Chris Rasco Leads Finley
Eighth grade attack Chris Rasco scored 15 goals and added three assists to lead the J. Taylor Finley Middle School boys' lacrosse-white team to a 4-4-2 mark this past spring.
Coached by Vincent Tannazzo and Matthew Perlongo, the Falcons were captained by Rasco, Hunter Luckow and Cameron Knox. The Finley squad consisted of 35 players, including 23 first year letter winners.
"This team worked hard all season making improvements both in individual skills and team competition," Tannazzo said. "We finished the season winning our last three games, scoring 32 goals." Finley defeated Candlewood-Red (8-7), Candlewood-Gold (8-3), East Northport (14-7) and Stimson (10-7). The team tied Finley-Blue (1-1) and Kings Park (5-5).
Tannazzo said Finley displayed "great teamwork" and received a "strong effort from every player at every position." The Falcons, who lost a pair of one-goal games against West Hollow-Red (5-4) and Elwood (10-9), scored 65 goals over the course of the schedule.
Rasco was a "powerhouse goal scorer," Tannazzo said. The talented player gave coaches and teammates a tantalizing glimpse of just what he is capable of doing on the lacrosse field.
Luckow led the team in assists with eight and also contributed six goals. Tannazzo called the eighth grader a "stud midfielder who controlled the game. He was a leader on and off the field and was tough to stop with the ball in his stick."
Eighth grade attack Jason Catarino put 10 balls past opposing goalies and assisted on another goal. "He knows how to find the goal," Tannazzo said matter-of-factly.
Eighth grade midfield Dan Brown scored six goals and had two assists. "He's a strong team player with a nasty outside shot," Tannazzo said.
Garrett Moya also shined. Tannazzo called the seventh grader and "unselfish attackman." Moya contributed six goals and five assists.
Finley appears to be in good shape for next spring. "The current seventh graders showed great skill and with the game experience they earned, will be tough opponents," Tannazzo said.