Written by Brian ‘Condo’ Neice Thursday, 08 May 2014 00:00
The Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Club celebrated 20 years of youth lacrosse in Glen Cove this past Saturday as they hosted their annual LAXFEST which featured both the JV and varsity Glen Cove High School boys teams as well as the four youth teams. Many of the high school players began their lacrosse careers in the junior program and were impressed with the talent of the next generation of LAX.
The day kicked off a little soggy with the first- and second-graders stepping on the field to face Floral Park. This was obviously the best lacrosse our little guys have played as the game went down to the final seconds before Floral Park sneaked the final goal in with seconds left to beat Glen Cove 6 – 5.
Five different Knights scored to display the offensive potential this young squad possesses. Jack Spoto, Nicholas Ladeairous, Alex Benazzi, CJ Brown and Pandelis Tursi each found the back of the net. On defense, Page Bennett made his debut as goalie and made several big saves and cleared the ball well. The close defense of Matteo Cameron, Dylan Jenkins and Richie Cardali showed much improvement as the game went on. At the end, it was a heart breaker, but it’s all in the past as the “2 Knights” are looking forward to their next opponent.
Next up were the “Wee Knights,” who spotted Hicksville four goals before they began to play their brand of lacrosse and work themselves back into the game. The score was all tied up going into the fourth quarter before Glen Cove poured it on and finished with a 12 – 7 victory. Leading all scorers was Eamon Doyle’s four-goal performance followed by Charlie Benazzi’s second hat trick in as many weeks. Attackman Micah Stone had a good game with one goal and two assists and Jaden Thom, Lukasz Dubicki and Christopher Gielbeda provided the other goals. The goaltenders were kept busy as Tyler Shea and Christian Maiorano combined for 20 saves as the defense worked hard to keep Hicksville away from the goal to preserve the win.
The Maroon Knights beat Elwood 7-2 in the shining spotlight of a fantastic LAXFEST Day. Sal Guastella, Thomas Klimazewski, Joey Grella and Eric Brown all had goals, but the spotlight was clearly trained on defenseman Jack Kaffl, who contributed two goals, his first two of the year. Kaffl displayed his clearing abilities on the first goal as he ran down the field, beat two players, and scored on a blistering shot. His second goal was more of the conventional style as he cleared the ball and stayed on the offensive side; eventually getting the ball back with an open look at the goal and nailing it.
Finally, the White Knights were up as the clouds began to roll back in and the days’ sunshine disappeared. The game was a back and forth battle with neither team giving up as the outcome shows in the 4 – 4 tie. Charlie Ritter did his usual thing by putting two in the net for Glen Cove. The other goals were provided by Bobby Kiaer and Cullen O’Hara. Despite this group of boys not playing together for too long the skills and talents of each individual player are apparent each week as the team keeps improving.