Written by Brian ‘Condo’ Neice Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00
History was made when the Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Club introduced its youngest ever club team to a raucous home crowd on Sunday, April 14. Although the outcome did not go in its favor, the first and second grade ‘Two Knights’ never backed down against their Port Washington opponent who used their size and experience to overwhelm the less experienced Glen Cove squad.
Despite outstanding goaltending by Orazio Petitto in the first half, the Knights went down by four goals. That was when the defense dug in. Lead by Jonathan Patino, Lucas Mattern and Matteo Cameron, the ‘Two Knights’ were able to force Port into several turnovers. Chris Gieldbeda, Rocco Rainone and Tyler Rosario worked hard at the midfield, picking up groundballs and clearing the ball to the attack, led by Mark LaRocca, CJ Brown and Leo Rainone.
Although the ‘Two Knights’ couldn’t muster a score, they were able to hold Port to just one more goal and the game ended 5-0. With the loss, the Knights clearly improved and gained some experience that will help the team to future victories. The future looks bright for Glen Cove lacrosse with this young and talented team that’s rounded out by Matthew Basil, Alex Benazzi, Ryan Heenan, AJ Hudson, Nicholas Ladeairous, Travis Shea and Logan Martino. Look for great things from the ‘Two-Knights’ group in the near future!
Winning isn’t everything but when you start to win after a season and a half of hard work it sure does feel good! The Glen Cove third grade ‘Wee Knights’ made it two in a row in a closely contested game against Floral Park on Sunday. In their first away game of the year, Glen Cove showed their mettle and pulled through with an 8-7 victory in the last minute of the game. Lead by Andrew Epifania with four goals, one assist and five ground balls. Andrew was a force to be reckoned with on the field. Other goals were scored by Will Feldmann who had three and Eamon Doyle with one. Goals are great but for some coaches ground balls can be even better! Glen Cove had over 25 ground balls in the game compared with Floral Park’s 15. Christian Maiorano played well in the cage again this week with fivesaves. The defensive platoon worked well this week with Nicholas Kodis, Kelly Larkin, Micah Stone, Victor Scarmato and Michael Mattern playing tough D. Middie lines worked together and “let the ball do the work” on the clears. Lukasz Dubicki, Charlie Benazzi, Ciaran Greene and Jaden Thom all hustled and worked hard to get ground balls. Joseph Thom, Jacen Braja and Jacob Bruce looked to get open and were getting more involved in the team play. Yes, there is still plenty of work to do but for now the ‘Wee Knights’ are enjoying their “fruits of labor.”
The fifth and sixth grade ‘Mid Knights’ must of had something to prove to themselves after last week’s loss because it took less than 20 seconds for them to jump to a 1-0 lead over Cold Spring Harbor and they never looked back. Rookie, Gabrielle Guevarra cleanly won the opening face-off and pushed the ball up to attackman Dylan Anucik who wound up and cranked it past the unsuspecting CSH goalie. Midfielder Bobby Kiaer led the team with 2 goals and provided some quality play on both sides of the ball. Syzmon Frye also added a goal and consistent midfield play. The focus on defense and aggressiveness during practice this past week limited CSH to only one goal on eight shots for the entire game. Defensively Tyler Buehre played like a free safety in the first half by breaking up 6 passes across the crease. In the second half, Buehre donned the goalie pads and capped his day off with a spectacular one on one stop, point blank, to preserve his second half shut-out. Seamus Fallon, Jesse Mayreis, Jack Coyle, Patrick Fallon and Nick Devita all contributed to the strong defensive performance.
The seventh and eighth grade ‘Late Knights’ are off to a slow start and somewhat living up to their name as they’ve come out sluggish in their first two games, losing this past Sunday to Lindenhurst by the score 9 – 5. Ryan Feldmann netted two goals and Davey Moore, Jared Buehre and Joey Grella each had a goal. Midfielder Moore and defenseman Kevin Heenan played inspired ball despite the loss.