Written by Brian "Condo" Neice Thursday, 05 June 2014 00:00
With three years in the making, history was made recently as the Glen Cove Two Knights became the youngest winning lacrosse players in Glen Cove history. Right off the initial face-off against Hicksville, the Knights established a dominance on ground balls that has proven to be their strength all season long. Once possession of the ball was gained, these athletes showed that they had what it takes to get to the goal.
Offensive contributions were recorded across the board; leading the way were Nick Ladeairous and Rocco Rainone with some early tallies along with Mark Larocca. Pandelis Tursi also “rang the bell” before taking on the goalie responsibilities from Charlie Muth, who started his first game in goal. The two combined to let up only two goals all day. The starting defense of Jack Spoto, CJ Brown and Travis Shea was dominant in front of their two goaltenders. The second-grade PAL lacrosse level is meant to be instructional and this Knight team has taken instruction all year long and practiced what they’ve been taught. Never has this been more evident than when they recorded their first win of the season 6-2. With the team up four goals, Glen Cove spread the field, passed the ball to their teammates and showed that they have the stick skills to play with any team in the league.
The third- and fourth-graders loaded the bus and headed out to Lindenhurst to take on a usually tough rival. The Wee Knights came ready to battle as they took it to Lindenhurst behind Eamon Doyle’s four-goal performance. Just off the
IR, Andrew Epifania quickly returned to form with a hat trick after sitting the last few weeks out with an injury. Also finding the back of the net were Chris Gielbeda and Ryan Houghton. The 9 – 5 victory would not have been without strong contributions from Charlie Benazzi, Lukasz Dubicki, Andrew Bisch, Victor Scarmato, Andrew Guster and Dominic Williams on top of some quality goaltending provided by Tyler Shea to seal the victory.
The White Knights took to the Pit to battle Half Hollow Hills. After a quick start in the first half, this seventh- and eighth-grade team soon began to fatigue as their short bench ran out of legs in the second half and fell to the visitors by the score of 6 – 3. Behind the offense was Charlie Ritter, who once again lead all scorers with two goals. Russell Perciballi also tallied a goal. The other group of seventh- and eighth-graders, the Maroon Knights, took on Plainview and triumphed. Final score and statistics were not available.