We'll be unveiling members of the 2011 All-Long Island team each day this week with the full list appearing in Sunday's paper. Today's installment includes West Hempstead's Olivia Czavar, Northport's Rosy Hayes and MacArthur's Jenny Scro.
Olivia Czavar, West Hempstead, Sr., Forward
Czavar led Nassau Class A in goals (13) during the regular season and was named state Class A Player of the Year.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was really excited and happy and I feel honored,” said Czavar of receiving the state POY award.
While West Hempstead finished on the outside looking in at the playoffs this year, Czavar said she’ll remember the 2010 quarterfinal game against New Hyde Park, which the Gladiators won in PKs, most of the games in her career.
A second team All-Long Island selection in 2010, Czavar finishes her five-year varsity career with 59 goals and 18 assists.
Rosy Hayes, Northport, Sr., Forward
As one of the best finishers on Long Island, when Hayes got the ball in the open field, there was usually very little the defense could do to stop her. With Kristi Abbate as her primary distributor and best friend, that happened quite often. The Loyola-bound Hayes established herself as one of the top offensive threats in the area with 17 goals, second most in Suffolk Class AA, and five assists this season. After recording seven multi-goal games and helping Northport advance to the county championship game, Hayes earned first team All-State honors.
“All my hard work finally paid off,” Hayes said. “It was senior year and I wanted to go out and be really proud of what I did and how it ended.”
Jenny Scro, MacArthur, Jr., Sweeper
Scro (above) was the anchor of MacArthur’s unbelievably stingy defense which allowed just seven goals and 44 shots on goal in 20 games (15 shutouts). The junior sweeper was a ball hawk and an instrumental part of MacArthur’s first state championship squad. There was simply no getting past Scro, who marked some of the best players on the Island and in the state.
The deal between Scro and goalkeeper Jena Cozza in which Cozza agreed to play soccer if Scro tried out for basketball may have been the best personnel decision made all season.