Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
The third and fourth grade ‘Wee Knights’ took a road trip this week and played a determined Lindenhurst team. With a beautiful beach backdrop and on a new turf field, Glen Cove lost a tough one 7 – 3. Goal scorers for Glen Cove were Eammon Doyle with two and Will Feldmann with one. There were several positives to take away from this loss. The first is that the Knights came out from the first whistle and played tough trading goals with Lindenhurst despite playing with a smaller squad then usual due to prior commitments. Secondly, the Knights played solid defense. The players are using their lacrosse sticks to disrupt the other team, which is making the other team put the ball on the ground. Kelly Larkin, Daniel McFadden, Jaden Thom and Dominick Williams did a great job on defense.
Unfortunately, once the ball was on the ground Lindenhurst was all over it and controlled the game physically. Increasing our stick skills will help us offensively and get more people involved. Charlie Benazzi, Jacen Braja, Tyler Shea and Joseph Thom worked well on attack. Ryan Houghton, Andrew Epifania and Micah Stone worked extra hard at midfield since we were short handed. Christian Maiorano stepped up, once again, in goal and made three or four saves.
Heading in the opposite direction, the fifth and sixth graders traveled to Uniondale and improved their record to 2 – 2 – 1 for the season. The Mid Knights wasted no time in displaying their skills as they scored 3 goals early in the first quarter. Bobby Kiaer started it off followed by Seamus Fallon, off a nice feed from Jack Coyle and then Dylan Anucik added the third. The Knights had plenty of opportunities in the second quarter but dropped balls and turnovers thwarted their efforts as they tried to move the ball offensively.
Rookie Thomas Klimasewski recorded his first goal with a mad dash to the goal from close to the midfield. Defensively the team is improving. Goaltending has been a bright spot with Patrick Fallon and Felipe Delafuente sharing the duty. Jesse Mayreis, Tyler Buehre and Jack Coyle helped in stifling the Uniondale offense who should be given some credit being their first year in the league.
The Late Knights are still looking for a win but are getting closer and closer each week. Standouts in this week’s game verse South Huntington were goalie Brendan Whitehead making numerous saves in the first half. Midfielders Davey Moore and Mikey Poncet put in solid efforts on both sides of the ball and Jared Buehre and Joey Grella kept the opposing goalie on his toes most of the game.
After a week off, the Glen Cove Two Knights were at it again this weekend against a good program from Bayville. While the Knights once again fought hard, they came up short and lost the game 7-1. Still, there were lots of positives that we took away from this game.
Many of the Knights, in first and second grades, are in their first year of lacrosse and are gaining invaluable experience at new positions from week to week. Matteo Cameron played the entire game in goal and made the first few saves of his career. He kept the Knights competitive all game and while down 4-0 in the second quarter, AJ Hudson scooped up a ground ball in the offensive end and converted for his first goal of the year to end the first half.
After a stalemate in the third and down 4-1 going into the fourth quarter, the Knights really believed that they could pull this one out and Chris Gielbeda did all he could by controlling the ground balls at the midfield. Another bright spot occurred when Mark LaRocca found attackman Tyler Shea on the crease with what was almost the first assisted goal of the season. Alas, the Knights would get no closer. Still, these Knights will practice hard this week and look forward to their next challenge.
On Saturday, May 11, the Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Club will held their annual LAXDAY featuring all four Knights teams playing back to back up at the Glen Cove High School Varsity Field. Look for an update next week.