Written by Brian ‘Condo’ Neice Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00
The junior LAXers were back at it last Sunday with the third- and fourth-graders taking it to the “Pit” in the first game of a home double header. There was no lag in their step after a week off as they jumped all over visiting West Islip and quickly found themselves with a four goal lead.
After that, they began to settle it down and get everyone involved as they needed to complete three passes before going to the goal, per the PAL rules. This changed the tempo of the game but did not hold back the spirits of these young lacrosse players. The excitement could not be contained as rookie third-grader Matt Nystrom recorded his first, but not last, career goal. Also tallying in the 6 – 2 victory were Micah Stone, Charlie Benazzi, Ryan Houghton, Eamon Doyle and Lukasz Dubicki. A goalie trio of Tyler Shea, Christian Maiorano and Eamon Doyle manned the pipes and totaled 20 saves in the win.
Next on deck were the first- and second-graders fresh off a history making victory in their last matchup. They too were pumped up to play as they matched up against Lynbrook, who brought a physical brand of lacrosse to the field. It was basically a goal for goal game before the young Knights somehow fell behind as time was running off the clock in the fourth quarter. Determination and the taste of victory still lingering, the Knights managed to rally as Nicholas Ladeairous tied it up with his second goal of the game with only seconds left to knot it at 6.
There was plenty of other action as Pandelis Tursi netted two goals while on attack before jumping in goal for the second half where he entertained the crowd with several big saves. On the flipside, starting goalie Mark LaRocca also made several big saves in the early going before
switching up to midfield where he also added a goal. Travis Shea also had a goal and contributed big on defense along with Leo Rainone. Brother Rocco Rainone led the team in ground balls and was a usual force in the game. Overall, the boys stood up well and dished it out as much as they were taking it. They’re playing lacrosse!
Both seventh- and eighth-grade teams played local rivals this week and split their decisions. The Maroon Knights played a close one and came away with a one goal road victory in Oyster Bay. Goals were scored by Eric Brown, Dave Moore, Joey Grella, and Sal Guastella. Helping preserve the win was solid defense by Kevin Heenan, Anthony Calo, Jesse Mayreis and Jack Kaffl.
The White Knights didn’t fare as well as they traveled to Bayville and took one on the chin in a 10 – 1 beating. It would have been a lot worse without Brendan Whitehead in goal as he made numerous saves. Mikey Poncet scored off a Russell Perciballi feed to deny Bayville a shutout.