The Glen Cove Boy's Varsity Lacrosse Team split their games this week, moving their record to 9-3. A big win for the Big Red over West Hempstead 19-3 started the week, and a record-breaking performance in an 11-5 loss to Plainedge ended it.
In the West Hempstead game, 11 different players tickled the twine for the Big Red. Tyler Ravener, Dougie Tripp and Kevin Gardrvits led the scoring parade with three goals each. Juniors Adan Kornfeld (2), Mike Moglia and Adam Ramadan scored their first goals of the season. Also scoring for Glen Cove were Chris Borer (2), Eric Tripp, Mike Pappachristou, Owen Valance, and Ryan Zupa. An amazing 16 of the 19 goals were assisted, led by Eric's 4 and Owen's 3. Dougie, Tyler, and Mike Papp added 2 assists; Magic Mike, Adam and Chris each had one.
Defensively Brendan Huggins and Michael Doxey each recorded three saves in goal, as George Weck, Brandon Winkler, Garen Spendjian, Lewis Linares and Phil Voegetlen all played their special brand of shutdown D.
A record-breaking performance by the Big Red's Eric Tripp was the silver lining in the cloud of the Plainedge loss. Eric's first goal of the game not only made the score 2-1 in favor of Plainedge, but broke the school record for goals in a career. The goal was Eric's 109th, breaking Ralph Corigliano's record of 108 set in 1992. "The record is great," said Eric after the game, "But my ultimate goal would be for the team to make the playoffs."
The Big Red remained close throughout, but could not catch the Red Devils and fell 11-5. Eric led the Big Red scorers with 3 goals and one assist, Kevin Gardrvits and Dougie Tripp each scored one goal and Tyler Ravener added an assist.
The next Big Red home game is on Saturday, May 9 at 11 a.m. vs. Wantagh.
The girls are well into the thick of the season. "Mother Nature has not been cooperating with the team," Coach Amanda Sullivan said, "but we are still going strong."
This week, the girl's stamina will be tested with five consecutive games. Freshman pitchers, as well as two of the team's captains, Allie Baade and Leilani D'Onofrio are doing an outstanding job, each striking out several batters per game. The coach said they are natural leaders.
Returning player Allie Jecklin worked hard last year and has now earned her position as starting first baseman. During the first week of the season Big Red played a great game against Garden City, with a final score of 13-1 Glen Cove.
"We are fighters, who hang in there until the last inning," Coach Sullivan said. "As a team, we have received several compliments for the tremendous sportsmanship our team exudes. I am proud of these young ladies and look forward to the remainder of our season."
Last week saw the girls make huge strides in the league, winning both games and staying tied for first place. The week began at home against Great Neck South in the middle of a heat wave. It was so hot that the girls were given mandatory water breaks every 12 minutes and this kept them fresh and on target. They came out strongly accumulating 6 goals to their opponents' one in the first half and in the second half they utilized the whole squad and came away with a final win of 15-8. The leading scorers were Sam Basile and Kelsea Valance, but it was the strong stick skills of everyone which moved the ball down field and allowed those two to finish.
On Thursday, Big Red went to Valley Stream Central without two starters. Amelia Weck took over the goaltending and was impressive having 12 saves, Jessica Andreotti started in the low attack and made some key passes. Kelsea, Chelsee, Yvonne and Sam kept the scoring coming while Brittany Baker, Heather Artinian, Jessica Totino, Sofia Christopoulos and Megan Gardrvits kept the ball moving out of defense and through the midfield. Olivia Silvestri broke through and scored a superb goal on an individual run. The whole team has been working as a unit and they won 13 - 8. This gives Big Red a league record of seven wins and one loss.
On Friday, the team went to Friends Academy and played in the rain. The game was interrupted by thunder and resumed 30 minutes later. Friends is three leagues ahead so the coach said they knew it would be very tough, however, they had an amazing play which went from end to end resulting in a magnificent goal.
"The whole experience was so beneficial and was a stepping stone to our two tough games this week," said the coach. The team is away at Clarke on Tuesday and has a night game at City Stadium on Friday at 8 p.m. against Great Neck North. The Junior Varsity will play at 6 p.m. against Green Vale. At the game, there will be a raffle where the proceeds will be split between The Andreas Christopoulos Scholarship Fund and The Glen Cove Girls Lacrosse Program.
"Please come out to the games and show your support to a plethora of talented Glen Cove Girl Lacrosse players," said the coach.