Knights Drub Vikings 14-1 In SSHS Lacrosse Debut
By Jerry Del Priore
The oldest team sport in North America was played for the first time at South Shore High School Tuesday afternoon as the Vikings hosted the Madison High School Knights.
After a scoreless first quarter, the South Shore lacrosse team looked as if it might give their opponents fits, however, the Vikings allowed four goals in the second period to trail 4-0 half time.
The Knights increased their lead to six in the third quarter before South Shore got on the board sophomore midfielder Yvented Marcellus put one in the net.
But the recently-formed Viking squad was no match against the Knights (3-0), who recorded eight more goals to complete the lopsided 14-1 win.
Although South Shore head coach John Micillo was disappointed with the defeat, he was pleased with the energy and effort displayed by his players.
"I was happy with their enthusiasm," Micillo told the Courier . "It was evident that they wanted to play hard."
Lacrosse is reportedly one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States.
The Vikings are one of five squads that are part of the PSAL developmental lacrosse division in which all six games face each other in exhibition matches. But South Shore hopes to enter a varsity lacrosse team in citywide competition next year once the PSAL determines if the school, during this season's lacrosse program, meets its standards.
Most of South Shore's players also participate in other sports, but have little or no experience in lacrosse. Nevertheless, Micillo realizes that this season is all about learning the sport and he expects players to improve as they participate and become more familiar with the game.
"I feel that our inexperience was our downfall today," he said. "They (Madison) took advantage of that, but it's not going to happen every game. These kids are going to get better. Most importantly, I think they got a good understanding of (lacrosse) today."
Senior Anthony Restuccia scored a game-high six goals, and senior Raymond Chichi, junior Jace Belcastro, and freshman Volodym Davydovych added two tallies apiece for the Knights. Junior goalie Jack Setton made nine saves in the victory for Madison.
The Vikings will host the Knights again on April 11 after spring break at 4:30 p.m.