Lynbrook Owls Football
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The 2009 football season ended on a sour note for the Lynbrook Owls. Starting the season 7-0, the Owls finished 9-2, including a 41-7 loss to division rival Lawrence in the conference championship game.
“It just wasn’t our night,” said senior quarterback Paul Magloire, reflecting on that night.
“They were playing their best football at that time,” said senior defensive end Brandon Chaney.
With the 2009 season behind them, the Owls set out to get ready for the 2010 season focused on winning a championship. “I feel that this season is sort of unfinished business,” said senior middle linebacker Michael Kozlakowski. “We had the potential to win a championship and we feel we have the potential to win one this year.”
While the potential to win a championship is there for the Owls, the term “unfinished” is something Owls’ Head Coach Stephen LoCicero doesn’t want to use, but he offers a rather different opinion.
“I really don’t like the term unfinished business because I look at every team different,” said LoCicero. “Last year’s senior class and team were great and while the work of this team has been great, I don’t want to compare them.”
Entering this season ranked second in Nassau County’s Conference III, the Owls have a new starting backfield on the offensive side of ball which we will be fun to watch, and also a defense that returns two of the top sack leaders in all of Nassau County.
Senior quarterback Paul Magloire and senior running back Travis Locke will be looking to outrun defenses this upcoming season with their unbelievable speed and quickness. “Paul is an extremely athletic quarterback,” said LoCicero. “He is extremely powerful to take down and has a strong arm to go with it.” Locke, known for his toughness, as well as his speed, will be counted on to become a huge factor in the offense.
“Travis is an extremely intelligent player,” said LoCicero. “On the field, he has incredible vision when he is running and that often leads to some great things out of him.”
It is not only those traits that make Locke special to his coach, but it is his attitude towards his team game of football that makes him a sensational player. “I believe that you have to have that willingness to be great,” said Locke. “The great teams are usually the ones that win championships.
The Owls’ defense will be anchored by seniors Mike Kozlakowski, Connor Daly, and Brandon Chaney.  All three players carry high praise from their head coach when describing them. Daly, a middle linebacker is considered one of the most reliable players according to the coach.
“Connor is a very intelligent kid,” said LoCicero. “He is a high character person and he resembles an Ivy League type of kid, in that he is extremely smart off the field, as well as on it.
Kozlakowski, a defensive end/linebacker, who led Nassau County in sacks with ten last year and was selected all conference last year is a player that holds all the keys to being a great player. “Koz is the total package,” said his coach. “He has the size, speed, and strength to line up with anybody on the field.” It is also his defensive intensity that he carries that makes a dominant player on the field. “I just like to hit,” said the senior end. “I see the ball, and hit the ball. It’s that simple.”
Brandon Chaney, another defensive end, was second in Nassau County in sacks, trailing only his teammate Kozlakowski by one, with nine sacks last year. An All-County player last season, Chaney brings the energy to an already stout defense. “Bandon Chaney’s motor never stops running,” said his coach. “He is a player that you can never stop going. He is truly the energy of the defense.”
With his energy and intensity intact on defense, Chaney carries a motto that he brings to the field everyday. “I own the edge,” said Chaney. “I protect the outside and my job is to make sure nobody gets to the outside on me.”
These five players represent the type of players LoCicero has always wanted in his program. “They have matured and evolved into great leaders,” said the head coach. “Most importantly, they have remained to the program.”
Although they all represent great leadership, there are no captains on this years’ Owls’ team. “I believe we have 70 leaders on this team,” said LoCicero. “Each player leads in its own way.”
It is with the installing of leadership by the coaching staff as well as the concept of family that has the Owls’ gunning for a championship this year. “Family is my number one thing around here,” said the coach. “We want to create a bond and build a strong team. We need everybody to work for each other.”
With family as well as focus, speed, size, and strength in the Owls’ favor this season, this team will be a mighty test for whoever faces them. “We have toughness and swagger this year that we were missing last year that I believe will make us better this year,” said Magloire.
With those missing elements, the Owls feel a championship is in their sights. “We have an eye on the prize this year,” said Daly. “We are just going to take one game at a time,” said Magloire.
Game one begins September 7.


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Paul Magloire
Sr. QB/DB
6’2” 200 lbs
Magloire will be looking to scare defenses this upcoming season with his dual threat abilities as quarterback. “He is extremely athletic with an exceptional arm,” said his head coach. At 6’2”, he will be a force to be reckoned with to take down in the open field. “We got to have that no fear mentality in order to be successful this season,” said the senior.


Travis Locke
Sr. RB/DB
6’1” 190 lbs
Locke is the other speedster in the backfield that will cause defenses problems this season. “He has exceptional speed and great vision,” said his head coach. Focused and determined to be the best, Locke’s attitude is something to admire. “You have to have that willingness to be great,” said the running back.


Mike Kozlakowski
Sr. RB/DE/LB
6’3” 235 lbs

One of the top defensive players in Nassau County last season, Kozlakowski will be looking to repeat his performance of ten sacks, which led Nassau County last year. “He is the entire package,” said LoCicero. “He has size, speed, and strength.” Kozlakowski feels last year should have been a championship season and he is entering this season hoping to help the Owls reach that championship goal.
“There’s no funny business this year,” said the senior. “This season, I feel we have everything we need to win a championship.”


Head Coach
Stephen LoCicero
5th Year-Lynbrook High School

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