Written by Brian ‘Condo’ Neice Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
The Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Club celebrated their Lacrosse Day on Saturday, May 11. Under cloudy skies and the threat of rain, the seventh and eighth grade ‘Late Knights’ started the day off against Half Hollow Hills and continued to struggle offensively. In the end the lopsided score didn’t reflect the strong effort put in by the Knights. Davey Moore, Russell Perciballi, Anthony Calo and Lucas Salerno each had a goal for Glen Cove. Calo and Salerno, converted defensemen, scored their first career goals on attack. Joey Grella was a force on midfield with two assists. Eric Brown and Perciballi assisted on the other two tallies. Goalie Brendan Whitehead played well but was unable to hold off the Half Hollow attack.
Next up at the venue were the crowd favorites, the first and second grade ‘Two Knights.’ The Two Knights welcomed a team from Roslyn this weekend and looked forward to using what they learned in two great practices this week. Once again, the Two Knights found themselves down quickly with Roslyn establishing dominance on the ground balls. The dominance wasn’t for lack of effort though. Ryan Heenan and Tyler Rosario worked hard to control the ball on the face-offs. Matthew Basil also patrolled the midfield and secured numerous loose balls, which led to the young Knights’ first two-goal game of this season. Travis Shea broke through at the end of the first half with Rocco Rainone adding another in the second. Nicholas Ladarious led the attack on offense and Leo Rainone and Jonathan Patino played well on defense.
Once again, Matteo Cameron played the entire game in goal, standing tough against a fantastic Roslyn offense. In the end, the Roslyn group outworked our Knights, earning a hard fought 6-2 win. Still the Knights continue to improve and moved the ball effectively against the opposition. They’re now playing as a team rather than individuals, which will only lead to a successful campaign the rest of the way.
The action heated up as the third grade ‘Wee Knights’ took to the field and Glen Cove Lacrosse Day turned into a shootout as they opposed a strong team from Rockville Centre. The two teams traded goals combining for a total of 18 goals for the game.
Unfortunately, Glen Cove came up short and dropped another game losing 10-8. Andrew Epifania and Eammon Doyle represented Glen Cove well with each scoring hat tricks. Will Feldmann joined in the offensive output with two goals and an assist. Glen Cove platooned in goal with Tyler Shea starting and making five solid saves. Christian Maiorano jumped in the cage for the second half and made a few saves of his own. Glen Cove has a great group of boys on this team making for a bright future at this age group.
With three games done and the skies looking more and more ominous the fifth and sixth graders were anxious to get the game in before the skies opened up. Enter a team from Lawrence, another squad in the developing stages with athletic ability but lacking lacrosse sense. The ‘Mid Knights’ wasted no time in displaying their teamwork as the mix of veteran and rookie players combined for the first goal of the game. Seasoned vet Sal Guastella started the fast break and found rookie Gabrielle Guevarra for the game’s first score. Shortly after Bobby Kiaer intercepted a pass and streaked untouched to the goal for the second score of the game as the first quarter ended.
The thunder of the crowd was soon displaced by actual thunder in the sky but the game went on long enough for Dylan Anucik to add a goal. That was all the Mid Knights needed as lightning flashed and stopped the action as the rain finally arrived. The referees had no choice but to call the game with Glen Cove ahead 3 – 0. Not the complete win they were anticipating but enough to keep their unscored upon streak going at 8 quarters. Providing the ‘wall’ in the goal was Felipe Delafuente, another rookie, who has excelled at the position and recorded three saves in the preempted game.
Thanks to all who had helped out on our Lacrosse Day.