Written by Brian ‘Condo’ Neice Thursday, 15 May 2014 00:00
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.
Rainone and LaRocca led the scoring for the Knights by scoring three and two goals, respectively. With the game tied in the first half, Alex Benazzi dodged from the side of the cage and scored to take a one goal advantage to the half. As in games past, the hunger of these Knights to win was evident in the ground ball game. CJ Brown picked up several highlight worthy ground balls as he led a stout defense along with Leo Rainone and Jack Spotto. Leading the charge on offense was Grayson Kopetic, who picked up 11 ground balls and proved that hard work pays off as he broke a second half tie to put the Knights up late in the fourth, 7-6. The Knights couldn’t hold the edge as Malverne tied it up and the game ended in a 7-7 tie.
Charlie Benazzi led the way with his third consecutive hat trick of the season as the third- and fourth-grade “Wee Knights” played host in a game against East Meadow. Other scorers for the day were Lukasz Dubicki and Jaden Thom, each who have consecutive goal scoring games.
The defense was once again anchored by the goalie duo of Tyler Shea [seven saves] and Christian Maiorano [six saves] but it wasn’t enough to hold off a strong East Meadow team who won the battle by the score of 12 – 8.
In the seventh- and eighth-grade division, Kevin Heenan notched his first career shutout win as a goalie for the Maroon Knights in a 6-0 win over Franklin Square. Heenan recorded 10 saves in the victory. David Moore and Joey Grella each had two goals while Emil Martin added a goal and Eric Brown also added a goal and two assists. Solid defense by Jesse Mayreis, Jack Coyle, Anthony Calo and Jack Kaffl helped solidify the shutout.
With only 11 players available, the White Knights played a solid team game and managed a tie against a bigger, faster and more aggressive Roosevelt team. Everyone was called on to play multiple positions to which they were not accustomed in order to rest the middies. Every player had to play most of the game. Charlie Ritter recorded the only two goals for Glen Cove, one off a nice feed from Mikey Poncet. Brendan Whitehead led the defensive unit coming up with 11 saves on the day. A special applaud to sixth-graders Tyler Buehre and Matt Ladeairous for playing above and beyond their level and contributing in the 2 – 2 tie.