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Mineola Chiefs News: April 24, 2012

Chiefs Improve To 2-0 In Win Over Floral Park

Seven Mineola players combine for 10 goals

The fifth-grade Mineola Chiefs lacrosse team went on the road Sunday, April 15 and outlasted the Floral Park Titans 10-6. This brings the young Chiefs early season record to 2-0. All the boys played and participated in the victory.

The Chiefs offense was on a mission as they moved the ball up and down the field against the Titans. Chiefs midfielder’s Matt Sluka (3 goals), Michael O’Connell (2 goals, 3 assists), Darien Lloyd (1 goal), Joey Ruscillo (1 goal, 1 assist) and attackmen Caden Hawkinson (1 goal, 1 assist), Mark Marinkovik (1 goal) and Marc Chiappone (1 goal) provided the scoring.

Chiefs midfielder’s Luke Baskind (1 assist) and Ryan Dieguez fought the Titans on every ground ball. Chiefs attackmen Sean Browne, Jack O’Brien, Ryan Calderone, Naz Jackson, Thomas Albig, Matty O’Connell, Nicholas Vitanza, Julian Alfaro worked the ball in the offensive zone, as defensemen Michael LaGinestra, Anthony Giunta, James Reardon and Joseph Tallini hounded the Floral Park attackmen in front Chiefs goalie Mike Sinisi, who was solid in the cage in his first career start, making seven saves in the game.

Chiefs Beat Manhasset 5-1

Mineola gets first victory of young season

Mineola Chiefs fourth-grade Maroon lacrosse team (1-1) put on an impressive showing as they beat Manhasset 5 to 1. It started in goal, as goalie Dylan Renner (13 saves) only let one slip by him in net. He was calm and collected as he frustrated Manhasset attackmen all day long with big save after big save. With 30 seconds to go after an awesome save, he ran the ball up the field cutting back and forth and ran out the clock.

Defensively Mineola’s “Super Six” pounded Manhasset offensive players from opening whistle to the final whistle. Led by Jon Salamone with four ground balls (GB), Jay O’Leary (2 GB), Joe Contrastano (3 GB), Brandon Behar (2 GB), Brendon Shannon (3 GB), and Dylan Graham (2 GB), the six held Manhasset scoreless until late into the fourth quarter.

Mineola had a balanced attack offensively, as seven players took part in the scoring.  Their execution on offense controlled the tempo throughout the game.   Mineola’s first goal came from Kevin Graf (2 assists) on a quick feed from Marco Ali (4 GB), darted to the cage and zipped a pass across to a cutting Adam Campbell who buried the shot into the back of the goal to give Mineola  a 1-0 lead.

After a face-off win by Kieran Hendry (5 GB) he passed to Matt Ferrone (4 GB) who then fed Graf and he found Jake Karent (2 goals) on a crease who fired a hard high shot and beat the Manhasset goalie to put Mineola up 2-0. In the middle of the 2nd quarter midfielder Marco Ali (1 assist) went down the left side and cut back toward the goal where he found Hendry cutting down the lane and he blasted a shot to finish off a nice scoring play, giving Mineola its third goal of the day.

Starting the 4th quarter, midfielder Aidan Tice (3 GB) won a face-off and ran down the right side and fed Matt Tarantola (5 GB) who found Brendan McDonough on the left wing where he stuck it behind the Manhasset goalie for Mineola’s final goal. Midfielders Dylan Lyons (3 GB), Sean Pecora(2 GB), Ben Shapiro (2 GB), and Joe Cosgrove also played hard, harassing Manhasset into numerous turnovers. Game balls were awarded to Jake Karent, and the “Super Six” and Dylan Renner.