Head Coach Diane Chapman announced her retirement, Monday, following a brilliant career with Garden City Girls Lacrosse. Known for her passion and knowledge for the game, she has been paramount in the lives of so many up-and-coming female athletes. Since her start nearly three decades ago, Chapman sports an impeccable resume with 787 wins in lacrosse and field hockey. The coach has led Garden City to 10 state championships in this time while mentoring some of Long Island’s greatest talent. With these types of numbers, Chapman should be recognized as one of Long Island’s High School coaching greats. This was reaffirmed, recently, when Chapman was named Newsday’s Coach of the Decade (2010-2019). Following the announcement of the retirement from coaching and teaching at Levittown’s East Broadway Elementary School, the LILJ spoke to her about her favorite coaching moments and plans for the future. Click below to read the full article! Continue Reading
Furman University has announced that they will be discontinuing their men’s lacrosse and baseball program due to impact that COVID-19 has caused financially. The South Carolina based school is the first Division I school to shut down their men’s lacrosse program since Presbyterian back in 2011. In an email by the school Athletic Director Jason Donnelly, he expressed how tough the decision was to end the program.
Following four prosperous years at the University of Delaware, Matt DeLuca is now taking the next big step in his lacrosse career. The Farmingdale native was captain of his high school team and was a two time All-American and All-County Selection. He continued with success with the Blue Hens, starting for three years and earning numerous awards including All-American honors and Second-Team All-CAA from 2017-2018. DeLuca passion for the game reached a new level in recent weeks as the goalie was drafted eighth overall in the 2020 PLL Draft by the Waterdogs. Matt’s brother, Frankie, spoke about the moment he was drafted.
Throughout this week, we have heard rumblings and rumors that the defending Conference B Long Island Champion, Manhasset Indians were moving down to conference C. The LILJ reached out to Section 8 coordinator and Manhasset Athletic Director, Jim Amen, to see if these rumors were true, and Amen did confirm that the Manhasset boys will be moving down to conference C . The reason for the move according to Amen was due to the enrollment at the Manhasset school district. There were also rumors going around that Manhasset’s arch rival, Garden City, was also moving out of conference B, but according to Amen, Garden City will remain in Class B for now. Continue reading below to see how Manhasset’s move to Conference C affects the Long Island Lacrosse world.
What’s disappointing about the 2020 season getting cancelled is the fact that Long Island Lacrosse fans were robbed of seeing some great talent, especially seniors. It’s unfortunate that we are not going to be able to see some of these Seniors finish what they started in their high school careers, but the positive impact they have made on their programs will be felt for years to come. There were a lot of girls that the fans were looking forward to watching in 2020, including some girls who were primed to have a breakout season. Now that the 2020 season is something that everybody wants to put behind them, let’s look forward to 2021. Going into 2021, there are some girls who have interesting situations going into next season that people might not be aware of. There is also some girls who you may not be too familiar with, but in 2021, you very well could be. There is also some girls who have some big shoes to fill in their respective programs. Here are the 21 female players to keep an eye on for the 2021 season. Click on each players name to view their highlight tapes.
Last night marked the beginning for 14 individuals who heard their name called in the 2020 PLL College Draft. The Archers Lacrosse Club drafted attackman Grant Ament out of Penn State with the first overall pick. Ament was expected go No. 1 after he announced he was not going to return to Penn State for his extra year of eligibility. Last night on the broadcast, Ament spoke about how much it means to him being drafted.
Last season, Ward Tucker was a absolute beast in the net. As a sophomore for Harborfields, he had 98 saves, which helped propel the Tornadoes to a 14-5 record and their second straight Suffolk County title. With the 2020 season being cancelled, Ward will be extra motivated to come back in 2021 for his senior campaign better than ever. The seniors who didn’t get to have their final season will be on the mind of Ward next year as he and his teammates try to bring a home another title for them. While Ward is still deciding on where he will attend college, he knows for certain that he wants to play at the next level. Read the full interview down below, to see how Ward Tucker began playing goalie and some of the characteristics he uses to describe himself as a player.
South Side’s Brady West is a two sport athlete, making a name for himself on both the football field and the lacrosse field. On the lacrosse field, he posted 10 goals and 7 assists as a freshman last year. Lacrosse is a sport that requires a high IQ, in addition to the physical skill set, which is something that West is continuing to improve on in order to have an even bigger impact on the game. West is set to take the field as a Junior next year, and he will elevate to one of the leaders on the team, where he can help be a positive example for the younger players the same way last years juniors and seniors were to him. The Cyclones had an impressive 12-5 record in 2019, and have a young group of talent on the horizon that’s ready to take the field in 2021. Checkout the full interview with Brady West down below in this week’s Young Gun Feature!
Syosset’s Jillian Hooey is a young gun who is filled with grit, passion, and has the will to do what it takes to be great and help the team win. These are qualities that embody what Long Island Lacrosse is all about. She credits her competitive nature to her older sister, Sally, who she had the fortune of playing with for 3 years. Hooey’s lacrosse journey started as a kindergartner and she has played for various teams along the way. As part of a talented Braves team, she is ready to make a big splash on the offensive end along with the rest of her teammates in 2021. Not only will she have the opportunity to put up great stats, but the things that she learned from the older players when she was a freshman can rub off onto the younger players that will be playing on the team next year. Last season Syosset finished with a 9-6 record, and Hooey believes that they have the talent, chemistry, and coaching that they need in order to bring home a championship. Check out the full interview with Jillian down below as she recently spoke with the LILJ.
Ethan Larson is wrapping up a career where he was part of a great Ward Melville defense. Last season they went a very impressive 15-5 en route to the Suffolk County Class A Championship. After Larson graduates from Ward Melville, he will be attending UNC, where he will be suiting up for the Tar Heels. Larson says the strongest part of his game is his ability to break out and clear the ball. This is something that the Tar Heels can look forward to seeing him do when he steps on to the field. Keep reading down below to learn more about Larson in this interview with this week’s Senior feature!