LAXFEST took place on Saturday, April 30, at Glen Cove High School, where a full day of lacrosse featured three generations of lacrosse players on display.
The day started with the third- and fourth-grade Mid Knights opening up against a tough team from Long Beach, who showed up ready to play hard. Right off the bat, they jumped out to a quick lead in the first quarter, but the Knights showed they would not go quietly as Alex Benazzi kept them in the game with two first-half goals. Still, the Knights found themselves down 6-2 at half time. The Knights would get a bit closer in the second half after Richie Cardali struck for a goal from his attack position and the D, led by goalie Matteo Cameron and defenseman Leo Rainone held the Long Beach team in check. In the end, Glen Cove just couldn’t muster the offense to get the job done and fell 9-3. The Knights continue to practice hard and are around the corner from their first win of the season. Several of the new and younger kids, like Gianni Rodriguez and Ben Kielbasa, are starting to contribute. Good things await these Mid Knights.
The fifth- and sixth-grade Late Knights followed on the main field against our friends from the north, as in North Shore. Ciaran Greene scored the lone goal for Glen Cove in a 5–1 loss. Micah Stone played goalie and did a great job making many saves. On Sunday, the boys were back at it on a rain-soaked field in Long Beach, where they dropped another game by the score of 6-2. Jaden Thom scored both goals as he came around from behind the goal and put it in the back of the cage.
Once again Stone braved the goalie position. Ironman awards for the game go out to Charlie Benazzi, Lukasz Dubicki, Luciano Talisaysay, Christian Maoirano, Ryan Heenan, Ryan Houghton, Matt Nystrom, Reece Ramos, Aidan Costella and Max Von Massenbach for braving the weather and playing their second consecutive game in as many days.
Mayor Reggie Spinello joined the action around noon. After the National Anthem and the coin toss ceremony for the Varsity Girls, junior action resumed on the modified field designated for the youngest laxers. The Wee Knights boys team faced off against Port Washington’s blue team. At halftime the game was tied up 4–4 as Cole Trotto continued his knack for scoring as he recorded a hat trick on the day. Also contributing offensively with goals were PJ Houghton and Matthew Jackson as they both tore through the Port defense to score.
The defense continues to work hard with the return of Elijah Gooden and the emergence of Jake Chiclacos as a formidable goalie. He and James Pascucci combined for 12 saves in the contest.
The junior lacrosse finale featured the prettiest group of junior lacrosse players, the Lady Knights, taking on neighboring Bayville. It wasn’t long before the crowd started cheering on these young girls as they displayed their teamwork and unity on the field. Isabella Longobucco brought the crowd to their feet as she scored the first goal of the game and the first of her young career.
Also making history was Isabella Valensisi, who also recorded the first goal of her career. Julia Petrizzo finished up the scoring, showing everyone why lacrosse is now her favorite sport. Defense could not have played any better as Isabella Santiago, Ella Wohtmann and Siena Scagliola shut down the Bayville offense with their tenacious play and ability to create turnovers. With winning and losing not the main focus of this group, there were plenty of smiles at the outcome.
The Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Club would like to thank all who attended this marathon day of lacrosse, especially those who had their hands in making it all happen.