Written by Brian ‘Condo’ Neice Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove “Two Knights” began their season last Sunday by traveling down to Wantagh for a tough test to start the season. After spending the winter indoors and the last several weeks outside practicing, the Knights were hungry for real-game action. This
Knights’ team has a great mix of experience and new talent that is sure to lead to continued excitement throughout the year. Starting the game in goal, first-year man Pandelis Tursi made several sparkling saves behind a tough defense led by Colby Burns. With the
Knights down 2-0 in the first, Jack Spoto, another first-year player, provided the offensive spark by tallying the Knights’ first goal of the year. Spoto was also among the team leaders in ground balls and provided hustle that kept the Knights competitive in this game.
Tursi continued to keep his team in the game in the second half while Travis Shea and Matteo Cameron contributed defensively in front of the goal. Rocco Rainone was the offensive leader and kept the Knights close throughout by recording five goals. In the end, it wasn’t enough and the Knights’ endured a tough loss, 9-6. Congratulations to Tursi, Spoto, Burns, Dylan Jenkins, Charlie Muth, Page Bennett, Daniel Salerno, Grayson Kopetic and Vincent Pascucci for great play in the first game of their careers.
The “Wee Knights,” Glen Cove’s third- and fourth-graders played Oyster Bay and lost a tough one by the final score of 10 – 8.
Goals were scored by Charlie Benazzi, leading the way with three goals, Eamon Doyle with two goals and Andrew Epifania, Luksaz Dubicki, Jaden Thom each scoring a goal. Tyler Shea had another great day in goal recording ten saves. Christian Maiorano also had a good performance in goal in the second half with defensemen Dominic Williams, Andrew Guster, Nick Kodis, Ryan Heenan and AJ Hudson keeping the Rough Riders at bay. Rookies Andrew Bisch, Matt Nystrom, Gian Luca Bordone and Finn Jenkins are showing improvement as they are learning the game and developing into young lacrosse players
Both seventh- and eighth-grade “Late Knights” teams played their first home games last week and were victorious in both. The Maroon Knights opened up against New Hyde Park and held no prisoners as they shut them out by the score of 11 – 0. Nine different Knights scored in the contest, led by Dylan Anucik’s hat trick. Ball control was the emphasis of the game as Glen Cove won eight out of 11 face-offs, thanks in part to Emil Martin. Davey Moore controlled the offensive flow as everyone else did their share to chip in.
Defensively, not much more to say then SHUTOUT!
The White Knights took on the seventh- and eighth-grade Rough Riders of Oyster Bay and outperformed them in a 5 – 3 victory. The offense was powered by Charlie Ritter’s second consecutive hat trick with Lucas Salerno and Russell Perciballi each adding a goal.
Each of the “big 3” also had an assist on the day with Joey Grella assisting on one of the tallies, too. Brendan Whitehead solidified the defense once again with 10 saves on the day.
Saturday, April 26 is Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse’s LaxFest being held at Glen Cove High School. All four junior lacrosse teams will compete, as well as the GCHS Varsity and JV. Don’t miss any of the action! Games begin at 9 a.m. and go all day.