The LILJ is always looking for ways to get players at all ages across Long Island an opportunity to showcase the talent and skills that they have. To end the year 2021 the LILJ held the first ever Winter Premiere Showcase at Stony Brook University’s indoor sports complex. The girls showcase was held on December 20th and 21st from 4:30-7pm. It primarily featured freshmen and sophomores, but there were also some uncommitted juniors who were in attendance as well.
The purpose of the event was for uncommitted players who are either going through the recruiting process currently or preparing to go through the recruiting process to get hands-on training and coaching from college coaches from division I schools across the country. The coaches and schools that attended the event were Joe Spallina, Greg Miceli, Sydney Pirecca (Stony Brook), Kim Hillier (Drexel), Dorrien Van Dyke (Arizona State), Sam Giacolone (Coastal Carolina), Ally Kennedy (Team USA), Colleen McCaffrey (Bryant), Emily Considine (Lafayette) Ella Simkins (Army), Amanda Johansen (Hofstra), Jana Drummond (UMass), Grace Beshlian (William & Mary) and Kerrigan Miller (UNC).
Joe Spallina who is the head coach for the women’s team at Stony Brook was the director of the event and the college coaches in attendance all had ties to Long Island. This was a tremendous opportunity for players to learn from these coaches being they got hands on training the entire night 1 of the event. This showcase was also a great chance for the coaches to watch these players compete in person to get an idea of who they might be interested in recruiting today or in the future.
All of the girls were broken up into groups based on their position and rotated through each drill every eight minutes which gave them an opportunity to work on many different parts of their game. Some of the areas that the drills focused on were, dodging down the alley, shooting, footwork, draw controls, and boxing out. The goalies worked separately at their own station on hand-eye coordination, footwork, vision, communication, and making stops while the coaches took shots on them. They eventually joined the groups when they were working on team oriented offense vs defense drills.
On the second night of the showcase the girls were broken up into three teams and played games throughout the evening. The format of the games were one 25 minute period with a 60 second shot clock. Since there is a shot clock at the collegiate level, this helped them become familiar with having to play at a quicker pace. The one team that was off the field while the other two were playing got a recruiting talk from the coaches where the players had the ability ask general questions about the recruiting process and about the college game. Towards the end of the night the games were shrunken down to eight minute games just so that each team got an opportunity to play three teams.
The LILJ also partnered with Volk Brand, a local clothing company who set up their mobile store outside of the facility where parents and players got to checkout and purchase some of the apparel that they had to offer. An award was also given out to the “swaggiest” player over the course of the two nights which went to Tess Calabria of St. Anthony’s. Tess is a human highlight reel and plays the game cool, calm, and collected.
Over the course of the two day event there were a number of players who had great nights, but here were five standouts from the event that left a great impression on the LILJ.
Madeleine Chun (Defense, 2024)
Manhasset’s Madeleine Chun was all over the field on the defensive end as her name was said on more than one occasion. She’s very quick to the ball when it enters the defensive end and is a ground ball machine. Throughout the games Chun had tremendous rides on the offense and used her speed to her advantage in the clearing game.
Megan Kenny (Attack/Midfield, 2024)
Megan Kenny of St. Anthony’s made her impact known in the Premiere Winter Showcase. She is a do it all player that can play both sides of the field either at the attack or midfield position. Kenny has great on-field awareness and can read defenses which allows her to always know which is the right play to make.
Andie Pedatella (Midfield, 2024)
Bellport native really opened some eyes during the showcase. Pedatella can play both ends of the field and is great playing off-ball where she’s able to cut and slip to the cage for goals around the net. On the defensive side she’ll get in the way of free-position shots, and is willing to lay her body on the line and take a charge.
Grace Curtin (Attack, 2023)
Grace Curtin of Rocky Point is one of the uncommitted juniors who had a great two days in the showcase. She has amazing playmaking abilities on the offensive side of the field, as she’s lethal as both a scorer and a facilitator. Curtin is also great at quarterbacking an offense and creates a lot of shooting space to give herself free-position opportunities.
Maribella Marciano (Goalie, 2026)
One of the youngest players in the showcase was eight grader Maribella Marciano of Smithtown West. Going up against older players is certainly not an easy task but Marciano more than held her own. She made some incredible saves throughout the games and was not alluded by shot fakes. Marciano plays like she has a stick made of Velcro.