Gregory Puskuldjian completed his four years at Adelphi University and graduated this spring with a degree in business and an incredible lacrosse career as a Faceoff Man playing for the Adelphi Panthers.
Puskuldjian joined Adelphi after graduation from North Shore High School, looking for an opportunity for a good education but to also to play lacrosse. Puskuldjian dabbled in many sports while he was younger and many remember him as a hockey and soccer player, but he always loved lacrosse.
On Saturday, June 21, Glen Cove High School’s Maiden Field hosted the inaugural Dan Daly Cup High School All-Star Lacrosse game, honoring the legacy of U.S. Marine Sgt. Maj. Dan Daly, a two-time Medal of Honor recipient.
LI-Kick, Glen Cove’s co-ed adult kickball league, continues to grow in popularity. Now in its second year, the league, which partners with the City of Glen Cove Department of Parks and Recreation, has 224
members with two separate leagues, one playing on Tuesday evenings, the other on Thursday evenings. Nearly 60 percent of the players are returning kickballers, some traveling from as far away as Long Beach and Centereach, despite opportunities to join leagues closer to their homes. The youngest player is 21; the oldest is 58.
The popularity of the league does not surprise its founder, Glen Cove resident Sal Farruggia.
“We’re a competitive league, with playoffs and trophies,” he said, “but we also have a recreational component.”
The final week of the season took place at Farmingdale College for the annual Nassau County PAL Laxfest where the always improving first- and second-grade Two Knights faced a tough challenger in Huntington Station on the Farmingdale turf, the main stage at the tournament. With rookie Vincent Pascucci defending the goal for the very first time, he managed several saves before Huntington got on the board with the first goal of the game. That was enough to spark defenseman Jack Spoto, who shortly after scoped up a loose ball and went coast to coast to even the score at 1.
The Long Island youth girls’ lacrosse community is surely talking about them and the incredible season they had. All of their expectations were exceeded as they played in PAL’s Div. 1 in Nassau/Suffolk Counties, which is the most competitive division in the league. The Lady Vikings played seven teams this spring. These team’s varsity programs will end up in the Top 50 Girls Lacrosse Programs in the nation in 2014.
The junior LAXers were back at it last Sunday with the third- and fourth-graders taking it to the “Pit” in the first game of a home double header. There was no lag in their step after a week off as they jumped all over visiting West Islip and quickly found themselves with a four goal lead.
After that, they began to settle it down and get everyone involved as they needed to complete three passes before going to the goal, per the PAL rules. This changed the tempo of the game but did not hold back the spirits of these young lacrosse players. The excitement could not be contained as rookie third-grader Matt Nystrom recorded his first, but not last, career goal. Also tallying in the 6 – 2 victory were Micah Stone, Charlie Benazzi, Ryan Houghton, Eamon Doyle and Lukasz Dubicki. A goalie trio of Tyler Shea, Christian Maiorano and Eamon Doyle manned the pipes and totaled 20 saves in the win.
In a rematch, Glen Cove Rugby boys lost 28 - 26 to St. Anthony in early May. Manny Sican had two tries and Jack Pequillan one try, Sharayad Letellier one try and Perrysat King one try.
Sea Cliff’s own Kathleen Lennon (North Shore High School Class of 2010) was officially named a 2014 All-American in May by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. She is one of only 48 D-1 players in the country to receive this honor. The University of Albany senior was a four-year starter and was instrumental in keeping the Great Danes in the national top-20 poll all four seasons, including two NCAA national tournament berths.
With three years in the making, history was made recently as the Glen Cove Two Knights became the youngest winning lacrosse players in Glen Cove history. Right off the initial face-off against Hicksville, the Knights established a dominance on ground balls that has proven to be their strength all season long. Once possession of the ball was gained, these athletes showed that they had what it takes to get to the goal.
Offensive contributions were recorded across the board; leading the way were Nick Ladeairous and Rocco Rainone with some early tallies along with Mark Larocca. Pandelis Tursi also “rang the bell” before taking on the goalie responsibilities from Charlie Muth, who started his first game in goal. The two combined to let up only two goals all day. The starting defense of Jack Spoto, CJ Brown and Travis Shea was dominant in front of their two goaltenders. The second-grade PAL lacrosse level is meant to be instructional and this Knight team has taken instruction all year long and practiced what they’ve been taught. Never has this been more evident than when they recorded their first win of the season 6-2. With the team up four goals, Glen Cove spread the field, passed the ball to their teammates and showed that they have the stick skills to play with any team in the league.
After being down 5 to 2 at the half against Carle Place, the North Shore fourth-grade Lady Vikings lacrosse team battled back to tie the score 7 to 7 with five minutes to go. Carle Place scored with three minutes left to win the game with a final score of 8 to 7 and handed us our first loss of the season. Kate Gilliam and Fiona Reagan each had two goals. Nora Schatz, Ella Scheffel and Emilie Preuss each had one goal. Notable two-way play by Ava Vaccaro and Evie McCreery. Alli Ryder and Charlotte Semlies stood strong in goal facing many shots.
The North Shore fourth-grade boys lacrosse team played against a tough team from Wantagh on Sunday. Despite losing the game 7-4, the Vikings defense showed a strong effort and, more importantly, are improving each week. Leading the defense and standing tall in goal this week was Aaron D’Aversa who made seven great saves. The defensive
effort was supported by Kevin Sheridan, Andrew Noak, Ryan Derasse, Jack Dalessandro, Phillip Mueffling and William Hunt. Midfielders Luke Moran, Luke DiBenedetto, Jack Zorn, Daniel Vogts and Jonathan Caravello picked up the lion’s share of the ground balls tallying 17 in total.
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