Written by Brian “Condo” Neice Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
The Glen Cove Two Knights continued their lacrosse season by travelling to play a tough Port Washington Blue team on Sunday, June 2. This would be the last official game of the PAL program and the Knights were hungry to show the skills that they’ve developed over the six-game season.
Throughout the season, the Knights have focused on picking up ground balls and running to open areas to control the ball. After going down a goal early, the Knights began to swarm. Mark Larocca and Ryan Heenan showed what they’ve learned this year by aggressively picking up ground balls in traffic and controlling the ball on offense. The possession advantage allowed the Knights to go blow for blow with the talented team from Port. Jonathan Patino displayed tough defense at the midfield keeping Port in check.
A highlight of the season came in the second quarter when Lucas Mattern found Rocco Rainone in front of the goal for a goal that tied the score at three. Glen Cove would come close to more assisted goals throughout the half with Alex Benazzi also displaying his ability to spot open teammates. Port was able to squeeze out a few goals at the end of the first half to take a 6-3 lead into half-time.
The Glen Cove team wouldn’t go away in the second half showing a tenacity that’s existed all year. While several saves by new goalie Matteo Cameron kept the Knights in the game, Knight Midfielders Chris Gielbeda, Matthew Basil and Nick Ladeairous showed their athleticism by winning ground ball wars that lead to multiple goals by Gielbeda and Basil. Travis Shea and CJ Brown continued their scrappy play at Attack while AJ Hudson and Leo Rainone fortified the defense in the second half.
Basil earned his second goal of the game while absorbing a tough hit from the Port defense. This play inspired the Glen Cove team, which would allow no more goals the rest of the way and while making it close, the Knights lost 11-8.
This team ends the season with a confidence that they can now play with any team. After starting the season in a game with no goals, they increased their scoring each game culminating in this last game with eight. This team’s success can’t be defined with wins and losses but how competitive they became throughout the season. Glen Cove coaches are proud of this team’s accomplishments and believe that the future of Glen Cove lacrosse is bright given the group’s success.
The fifth- and sixth-graders finished their regular season against a talented Jericho team, and lost another tough one due to penalties and a few costly mistakes. The 7-4 loss could easily have been a one goal game for either team. Goals were provided by Sal Guastella as he slashed through the Jericho defense for a goal and then continued to slash his way to the penalty box. Dylan Anucik provided some high heat off a sweet feed from Seamus Fallon and Syzmon Frye and Bobby Kiaer contributed a goal each in a gritty 4th quarter rally that fell short. Defensively the Knights were a step behind Jericho’s offense as they demonstrated the basics of throwing, catching and moving the ball. Goaltender Felipe Delafuente faced 15 shots as he shut down Jericho in the fourth quarter.
The seventh- and eighth-graders played their best game of the season as they steamrolled Franklin Square 8 - 0. Everyone seemed to get into the action offensively with numerous Knights scoring. Brendan Whitehead, Davey Moore, Joey Grella, Russell Perciballi, Lucas Salerno and Jared Buehre were the offensive sparks. Kevin Heenan made his debut in goal and recorded three saves to preserve the shutout. It was only a matter of time for this group of talented individuals to start playing as a team and when they do, look out!