Steve DeNoble had a feeling at halftime.
“I felt something, the vibration in the air and I knew my teammates would step up,” DeNoble said. “They put me in the position I needed to be
The junior was right. He scored a pair of goals in a one-minute span as Monsignor Farrell struck three times in the opening five minutes of the second half to beat rival St. Peter’s, 5-0, Tuesday night at the Lions Den.
“He was on a mission today,” Farrell coach Ed Hynes said. “His pace is very hard to contend with and when he plays aggressively he can do that.”
The fourth annual "Sock It To Breast Cancer" game raised money for Breast Cancer Awareness and both teams honored the cause by wearing pink – St. Peter’s wore pink jerseys, while Farrell donned pink socks.
“The boys couldn’t have been more excited about buying pink apparel to wear and St. Peter’s did the same thing,” Hynes said. “They realized the importance of this. It’s far more important than soccer. Its our mothers and sisters. It’s very important for us.”
DeNoble put the game away with his two goals early in the second half, both of which he chipped over goalkeeper Sergio Rumayor, who replaced Antonio Lynch at halftime. But he also set up the Lions first tally in the fourth minute with a perfect cross toward the far post, where Nick Pucciarelli headed the ball in.
Monsignor Farrell (4-8-0) made it 2-0 in the 40th minute as James Ramhold weaved through several St. Peter’s defenders to get into space. His shot was saved by a diving Lynch, but Sal Inzerillo put home the rebound.
“It was huge,” Hynes said. “We felt we were controlling the game, but it was only 1-0 and anything can happen. That was big to go into halftime with a 2-0 lead. Ramhold has been doing that for us all year. He made so many runs like that for us all season. It was just vintage Ramhold.”
DeNoble followed with his double in a one-minute span early in the second half and Frankie Palazzo capped the barrage with a low shot from distance in the 50th minute.
DeNoble honored Aaron Rodgers with a “Discount Double-Check” goal celebration he pulled out special for the MSG Varsity cameras.
“I’m a Jets fan, but they’re not doing so great and the two quarterbacks can’t throw the ball,” DeNoble said. “I’ve got to show him my moves. Hopefully he sees that and calls me. It was just for tonight. I knew it was on TV so I had to pull out something classy and flashy.”
After the game the Lions honored Hynes, who was celebrating his 48th birthday, by dousing their coach with ice water on a chilly October night.
“This is fantastic,” Hynes said. “The water I could have done without, but they’re a great bunch of kids. It’s been a great experience so far.”