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The Rockaway Times
LacrosseClubof RockawayHosts First-EverGames
Sunday was an impressive
opening day for the Lacrosse
Club of Rockaway (LCR) Natives
lacrosse teams as they suited up
for their first competition against
Doc’s NYC at Fort Tilden. Both
the boys and girls teams were
able to experience playing in
their first game, and they already
looked like a team after only a
handful of practices. Whether it
was passing the ball up and down
the field, cradling, scooping up
ground balls, playing defense or
shooting, the determined players
improved each step of the way.
During the Girl’s 5th/6th grade
competition, the girls’ apprehen-
sion turned to excitement as the
defensive players began forcing
turnovers, which allowed the of-
fense to gain possession and score
thefirst goal inLCRhistory!
The 7th/8th grade girls team
competed hard against a well-
coached and seasoned Doc’s NYC
team. Both girls teams lost hard-
fought battles, but showed great
improvement and encouraged
one another along theway.
The boys 5th/6th grade team
finished on top after a nail-biting
1 goal game. Teammembers chal-
lenged every ground ball and im-
ing skills. From tough goaltending
play, riding and clearing, and im-
pressive offense and defense, the
boys put forth a full team effort to
secure thefirst win for theNatives.
LCR had an amazing turnout,
and they are very thankful for all
of their supporters- ranging from
volunteer assistant coaches, dedi-
cated parent-helpers, and positive
enthusiasm from fans and parents
on the sidelines. The organization
is comprised of 200 boys and girls,
including: Colleen Hickey, Ralph
and Liz Bianco, Andrew Sheridan,
Pat Lane, andRobLuhrs.
With six teams total, ranging
from 3rd to 8th graders, as well as
two clinics for 1st and 2nd grad-
ers, each coach is focused on cre-
ating a positive and fun atmos-
phere, while teaching all players
the fundamentals of the fastest
game on two feet. “I am extreme-
ly impressed with the effort put
forth from all players, coaches,
and volunteers, and I am thank-
ful for all the positive feedback
and support for LCR. The future
looks bright for the Natives,” said
director Mickey Blum.
Comeout toseetheNatives faceoff
against theirnextopponentSunday,
May 1st at Fort Tilden and Beach
Channel High School. For more
information, please visit www.La-
Monaghan To Be Honored
On Sunday, May 15th, the
36th Annual Buckley’s-Ken-
nedy’s 5K Charity Run will
honor the memory of a
member of our community
who recently passed away,
as well as benefit the pro-
grams and services of Heart-
Share Human Services of
New York. The 2016 Run is
dedicated to the memory of
“witty, charming and kind”
Brian Monaghan, a retired
NYPD officer and vibrant
musician who, much too
soon at the age of 50, sud-
denly and tragically died last
year, ironically, on the same
day as the Buckley’s-Kenne-
dy’s Run. Brian had a gen-
erosity of spirit matched
by few, especially when it
came to helping young mu-
sicians break into the busi-
ness. He and his young fam-
ily brought vitality, laughter,
music and hope to our com-
munity, especially for those
diagnosed with intellectual
and developmental disabil-
ities. He is missed terribly.
The Buckley’s-Kennedy’s 5K
Charity Run is a respectful
way to pay tribute to his life,
and, at the same time, help
support a great cause.
As in the past, the Run will
focus on raising funds to as-
sist HeartShare. HeartShare
continues to respond to the
families in our community
through its many programs,
including foster care, adop-
tion, youth services, low-in-
come energy support, and
an array of developmental
disability services for chil-
dren and adults – including
those on the autistic spec-
trum. Through its programs,
HeartShare provides essen-
tial services to nearly 35,000
New York children, adults
and families. The Buckley
family has a long and proud
relationship with Heart-
Share, and knows first-hand
about the great services it
provides to so very many
at-risk children, adults and
families and how those ser-
vices greatly benefit our
To learn more about this
event or to register, visit
Rockaway Rugby
Fishheads In Final
By Ciaran O’Hara
Rockaway Rugby Club has
advanced to the Empire GU
Championship after a huge
come-from-behind win over
Buffalo RFC at their lakeside lair
in western New York. After driv-
ing 428 miles withonly 17players
(15 on the field at a time), stopping
at 3amfor five hours of sleep at ho-
tel in Rochester before complet-
ing the last leg of their journey, the
Fishheads arrived at the field and
Rockaway found themselves in
troubleearlyoninthematch. Aflat
performance, andacoupleof cost-
ly penalties saw Rockaway fall to a
19-0deficitwithin15minutes. The
Fishheads, however, refused to
throw in the towel. Scores by out-
side-center Joe Wolfer, wing Matt
Perrone, and inside-center Pete
Amabile, with conversion kicks by
New Zealander scrum-half Jarrod
Mongston, saw Rockaway wrestle
the leadback fromBuffalo, ending
thehalf with20-19 lead.
After a violent back-and-forth
slug-fest between the two teams,
that saw multiple goal-line stands,
New Zealander 8-man, Rhys Hi-
kuora, helped seal Buffalo’s fate
withabreak-out, 30meter try-scor-
ing run in themiddleof the second
half. Buffalo, however, struck back
quickly. After a long march down
the field, they scored their final try,
bringing the score back to within a
single point at 27-26. On the final
kick-off of the match, flanker Ci-
ball forward- a turn-overpenalty in
rugby. Rockaway retained posses-
sion of the ball, spending the final
minutes battling their way toward
the Buffalo try-line, finding them-
selveswithin5metersof theBuffalo
Victorywas theirs.
Rockawaywill face FairfieldRug-
by Club at their home field this
Saturday at 1 pm in the EmpireGU
final. Thewinnerwill face theNew
England regional champion in the
next roundofnationals.