Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00
The final week of the season took place at Farmingdale College for the annual Nassau County PAL Laxfest where the always improving first- and second-grade Two Knights faced a tough challenger in Huntington Station on the Farmingdale turf, the main stage at the tournament. With rookie Vincent Pascucci defending the goal for the very first time, he managed several saves before Huntington got on the board with the first goal of the game. That was enough to spark defenseman Jack Spoto, who shortly after scoped up a loose ball and went coast to coast to even the score at 1.
Spoto then did almost the same but instead dished off to Mark LaRocca, who found the back of the net for the second GC goal and the lead. The game turned into a battle as both teams traded goals and the groundball game became essential. Glen Cove prevailed in the groundball department as they have most of the season. This led to goals from Nick Ladeairous, who had two to match Jack Spoto in the game.
Rocco Rainone and Matteo Cameron also scored. For Matteo, it was his first career goal after doing just about everything else for his team. LaRocca took over in goal in the second half of the game and “stonewalled” Huntington after several barrages of shots that he managed to acrobatically save. For his efforts and those of the rest of the young and mighty Knights, the final whistle blew and the game was over. A true battle to the end as both teams walked away with their heads held high. And after the dust settled and the boxscore was in, the Glen Cove Knights prevailed 7 – 6 to cap off a fantastic season.
Coach Benazzi is proud of how far the boys had come and the historical accomplishments they achieved throughout the season.
The third- and fourth-grade Wee Knights also had an outstanding season despite dropping their final game to East Meadow, as they improved in every aspect of the game.