Written by Brian “Condo” Neice Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00
The “Two Knights,” Glen Cove’s second-grade lacrosse squad, were on the road last weekend as they hit Syosset to take on a program in their second year. After the previous week’s game, the Knights were hungry for more game-time experience after having a good week of practice.
Syosset came out quickly and showed its experience by moving the ball around the field and scoring three goals. Glen Cove responded when Rocco Rainone had the biggest moment of his young Knight’s career when he put Glen Cove on the board with an aggressive move to the cage. First half goalie, Ryan Heenan, stood tall between the pipes to keep the Knight’s close by making several saves as the half ended with our Knights down 5 - 1.
Glen Cove came out aggressively in the second half by winning ground balls and taking the ball to the goal. The Syosset goalie came up big time after time and while Glen Cove had chances, they couldn’t muster another goal and lost the game 7-1. Orazio Petito was able to limit Syosset to two goals in the second half making several saves along the way. Notable games were turned in by Mark LaRocca on attack, Alex Benazzi at the midfield and AJ Hudson on defense. In the loss, the Knights showed they continue to learn from game-time experience and look forward to more action.
Chants of “the Wee Take Three” sailed through the air at Connolly School, renamed Condo Stadium [at least during lacrosse season], as the third Grade “Wee Knights” continue their winning ways by shutting down a stacked Lynbrook team by the score 6 – 2. This brings their winning streak to three. Key notables were Eamon Doyle and Ryan Houghton’s coast-to-coast play on midfield. The entire team should be credited for the hustle and effort they put into every ground ball they see. Whether they come up with it or not, these young Knights keep scrapping until the final whistle!
Next up, the fifth- and sixth-grade “Mid Knights” welcomed Freeport to the field and knew from the beginning they were in a battle. Both teams had opportunities to take over the game but each team battled and traded goals as the game ended as a 4 – 4 tie. Sal Guastella put his head down and scored twice unassisted as Syzmon Frye and Bobby Kiaer each chipped in a goal with Jack Coyle assisting on Kiaer’s tally. Goaltending was once again a strong point with Felipe Delafuente and Tyler Buehre combining for 14 saves. The Knights’ over aggressiveness led to a few unnecessary penalties late in the game but they never backed down and lost their intensity which is a step in the right direction.
Rounding out the lacrosse triple-header was the seventh- and eighth-grade “Late Knights” taking on local rivals Oyster Bay. Glen Cove lost by the score of 6 – 4 but it was their best effort so far in the season. Jared Buehre scored two goals in the loss with Davey Moore and Shawn Grahek each adding one. Danny Neice was tested often in goal as he made six saves before giving way to Brendan Whitehead in the second half. After playing a solid first half of lacrosse the Knights gave way to tired legs and played some sloppy lacrosse in the end.
The field was quiet last Sunday with the three older teams on the road over the weekend. The “Two Knights” have a bye this weekend but don’t be surprised if you see a group of lacrosse stick wielding kids on the field honing their skills.