By Brian “Condo” Neice
The Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Wee Knights traveled to Roosevelt on Sunday, April 12 to take a talented upstart third- and fourth-grade lacrosse program.
The Knights have begun to gel a bit since game one and were looking to continue their scoring prowess after their first 14-goal performance. The Knights did not disappoint with five Knights hitting the scoring sheets. Right off the bat, Richie Cardali picked up where he left off last game by scoring early in the first off a nice feed from Matteo Cameron. Cardali and Alex Benazzi would both finish the game with three goals and both initially controlled the midfield by picking up multiple ground balls and finding open teammates to keep the ball in the offensive end of the field.
The passing performance was by far the best these Knights have had in their young careers with attackmen Leo Rainone and Colby Burns helping to dominate the first half. The few times that the ball reached the defensive end, the ball was quickly stripped by the stout defense of Rocco Rainone, CJ Burns and Vincent Pascucci.
They were led by first-time goal tender Matt Nystrom, who totaled six big saves on the day, most coming in the second half when Roosevelt started to apply some pressure. Mark LaRocca and Jack Spoto stepped in defensively to help shut Roosevelt down. The team showed again what they’ve learned by using outlet passes to clear the ball to the midfield, who then subsequently found the attack to complete clears and kept the Roosevelt team on their defensive half of the field.
Rainone, Nick Ladeairous and AJ Hudson got into the scoring act and the game ended with the Knights winning 9-5. First year players Mason Dall and Alex Puspurica both contributed to the win.
Glen Cove’s fifth-grade squad faced off against Hewlett at the Glen Cove High School Varsity Field and came up on the losing end of a 12–8 game. The Knights started off sluggish until midfielder Andrew Epifania dug in to get Glen Cove on the board with the first of his two goals. He added two assists later on to lead all scorers. Charlie Benazzi also had two goals and an assist along with Lukascz Dubicki adding two and Micah Stone with one. Ciaran Greene recorded the first goal of his young lacrosse career. The defense was led by goaltender Tyler Shea, who faced more shots than the scorekeeper could record and was crucial in keeping the game close.
The seventh- and eighth-grade Late Knights defeated Seaford 5-3 on the offensive back of Sal Guastella, who scored three goals. Nick Moroccu and Dylan Anucik each added a goal. But the story of the game was the five saves made by goaltender Jesse Mayreis and the superb teamwork by everyone sharing long stick defense duties. Tyler Kaffl, Moroccu, Guastella, Mayan Letellier, Bobby Kiaer and Szymon Frye all took turns donning the defensive long pole with good success. This group of young men showed guts, teamwork and resiliency as they put together a total package game win built on the basics of ball control, ground ball dominance and smart shot choices.
On Saturday, April 25, GC Lacrosse presents LAXFEST, a full day of lacrosse for all levels, starting at 9 a.m.