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The Traveling Teams for second graders kicked off the season at Memorial Field on Sunday, Sept. 13. Blue Devil's Captain of the Day, Dan Morrissey, steered the ball to the opposing goal where Donald Denihan, Stephen Madison and Michael Snee kept it. Trying as they might to score a goal, every attempt was blocked by the Strikers' "Secret Weapon," Eric Kaminsky.

Relentless, Ryan Kelly retrieved the ball for coach Richard Tortora's Strikers. Joseph Calderone, John Hannon and Adam Lampeter passed back-and-forth trying to score, but that Devil of a goalie Matt Goldstein wouldn't let it happen. Madison's offensive power play retrieved the Devil's ball. Several breakaways by the Strikers' mighty Michael Anderson were thwarted by the strong Devil defense! Bradley Cappelini passed to Matt, "the Marvel" Hull, who brought the ball halfway down the field passing to powerhouse A.J. Diaz, who assisted the indomitable Kevin Heenan as he scored the first and only goal of the game!

Strikers were relentless, with no substitutes, they never gave less than 100 percent. Christopher Martelli, Lampeter, Anthony Tedesco and David Peterson continually trying to box in the Devil with the ball. Jeff, "the Dynamo" Izzo was a Striker's worst nightmare as he time and time again stole the ball; passing to Joe Vanderberg, who kept the Strikers at bay controlling the ball.

The passing and team work on the part of both teams was extraordinary for players of this age. Kevin Cheung challenged the Devils several times trying to turn the direction of the ball. Strikers' offsenseman Tortora, brought the ball halfway down the field until he met the Devil Wall! Marlon Williams took possession of the ball and with the help of Stephen Cobos, Joseph Cordi, Cappelini and Alex Snee, the Devils dominated for the rest of the game.

The Devils physically had size and enough teammates to rotate, but the talent on the part of each of these players made them a formidable opponent. The Strikers, outsized and outnumbered, never stopped fighting for the ball. Hannon, Ryan Kelly, Michael Anderson and Cheung were like Rambos attacking fearlessly again and again, trying to steal the ball and break the Devil dominance!

Instructed by their coaches and implemented by each player, sportsmanship and spirit described this game, which had more action and talent than the New York Jets game later in the day. Don't msis the opportunity to be part of the fun and excitement from now to Nov. 14. Commmitment is the only requirement. Join the Strikers. They are looking for a few good men. These boys had fun and that's what it's all about. Years from now some of these boys will be the names that fill your sports section, others will have turned to different interests, but they will all remember the good times when Manhasset second-graders played on traveling teams for the first time, Fall 1998!

Kevin Heenan 2 goals; A.J. Diaz 2 goals; Dan Morrissey 1 goal; Bradley Cappelini, 1 goal; and Joseph Cordi 1 goal.

Marlon Williams kicked the ball three-quarters of the way downfield in the third quarter, with Donald Denihan stopping the ball in mid-air as the defense.

Matt Hull and Alex Snee kept the Rockets from advancing, while Jeff, the Dynamo, Izzo through the entire game controlled the ball, constantly stealing it from the Rockets. Cordi played outstandingly, as did Cappeline and Stephen Cobos. The entire team dominated the game for another win for the Blue Devils!

Stephen Cobos, Michael Snee, Matt Goldstein and Stephen Madison dominated the final quarter.

The sixth-grade boys team, the Crusaders, again showed their superior defense against the Little Neck Red Storm team. They also showed that they could come from behind. Thus far this season the Crusaders have only given up one goal to an opposing team. During the first half, the Crusaders' defense made up of Amrit Das, Mike Spann, Randy Palmedo and Pete Devincenzi, under the leadership of Dan Jano, held firm against the Red Storm onslaught.

The Crusaders, with keeper Craig Hothem, refused to give an inch. The midfielders made up of Cary Choy, Jim Mulderrig, John McGill, James Rolston and Louis Alvarez, gave as good as they got. Finally, the Crusaders gave a goal up through an accidental ricochet with only 15 minutes left in the game. The Crusaders then went on a total offensive moving game. As the end of the game drew near, the Crusaders refused to give up or let up. Again and again, shots on goal were taken. Finally, the Red Storm's defense crumbled under the intense pressure of forwards Stanley Camilien, Nikhil Gupta and Kendrick Sinclair, who assisted in setting up Zack Schierhorst, who tied the score in the last 30 seconds of the game.

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