High School Sports Update: McCabe, Featherston Get Job Done
By Elio Velez
Rob McCabe certainly felt frustrated as his broken wrist prevented him from participating with his Midwood teammates, last June, in the PSAL Lacrosse Championship at St. John's University.
His teammates, though, made up for the absence of Midwood's leading goal scorer and All-American as they narrowly won t he title over Cardozo 8-7 last year.
Last Saturday, McCabe was finally healthy and the Rockaway resident scored a goal to help Midwood trounce Cardozo in a title rematch by the score of 9-1.
"It was hard because it would have been a different game if I played," McCabe said. "Today I thought it was going to be tough and though it was at first, we still came out on top."
But McCabe was overshadowed on the day by the scoring exploits of teammate Rowan Frederick, who notched four goals to lead the Hornets to victory.
McCabe scored 94 goals in total this season with Midwood in the PSAL and in the New York High School Metro League. The senior will be matriculating at the University of Buffalo in the fall. He didn't mind that his teammate took the top goal-scoring honors on the day.
Midwood took a 1-0 lead, as Rowen Frederick scored the first goal of the game on an assist from his twin brother Rowan in the first quarter. McCabe followed with a goal a minute later to make it 2-0.
Cardozo cut the score to 2-1 on Charles Davis' goal with 41 seconds left.
The Cardozo Judges created a ton of chances in the second quarter, but they were stonewalled on glorious goal-scoring opportunities by goalkeeper Robert Chojonowski.
McCabe thought that was the turning point of the game and allowed Midwood to establish an offensive rhythm.
"It calmed our nerves and at the same time, it pumped us up. Four saves, one on one. That was ridiculous. It was awesome for us."
That's when the momentum swung in Midwood's favor; The team scored the next seven goals to take complete control. Rowan Frederick went on a goal-scoring binge, notching four consecutive in the second and third quarters to give Midwood a commanding 7-1 lead.
McCabe is happy to be ending his high school career by winning back-to-back championships.
"It was our coaching, hard work and the guys who started this program. I couldn't have asked for a better senior year."
Featherston, SFP Repeat
There seems to be at least one outcome that is a constant in the Mayor's Cup All-Scholastic tennis team championship at the USTA Center in Flushing.
At the end of last Sunday, the girls' varsity team title, for the eighth consecutive year, was once again in the hands of St. Francis Prep.
Midwood became the latest to fall to the machine that is St. Francis Prep as the Terriers also won their 128th straight match over a seven year span.
St. Francis Prep's number one singles player, Rockaway resident, Shinnann Featherston, faced a familiar foe as she defeated former middle school classmate and Midwood #1 singles player Laken King 6-0, 6-3.
"She's a very good competitor. We've grown up together and we faced each other a lot of times. First set, I played well, then in the second set, I started making a little more errors," Featherston said.
Though they are foes on the court, the truth is that they are longtime friends who both attended Mark Twain Junior High School in Brooklyn.
Featherston, who has faced King in 15 competitions in seven years, encountered some difficulties in the second set and only led 3-2.
But before King could gain the momentum and take control, the St. Francis Prep tennis star regained her focus and secured the victory. Featherston will compete this weekend in the Mayor's Cup individual tennis tournament at the USTA Center.
"I thought I lost a little focus and concentration in that set, but I worked it out," Featherston said. "I just decided to play my game and get to many balls as possible, finish up the points and force the errors."