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Mineola PAL Chiefs Update

6th Grade Lacrosse Wins One for Mom

On Mother’s Day, the undefeated Chiefs 6th Grade Lacrosse team played a home game at Hampton Stadium and shutout the Half Hollow Hills Colts 4-0 in front of their biggest crowd of the season. This brings the team’s record to 5-0.

Midfielders Brian Smith, James Gerstner, Peter McCormack, Gerard Boniello, Kyle Dunleavy and Thomas O’Connell passed the ball around the field and out hustled the Colts 29-20 on ground balls. The Chiefs attackmen Chris Lockwood, Kyle Leinhart, Mike Patalano and Dominic Paggi kept the heat on the Colts Goalie throughout the game. The defense of the Chiefs was all over the place, led by Gavin Dowd, Eric Pacher, Trifon Boniello and Jake Connors. Goalie John Clancy was magical in net while making seven saves, on his way to his first shutout of the season.  

All the boys played and participated in the victory. Other players that contributed in the victory were Tom O’Dwyer, Teddy Capsis, Mark Sarnell, Anthony Sarno, Chris Limazopoulos, Chris Berger and Jacob Correia. An injured Alex Taveira was on the sidelines rooting on his team alongside Mikey Elefonte who came back to town to cheer on his old teammates.

The game scoring is summarized as follows:
• James Gerstner – goal (assist by Thomas O’Connell)
• Kyle Dunleavy – goal (assist by Thomas O’Connell)
• Thomas O’Connell – goal (unassisted)
• Brian Smith – goal (assist by Kyle Leinhart)

4th Grade Lacrosse Defeats Garden City West

This was the Chiefs’ second big win against a strong opponent. Mineola overwhelmed Garden City on ground balls (48-16), on face-offs (4 of 5) and shots (20-13). Garden City, when they were in their offensive zone, had possessions taken away by a very aggressive Chiefs defense. These factors made it nearly impossible for Garden City to create any consistent scoring chances, except for the one goal scored in the second quarter. This aggressive defense was led by Max Gerow (4 ground balls), Mark Cavalaro (3 ground balls), Luke Pacher (3 ground balls), Mike Leinhart (1 ground ball) and Neal Ressa (1 ground ball). When Garden City did get a chance to shoot, goalie Joey Megiel stood tall as he had 12 saves. He was also awarded the game ball for his performance.

So far, through two games, there hasn’t been a team able to withstand the offensive output of the Chiefs. Their unselfishness has been awesome as they continue to find the open man leading to a goal being scored.

The blue print to their success has been their team play as eight different players took part in the scoring.

Campbell Goulet won the opening faceoff and fed Joe Grimm, who then gave it back to Goulet, and he finished the play with a blast from the right wing for a 1-0 Mineola win.

Three minutes later, Omar Burns came down the right side and found Brendan Krebs open in the middle and he deposited it behind the Garden City goalie for a 2-0 Mineola lead.

After Krebs scored unassisted to give Mineola a 3-0 lead, faceoff middie John Stabile won the faceoff, passed to Tom McCune on the right post and he fed Dan Powell on the crease and he finished the play with a beautiful, quick, low shot for a 4-0 Mineola win.

Garden City finished the scoring in the first half with their only goal of the game.

Late into the third quarter, Mineola scored their fifth goal as Chris Ruscillo passed to Tom McCune, who fed Mike Scaldateri, who rocketed a shot past the Garden City goalie for a 5-1 Mineola lead.

In the middle of the fourth quarter, middie Joe Salmone, on a pass from Connor Feit, found Mike Scaldateri on the left post and he scored his second goal and Mineola’s final goal for a 6-1 lead.

Middie Jake Lopez (2 ground balls) and Wil Kinney (3 ground balls) played outstanding as they hustled all over the field. The game ball went to goalie Joey Megiel. Congratulations to the fourth grade Chiefs on their second win.

Mineola Improves to 3-0

The Mineola Chiefs 4th grade team improved to 3-0 win a 6-2 win over Huntington. The Chiefs played their typical game, being aggressive on defense and running an unselfish offense. The whole team was so aggressive that Huntington struggled to get their offense going as they were limited to only nine shots on goal.

Offensively, the Chiefs passed and moved the ball, finding the open man and creating numerous scoring chances, which led to 23 shots on goal. Nine different players took part in the scoring. On faceoffs, Mineola went 7 for 7 as Campbell Goulet, Brendan Krebs and John Stabile controlled the ball, allowing their offense to bury Huntington early and often.

One of the keys to the Chiefs’ success this year is that they score on their first possession. This game was no different as attackman Jake Lopes found Brendan Krebs on the crease and he finished the play for a 1-0 Mineola lead.

On the Chiefs’ third possession, Mike Scaldateri, on the right side, on a feed from Joe Grimm, found Omar Burns, who then blasted a shot from the left side for a 2-0 Mineola lead.

Near the end of the first quarter, Joe Salamone passed to Tommy McCune, who found Mike Scaldateri on the right post and he put it behind the Huntington goalie for a 3-0 lead.

As the second quarter began, Connor Feit picked up a ground ball, passed it to Wil Kinney, who found Tommy McCune on the crease and he quickly made the score 4-0.

There was no more scoring in the first half. After a Huntington score, Mineola came right back as John Stabile won the faceoff and Campbell Goulet picked the ground ball and fed Chris Ruscillo, who then bounced a shot passed the Huntington goalie for a 5-1 lead.

Early in the fourth quarter, Huntington scored again to close to within 5-2, but Mineola came right back as Brendan Krebs won the faceoff, retrieved the ground ball and passed to Joe Grimm and he found Omar Burns open for a 6-2 lead.

Defensively, Mineola dominated Huntington, getting 42 ground balls to their 12, thus allowing only nine shots on goal. Big hits delivered by Mark Cavalaro (4 ground balls), Luke Pacher (3 ground balls) and Max Gerow (3 ground balls) allowed Huntington players very little room to operate their offense. Other standouts for the Chiefs were defensemen Mike Leinhardt and Neal Ressa. Goalie Joey Megiel only faced nine shots, but his performance was, as always, solid. Game balls went to Omar Burns and Mark Cavalaro. This win also sends a message to the rest of their opponents to watch out for the Chiefs.

Mineola 6, Seaford 1

The Mineola Chiefs won their fourth game in a row, beating Seaford 6-1. The effort Mineola displayed and their game focus gave them the advantage they needed to win. Chiefs goalie Joey Megiel had another strong game, shutting out Seaford in the first half with five saves. Brendan Krebs performed outstanding in goal, playing the second half and making six saves on seven shots. Defensively, Mineola played a very physical game as they forced Seaford into numerous mistakes, leading to offensive opportunity for the Chiefs. Players delivering a fantastic effort included Luke Pacher (3 ground balls), Max Gerow (4 ground balls), Mark Cavalaro (4 ground balls), Mike Leinhart and Neil Ressa (1 ground ball).

Mineola’s high-powered offense gave them the advantage in this game as eight different players took part in the scoring. Turnovers caused by defensive pressure gave the Chiefs ample time in their offensive zone and they made the most of those scoring opportunities.

Keeping possession of the ball in their own zone was the key for the Chiefs. Winning faceoffs led to these possessions as Mineola won five of six.

On the opening faceoff, Brendan Krebs won it clean and fed Omar Burns on the right wing and he blasted one past the Seaford goalie for a 1-0 Mineola lead.

On the ensuing faceoff won by Campbell Goulet, attackman Tom McCune found Joe Salamone on the crease and he scored for a 2-0 lead.

John Stabile won the Chiefs’ third faceoff and Dan Powell finished the play with a high, hard shot for a 3-0 Mineola lead.

Mineola could do no wrong as they scored their fourth goal as middies Wil Kinney and Chris Ruscillo battled for the ball that was picked up by Joe Grimm, who passed to Jake Lopez, who put it behind the Seaford goalie for Mineola’s fourth goal.

Nearing the end of the third quarter, Seaford got a break as a Chiefs defender slipped on the wet grass, allowing Seaford to score their only goal of the game.

Mineola started to work the ball around, being patient, and that led to two more scores, one by Mark Cavalaro and the other by Joe Salamone, his second of the game for a 6-1 lead.

Mineola’s fourth graders totally dominated this game from start to finish for another notch on their belt. Game balls went to Wil Kinney and John Stabile for their all-around play.

The Chiefs are going for their fifth straight.