Written by Chris Feldmann Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00
The Long Island youth girls’ lacrosse community is surely talking about them and the incredible season they had. All of their expectations were exceeded as they played in PAL’s Div. 1 in Nassau/Suffolk Counties, which is the most competitive division in the league. The Lady Vikings played seven teams this spring. These team’s varsity programs will end up in the Top 50 Girls Lacrosse Programs in the nation in 2014.
Among them are Garden City, Manhasset, Cold Spring Harbor, West Islip, and Wantagh. The girls finished the season with an 8-0 record scoring 67 goals for (8.4 per game) and 11 goals against (1.4 per game). They played an unselfish style of lacrosse with a focused effort on the defensive end of the field, leaving three opponents scoreless this season. The roster consisted of 20 girls, 15 of whom were able to score at least one goal. Their excitement to learn and play was simply contagious and the joke around the team was their Friday night inter-squad scrimmage was the game of the week.
The North Shore fourth-grade boys lacrosse team finished their season with a decisive win over Oceanside. Although the final score seems close (9-7), North Shore held the lead the entire game. The mid-fielders paved the way for this victory. Luke Moran led the team with four goals and one assist. Will Feldman was right behind him with three goals of his own and a new member to the squad, Daniel Quigley had his first goal of the season. Attack-man Matthew DiLeo also scored a goal. The attack players were integral in securing the win. They helped to move the ball around providing many opportunities for shots attempted on goal, 23 in total for the North Shore team.
Many have said, “Defense wins games!” Well, this defense played tough and held together very well. The Scarpone twins - Milo and Diego - held down the fort, playing close defense and forcing turnovers against a strong opponent.
June 1 hosted the last official game of the PAL season for North Shore’s fifth grade boys lacrosse team. North Shore played against East Meadow and was missing several of their key players. Nevertheless,
the game remained tight in the first half. Jackson Cooperman, new to the sport of lacrosse, played goalie and did a good job keeping East Meadow from scoring. In the second half, Michael Cristofari and Oliver Palone fought for the ground balls for their team along with Kevin Larkin. John Mavlios and Forest Demetri were relentless on East Meadow’s goalie until they were able to successfully plant the ball in the cage. Emmet Cullen also scored two goals with great assists by the offensive line. Every year, lacrosse season is filled with excitement, intensity, focus and a lack of time between practices and games. And every season ends with sadness for the season that passed all too quickly. This year’s fifth grade PAL team for North Shore can be described as follows: Great TEAM, great ATTITUDE, great PASSION and great EFFORT had by all (E. Alletto). Final score: East Meadow 7 – North Shore 5.