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Big Red Sports: May 7, 2010

Girls Varsity Lacrosse Counterpunch Elmont’s Speed
By Coach Gow

Under the lights, the Girl’s Varsity Lacrosse Team played a very skilled and tough game against Elmont. The girls very quickly established their passing game to counter the innate speed of the Elmont Girls. This allowed us to get the ball down into the offense and get a shot off before they had their defense in place. The girls worked so well as a team with everyone being a contributing factor.

The defense was spearheaded by Brittany Baker, who called the plays and set up the defense, the other players being: Tori, Ali and Emily Durso, Julie Bruschini, and Julia Oh.

Our midfielders played both ends of the field and were using their conditioning to the full, Olivia Goldson and Cassandra Naploi were terrific examples of this. On the offensive end we had some great goals with super last minute assists. Seven girls notched points in the game. Chelsee Marks with 6 goals and 1 assist, Sam Basile with 3 goals and 1 assist, Ariana Cavallone with 3 goals, Olivia Silvestri, Gabby Morrocu and Alex Gerin all had  1 goal and 1 assist, Jessica Andreotti had 1 assist.

In goal were Amelia Weck and Kelsey Giambruno who both had 4 saves each.

We are coming to the heart of our season in the next two weeks with seven games. We go into this with a conference record of 4 wins and 1 loss. If you have time please come and see this team in action, you will enjoy it.

Baseball Twists and Turns
By Coach Rotolo

Last week brought another week of twists and turns for Glen Cove baseball.  On Wednesday, April 8, Glen Cove garnered its second victory with a 4-0 win over a big Southside team. Peter Cappiello led the charge with another stellar performance on the mound. He struck out 10 and walked one in a two-hitter and went 2-for-3 with an RBI at the plate. Richie Maccarone continued his torrid hitting with a monster homerun over the left field fence. It was his first of the season and his first of three on the week. John Bellock continues to hit the ball hard every time he is up. One of his many line drives finally fell for a double in the gap. He has been a line drive machine. When Bellock’s drives start missing gloves we are in for a big treat.  

This victory was our most complete victory thus far. Everyone is contributing to this team. The defense, which has been our biggest asset all year played another flawless game. Tommy Montefusco made a diving stop to prevent a run scoring single and Frankie Gaudio made an amazing grab at first to prevent a two bagger. We are built on defense. The offense came through with nine hits including a few extra base hits. The bright spot was our base running. We have had a problem being disciplined on the base paths. We have worked hard in practice to correct our mistakes and it appears that we got those out of our system. We are starting to read the ball better and our discipline is improving each day. It is great to see everyone on this team contributing in their own way. Steven Basile has stepped in nicely for our injured catchers. Steven is the ultimate team player. He will do anything you ask of him. We are very lucky that he had some experience catching. He actually threw out the first runner that stole on him.  

In the finale against Southside, Glen Cove dropped a 12-10 affair after leading for most of the game. Unfortunately we didn’t execute at the end to give ourselves a big enough cushion to secure the victory. The game was a shootout.  Balls were flying all over the yard. Glen Cove outhit Southside 15-13, but in the end it was Southside that prevailed. On Friday, April 30 Glen Cove lost another heartbreaker to powerhouse Island Trees, 7-5.  In a game that saw six homeruns leave Glen Cove Field, Glen Cove once again put themselves in position to take a victory from a former county champ. We are progressing nicely this season, but at this point the coaching staff is looking for guys who could respond late in the game.  It’s time to get a taste of gutting out a victory against the big dogs. We must learn how to step up in pressure situations. Richie Maccarone went 4-4 including two towering homeruns and pitched a great game into the fifth inning. Once Richie gets his stamina up we will have two number one starters. His curveball had a lot more break on it than his two previous relief outings. Richie will give us a big boost as the regular season gets interesting down the stretch. Jabbar Morales had his best game of the year at the plate going 3-5. Jabbar has also stepped up nicely after moving him to leadoff early on in the season.

Glen Cove will be fighting for the eighth spot in League A-1, which will give them double elimination in the playoffs. This week Glen Cove squares off against Plainedge and New Hyde Park.  Next week we have New Hyde Park and Bethpage. Since Glen Cove has already played the top teams in the conference on their schedule, they now have a great opportunity to showcase how much they have progressed through such a difficult road.    

Boy’s Lacrosse Split the Week
By Coach Tripp

The Glen Cove Boy’s Lacrosse Team split their games last week, and kept themselves in the thick of the playoff hunt. In the first game of the week, The Big Red was beaten in a close game by South Side 14-10. The week ended on a high note, with a 14-6 victory over Freeport.

Dougie Tripp and Ryan Zupa scored in the first half vs. South Side, but it wasn’t enough as the Cyclones used a four goal spurt in the first quarter to keep the Big Red at bay. Kevin Nicholas, Owen Valance, Mike Moglia and Chris Borer would also score for Glen Cove.

After a tour of Nassau County, the Big Red came off the bus shooting, as they turned the tables and jumped out with four goals in the first quarter. Dougie Tripp and Owen Valance each scored two in the first quarter, as the Big Red never looked back.

The defensive unit led by Goalie Michael Doxey, and Long Poles Brandon Winkler, Lewis Linares, Aaron Syler, Chris Mellilo, and Andrew Ayo limited Freeport’s scoring opportunities, while Abdul Hashimi, Nick Hoyos, Adam Ramadan, Shaheem Lilly, Charles Ring, Dennis Ramadan, and Chris Saperstein provided a spark to the transition game.

Scoring for the Big Red were Dougie Tripp (5 goals, 1 assist) Owen Valance (2/3), Kevin Nicholas (2/1), Mike Moglia (2/0), Chris Borer and Ryan Zupa (1/1), and Daven Plummer (1/0).