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NY College Preview: LIU Sharks Men’s Lacrosse

“We’re focused on development and hard work.  Doing things the right way, consistently on a day in, day out basis.  I would hope when someone would describe our guys and our program they would describe us as hard working and tough because that’s what we identify with as a group.” – Eric Wolf

LIU Post Sharks

Head Coach: Eric Wolf

Assistant Coaches: Jack Runkel, Tim Rotanza, Connor Farrell

Conference: Northeast Conference

2019 Record: 11-5 (5-1 in conference)

2020 recruits

Thomas Van Bergen, Wantagh

2020 will mark the third season of coach Eric Wolf’s tenure at LIU post, and after taking over the program Wolf and the Sharks have done nothing but improve. Wolf’s forte is on the offensive side of the game. In his first season, he coached Nick Snelders to win conference rookie of the year, a season in which Snelders broke the school record for goals (61). In year two, Snelders made the All-American team and coach Wolf led a second freshman to conference rookie of the year; Jake Gillis.  This year’s recruiting class is decorated with several Long Island kids wishing to play close to home. Highlighted by goalie Nick Squicciarini and defenseman/LSM R.J. Smith it would surprise no one if LIU posts a third consecutive rookie of the year. 

This season is the first year the LIU Post Sharks will be competing in Division 1. Individual accolades are great but that is not the emphasis from coach Wolf. Hard work and commitment are principles ingrained in every single member of the LIU team.  The Sharks work hard and play the game the right way. The old cliche is hard work fails talent when talent fails to work hard. Coach Wolf returns a hungry team, a talented team and above all a hard working team a recipe for success that will surely play out during the shark’s 2020 season.

Long Island Representation:

 Will Acerenza/ Red-shirt Junior/ Levittown

Brad Beck/ Sophomore/ Oyster Bay

Sean Boll/ Freshman/ Seaford

Christopher Belmonte/ Freshman/ Syosset

Sebastian Cannon/ Freshman/ Miller Place

Doug Chase/ Sophomore/ Hicksville

Dalton Chea/ Junior/ Huntington Station

Brandon Cossaro/ Sophomore/ Glen Cove

Kyle Dolan/ Sophomore/ Lindenhurst

Shane Gibbons/ Junior/ Massapequa

Nick Grant/ Freshman/ Northport

Armando Guerrero/ Freshman/ Bellmore

Nick Grassa/ Senior/ North Babylon

Patrick Harrington III/ Junior/ Wantagh

Travis Hayon/ Freshman/ Riverhead

Ryan Hunt/ Freshman/ Manorville

Mike Kadnar/ Senior/ Franklin Square

Sean Kennedy/ Freshman/ Port Jefferson Station

Karl Lacalandra/ Freshman/ Port Jefferson Station

Richie Lacalandra/ Freshman/ Port Jefferson Station

Thomas Liantonio/ Senior/ Miller Place

Johnny Lieberz/ Senior/ Woodbury

Thomas Long/ Sophomore/ Mount Sinai

Tanner Longo/ Freshman/ Lloyd Harbor

Patrick McClancy/ Freshman/ Wantagh

Jake Murphy/ Sophomore/ Ridge

Matt Olbetter/ Freshman/ Farmingdale

Dean Patsos/ Senior/ Bethpage 

Matt Riveira/ Sophomore/ Massapequa Park

John Ruddick/ Sophomore/ Malverne

R.J. Smith/ Freshman/ Selden

Nick Snelders/ Junior/ Port Jefferson Station

Nick Squicciarini/ Freshman/ Massapequa Park

Schuyler Valensky/ Sophomore/ North Babylon

Dylan Villari/ Senior/ Massapequa

John Vuono/ Freshman/ Huntington

John Whitenack/ Junior/ East Meadow

Luke Woodland/ Freshman/ Farmingdale


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