It was home opener weekend for both of the youngest lacrosse teams as the Lady Knights welcomed Cold Spring Harbor on Saturday. This game was action packed from start to finish as the girls displayed their budding lacrosse talents. Isis Makin scored the team’s first goal of the season to the delight of an impressive crowd. Cold Spring Harbor rallied to score three unanswered goals, but Glen Cove’s determination and fight brought them back to tie the score with goals from first-year player Julia Petrizzo and Marissa Neice knotting the score at three. With under two minutes left, CSH scored a controversial goal to break the tie, but the score didn’t matter as the girls proved they could play and have fun doing it.
On Sunday, the Two Knights played their home opener against Roslyn. With only four experienced players from last year, the young Knights knew they were in for some tough competition. Returning to his old form, James Pascucci jumped into goal to open the season and recorded several saves from point blank range. Cole Trotto showed his skills with a two-goal performance as rookie Matthew Jackson tallied his first goal of his young career.
Strong debut performances were also had on defense by Elijah Gooden and Syke Wehbeh and Ace Anderson hustled in his new-found midfield position. With some more basic training on the fundamentals, these guys will be battling amongst the best of them in no time.
The Wee Knights engaged in the “battle for GC” as they hosted perennial lacrosse powerhouse Garden City last weekend. After losing a one-goal game the week before, they were hungry to get a win. The weather was more than cooperative for game-time, so both sides were greeted by supportive fans. For the first time this season, the Knights scored first when Rocco Rainone took the opening face-off and raced the length of the field to put the ball by the Garden City goaltender. Rainone’s midfield line mates, Nick Ladeiarous and Colby Burns, would also contribute throughout the game, scoring six of the Knights’ nine goals.
The attack would be held down by Mark LaRocca with three goals and Alex Benazzi with two assists. Garden City showed tremendous fight as well and took it to the Glen Cove defense with their ability to shoot hard. First time goal-tender Caleb Ham filled in admirably, contributing several key saves to keep the game competitive into the second half.
The defense was led by Leo Rainone, Jonathan Patino and CJ Brown. Down two entering the fourth, each of Glen Cove’s goals were matched by Garden City, who scored another one late to win the game 12-9. The Wee Knights are progressing from week and are playing an exciting brand of lacrosse. They continue to work hard to get better and are close to breaking through for that first win.
Late Knight action took place down in Hewlett. Despite suffering another loss, the team is beginning to grasp the basic concepts of a team game.
With strong efforts on both sides of the ball, it’s only a matter of time until all things come together.