The Glen Cove Boys Varsity Lacrosse Team had a productive week, going 2 and 1 versus three league opponents, raising the Boy's record to 8 and 2.
On Tuesday, a "Cyclone" came through Glen Cove in the form of the South Side Boy's Lacrosse Team. South Side is the number one team in the league, and last year's county finalist. South side jumped out to an early 4-2 lead, but the Glen Cove defense, led by Goalie Brendan Huggins (18 saves) and defensemen George Weck, Brandon Winkler, Phil Voegetlen and Garen Spendjian calmed the storm, while the offense tied the score at 4 at the half. The Big Red would stay close throughout, but South Side would capitalize on some Glen Cove lapses, and win the game 13-8.
On Thursday, the Big Red found themselves once again in a nip and tuck affair, but this time it was an offensive shootout with the Roslyn Bulldogs. Trying to slow the Big Red attack down, Roslyn would play a deliberate brand of offense, sometimes taking two or three minutes off the clock. On the other side, the Big Red would employ their quick strike offense, to keep the Bulldogs on a tight leash. Dominating the play in the fourth quarter, Glen Cove came out with a 16-11 victory. The GC attack of Eric Tripp, Kevin Gardrvits and Owen Valance combined for 11 goals, Dougie Tripp and Ryan Zupa added the other five.
On Saturday, the Big Red traveled to Sewanhaka, for Sewanhaka's Lacrosse Day. The Glen Cove JV led the way with a victory over the Indians, so it was left up to the varsity to close the deal! Jumping out to a 6-3 first quarter lead, the Big Red would score early and often en route to a 19-11 victory. Eight Big Red players would hit the net in the game, including Rafael Montes, Zach Rubin, Tyler Ravener and Chris Borer.
With many key match-ups remaining, the Big Red is ready for the rest of the season.
"Team Unity is here," said the girls' coach. The Varsity Girls Lacrosse team played a beautiful game against Elmont winning by the score 13 - 3. The score could have been greater but the team really opened up a significant lead behind the scoring of Kelsea Valance (three gaols and four assists), Chelsee Marks (two goals and three assists), Yvonne Mennuti (one goal and two assists), Sam Basile (two goals and one assist), Robin Godfrey and Brittany Baker (two goals), Heather Artinian (one goal) Meri Baade (one assist). Although they were not the scorers, Sofia Christopoulos, Megan Gardrvits, and Jessica Totino really established control in the defensive end, doubling the girl with the ball and causing Elmont to drop the ball that Glen Cove then picked up. Jessica Andreotti, Ariana Cavallone, Lauren Budzinski, Kellie Poalillo, Olivia Silvestri and Krista Bruschini all came into the game and contributed well. Throughout the game the girls were always one step ahead of Elmont forcing them to lose possession of the ball. For Renee Orshan in goal this was her quietest game so far as she had nine saves.
Then on Friday night the team had the privilege to play on The Town of Oyster Bay's turf field on Centre Island, a first on turf for many of the team. They played Locust Valley, who are in a conference two above GC.
"We adjusted well and came out with a quick first goal by Kelsea Valance," said the coach. "The game was always moving from one end to the other but we found difficulty penetrating their zone defense."
They certainly took a lot of shots but when GC missed, the opponents' went in. GC ended up losing 11 - 4. However, Renee Orshan played an amazing game with 19 saves. Plus, Renee came out and challenged the oncoming attacker. The coach said she would save one shot, then another and then finally they would score. Renee led the defense and began the offense as well.
"This game really helped our team as we get ready for two league games this week," said the coach.
Glen Cove's third- and fourth-grade lacrosse team beat a strong Franklin Square team 7 - 3. Bert's Bald Eagles played a great team game led by Danny Neice who started the day in goal making 5 saves and then moved to midfield to convert a pass from Ryan Feldmann for a goal in the third quarter. Feldmann finished with 3 goals and 1 assist. Joey "hustle" Grella turned up the heat with 2 unassisted goals in the first half and then moved into goal and recorded 2 saves. Quadir Akines added his first goal of the season. Dave Moore was robbed of a goal because of a penalty and Ryan Telese and Joe Cappiello were solid on Attack. Colin Pedersen, Alex Bancilla, Dante Cipriano and Sean Maleady were all over the field "hoovering" ground balls and advancing the play. The defense was very solid led by Kevin Heenan, Shawn Grahek, Jared Buehre and Robert McCarthy.
After a slow start to their season the fifth- and sixth-grade team played their home opener with a vengeance and knocked off Jericho with an impressive 9 - 5 victory. Glen Cove jumped out to an early 3 - 0 lead with Nicky Schneider controlling the face-offs and Glenn Lostritto putting on the finishing touches with 2 early goals. Lostritto finished the day with 5 goals. Schneider was not only the man winning face-offs, he also contributed a goal and 2 assists. Jack Mangan did his usual thing adding a goal and assisting on 3 others while Phil Grella and Blake Woods each added a goal. The much improved defense was led by Adam Hamid in goal, who recorded his first victory with 11 saves and had several successful clears that helped push the offense.
The seventh- and eighth-grade team was not so lucky this week as they lost 10 - 5 to Mineola. Despite the score, Glen Cove goalie Jon Luc Monteforte did everything he could do and was credited with 15 saves. The offense was led once again by Ryan Perkins (2 goals/1 assist) and Nick Moretto (1 goal/1 assist). Sean Donovan, Billy Flahive and rookie Anthony Ressa each added a goal.
Next Saturday, May 2, is Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse LAX DAY beginning at 2 p.m. with the third-and fourth-graders taking on Malverne. Following at 3:30 p.m., the fifth- and sixth-grade team is playing Oceanside and the seventh- and eighth-graders close out the action against Half Hollow Hills starting at 5 p.m.