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‘Battle of the Counties’ follow-up: Players speak about competing in tournament to raise awareness for autism

Tuesday, 15th November 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, High school  

By Conor Reilly, Posted 11/15/11

On Saturday the inaugural “Battle of the Counties” tournament at Syosset High showcased some of the finest high school lacrosse Long Island has to offer.

Teams from across the Island faced off against each other on the field, but were all playing for the common goal of autism awareness and support for the BraveGoals4Autism program.

Ten varsity and 10 JV teams competed in an event run by the Syosset Boosters Club and head coach John Calabria. caught up with some of the varsity players, who shared their thoughts on the day and what it meant for them.

What are your thoughts on playing for the cause of autism awareness?

“It’s cool. I feel good to be playing on behalf of someone (that needs support).”
-Jacob Simany, Great Neck South Rebels

“We’re playing for a good cause and there’s a lot of money going to charity. It’s fun, too.”
-Mike Valencia, Hicksville Comets

“Today was great, and it’s very touching that so many teams were willing to come out and play for the cause.”
-Zach Weinreb, Syosset Braves

How do you think this tournament will help your team moving forward?

“This was great for us. We had not really been playing too often as a whole team.”
-Mark Giovanniello, Great Neck South Rebels

“We need to improve things like our stick skills and teamwork. This is a great opportunity to do so.”
-Brian Melendez, Hicksville Comets

“Personally, I’m still new to the game and still have a lot to work on. An event like today is great for that.”
-Corey Yoskowitz, Syosset Braves

What’s it like to be playing organized lacrosse in November?

“It’s great to be out there. It’s really cold, but you get used to it.”
-Brian Targio, Hicksville Comets

“It’s cold, but today is a great thing. We support autism awareness as a team and as a family.”
-Justin Margolies, Syosset Braves

“As our season approaches, we definitely needed something like this for a nice tuneup.”
-Matthew Chaleff, Great Neck South Rebels


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