These Elite 11 Premier Lacrosse Players have two things in common. They are from Long Island and they are going into the 2021 Season on the Unprotected side of their team’s roster. Read more about each of the pro athletes in the article here .
Brendan Fowler, FO #3, Archers LC
Wantagh-native FO specialist Brendan Fowler has been using his size to win faceoffs and groundballs since his days at Chaminade. A walk-on reserve linebacker in college, Fowler achieved success as a three year starter and 2016 National Champion while at Duke University. A five year lacrosse pro, Fowler boasts a solid 46% faceoff percentage with 22 ground balls in only 11 games, making him a solid pickup option if you need a FOGO.
Brendan Fowler Highlights
Adam Ghitelman, Goalie #8, Archers LC
You don’t win lacrosse games giving up points, and Cold Spring Harbor’s own Adam Ghitelman hasn’t been since his days winning national championships at Virginia in 2011. With an impressive 115 saves in 16 games on aa 54% career save rate in the PLL, Ghitelman is a guy you can trust between the sticks. And as a runner-up for the Jimmy Reagan Teammate Award, he’s a teammate you can rely on to be there.
Adam Ghitelman Highlights
James Pannell, Attack #32, Atlas LC
A Pannell from Smithtown? While you definitely know his brother Rob, the younger brother James has proven himself in his own right. James forged his path at Virginia, where he was an honorable mention for the 2013 All-American team after consistent scoring in 14 of the 16 games (including a wild career high 7 goal game against Syracuse). Having only gotten to suit up for 3 games in the PLL, James Pannell is a dynamo waiting to explode when given the opportunity.
James Pannell Highlights
Kevin Unterstein, SS Defensive Midfielder #13, Atlas LC
Offense wins games, but defense wins championships right? Well with Shoreham’s Kevin Unterstein, you get championships. The Hofstra product has been doing in on the defensive side since the mid-2000s when he won CAA Defensive Player of the Year and CAA Tournament MVP. Now a 2018 Team USA Gold Medalist too, Unterstein is the defensive coordinator at UNC after 8 seaons with his alma mater in the Pride as well as being a member of the MLL’s Lizards. If you need an experienced defensive leader, Unterstein is your guy.
Austin Henningsen, FO #17, Chaos LC
In terms of underused talent, Austin Henningsen from Northport might be tough to beat. At Maryland, he set a freshman school record for won faceoffs with 151. He then helped lead the Team USA U19 team to an FIL U19 Championship in 2016 before being named to the All-World Team when he won an insane 67% of his faceoffs. After being drafted 19th overall in the 2019 PLL Entry Draft, he has only played in one game. All that means is there is a supremely talented faceoff specialist waiting for his shot.
Austin Henningsen Highlights
Tommy Kelly, FO #24, Chaos LC
If you want proven faceoff production at the highest level, look no further than Tommy Kelly. The Rocky Point native owns a 47% faceoff percentage and an absurd 94 ground balls in 17 career games with the Chaos. Kelly will bring championship DNA and mentality to whatever team he’s on.
Tommy Kelly Highlights
Troy Reh, LSM #77, Chaos LC
If you love LSMs scoring goals (and who doesn’t?!?), meet Rocky Point’s Troy Reh. A three time America East champion and All-American at Albany, Reh is a defensive stalwart first and foremost. Yet with 37 ground balls and eight caused turnovers in just 16 games, Reh has also notched five career goals and three assists as well during his time with the Chaos. Versatility is a weapon, and Troy Reh certainly adds that to any team he’s on.
Troy Reh Highlights
Tyler Dunn, M #3, Redwoods LC
In sports, sometimes a great player is waiting behind other great players and is itching at their chance. Like Aaron Rodgers sitting behind Brett Farve for years. Tyler Dunn, the Redwoods midfielder from Manhasset, could very well be that type of player. A threat for UPenn, Dunn has shown scoring ability with two 20+ goal seasons as well as a senior year that saw him post 8 assists, 9 caused turnovers and 34 ground balls en route to being named First Team All-Ivy League in 2019. A former 8th overall pick in the College Draft, Dunn has been waiting behind the stacked attack group for the Redwoods. Now, he can lead a squad once again.
Tyler Dunn Highlights
Jack Kelly, G, Redwoods LC
If you need a goalie, West Islip’s own Jack Kelly has got you. A 2016 First Team All-American, 2018 Team USA Gold Medalist, and 2017 MLL Goalie of the Year, Kelly is as good a goalie as you will ever find in an expansion draft. He’s a leader too, evidenced by his teammates at Brown naming him captain two years in a row. An impact player on and off the field, Kelly is ready to play.
Jack Kelly Highlights
Kyle McClancy, SS Defensive Midfielder #88, Waterdogs LC
Finding a guy who can neutralize offensive stars is important. It’s what Bayport’s Kyle McClancy has been doing his whole career. A 2 time All-American and former America East Player of the Year while at Albany, McClancy put up 15 GBs and four caused turnovers in 2019 before he was picked 6th overall in the 2020 Expansion Draft by the Waterdogs. Ready and able, McClancy will take care of star offensive players with ease.
Kyle McClancy Highlights
Charlie Cipriano, G #12, Waterdogs LC
You need to be smart to be a good goalie. That’s no sweat for Herrick’s Charlie Cipriano. His time at Farifield saw him be named a Scholarly All-American while winning two ECAC Goalie of the Year awards. Last season for the Waterdogs, Cipriano accumulated a 48% save rate, very respectable. He’s experienced in the cage, and ready to step up.