The Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team had a productive spring break, winning both of their games, 13-10 over Great Neck North and 14-13 over Mineola.
In the North game, the goals were coming fast and furious, as the Big Red jumped out to a 4-3 first quarter lead. Glen Cove would stretch the lead to 10-5 with 3:30 to go in the third quarter, but the Blazers came back to make the score 10-8 at the end of the frame. Once again the Big Red opened a lead in the fourth quarter, 12-8, only to see the Blazers battle back 12-10. The Big Red would add an insurance goal to make the final score 13-10.
Dougie Tripp led the goal scorers with five goals, Kevin Gardrvits added three, Ryan Zupa two, and Owen Valance, Mike Pappachristou and Tyler Ravener each had one. Eric Tripp had two assists, Dougie Tripp, Ravener and Valance each had one. Also making key assists were Zach Rubin and Phil Voegetlen.
In their second game of the week, the Big Red found themselves in a shootout once again, this time with Mineola. Midway through the second quarter, Glen Cove enjoyed a 4-3 lead. However, the Mustangs got loose, and the Big Red found themselves down 9-5 at the half. The Glen Cove defense would rise up in the third quarter, shutting Mineola out, while the offense chipped away to even the score with just five seconds left in the quarter.
With the tension mounting, Glen Cove and Mineola would trade goals throughout the quarter, with GC knotting it up at 13 with just 1:25 to go. A flurry in front of the Glen Cove goal led to a Big Red possession with under a minute left in the game. An alert Dougie Tripp saw Mike Pappachristou across the field. Papp caught the pass on a bounce and headed for the Mustang goal. With victory in sight, Mike buried the ball in the goal for a 14-13 Glen Cove lead. Another face-off and another flurry in front of the Glen Cove goal would add to the drama. In the end, a full-field pass by Mineola sailed over the Glen Cove goal, giving the Big Red the victory.
The Big Red defense was tested, but came out with passing grades. Brendan Huggins made 34 saves (15/19) over the two games, and the man-down team of George Weck, Brandon Winkler, Garen Spendjian, Phil Voegetlen, Rafael Montes, Zach Rubin and Lewis Linares killed nine of 13 penalties.
Eric and Dougie Tripp led the goal-scorers with four each, Kevin Gardrvits netted three, Mike Pappachristou had two and Tyler Ravener added one. Eric also had four assists, Dougie had three, Pappachristou and Ryan Zupa each had one.
The Glen Cove third- and fourth-graders provided Coach Bert his one birthday wish by defeating Mineola by the score of 8 - 6. Glen Cove jumped to an early lead with a first quarter hat trick by Ryan Feldman, who finished the day with four goals and an assist. The other scoring came from Sean Maleady, who also added a hat trick and Danny Neice scored a goal during the second half after stellar goaltending in the first half. Joey Grella came on in the second half and recorded 10 saves as Kevin Heenan became "the enforcer" on defense, turning back Mineola on several occasions.
The fifth- and sixth-graders traveled to Bethpage and were not as fortunate as they lost 7 - 5. After spotting Bethpage four early goals, Nick Schneider got them on the board with the first of his two goals on the day. The slow start proved to be costly for Glen Cove as goalie Phil Grella clamped down on Bethpage in the second half and held them to only one goal. Jack Mangan, Blake Woods and Glenn Lostritto netted the other goals for Glen Cove.
In seventh- and eighth-grade action, the boys traveled to Rockville Centre and left it all on the field as they pulled away with a 7 - 5 victory. The entire team showed up to play ball but it was the defensive presence of Andrew Vera, Max McCrindle, Donato Cipriano and Gabe Stone that stymied RVC as goalie Jon Luc Monteforte recorded eight saves in the team's first victory. The offense was well represented with five different goal scorers: Ryan Perkins [two goals, three assists], Nick Moretto [two goals, two assists] and Tajah Garner, Alex Aguilar and Billy Flahive each adding a goal.
Next home action is this Sunday as the seventh- and eighth-graders take on Mineola at 9 a.m. and the fifth- and sixth-graders play Jericho at 10:30 a.m.