Don’t let the weather fool you, lacrosse season is officially here. The Glen Cove Junior Lacrosse Club opened up their 2016 season on a brutally cold day when most opening day games were canceled. But not so for the brave, young guns of Glen Cove. Sporting their new look uniforms, the Mid-Knights kicked-off their season and look forward to a very successful season, given the fourth-grade talent returning from last year and the infusion of new talented third-graders.
The Knights welcomed a tough team from North Shore that, in addition to wind and weather, would prove a formidable opponent. Right off the bat, North Shore jumped out to a lead showing great athleticism and skill in being able to move the ball. The Knights struggled to keep up with the North Shore team in the open field. After the first quarter, the Knights found themselves in a 4-0 hole. This hole would prove too difficult to climb out of, but there would be some positives to take away from the game. CJ Brown played very tough on defense as North Shore put the pressure on. It seemed that each time the ball hit the ground on the defensive end, Brown was there with a ground ball. Rocco Rainone and Nick Ladeairous both played well at the midfield. Both picked up where they left off last year and tallied goals on the day with newcomer Robert Arena adding a spark with his ability to handle and feed the ball. Third-grader Charlie Guastella showed promise on attack, contributing several ground balls of his own. In the end, it wasn’t enough. The Knights have work to do and will continue to work hard as the season progresses. They fell this weekend 9-3, but showed promise and the coaches expect big things this year, as should you.
Opening on the road against Mineola, Glen Cove’s fifth- and sixth-grade Late Knights ran into the same frigid conditions and could not overcome an early deficit. The final outcome of the game was 5–0 in Mineola’s favor, but that did not come easy for them. Matt Nystrom, filling a void in the goal, stepped up and recorded double digit saves in his season debut, with the help of Andrew Guster and Victor Scarmato chipping in defensively. Mikey Mattern and Ryan Houghton showed some spark with some great shots on offense and Ryan Heenan chipped in and earned a job facing off for his fine efforts.
Home action for week two pits the Late Knights battling Lynbrook on the Glen Cove High School Field. The Mid Knights are traveling to the Hills. The weather, and teams, can only get better.
—Contributing box scores from
Bob Benazzi and Denis Houghton