Written by Brian ‘Condo’ Neice Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Club kicked off their 20th season with the third- and fourth-grade boys winning their home opener against Deer Park on a moist and muddy Sunday morning.
Despite the weather forecast, the boys were determined to play after spending the last three months practicing indoors. It was a hard fought battle with the lead changing several times, but at the end Glen Cove managed to hold on for a 6 – 5 victory.
Anchoring the victory was goalie Tyler Shea, who stopped several point blank one-on-ones and recorded 13 saves in the game. The offense started slow, but began clicking as the game went on. Providing the firepower was Ryan Houghton with two goals and Micah Stone, Eamon Doyle, Andrew Epifania and Lukasz Dubicki, each adding one. Epifania and Andrew Bisch each had an assist in the winning effort.
The seventh- and eighth-grade “Maroon Knights” traveled to Bayville and lost in a downpour by the score 7 - 4. Overall, it was a good game under the circumstances. The cold, wet weather was unforgiving as players were pulling themselves off the field because they couldn’t feel their fingers. The whipping wind made it difficult to hear Coach Chic screaming his head off. However, they did manage to look good on the transition game, as Sal Guastella went coast to coast clearing the ball and scoring on a blistering shot on the run. Thomas Klimazewski also scored on a broken man-up possession and Eric Brown added the last two goals. Kevin Heenan and Jack Kaffl made some nice plays on defense in front of goalie Brendan Whitehead, who faced a flood of shots to go along with the torrential rain.
The next home games will be on Sunday, April 13 when both seventh- and eighth-grade teams play up at the high school starting at 10 a.m.