Written by Brian ‘Condo’ Neice and Bob Benazzi Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00
The second-grade boys lacrosse team was at it again last weekend. This time they would face-off against the likes of tough Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor lacrosse clubs. On Friday night, June 1, under the lights in Huntington, Glen Cove’s offense came out swinging with Will Feldmann tallying an early goal to set the tone. A tough first half ensued and the offense was held in check. The defense, led by Drew Guster and Liam Nielsen battled hard to get the ball back from Huntington’s potent offense. In what seems like a trend, the half ended at Huntington 5, Glen Cove 1. The second half started with another goal by Feldmann and a very exciting back and forth competition between the two squads. Charlie Benazzi had several good clears and broke through for a goal in the fourth quarter to get the game to 5-3. Unfortunately, GC could get no closer and the game ended with a 6-3 defeat. These boys from Glen Cove are starting to win the little battles within the game that indicate a win could be on the way.
On Sunday, the “Wee-Knights” battled another tough Cold Spring Harbor club. Cold Spring Harbor started hot scoring the game’s first five goals. The game could have gotten out of control but Tyler Shea played a great first half in the goal, which kept the game in reach for GC. While the GC offense had several good runs, they were unable to tally a goal in the first half. The second half was a different story, with Shea coming out of the goal to join the attack of Mike Mattern and Micah Stone. The threesome put the team on their shoulders and dominated the ground ball play in the offensive end. Mattern and Shea broke into the scoring column and Will Feldmann launched a rocket into the back of the net at the end of the third quarter to get within 5-3. But GC couldn’t get any closer and went down 7-3. Good performances were turned in by Lukacz Dubicki, Daniel McFadden and Kelly Larkin.
Prior to their game in Elwood, a challenge was presented to the fifth- and sixth-grade “Mid-Knights” to “step-up and leave it all on the field” and within a matter of minutes the starting team did just that and scored three consecutive goals and never looked back as they comfortably rolled to a 7 – 3 victory. Five different Knights scored, six of the seven goals were assisted and the defense was responsible for starting several fast breaks. A team effort was made by all. The offensive power was provided by Russell Perciballi and Kevin Heenan each with two goals and Mikey Poncet, Brandon Cossaro and Robert McCarthy each adding a goal. Assists were provided by Perciballi and Emil Martin, each with two, and Davey Moore and Heenan adding one apiece. The hustle of all the midfielders is where this game was won. Once again, the defense played a tough and smart game behind goaltender Brendan Whitehead, who recorded 11 saves in the game.
The seventh- and eighth-grade team traveled to Franklin Square for a thunder and lightning- shortened game, and when it was called the “Late Knights” were in the lead, which equals a victory in the books.
The season ends for the fifth/sixth and seventh/eighth-grade Knight teams as they head to SUNY Farmingdale for the annual PAL Lacrosse Festival next weekend. As the second-grade Knights wrapped up their regular season, they will continue to play together throughout the summer and work on developing their individual skills as well as their teamwork.