Riding their first winning streak, the Big Red went to Portledge to take part in the Portledge Invitational. Rye Country Day School was the first round opponent, and quickly, the Big Red found itself down 2-0. Peter Michaleas put the Big Red on the board, but another Rye goal made the score 3-1 at the end of the first quarter.
Eric Tripp and Joey Maruca would take control in the second quarter, each scoring two goals, to give Glen Cove a 5-4 lead, but Rye would tie it before the end of the half. Tripp scored his third goal to put the Big Red ahead, and once again, Rye would answer and take the lead. Maruca scored his third goal to tie the game at seven heading into the fourth quarter.
Aram Spendjian picked a great time to score his first career goal, on an Eric Tripp assist, shortly after the fourth quarter began. The goal would end up being the game winner, and the assist was the 74th of Tripp's career, breaking the school record of 73 set in 1989! Peter Michaleas gave the Big Red some breathing room with his second goal, on another Tripp assist.
Playing in the finals against host Portledge, the Big Red found themselves in a familiar position - down 2-0 in the first quarter. Joey Maruca and Eric Tripp hooked up for the first of three goals on the day, making the score 2-1. Dougie Tripp would tie the game twice in the second quarter, the first on an assist from Kevin Paolillo and the second from Peter Michaleas. But Portledge would make it 4-3 before the half.
With the Big Red down a man, Joey Maruca scored his second goal on a blistering shot from the restraining line to tie the score, but Portledge would take the lead with less than a minute remaining in the third. This time however, the Big Red answered back, with Vinny Graziose tying the score at 5, with just eight seconds left in the third quarter.
Early in the fourth, The Big Red took its first lead of the game, taking advantage of two Portledge penalties. Playmaker Eric Tripp fed brother Dougie for his third goal of the game, making the score 6-5, then found Joey Maruca a minute and a half later, making the score 7-5 on Maruca's third goal of the game.
But Portledge was not done, scoring a goal with four minutes left to make the score 7-6. With the tension mounting, the stars of the weekend stepped into the limelight. Led by goalie Alex DiScala, the Big Red defense of George Weck, Danny Mahoney, Ryan Zupa and Austin Fender fought off a fierce Portledge attack. After a Big Red turnover, Portledge would have one more chance, but the Big Red defense was up to the task, and the clock ran out with Portledge not able to get a final shot off. With 35 saves in the two games, DiScala was named Tournament MVP.
On Wednesday under cloudy skies and drizzle the girls varsity stepped onto the Herricks lacrosse field hoping to secure a victory. This they did, winning 8 - 7. After a very competitive beginning, with the teams tied at 1-1 with a goal from Kelley Cunningham, the Big Red seemed unable to keep the ball in their offense. Down it would go to defense, where Sofia Christopoulos, Julia Rossel and Joanna Cavallo organized and led the other defenders, often leading to an easy save for goalkeeper Jamie Carlson, who made 20 saves. Not all the saves were simple, however. In the final five minutes of the game, Jamie made three one-on-one saves causing the turnover and beginning the offense.
At halftime Glen Cove was down 1 - 3 and then down 3 - 6, but there was a superb flurry of intensity with five minutes to go and the score 4 - 5. Glen Cove came alive and made every pass, catch and shot count. With 2.50 left Brenda Weck scored the tying goal. Then Kelsea Valance gained draw control, Meredith Baade caught the ball and gave it to Brenda who shot and scored with 2 seconds left on the clock. It was an unbelievable victory for Glen Cove. Kelley scored a season-high 5 goals, Brenda had two and Meghan Wall, who played everywhere on the field, was rewarded with a goal.