Last Spring, the LILJ covered dozens of Long Island High School lacrosse games. From western Nassau spanning to the Hamptons, LILJ covered more ground than ever before. Of all the games we witnessed, there were a few that stood out amongst the rest. After discussing some of our favorite match-ups during the regular and post-season, we’ve decided to share them with the LILJ community. Enjoy reading about some of our favorites below!
Chaminade vs. St. Anthony’s (May 15th 2019, Boys Parochial AA Championship)An epic battle featuring the top recruit in the country and a star studded cast on both sides of the ball, the Parochial Championship between Chaminade and St. Anthony’s proved to be the game of the year. A back-and-forth affair that included Brennan O’Neill ripping a hole in the net from 15 yards from the goal, Jake Bonomi scoring a clutch BTB goal on the run, Chaminade fighting until the very last minute, and a sold out crowd with 360 degree viewing party for an incredible display of skill, poise, grit, and passion. St. Anthony’s ended up winning 14-13 and secured the 2019 Parochial AA Championship. What an ending, what a game!
Shoreham Wading River vs. Mount Sinai (May 28th 2019, Boys Class C Suffolk County Championship)This one was a back and forth thriller. The first time these teams went at, Mount Sinai got the best of Shoreham as they were undefeated going into this game. Shoreham was a huge underdog in this game and you can see they came into this game with a chip on their shoulder. Xavier Arline tied the game at 13 with 4:55 left in regulation and then Xavier Arline ended a great championship game performance by finding Anthony Cimino in front of the crease for the game winning goal and a 14-13 victory making them Suffolk County champions.
Darien vs. Eastport South Manor (April 27th 2019, Girls Gains for Brains Non-League) This game was the highlight of the annual gains for brains event at Cold Spring Harbor. The battle between two of the best teams in the country did not disappoint. ESM was up 7-2 at halftime, but Darien made adjustments going into the second half as they scored 7 unanswered goals to give them an 8-7 lead in the 2nd half. With the game tied at 9 with a few seconds left, Sammy Filippi came from behind the Cage for a spectacular inside roll and the game winning goal.
Bayport vs. Mount Sinai (May 30th 2019, Girls Class C Suffolk County Championship) With storms rolling through Farmingdale State College it looked as thought this game wasn’t going to make it to the end. However, as the girls kept playing and there was no signs of cancellation in site. This windy and wet affair, turned into a defensive battle between two of Long Island’s elite girls programs. Bayport was fighting for a right to represent Suffolk and show they have what it takes to be a Championship program. Mt. Sinai was fighting to defend their crown and not let a powerful, up-and-coming Bayport team steal what was once there own, the reigning Suffolk Champs. In the end, Bayport held onto a 7-6 lead thanks to MVP Maggie Clarke and a stellar performance by their defensive unit.
West Babylon vs. Eastport South Manor (May 30th 2019, Girls Class B Suffolk County Championship) Before Bayport and Mt. Sinai took the field, West Babylon and ESM got into a dogfight which turned out to be an instant classic. Down 4 goals with last than 4 minutes to go, Emily Heller of West Babylon rattled off three quick goals to bring her team to within a goal! After getting one last possession and a chance to send the game into OT, the Eagles of West Babylon couldn’t cash in. Instead, Kasey Choma’s Sharks held onto a one goal lead and secured a Class B Suffolk Ship, propelling her team to what soon would be a State Championship run.
Ward Melville vs. Smithtown West (May 30th 2019, Boys Class A Suffolk County Championship)A lot of people thought 2019 was the year that Smithtown West was finally going to get over the hump, but the Ward Melville Patriots had other plans. Smithtown West was up 9-6 late in the game, but the Patriots would make a comeback as Steven Germain would send the game into overtime after a costly Smithtown West turnover. Ward Melville would then go on to call themselves Suffolk County champions again as Jack Gillen would score the game winning goal with 1:27 left.
St. Anthony’s vs. Manhasset (April 2nd 2019, Boys Regular Season Non-League) The St. Anthony’s vs. Manhasset early season non-leaguer blew up on social media after an epic finish. Manhasset assumed controlled the entire game until the end. With the Friars down a goal, Manhasset with possession, and less than :60 on the clock, the ball gets loose. After St. Anthony’s some how gets the ball to trickle up the field into their offensive half, Brennan O’Neill quickly scoops the ball and cashes in on the game tying goal with seconds remaining on the clock. The ensuing face-off goes to St. Anthony’s. A quick timeout gives the Friars a chance to get the ball in the hands of their best midfielder, Andrew McAdorey. At the whistle, McAdorey takes off full speed, makes one move, and scores with no time left on the clock. St. Anthony’s wins by a goal in this buzzer beater.
St. John the Baptist vs. Kellenberg (April 9th 2019, Boys Regular Season) Kyle O’Donoghue scored the winning goal in overtime to lead St. John the Baptist to victory. O’Donoghue had three goals and two assists and Colin Malone made 10 saves for SJB. Chris Annitto scored his sixth goal of the game with one minute left in regulation to tie it at 11 and force overtime. St. John the Baptist made their mark in this one, showing they are a team that’s here to stay.
Bay Shore vs. Smithtown West (May 2nd 2019, Girls Regular Season) Bay Shore traveled to Smithtown West for a game that most thought they weren’t going to win. The game was back-and-forth, eventually going to OT. Making a ridiculous move outside the eight meter, running low on angle, Ali Susskind stuck the ball in the back of the net as her teammates rushed the field. Bay Shore came out on top and quickly let the Long Island lacrosse community know Bay Shore is on the rise.