Written by Chris Feldmann Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
It finally felt like lacrosse weather last Sunday for North Shore’s PAL lacrosse teams. Mike Gilliam’s fourth-grade Lady Vikings traveled to Manhasset. Playing a strong lacrosse community like Manhasset is always a daunting task, but one which the Lady Vikings were clearly ready for. North Shore won the game 6-2 with goals coming from 5 different players: Kate Gilliam (2), Ava Vaccaro, Christina Dade, Evelyn McCreery, and Nora Schatz.
North Shore controlled the middle of the field with great two-way play at the midfield by Gilliam, McCreery, Fiona Reagan, Vacarro, Dade, and Rebekah Lando, who was a force on the field recording a beautiful assist and picking up several loose balls. Possession is everything in lacrosse and Fiona Reagan was virtually unbeatable in the draw circle. Schatz anchored the attack on the offensive end of the field with Ella Begley and Sara Garry. Grace Spotto and Madison Patino helped anchor the defense by forcing multiple turnovers and picking up every ground ball that came their way. Ali Ryder and Charlotte Semlies both played incredibly well in goal with six saves each. The team was able to hold Manhasset to only two goals—a very strong performance by the Lady Vikings
On the boys side... John Russo’s fourth-grade team played in another thriller this week, having just come off an exciting win over Rockville Centre last week by the score of 12-11. This week it was the Mineola Chiefs who visited the turf at North Shore to play a back and forth battle which ended in a 4-4 draw. Luke Moran and Will Feldmann started the game off for North Shore giving North Shore a 2 -0 lead.
The Chiefs rallied back and scored 3 unanswered goals before Mark Russo scored late in the third quarter to tie the game 3-3. The Chiefs scored their fourth goal in the fourth quarter, which was answered by Will Feldmann’s second goal of the game to end the game in a 4-4 tie.
Speedy first-year player Jonathan Caravello picked up several important ground balls to help the Vikings. On defense, Phillip Von Mueffling played very well and caused some important turnovers. Aaron D’Aversa and Luke Moran had five saves each in the closely contested game. It takes guts to stand in the goal and each of these players has it in spades. Overall, this great group of fourth-grade boys showed a strong effort.