On July 13th and 14th the Long Island Summer Showdown took place, featuring a number of club teams both on the island off the island ranging from the classes of 2023-2025. Each team got to play a total of four games over the two day tournament with two 20 minute halves of running time. Across the board there were a lot of tightly contested games that were decided by just a few goals. Here were three of the top Long Island based teams from each class that had some standout games.
Class of 2023
Igloo Black Diamond- The Igloo Black Diamond team went an impressive 3-1 in the tournament and were one of the most complete teams. They scored a total of 37 goals in four games which was tied for the most out of any team in the 2023 class. On the defensive end they held teams to single digit goals in each game, for a total of 24 goals allowed. In their final game they earned a win against Tenacious Turtles with Caden Morra having a standout game.
Shore 2 Shore OG’s- The OG’s went without a loss in their four games, finishing with a 3-0-1 record. Arguably their most impressive win was against Prime Time 6-5. A huge part in the success of the OG’s was their ability to control the X and dictate the possession game led by FOGO Cal Girard.
Team 91 Warriors- Securing a tie in their final game, Team 91 Warriors went 2-1-1 overall. They finished with a plus 15 goal differential which was tied for the largest in the 2023 division. It took some timely goals from Tyler Moore, PJ Shanahan and game changing plays from LSM William Levonick in game four earn a tie against the OG’s.
Class of 2024
Shore 2 Shore Vikings- It was a perfect record for the Shore 2 Shore Vikings team, going 4-0 in the tournament. This elite group of 2024’s put it together in every game especially on the defensive end. They gave up just 14 total goals which was the second fewest in the 2024 bracket. Goalies Alex Dircks and Kyle Conklin were great between the pipes, splitting the goalie duties.
Team 91 Wolfpack- The 91 Wolfpack concluded 3-0-1 which included two one goal victories. Much of their success was started with Michael Moon taking the faceoffs and Dante Vardaro anchoring the defensive end of the field which gave them the spark plug they needed to control each game.
Legacy Taz- They were a little up and down but Legacy Taz went 2-2 with a couple of games where they posted eight goals. When the offense was clicking Jake Martini provided a huge spark in the victories for Taz. They also got strong goalie play in their victories from Caden Lung and Chase McCarthy.
Class of 2025
Regulators- Outside of one game the Regulators played extremely well in the tournament. They were an extremely physical team that made their opponents feel the pressure. In game four against Patriot Elite Gold they held them to one goal in then first half with Michael Jannotte getting the start. The Testa brothers Roger and Roy who is in the class of 2027 and Brady McKean also made their presence known and were able to attack their matchups and get to the cage.
LI Express Channy- After tying in their first game, Express Channy went on to go undefeated the rest of the way and had moments where they looked dominant. Connor Kuttin at attack and Daniel Kolin and Joseph Schwarz playing midfield helped power their offense which finished third in the division.
Team 91 Shock- All four games played by Team 91 Shock went right down to the wire with three of their games decided by one goal and and the other decided by three. Overall they went 2-2 in the tournament with a goal differential of plus two. Long pole Parker McDonald who played a combination of defense and LSM was a key factor in their two victories.