By Brian “Condo” Neice
Glen Cove’s Junior Lacrosse girls played their final home game of the season on Saturday, May 30, against Oceanside and played their hearts out, but with very few subs it was hard to overcome a team with twice as many players. These girls are few, but mighty, and never gave up as they continue to learn the sport. Making a concerted team effort were Siena Scagliola, Isabella Santiago, Cindy and Cassie Muth, Marissa Neice, Abby Hylan, Isis Makin, Aubrey Mercado and Sophia Diaz. These girls understand that winning isn’t everything at this level. Learning and playing like a team is what it’s all about. But mostly, they’re all having fun.
Much like the first- and second-grade girls’ team, the first- and second-grade boys are also struggling a bit with the numbers game. But that didn’t stop the handful of young future stars from taking to the road for an early outing in Deer Park on Sunday, May 31. Once again they faced a team with twice as many players, but none with bigger hearts then the Glen Cove guys.
Jon Christ, battling injuries all season, manned up and stepped in goal for the first time and played like a true veteran who recorded more saves than goals allowed for his own personal victory. Gianni Rodriguez provided the first goal with a nice sprint to the goal untouched, followed by Cole Trotto taking a nice feed from Charlie Guastella to put one in the back of the net. PJ Houghton, Matthew Milano, Brayden O’Leary, Patrick O’Brien and Dante Talisaysay each made their own little contributions as they were shuffled from position to position in order to keep them fresh.
The third- and fourth-grade “Wee” Knights welcomed a team from Lindenhurst into “the pit” on Sunday for their last home game of the season. The Knights have come in on a roll, winning their last four games in a row for a 5-1-1 record on the season and looked to keep their momentum going with next week’s season finale approaching in Farmingdale. Right off the opening whistle, Rocco Rainone took the opening faceoff down the field to put the Knights up 1-0. Rainone was instrumental in this game, controlling face-offs and ground balls for much needed possessions for the Knights. Colby Burns had an outstanding game on attack, picking up groundballs and that led to several extended Knight possessions. Lindenhurst appeared ready as well by responding with the next two goals. The Knights fought back to tie the game each time Lindenhurst scored, with Mark Larocca chipping in on top of Rainone’s three, but they found themselves down at the half 5-4. Jack Spoto moved back to defense in the second half and together with Vincent Pascucci they were able to slow the Lindenhurst offense down. As always, Matteo Cameron made several key saves down the stretch and Lindenhurst would only score two more in the second half.
Midfielder CJ Brown picked up several important ground balls. Down a goal late in the fourth quarter, Alex Benazzi got to the goal to tie the game at 7. With three minutes left, Rocco Rainone put the Knights up for good, but not before Spoto had to shut down Lindenhurst’s key offensive threat on an isolation dodge in the last 30 seconds. Perhaps most impressive for these Knights is the way they continue to fight when down. Continued improvement in passing and team defense appear to be the keys to victory for this team. The Knights will look forward to close their season out next week, but will be without goalie Matteo Cameron, who, since taking over between the pipes, is undefeated. The team will see who can step into these big shoes and keep the Knights rolling.
The fifth-grade Mid-Knights traveled to Rockville Centre and were outmatched and lost by the score 8 – 2. This team is missing several key players, yet the others are beginning to step up their games as they continue to compete.
The seventh- and eighth-grade Late Knights defeated Babylon 4-2 in a hot, muggy duel with minimal players on both benches. Thomas Klimasewski, Dylan Anucik, Mayan Letellier and Kebin Guzman each scored a goal and Nick Morrocu, Letellier and Szymon Frye each had an assist. It wasn’t the most sound and fundamental lacrosse this team has ever played, but ugly wins are still wins. Jesse Mayreis was getting bored in net, having only to make two saves to get the win.