Deception. Toughness. Speed. All traits which are developed in the box lacrosse rinks. Originating inside the melted hockey rinks north of the border, box lacrosse is traditionally a game for hockey players looking for something to do in the warm months. Today, the box game is spreading south, seeping into the training regiments of top Long Island laxers on both the boys, and now girls games.
The recruiting process can be exciting for those going through it for the first time. The attention, the visits, the conversations of what could be. On the flip side, the process can leave a sour taste. The disappointment, the misinformation, the frustrations.
The Miller Place Girls program is set to really make a splash in 2021. All of the pieces are there; they are a versatile and complete team with talent across all age groups. Headed by Coach Dan Spallina, the girls will be expecting strong play from up and down their roster.
The Manhasset Lady Indians are always a team that is in contention to win championships. Manhasset is great at developing young talent that is ready to make an impact on the varsity level. Freshman Lauren Perfetto is one of their budding stars that is aiming to make the varsity squad this year and make contributions to a team looking to have a very strong 2021 campaign. Perfetto is a talented multi sport athlete, excelling both on the basketball court and the lacrosse field. Her lacrosse journey began at a young age in large part because of her two older brothers, Louis who is currently playing in college, and Matthew who has committed to play collegiately. She is looking to ultimately follow in her brothers footsteps and play in college as well. Perfetto works extremely hard on her craft and is dedicated to becoming the best player she can be. She recently spoke with the LILJ about what she feels her best attributes are and how she feels about Manhasset’s team going into the 2021 season. Check out the latest Young Gun Feature on Lauren Perfetto!
Harlem Lacrosse is an organization that is meant to help children academically who are struggling in school and are on the verge of dropping out because they don’t have the adequate resources that they need in order to succeed. It was founded in 2009 by Simon Cataldo, one of the co-founders who was a Special Education Math Teacher. Although it started off as a small team, over time it continued to grow. This organization is not just limited to general education students as 28 percent of the students that they serve receive special education services. The ratio of males to females that they serve is nearly equal, with 53 percent being males, and 47 percent being females. The majority of their students are either African-American, Hispanic, or multi-racial.
Eastport South ManorHigh School girls lacrosse team gears up each season to take on their rival, the West Babylon eagles. This matchup between the sharks and eagles always brings an intense competition to the face-off X. This pairing forces each team to lay it all on the line starting from when that first whistle blows.
These week we are proud to announce the most recent commits on Long Island! These players are filled with extraordinary talents and we look forward to seeing all they bring to the table on their next journey.
Over the last decade, Stony Brook University has continuously aimed to secure its place as a Division One powerhouse. The college has produced some of the game’s biggest names and only looks to evolve in the coming years. Last season was no exception; the program made a fundamental change by introducing a new coaching staff. And for what it’s worth, 2020 was the sign of better things to come. In the seven games that they played, the team went 5-2 and showcased impressive play from their key contributors. Head Coach Anthony Gilardi is excited and confident that this year’s squad can accomplish that and more in 2021.
Shoreham Wading River has a lot of young up-and-coming talent that is poised to help the team be a Suffolk County powerhouse once again in 2021. One of those young players is freshman attacker Liam Kershis. He is a two sport athlete, excelling in both football and lacrosse and is looking to make an impact for the Wildcats in 2021. This will be his first season playing on the varsity level where he will get to learn and play alongside some of the most elite players on Long Island. In 2019 the Wildcats had a season for the ages, winning both the Long Island and state championship. With the 2020 season being canceled, 2021 will be their first opportunity to run it back and remain the team to beat. Liam Kershis recently spoke with the LILJ about his thoughts on the upcoming season, and his desire to be a collegiate athlete. Read more about him down below in this Young Gun Feature!
Most of Long Island’s high school lacrosse players grew up playing PAL. The Police Activity League (PAL) was founded on the basis of encouraging sportsmanship, and spreading the love for the sport of lacrosse. Between the incredible coaches, high spirited youth players, and positive environment, it’ no surprise that every lacrosse player on the island has heartfelt stories to share about their PAL team. We asked some of the top players on Long Island what the PAL meant to them, and why their love for the sport was founded through the memories and opportunities within this incredible youth organization.