The Rough Rider 6th grade Lacrosse team controlled the ball well against Wantagh, playing as a tight unit throughout the game. The midfielders, led by John Alogna, moved the ball looking for high percentage shots. Wantagh was able to keep the Riders at bay for over 2 quarters despite excellent play by Tyler Ozkan, Ryan Gouse, Kyle Cartwright, Brian Kowalczyk , Ryan Curran and Andrew Asgeirsson at Midfield.
It was not until the third quarter when Ryan Curran intercepted a pass and found Zach Greenspan by the side of the goal. Zach fed Ryan Sommi for his third goal of the season for the win. Quinn McQuade and Neil Bergin also did an outstanding job at attack.
The defense, captained by Nick Corolla, played well as a unit. They were most impressive when the Riders found themselves two men down and John Fives, Nick Corolla and Zach Schleger kept the ball away from the net. Kyle McLaughlin and Jacob Atherholt also dominated the defense during their shifts.
The real kudos go to the goaltending duo of James LoRusso and Keegan Petersen. Both played an outstanding half in goal. When not in goal James played terrific defense and Keegan moved the ball well at Midfield.
The 6th grade's next game is home, at the Vernon school, on Sunday April 29 at 10 a.m.
The 5th grade Rough Rider lacrosse team evened their record at 1-1 with a hard fought 7-5 victory over Wantagh in an "A" league game. The offense was led by Sean Cerrone's 1 goal and 4 assists, Conner Byrnes 3 goals, Gregory Galligen's 2 goals, and a key goal by Patrick O'Brien. Excellent ball movement by Austin Weber, Collin Martinez, Devin Victory and Brandon Perez helped key the victory. Superb defense led by Liam Blohm, Mike Ruane, Nick Carbone, Julian Faranda, and Mike Schuler bolstered outstanding goal tending by Matt Diconza and Stephen Ferrandino.
The Oyster Bay Lady Roughriders 3rd/4th grade team fell 5-1 to the more experienced Half Hollow Hills team. The Riders allowed 3 quick goals in the first half and would eventually toughen up their defense for the second half. Caileen O'Keefe scored her first goal of the season by eluding numerous defensive players with her fine stick work. The girls will face Hewlett next week in a home game at 1 p.m.