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Syosset PAL Lacrosse Continues Strong Season

Boys First and Second Grade Lacrosse

This Mother’s Day, the first and second grade boy’s red team hosted Port Washington for their third game of the season. Players Nicolas Accardo, AJ Alexander, Logan Farrell, Josh Novick, Alexander Davis, Victor Di Re, Michael Forte, Sam Jaffee, Johnny Maccarone, Nicholas Andersen, Rajat Shah, Maanuv Allu, and Kent Sato stepped on the field and played strong the entire game. The game ended in an 8-8 tie, with good play from both teams. The boys all demonstrated great teamwork and enthusiasm for the game supporting their 2-0-1 record.


Boys Third Grade Lacrosse

The boys third grade team won their third game of the year in a hard-hitting game against Northport on May 8. The final score was 7-4 in favor of the Braves but the game was highly contested throughout. The Braves were led by Jack Rooney’s five goals and one assist, Jack Monfort’s one goal and Andrew Giovinco’s one goal. The defense was challenged by the athleticism of Northport, and responded really well. The defense was led by Joseph Cawley, James Galvin, Matt Majoy, Ryan Lebson, Daniel Shapiro, and Jacob Katz. The midfielders of Christian Lyons, Jack Rooney, Jack Monfort, Troy Douglas and Eric Haas all played hard and helped to control the middle of the field. The attack was led by Ben Schloss, Drew Cohen, Michael Anastasio, Jason Yacavone, Matt Losquadro, Ethan Berch, and Charlie Zandieh. Dylan Hein and Andrew Bonapace both played well in the goal.

Third and Fourth Grade Girls

The third and fourth grade girls team had another great game on Sunday, May 2, beating Hicksville and continuing their winning season with a record of 4-0. The final score of the game was 5-2 with two goals from Jessica Levy followed by goals from Amelia Craporatta, Rebecca Korn, and Nicole Rizzo. The girls proved they knew how to work as a team as they passed the ball around the field. The mid fielders, led by Sofia Afkham, kept the ball moving in the offensive zone. Nicole Rizzo played an outstanding game, displaying both amazing defensive skills and effort throughout the game. Melissa Esswein did an excellent job defensively, making amazing catches and passes and showing hustle. Christine Mui had a remarkable game as she kept Hicksville out of Syosset’s defensive zone with help from Uma Alagappan and the rest of the defense. It was also a great job by goalies Barri Levitt and Taylyn Stadler.

The team continued its winning streak on May 9 at Syosset-Woodbury Park. In the game’s first half against Half Hollow Hills, the team struggled to keep its undefeated record intact. The girls then kicked into gear during the second half, winning the game 6-5. The goalies Eunice Kang and Barri Levitt did an outstanding job defending Syosset’s goal. The second game of the day against Malverne was yet another success for the Braves, with a final score of 7-3. The girls were on fire, scoring five goals in the first half. Lauren Tranchina and Paulina Levitan played a great game in goal. This weekend, Uma Alagappan had her first career goal, along with goals by Sofia Afkham, Rebecca Korn, Jessica Levy, Nicole Rizzo and Taylyn Stadler. During both games, Sara Krotz and Melissa Esswein had top-notch performances showing their impressive skill. Amanda Alejo, Kelsey Miller, Rachel Kitagawa, Betsy Stephenson and the entire team displayed exceptional teamwork throughout both games.

Fourth Grade Girls

The fourth grade girls SYLAX team played a close game against Northport on Sunday, May 2 and came out on top, 6-4. Amanda Alejo played a terrific game in goal with eight saves. Congratulations to Meghan Balos, Sydney Fells and Rebecca Mackey for scoring their first goals of the season. Other goals were scored by Danielle Pitta and Taylyn Stadler. The defensive team of Nicole Avidon, Rachel Farijam and Ellie Hooey held the Northport Tigers attack at bay throughout. Jordyn Fells, Camryn Smithwick and Betsy Stephenson were aggressive on attack, even on a hot day.

The team continued its winning streak with a 7 to 6 victory over Bellmore on Saturday, May 8. It was a hard-fought battle on a windy evening. Despite playing, at one point, without any substitute players, the girls persevered and displayed amazing determination. Amanda Alejo had seven saves, and Taylyn Stadler had a double hat trick—six goals! Taylyn also stole a pass with 20 seconds left, as Bellmore tried to even the score. Sydney Fells scored another goal, and had three shots for the day. Betsy Stephenson logged her first assist of the season.

Fourth Grade Boys: Black

The fourth grade boys black team lost a hard-fought game 10-7 to Half Hallow Hills. After trailing 5-1 early on, midway through the second quarter the Braves battled back. Liam Kalbacher and John Rochford scored goals before the half to bring the score to 5-3. The Braves continued to battle in the third quarter with some great defense by Stephen Conte, Shawn Connell, Brandon Brosnahan, John Babino, Thomas Bruefach, Paulie Cavesano and Andrew Harris. Thomas Goldrick made some big saves in the third quarter, and goals by Rochford and Kalbacher brought the Braves even at 7-7. Dylan Sapienza, Danny Ochs, Jake Mullin, Dean Marx, Sal Cresciamanni, Justin Cohen and Teddy Hanakis all played hard, but it was not enough, as Half Hallow Hills pulled out the win.

However, they improved their record to 3-1 with a resounding 8-4 win over Northport on Sunday. Tommy Rooney, playing his first game back after missing three games with a broken ankle, got the Braves started with an early goal on a great pass by Liam Kalbacher. Kalbacher got the next goal, one of his two, and Tommy Rooney added another, before Stephen Conte had an outstanding full field run and a goal. Northport played tough and cut the Syosset lead to 5-4 before Rooney scored twice in succession on great passes from Danny Ochs and Chris Belmonte. Rooney scored his fifth goal on another great pass from Kalbacher to close it out for Syosset. Teddy Hanakis played goalie the whole game and made ten saves. The defense was led by Stephen Conte, Shawn Connell, Jake Mullin, Sean Anderson, Thomas Bruefach, and John Babino. Playing midfield and controlling the ball were Paulie Cavesano, Sal Crescimanni, Andrew Harris, John Rochford and Dylan Sapienza. The attack, led by Thomas Goldrick, Dean Marx, and Justin Cohen, did a great job of controlling the action.

Fourth Grade Boys: Red

The fourth grade boys red team continued its winning ways on May 2, with a fourth quarter rally to beat a tough Rockville Center team, 11-7. The offense, which had struggled the past two games, came alive at the right time, led by another standout effort by attackman Dylan Gefter with three goals and game MVP Dominic Speranza, who scored a goal and was a ground ball machine with a season high nine scoops. J.P. Lanning had another sterling effort with two goals, two assists and six ground balls, and Griffen Berke continued to impress with three assists and four ground balls. Eli Feder chipped in with a rocket-shot goal, and Joseph Schindel scored as well. Jake Needleman and Curtis Torti both played another solid all-around game, playing attack, midfield and defense to showcase their versatility, and Brian Dillon chipped in with two ground balls.

After falling behind in the fourth, JT Roselle sparked a comeback with an unassisted goal following a hard crosscheck penalty by Rockville Center, which was followed by two unassisted goals by midfielder Chris Daugherty off of face-off wins. Once again, the defense shut down their opponent at crunch time, led by goalies Tyler Parlo, with seven saves and an assist while playing midfield, and Tommy Markou, with six saves and two ground balls on attack. Defensemen Matthew Luneburg, Austin Maccarone, Max Verch, Trevor Friedrich and JT Roselle combined for fourteen ground balls, and some great clearing work to lock down the win late in the game. The team gives special thanks to stat keeper Eric Needlman, and photographer Joe Lanning.

The team also gave their moms an early Mother’s Day gift by posting an 8-1 win over Farmingdale. The boys were led by game MVP and team leader J.P. Lanning, who had five goals, one assist, two face-off wins and six ground balls. Chistopher Daugherty chipped in with one goal, two assists, two face-off wins and a team high of seven ground balls. The balance of the scoring came from the attack duo of Dylan Gefter, 2 goals and Joseph Schindel, one goal. Some great passing led to one assist each for Griffen Berke, J.T. Roselle and Tyler Parlo, who again played stellar in goal in the second half with seven saves. The boys displayed some great sportsmanship by working on their overall game and not taking advantage of the overmatched Farmingdale squad. The Farmingdale coaches made a point of addressing the Syosset boys after the game to praise them for their fair play and to thank them for playing the game right, a great compliment. The defense once again dominated in all phases with “shut down” performances from Max Verch, Matthew Luneberg, Austin Maccarone, J.T. Roselle and Trevor Friedrich. Tommy Markou not only shut out the opponent in goal in the first half, but also played solidly on attack. The middies were led by speedsters Brandon Tabakin and Eli Feder as well as “Dominating” Dominic Speranza. Jake Needleman recorded an impressive five ground balls with Curtis Torti, three ground balls and Brian Dillon, two ground balls rounding things out.

Fifth Grade Boys

The fifth grade squad played the Huntington Blue Devils on Sunday, May 2. The boys had to contend with both a tough team and the heat. Despite the conditions, they started playing strong the first quarter and moved the ball well on offense. Despite strong shots on goal by Griffin Halpern, Matt Korn, David Moyett, Gregory Newman, Zack Tannenbaum and Cameron Zandieh, Syosset was held scoreless. Strong defense and groundball play by Justin Corallo, Andrew Kravitz, Connor Ranges, Dylan Diaz, Will Sanchez and Riley Frain kept the score at the end of the first period to 1-0 in favor of the home team.

The second period saw Matthew Sobel tying the score at one all. Despite goalie Jack Moore’s five saves, the score at the half was 5-1 Huntington.

At halftime, Coach Lukacovic stressed the need for passing and movement by the attack. The boys responded in the third. With help from Mathew Benus, Dylan Schloss, Matthew Farrell, Jimmy Sheehy, David Griffin and Jack Lukacovic fighting for ground balls and clears from Michael Sherman, attackman Jared Goldberg scored on an assist from Siddarth Menon and middie Matthew Frank scored his first goal of the season on an assist from Tom Middendorf, to cut the score to 6-3 at the end of the third.

In the fourth quarter, David Moyett had an unassisted score for a 6-4 Blue Devil lead. Hopes of a comeback victory were dashed on two more Blue Devil goals for an 8-4 final.

Sixth Grade Boys: Black

Syosset’s sixth grade boys black team had a resounding win over North Shore on Saturday, May 8. With temperatures in the 80s, the sixth grade black team was similarly hot, tallying eleven goals to North Shore’s naught. Substantially, all of the team’s goals were generated from the attack position, with Frankie Catania providing two goals, Brendan Lyons providing one goal, Max Lilian providing one goal and Mac O’Keefe scoring an impressive six goals. Speedy Lucas Cotler provided the eleventh goal. The boys played their typical unselfish game, with assists from Cameron Biegel (three), Brendan Lyons (two), Frankie Catania (two), and Luke Walker (one).

Holding North Shore to zero goals means that the defense played with considerable stinginess. Jared Locke, Greg O’Brien, and Luke Walker shut down North Shore’s offense with excellent communication, hard checks, and smooth slides. Eric Aronson had some terrific saves in goal. Exceptional midfieled play was provided by Mike Elardo, Ryan Kelly, Kyle Delmaestro and James Goldrick.

Syosset Spartans Win Connecticut Lacrosse Tournament

The Syosset Spartans, Syosset Youth Lacrosse’s first ever travel lacrosse team, won their first tournament in Simsbury Connecticut on Mother’s Day weekend. The Spartans are a team made up of sixth- and seventh-graders who tried out for this highly competitive team. They won the opening game of the tournament with a 3-1 win over defending champion Wilton, CT. They went on to defeat Avon, CT and Simsbury, CT before reaching the championship. The defending champions from Wilton were waiting for the Spartans, but the Spartans won convincingly 5-2. The attack was led by Vincent Speranza, Brendan Lyons, Jack Parlo, Cameron Biegal and Perry Lehrhoff. The midfield was led by Jeremy Kaplan, Lucas Cotler, Cole Samaroo, Tyler Tarnowski, Michael Cresciamanni, Nick Hatzipatrakos, Perry Feinstein and Jordan Rauch. The defense was great throughout the tournament, giving up a total of five goals in four games. The defense was led by EJ Aronson and Evan Lowitt, and Richie Prestegaard, Nick Balos, David Reiter, Stephen Burke, and Nick Woska were the close defensemen. In goal were Jonathan Klobus and Greg Meyers. Missing on the field was the steady play of Alex Concannon, who was out with a broken finger, but made the trip to support his teammates. Mac O’Keefe was also not able to play at the tournament, but the Spartans are excited to get him back for the summer. The Spartans will compete in five more tournaments in June and July on Long Island, as well as in Massachusetts. To learn more about the Spartans or Syosset Youth Lacrosse please visit

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