Mineola gives Rough Riders first defeat


Playing this past Sunday in the PAL Lacrosse Festival out at SUNY Farmingdale, the fifth grade Chiefs lacrosse team held on to beat the previously undefeated Oyster Bay Rough Riders 10-9. With the Chiefs leading 10-6 with five minutes to go in the game, the Rough Riders scored three unanswered goals but the Chiefs held on to the much earned victory. 

The Chiefs unselfish team play resulted in scoring by midfielder’s Michael O’Connell (3 goals, 1 assist), Thomas Albig  (2 goals, 3 assists), Matt Sluka (2 goals, 1 assist) and attackmen Ryan Dieguez  (1 goal, 1 assist), Marc Chiappone (1 goal, 1 assist), Julian Alfaro (1 goal).

Chiefs midfielder’s Luke Baskind, Darien Lloyd and Joey Ruscillo passed the ball around the field and battled the Rough Riders hard for every ground ball. 

Chiefs attackmen Mark Marinkovic, Naz Jackson, Jack O’Brien and Ryan Calderone worked the ball in the offensive zone putting pressure on the Rough Riders Goalie. Chiefs defensemen Mike LaGinestra, Mike Sinisi, James Reardon and Joseph Tallini were relentless as they defended the Rough Riders in front of the cage. 

Great saves by Chiefs net minder Matty O’Connell helped seal the victory. 

 This brings the Chiefs season to an end with a final winning record of 8-1.  

The boys should be proud of their accomplishments and growth over the entire season. 

Once again, all the boys played and participated in the victory.


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