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The third-grade girl's lacrosse team had its first game on Sunday, April 5 home at South Woods. The girls braved the cold wind and played hard against Rockville Centre. The first goal of the season was scored by Jordyn Fells with great goaltending by Ellie Hooey and Lauren Tranchina. The team lost 4-1, but everyone came off the field feeling really good and excited for a terrific season. Thank you to coaches Karen Vacchio, Carolyn, Andy and Kayla Stephenson for getting the girls ready for the first game. We look forward to a great season! The Syosset Red 3rd-Grade Boys Lacrosse team got off to a great start to the season on Sunday with a 4-1 win over North Shore. Liam Kahlbacher led the way with 2 goals, Andrew Harris and Jack Rooney added goals. J.P. Lanning and Tommy Rooney had assists as the boys passed the ball really well. Johnny Rochford played the first half in goal, shutting out North Shore. Stephen Conte, Sal Cresciamanni, Michael Stanco, Sean Anderson, Dylan Sapienza, Danny Ochs, John Babino, Griffen Berke, Thomas Goldrick and Paulie Canensano all played well for the Braves. It was windy and cold but the 4th-grade girls stormed the field ready for action! They took on Rockville Center at home for the first game of the season. Katie Majoy and Molly Breslow scored the first two, and only goals for Syosset. The team kept it close in with goalie help from Sophia Henn and Zoe Ganis. Extra offensive efforts kept Syosset in the game thanks to Lauren Shin, Nicole Concannon, Jordan Rauch, Julia Weiss, Nicole Emma and Kaitlin Prestegaard. Unfortunately, the girls experienced their first loss as RVC went on to beat Syosset 7-2 in a strong running game. Despite the loss, the girls' spirits were high, as they look forward to the rest of the season.

On Sunday, April 5, the Syosset 4th-Grade Boys played their opening game of the 2009 season on the turf at Syosset Woodbury Park against the Harborfields Tornados. The 2009 Braves squad is coached by Drew Diaz, Tom Lukacovic and Ed Farrell and returns 2008 veteran players Jack Lukacovic, Dylan Diaz, Matthew Farrell, Jared Goldberg, Matthew Korn, Thomas Middendorf, David Moyett, William Sanchez, Jack Moore, Michael Sherman, Matthew Sobel, Zack Tannenbaum and David Tell.

Harborfields started the game out strong keeping the ball in Syosset's end of the field. Despite goalie Jack Moore's best efforts the Tornados were up 1-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Braves turned it up in the second quarter. The defense led by William Sanchez with help from rookie midfielders Riley Frain and Jeremy Wolf kept fighting for ground balls. This allowed the Syosset midfielders, including rookies Greg Newman, Siddarth Menon and Zachary Appel, to press the attack and led to a game tying score by middie Jack Lukacovic. With help from rookie defenseman Justin Corallo, goalie Jack Moore was able to hold off a furious Tornado attack making 5 saves. By halftime the season opener was tied 1-1.

The Braves came out strong in the 3rd with Lukacovic again cutting through the Harborfields Defense to score his second goal of the day. With the score tied 2-2 the 4th quarter belonged to Jarod Goldberg who led the attack with a quick goal to open the game. Midfielder Zack Tannenbaum won two key faceoffs to keep control of the ball on the Syosset side. With help from middie Matthew Sobel and attackman David Griffin picking up ground balls Goldberg again cut through the strong Harborfields defense for his second score of the day. Harborfields went man up on a penalty against Syosset and scored midway through the 4th. With score 4-3 the Braves again stepped up fighting for ground balls and kept the ball on the Tornados side of the field. With the support of rookie defensemen Manny Hur, Connor Ranges and Justin Anderson the Braves held off Harborfields to win 4-3. The Braves celebration was tempered knowing they were missing the support of strong rookie midfielder Matthew Frank who is out with a broken hand. Get well soon Matt we need you!

The season opener for the 6th-Grade Black PAL Lacrosse team was exciting from minute one to the last seconds of the game. This was Division 1 play at its best! The Syosset 6th Grade team took on Ward Melville on its home field in Setauket. Ward Melville has been a force in Division 1 for years so the boys knew this would be a tough game. Thanks to a strong offense and a tough defense, Syosset kept the score close, leading 5-4 with 6 minutes left. Jack Parlo and Alex Concannon each scored twice, Jeremy Kaplan also enjoyed a season opener score while Matt Avidon had an assist. Richie Prestegaard, Nick Balos and Drew Rauch staged a strong defense. But late in the second half, with less than two minutes on the clock, Ward Melville came back with two quick scores making the final, 7-5. The coaching staff told the boys that they should be ready for this kind of intensity and competition in all their games this season. The boys responded with their characteristic "Hoo Hah!"

For more information about Syosset PAL Lacrosse please contact Thomas Rooney at tcroon@optonline.net.


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