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Game Preview – Jaspers vs. Johnnies Classic presented by LILJ | Sat. February 11th @ West Islip High School

The Manhattan vs. St. John’s Men’s Men’s Lacrosse game is set to take place on February 11, marking the beginning of the 2023 season. Both teams have been preparing for this exciting match-up, and fans are eager to see what the new season has in store. The game will be played at 1 p.m. at West Islip High School marking the first time these teams have faced-off against each other at a neutral site.

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Long Island Lacrosse Best Kept Secret: Trainer Edition

Long Island Lacrosse’s best kept secret. Golden Ukonu, Speed Coach at Revolution Athletics, has taken his intense standards of training from being a NFL Athlete to being the top trainer on Long Island. He has helped produce a lengthy tutelage of athletes from Chris Gray, Brennan O’Neill, Joey Spallina, Andrew McAdorey, Ellie Masera, Celeste Forte, Xavier Arline, Ally Kennedy, just to name a few. Here is our interview with Long Island’s Finest, Golden Ukonu, as he explains the methods of his madness.

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LILJ High School Winter 7s Semi-Finals Preview

In the first round of the playoffs in the High School Winter 7s the higher seeds all held serve in both playoff brackets. Today will be the semi-finals in the two pools for a chance to clinch spots in the championship games next weekend. In the first pool the four teams remaining are FLG 2027, Top Guns 2027, FLG 2024, and Liberty 2026. The remaining teams in the second pool are Manhasset, Team Pink, Shamrocks, and Sacred Heart. All teams that have been eliminated from postseason contention will still suit up and hit the rink in consolation games the next two weekends. Here’s a preview of the four semi-final games!

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Previewing the LILJ Junior Winter 7s Playoffs

Its five middle school teams competing for a championship in the LILJ Junior Winter 7s Playoffs beginning Saturday February 4th. The five teams represent the club programs of FLG, Yellow Jackets, and Empire. The quarter-final and two semifinal games will be this weekend followed by the consolation and championship games Saturday February 11th.  Continue Reading

 
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LILJ High School Indoor Winter 7s Playoff Preview

With the regular season wrapped up in the LILJ High School Winter 7s League, it’s time for  the first round of the playoffs. The playoffs feature two pools with eight teams in each pool competing to win the championship. The first round begins today followed by the quarter finals next weekend and the championship games on February 11th. Some of these first round games are rematches from the regular season while others will be the first time the two teams go head-to-head. Here is a preview of each of the opening round playoff games!

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LILJ Boys All-Winter League Teams

After wrapping up the 2022-2023 Boys High School Winter League, the LILJ has created All-Winter League Teams. With plenty of great play from players across some of the premier teams on the island, first and second teams have been put together for the classes of 2023 and 2024, as well as a first and second team combining the classes of 2025-2027. In addition to the first and second teams, honorable mention teams have been created for the 2023 and 2025-2027 classes. Even for the players that were unable to attend every game, many of them still had their fingerprints all over the field in the games that they did play in. Here are each of the teams down below!

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LILJ Girls All-Winter League Teams

The 2022-2023 LILJ Girls HSWL was filled with many top tier varsity teams on the island as well as elite level club teams and JV teams showcasing the depth that programs have. With the winter league having come to an end and a bevy of players who played at a high level, the LILJ has put together a first and second All-Winter League Team along with honorable mentions. Despite some players not being able to play in every game, in the small sample size that they were on the field, they had a tremendous impact on the game and were still eligible for either of the teams. Each team has been created based on position and graduating year between the classes of 2023-2026. Check out each All-Winter League Team down below!

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LILJ Girls HSWL Thursday Night 1.12.23 Recap

The LILJ had its opening first-round playoff game, as well as six consolation games for the Girls High School Winter League Thursday night at Stony Brook University Indoor and it was filled with plenty of competition. Girls playing in these games ranged from the classes of 2023-2028. Across seven games, fourteen different teams faced off against each other. The stand-alone playoff game was a clash between the defending champs, YJ Spallina and Mt. Sinai. The six consolation matchups featured Smithtown East vs Westhampton JV, Miller Place vs Patriots, St. Anthony’s 23 vs Wantagh, Eastport South Manor vs Comsewogue, Rocky Point vs Shoreham Wading River, and Bayport Blue Point 2 vs YJ Manning. 

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LILJ Boys College Bound and Winter Showcase Recap

The LILJ held the third annual boys College Bound Experience and Winter Premiere Showcase back on December 22nd and 23rd at Stony Brook University. The two showcases were great events where middle and high school players had an opportunity to learn and be coached by some of the top college coaches from some elite level east coast division 1 schools with the entire event live streamed  by TME Sports Media. It was also a chance for the uncommitted 2024s in attendance to be seen by the coaches as they still try to find their landing spot for the next four years. The coaches that were in attendance were Anthony Gilardi, JP Brazel, Mike Chanenchuk, Justin Turri, Kyle Turri, Tim McIntee, John Odierna, John Crawley, Danny Murphy, Vince Culpepper, Derek Witheford, Kyle Hayes, and Bobby Norton. The majority of these coaches having ties to the island and got to come back to their roots. This great array of coaches represent the programs of Stony Brook, St. John’s, Hofstra, Manhattan, Hopkins, UVM, UNC, LIU, and Union.

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Recapping the Girls LILJ College Bound and Winter Showcase

On the nights of December 19th and 20th the LILJ held the third annual College Bound Experience for middle school girls from 5:00-7:30 and the Winter Premiere Showcase for high school girls from 7:30-10:00. Both events were filled with plenty of the top players on Long Island in their respective classes with a handful of players also coming from off the island. The site was once again at Stony Brook University’s indoor facility and both events were live streamed by TME Sports. The two events had college coaches from a total of 11 division 1 schools in attendance that were coaching the girls based on position, providing instructional skills and tools for each individual across the board to help them improve and to bring out the best in them. These programs included Stony Brook, UNC, Syracuse, Stanford, UVA, Hopkins, GW, UMass, Towson, Lafayette, and Radford. The coaches from these respective programs were Joe Spallina, Greg Miceli, Sydney Pirreca, Ally Kennedy, Kerrigan Miller, Sam Giacolone, Dorrian Van Dyke, Coleen McCaffrey, Nikki Prestiano, Jana Drummond, Heather Conklin, Phil Barnes, and Caitlin Defliese. Many of the coaches from these programs have Long Island roots.

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