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.
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.
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