Tennis Division I Tournament

Hills East's Zain Ali hits a backhand return

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Top seed Zain Ali entered the Suffolk Division I boy’s tennis tournament with an unblemished record. The only set he’d dropped all season was to teammate Kyle Alper in practice last week.

Alper, the second seed, gave Ali all he could handle again on Monday afternoon, this time on the courts at Smithtown East with the Division I championship on the line.

Alper won the first set 6-2...

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North Babylon teammates to face off in Division II tournament

When top-seeded Lynus Fortaleza looks across the net on Monday during the final of the Suffolk Division II tennis tournament on Monday at East Islip he’s going to see a familiar face.

He’ll be facing off against teammate and No. 2 seed Tyree Grimsley. It's the first time in school history teammates from North Babylon will be competing against each other in the finals, according to head...

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