Friday, 15 May 2009 10:18
The Syosset PAL third-grade girl’s lacrosse team had a busy weekend. The team watched the SHS girl’s varsity lacrosse team play Friends Academy on Friday afternoon. During halftime the team did some drills and throughout the game coaches Karen Vacchio, Andy and Carolyn Stephenson explained strategies to the eager young girls. On Saturday, the team held its practice and put what they saw at the varsity game into action. Then on Sunday, May 10 the team played Farmingdale at the high school field. Though it lost 7-4, every game this first-year team gets better and better. Meghan Balos played goalie the entire game and had a lot of terrific saves. Two goals were scored by Taylyn Stadler and the other solo goals came from Gabrielle Lindenman and Camryn Smithwick. Samantha Twohig stuck with her opposition on defense. Rachel Fajiram hustled for the ground-balls on attack and Danielle Pitta played with great determination, never giving up on midfield.
Syosset Third-Grade Black defeated Half Hollow Hills in a hard hitting game last Sunday by a score of 8-5. The Braves were led by Danny Ochs 2 goals. Liam Kalbacher, Stephen Conte, Griffen Berke, Sean Anderson, Andrew Harris also added goals. Tommy Rooney and Paul Cavesano both played well in the goal. Jack Rooney and John Rochford had assists for the Braves. The defense was led by John Babino, Sal Crescimani, Thomas Goldrick, Dylan Sapienza, and Michael Stanco. The boys are now 4-1 on the season and play Huntington next week.
On Sunday, May 10, the boys played Harbourfields and 4th extended their winning streak to 3 games. The boys got off to a quick start with goals coming from Jack Lukacovic ( 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 groundballs), Matthew Farrell (1 goal, 1 assist, 1 ground ball), Zack Tannenbaum (1 goal, 1 assist, 5 groundballs), Jeremy Wolf (1 goal, 3 groundballs) and Tom Middendorf (1 goal, 2 groundballs). The highlight however had to be Matthew Sobel’s 4 goals. Moving quickly and cutting to the goal Matthew was able to capitalize on feeds from the midfield and kept the Braves ahead in a tight game. Matt was also a giver with 2 assists. Despite the high scoring, the Harbourfield squad battled back in the fourth quarter. Goalie Jack Moore made 9 Saves and the defense held on for a 9-8 victory which extends the boys record to 4-0-1. Other players with great performances included David Tell (6 groundballs), David Moyett (4 groundballs), Dylan Diaz (4 groundballs) and Siddarth Mennon (3 groundballs). Gregory Newman, Matthew Korn, Michael Sherman and David Griffin each had 2 groundballs apiece. Another strong showing by the fourth-grade squad whose next game is this Sunday at Rockville Centre.
The Sixth-Grade Boys Black team, with coaches Chris Parlo, Chris Balos, Alex Concannon and Jeff Rauch, had a full weekend of lacrosse this past weekend. On Friday afternoon, the boys traveled to Ridgefield, CT, to play one of Connecticut’s best teams. The game was a rematch from last year in which Ridgefield prevailed. What a difference a year makes as the Syosset boys came out victorious with an 8-3 win. After the game, the team traveled north to Simsbury, CT, for the Simsbury shootout lacrosse tournament. The boys won their first two games easily 6-0 and 5-1, before facing the Greenwich, Titans - - a premier select team made up of boys from a number of different Connecticut towns. The Titans came into the game having beaten their first two opponents 10-0 and 11-1. Unfazed, Syosset came out strong, but could not get a lead until the final minute of play when they went up 6 - 5. The team then held on for the win that placed it in the tournament championship game. Unfortunately, 24 hours of travel, hotel stay and big fun caught up with the team against local powerhouse Wilton, Connecticut, which also went into the final undefeated. Syosset fell in the final 5-2. The boys were home by early evening, bringing with them a 4-1 record, and lots of great memories, from their weekend adventure.