"The time is now" for the Glen Cove Boy's Varsity Lacrosse Team as they ready themselves for the upcoming season. With many returning players, head coach Steve Tripp said he is looking forward to the season ahead.
"We only graduated two players from last year's squad," said Coach Tripp, "We hope we will pick up where we left off last year."
The Glen Cove defense returns all four starters. "We will have a lot of game experience," said assistant coach Frank Curatolo, "We look to limit the number of offensive opportunities our opponents have."
Brendan Huggins returns to the goal for the Big Red. Brendan had a 56 percent save percentage in 2008. Michael Doxey will serve as the backup. All-Conference selection George Weck and Danny Mahoney will anchor the defense with Garen Spendjian, Brandon Winkler, Lewis Linares and Phil Voegtlen all playing major roles.
The Big Red offense looks to improve on last year's numbers. The team averaged 10 goals per game in 2008, and set a school record for team assists with 121. All-County selection Eric Tripp will be back for his fourth year as the Big Red playmaker. Eric led all of Nassau County in 2008 with 96 points. Tyler Ravener (25 goals) and Kevin Gardrvits (20 goals) will team with Tripp to make a very potent attack. Also seeing time at attack for the Big Red will be Adan Kornfeld and Chris Borer.
Depth will be a key for the Big Red at the midfield position. Third-year players Mike Pappachristou (16 goals), Zack Rubin, Ryan Zupa and All-conference selection Dougie Tripp (44 goals) will lead the way for the Big Red. Returning players Rafael Montes, Harrison Balisky and Charles Ring will be joined by newcomers Michael Moglia, Daven Plummer, Warton Du, Andrew Brown and Adam Ramadan will provide fresh legs to keep the Big Red high-octane transition game running.
Glen Cove opens the season at home on Saturday, March 21 versus Hempstead at 11 a.m. The team said, "Come out and see 'the Fastest Game on Two Feet.'"
The 2009 baseball season is upon us and emotions are running high, said the team. The players have worked tirelessly during the off-season to make sure that this year they will be mentally and physically prepared to compete against the best that Nassau County has to offer. Bats and gloves are rejuvenated and the team is ready to bring a whole new attitude towards the game. The team is out to get its first league title since 2005.
"Glen Cove finds itself in another competitive league, but this year we have come equipped - with no excuses and a determination to put Glen Cove back on the map where it belongs," said a spokesperson.
An enthusiastic team of coaches has been put in place and Coach Rotolo couldn't be any more excited. Adelki Paulino, who has been in the program since he was a tot, has been promoted from eighth-grade coach to assistant varsity coach. Coach Paulino brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this program. He has a passion to teach the game. Coach Rotolo said he is ecstatic to have him as part of the staff that is going to rebuild the program into the perennial powerhouse it once was.
The baseball program is lucky to have Coach Falen back in the saddle again. To have someone that dedicates himself to student athletes all year is a definite plus. He coaches two varsity sports and still wants to spend more of his time teaching the game of baseball. Rounding out the coaching staff is Falen's volunteer assistant Richie Migglietta. Coach Migs is a Port Washington product who everyone says exudes the will to learn and grow as a young coach.
"It is very encouraging to see a volunteer coach working their tail off with the players on a daily basis," a spokesperson said. "It's that kind of 'do anything' attitude that we are looking to instill in the players."