Written by Brian ‘Condo’ Neice Thursday, 22 May 2014 00:00
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.
Ground ball leaders of the game were Grayson Kopetic, Rocco Rainone and Vincent Pascucci who proved hard work in practice pays off. Scoring for the Knights were Rainone and Ladeairous each with two and Mark Larocca tallying one goal. Richie Cardali added an assist as he corralled a high pass and quickly fed the crease where he found Ladeairous for his second goal. Once again Matteo Cameron manned the goal and played well, fending off several late shots to keep the Knights in it. Good things are happening with this team and victory is not far away.
In the third- and fourth-grade division, Glen Cove’s Wee Knights faced off against a tough team from Roosevelt whom they found to be bigger and more aggressive. Glen Cove put up a good fight, tying the score up in the second half, but fell short at the end with a 9 – 6 loss. Nonetheless, all moms were proud of their young knights who battled and never gave up. Ryan Houghton and Eamon Doyle led all scorers with two goals apiece, along with Lukasz Dubicki and Kelly Larkin each adding a goal. The goalie tandem of Tyler Shea and Christian
Maiorano led the defensive effort with several big stops in the game.
The Maroon Late Knights in the seventh- and eighth-grade division, also played a bigger, more physical team from Roosevelt. With only three substitutes for the game, the Maroon Knights battled until the end, but fell to the more aggressive team by the score of 3 – 0.
The seventh- and eighth-grade White Knights would not disappoint on this Mother’s Day as they squeaked out a road victory against South Huntington. Clinging on to a one goal lead in the closing seconds of the game goaltender Brendan Whitehead came up with the save of the game as he faced a one-on-one situation that he handled to preserve the victory. Leading the offensive charge for the White Knights was Charlie Ritter, scoring three times, along with Colin Pederson and Russell Perciballi providing the other two.