04/15/14 5:00pm
04/15/2014 5:00 PM
Shoreham-Wading River graduate Mike Malave was named CAA co-Player of the Week after leading Hofstra to a pair of victories last week. (Credit: Zack Lane, Hofstra Athletics)

Shoreham-Wading River graduate Mike Malave was named CAA co-Player of the Week after leading Hofstra to a pair of victories last week. (Credit: Zack Lane, Hofstra Athletics)

After scoring an overtime, game-winning goal Saturday to lead the Hofstra men’s lacrosse team past sixth-ranked Cornell, Shoreham-Wading River graduate Mike Malave was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s co-Player of the Week Monday.  (more…)

04/15/14 11:12am
Youth lacrosse players scramble for a ground ball in Riverhead. Parents are proposing an artificial turf field be built at EPCAL. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Youth lacrosse players scramble for a ground ball in Riverhead. Parents are proposing an artificial turf field be built at EPCAL. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

A group of about 15 parents asked Riverhead Town’s recreation advisory committee to build a multi-purpose artificial turf field for lacrosse, soccer and football at the EPCAL site in Calverton.  (more…)

03/14/14 4:00pm
03/14/2014 4:00 PM
BILL LANDON PHOTO  |  Shoreham-Wading River players wore pink jerseys Saturday as part of the Lax-Out Cancer fundraiser game against Garden City.

Shoreham-Wading River lacrosse players wore pink jerseys at a previous Lax-Out Cancer fundraiser. This year’s event will feature a doubleheader with the girls team. (Credit: Bill Landon, file)

Lax-Out Cancer, Shoreham-Wading River’s cancer awareness event and fundraiser, will be held April 26 with a lacrosse doubleheader at Shoreham-Wading River High School.  (more…)

03/11/14 2:00pm
03/11/2014 2:00 PM

Shoreham-Wading River graduate Tim Rotanz (20) made his college debut Saturday for the University of Maryland in the Terrapins’ 11-8 win over Stony Brook.

Shoreham-Wading River graduate Tim Rotanz, who led the Wildcats to back-to-back Long Island championships in 2012-13, returned to Long Island for the first time Saturday as a member of the University of Maryland.  (more…)

03/09/14 9:00am
03/09/2014 9:00 AM
Thomas Palasek during his senior season at Rocky Point High School in 2008. (Credit: Robert O'Rourk file)

Thomas Palasek during his senior season at Rocky Point High School in 2008. (Credit: Robert O’Rourk file)

One of the best high school lacrosse players in Suffolk County history — a current professional with the New York Lizards — is coaching the Bishop McGann Mercy team this season, the school announced Saturday.  (more…)

02/23/14 7:00am
02/23/2014 7:00 AM

Former Shoreham-Wading River lacrosse and field hockey player Brie Claire Drost (left) will coach as an assistant at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. Julianne Bernatzky of Mount Sinai was also hired as a coach.

Brie Claire Drost, a former star field hockey and lacrosse player at Shoreham-Wading River, was hired as an assistant coach at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue to work under her former coach.  (more…)

01/07/14 10:37pm
JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | The Shoreham-Wading River school board appointed during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

JENNIFER GUSTAVSON PHOTO | The Shoreham-Wading River school board appointed Justin Arini as the boys varsity lacrosse coach during its regular meeting Tuesday night.

The Shoreham-Wading River school board has hired a replacement for ousted boys varsity lacrosse coach Tom Rotanz, the Riverhead News-Review has learned.

Justin Arini — who works as a guidance counselor in the high school, according to his Facebook page — will replace Mr. Rotanz for the upcoming spring season.

Four out of the seven school board members voted in favor of Mr. Arini’s appointment Tuesday night. School board vice president John Zukowski abstained from voting and said after the meeting he did so because his son plays lacrosse. Sean Beran was absent and Robert Rose voted against the appointment.

“My nay vote has nothing at all to do with the candidate,” Mr. Rose said shortly after the vote. “It has everything to do with the process.”

Mr. Rose declined to elaborate after the meeting what his issue was with the process.

Mr. Arini, 28, is a Ward Melville graduate who played lacrosse under legendary coach Joe Cuozzo, just as Mr. Rotanz did years earlier. He’s coached previously as an assistant at NYIT and Manhattan College. At both schools he focused on coaching offense and recruiting. He coached most recently as a varsity assistant at Huntington High School last spring, according to a news report.

Mr. Arini was a goalkeeper in college at Alfred State. He’ll take over a program that Mr. Rotanz led for 19 years before his sudden dismissal in November.

The Wildcats are two-time defending Long Island champions and the preseason No. 1 seed in Division II for the upcoming spring season.

WITH JOE WERKMEISTER

jennifer@timesreview.com

11/17/13 12:00pm
11/17/2013 12:00 PM

RIVERHEAD SCHOOLS PHOTO | Riverhead seniors Jaron Greenidge and Carolyn Carrera both inked National Letters of Intent Friday to play lacrosse in college. Pictured are: Front Row, seated (l-r) Jaron Greenridge, Xann Greenridge, Mario Carrera, Carolyn Carrera and Dawn Carrera. Back Row, standing (l-r): Athletic Director Bill Groth, boys lacrosse coach Victor Guadagnino, guidance counselor Chris Martin, Jaron’s dad—Robin Greenridge, assistant girls lacrosse Coach Jim Janecek, girls lacrosse Coach Ashley King and RHS Principal Charles Regan.

Two Riverhead lacrosse players signed National Letters of Intent during the early signing period to continue playing their sport in college.

Jaron Greenidge signed with Brevard College, a Division II school in Brevard, N.C. Carolyn Carrera signed with Hofstra University, where she also plans to play soccer. The signing period for soccer starts in February.

Greenidge, who’s currently playing on the Blue Waves’ football team that is headed to the county championship game, is a defenseman on the lacrosse team. As a sophomore, he was the Suffolk County Rookie of the Year. During that time, the Blue Waves have enjoyed their most successful seasons in program history, culminating in a playoff appearance last year.

Greenidge was a scholar athlete in 2012 and 2013 and was an all-county selection for lacrosse and football.

“Jaron has a lot of athleticism, dedication and a strong commitment to excellence,” said lacrosse coach Victor Guadagnino, who is also a social studies teacher at Riverhead. “He’s strong and he has a lot of speed.”

Carrera has not only been a star athlete at Riverhead, but one of the top students in her grade. She ranked third in her class with a 98.75 unweighted GPA.

On the field, Carrera is an All-American midfielder who was chosen to play on the Long Island Metropolitan Team that competed in the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament at Lehigh University. Carrera was the first Riverhead lacrosse player selected for a such an honor.

Carrera was recently honored as one of 12 national finalists for the Wendy’s Heisman Award. She was the female winner of the award for New York. There was 102 state winners in contention to be one of the 12 national finalists.

“She’s a leader and a role model,” said lacrosse coach Ashley King. “She definitely has a bright future. I’m in awe of her efforts and abilities both on the playing field and in the community.”