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.
This week in junior lacrosse action the first- and second-grade Two Knights traveled to Oyster Bay on a beautiful Sunday, Mother’s Day morning, in search of their first win against a young Rough Rider team.
After a slow start, the Knights found themselves trailing by four goals before they began their climb back into the game with two quick goals by Rocco Rainone and Nicholas Ladeairous before the end of the first half. An inspired team took the field in the second half and continued battling for every loose ball, but they were unable to close the gap as the game ended with Oyster Bay winning 7 – 5.
Sabrina Sobhy, a North Shore High School junior, recently made sports history by becoming the youngest player in 105 years to win the senior division of the United States Squash Nationals Championship. Seeded third in the tournament this March, Sabrina plowed through the opening round, then upset the second seed, a nine time US national champion, only to face the number one seed, her sister, Amanda Sobhy (North Shore graduate 2012). Amanda was fatigued from a series of tournaments prior to the Nationals and Sabrina capitalized on the opportunity to win the tournament.
Sabrina is no stranger to squash excellence. She has won numerous national titles, has played for the US National Junior and Senior Women’s teams, (both nationally and internationally) and is ranked 48 in the world of professional women squash players.
The following weekend was equally successful for Sabrina as she defended her U19 Junior National title and won it. This made her the best junior and senior player in the US. This was Sabrina’s third consecutive U19 title at the age of 17.
This week’s question: Which player had the lowest league leading batting average and which year did he have it? Answer next time, folks.
Last column’s answer to "What Hall of Fame home run slugger never hit more than 50 homers in a season during his major league career?": Hank Aaron. He was able to hit 755 homers because he was a durable player, never injured for a long amount of time and played 20 seasons in the majors.
The “Two Knights,” Glen Cove’s youngest guns, traveled to Malverne and were still hungry for their first win. As in weeks past, the Knights put forth a strong effort that led to a very entertaining game. This team is beginning to gel as they head into the teeth of the lacrosse season.
Matteo Cameron became the third Knight to start in goal and he played an outstanding game, making critical saves to keep the Knights in it. His outlet passes were crisp and they led to several Knights’ fast breaks. The midfield legs of Rocco Rainone, Mark LaRocca and Travis Shea proved to be a lot to handle for Malverne as they were able to control the ball and get it to a Knight’s attack that saw Charlie Muth record his first ground ball.
The Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Club celebrated 20 years of youth lacrosse in Glen Cove this past Saturday as they hosted their annual LAXFEST which featured both the JV and varsity Glen Cove High School boys teams as well as the four youth teams. Many of the high school players began their lacrosse careers in the junior program and were impressed with the talent of the next generation of LAX.
The day kicked off a little soggy with the first- and second-graders stepping on the field to face Floral Park. This was obviously the best lacrosse our little guys have played as the game went down to the final seconds before Floral Park sneaked the final goal in with seconds left to beat Glen Cove 6 – 5.
There was an old-fashioned shootout on Sunday when the fourth-grade boys played against Hewlett, finishing up the game with an 18-18 tie. Leading the scoring for the Vikings was Mark Russo who had eight goals and one assist. Mark was simply unstoppable.
Luke Moran made a great contribution on mid-field with three goals, two assists and seven ground balls. Will Feldmann was involved in the back and forth action with three goals and three assists.
Late in the game, John Pourakis helped North Shore keep pace with Hewlett by adding two goals of his own. Matt O’Donnell had an exciting game and scored his first career goal. Easing back into form following an injury, Matt DiLeo scored one and assisted on another in his first game of the season. William Hunt, who was all over the field playing great defense and grabbing seven ground balls, won the head, heart and hustle award. Twin brothers Milo and Diego Scarpone both played solid defense.
Glen Cove Junior Baseball/Softball made its ceremonial and official start of 2014 with a huge parade and opening day ceremonies at John Maccarone Memorial Stadium on April 19. It was an enjoyable and comfortable day enjoyed by parents, coaches and players alike. Play ball!
It’s that time of the year after a long hiatus to spring upon our sports enthusiasts our trivia question section. This week’s question: What Hall of Fame home run slugger never hit more than 50 homers in a season during his major league career? Answer next time, folks.
Take nine Friends Academy faculty, almost 250 Upper School students and add in a bunch of criss-crossing yellow and orange dodgeballs and you have the makings of one of the largest Friends Academy fundraisers for the North Shore Sheltering Program in Glen Cove.
On Friday, March 28, the Upper School club W.A.T.C.H. (We Are The Community Helpers) sponsored one of the school’s largest dodgeball tournament ever. Reams of students paid $5 each for the potential honor of taking on the Faculty Team.
“All of the student teams wanted to play the faculty,” said WATCH advisor Judy James. “The event would not have been the same without the teachers. They really motivated the kids to come.”
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