Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00Lacrosse Day was held last Saturday for the Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Club and despite a picture perfect afternoon for lacrosse, all three teams were swept by their visiting opponents. To start the day, the seventh- and eighth-graders faced off against Bayville. The “Late-Knights” were able to run with their opponents early but eventually were outmatched as they lost in the end. Providing some of the offense this week on attack was Mike Hatala, Rob Cardali and the ever-present Jack Mangan who tallied a hat trick. The versatile Sean Peet handled most of the face-off duties moving up from his defensive position and rookie midfielder Michael Payton showed a lot of hustle up and down the field.
Next up were the fifth-and sixth-graders looking to rebound from their first loss of the season. The “Mid-Knights” went to battle against Elwood, from Suffolk County, and both teams came out fast in the first quarter. Once again stick skills and lack of hustle on ground balls sealed the fate for Glen Cove as they went on to lose 9 – 5. A bright spot on offense this week was ball distribution as four of the five goals came off of assists from Colin Pederson, Mike Poncet , Davey Moore and Ryan Feldmann. Feldmann scoring 2 goals to go with his assist. Lighting up the net was Russell Perciballi with his first hat trick, two of the goals off quick sticks right in front of the goal. The goalie tandem of Jared Buehre and Rob McCarthy totaled 9 saves on the day.
To finish off the day the third-and fourth-graders, Glen Cove’s “Wee-Knights”, also battled a team from Elwood and were outgunned in the end by the score of 9 – 3. Providing the offensive fire power was Matt Sabatino with his first hat trick of the season. Jack Coyle was solid on both sides of the ball at midfield. Nick Devita was a big help on defense helping out goalies Liam Sherwood, 9 saves, and Tyler Buehre who recorded 5 saves on the day.
The day was not a total loss for the program as the coaches rebounded quickly to enjoy themselves later in the evening at the club’s annual ‘Lacrosse Luau’ fundraiser. Coaches, parents and local lacrosse supporters gathered at the Glen Cove Hideaway to raise their glasses, and money, for the club’s youth scholarship fund presented to high school seniors who continue to help the youth program as they move on in their own lacrosse career!