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LILJ Top Collegiate Sophomore Girls from Long Island

This is the time where these girls take the next step at the college level. After getting used to the game as a freshman, these girls have hit the ground running their sophomore season, having a big impact for their respective teams. Here are the top college sophomores in a list put together by the LILJ:

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LILJ Top Collegiate Sophomore Boys from Long Island

After getting adjusted to the college game as a freshman, sophomore year is usually the time when players take the next step. Although still being an underclassman, being in year two tends to give more opportunity to have an impact on the game. Here is the list of the top college sophomore boys created by the LILJ: 

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Al Bertolone on Coaching Success (BYG)

Al Bertolone is a legend of Long Island Lacrosse. In the last decade, his leadership of the Mount Sinai Girls Team has been recognized on a national level. The team has won four state championships along with countless Long Island, Suffolk County, and Division 2 championship victories. The coach once again continued this streak with an impressive 15-3 regular season record in 2019. In an LILJ interview, Bertolone shared that he is “grateful and humbled by the success of the program” and gave credit to the girl’s hard work and unprecedented leadership. This respect is surely shared by the players, coaches, and staff who have accompanied Bertolone in this journey. Continue Reading

 
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Freshman Kate Timarky on Middle Country’s Success

Kate Timarky is simply one of Long Island’s best up and coming stars. As an 8th grader, The midfielder put together a tremendous campaign in 2019 by scoring 42 goals and 43 assists. Timarky also ended Top 5 in points and played a crucial role in many of the teams 2019 victories. Following the departures of Middle Country’s biggest stars in 2019, the sophomore is now arguably the centerpiece in the team’s offense. Timarky also takes on a major leadership role that will make a clear impact on the Mad Dogs success in the new season. The LILJ recently sat down with Timarky to discuss her journey as a lacrosse player and hopes for her future with the team: Continue Reading

 
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Rising Star Charles Balsamo Talks Lacrosse Journey

As a Chaminade Flyer, Charles Balsamo has become the next star in one the most highly touted programs in the country. The sophomore has already put together an impressive resume which includes a Co-captain role on the USA U-15 team. Because of this, Balsamo has become one of the most sought of players in the country in the class of 2022. After a stellar track record, the sophomore is looking to celebrate an even better campaign during the new year. The LILJ recently spoke with Balsamo on his journey as a player, what it means to play for Chaminade, and aspirations for the upcoming season: Continue Reading

 
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Coach Dan Spallina’s Take On Coaching and Coming Season

The Miller Place Girls fell under .500 during the 2019 season. With a new era at hand, the team looks to Coach Dan Spallina to make things happen. The Long Island Native has grown up around the world of lacrosse with a playing career that includes two county championships for Rocky Point High School. He graduated from Hofstra University and has accumulated a grand coaching track record since. 2020 will be the Head Coach’s first full year with the team, a year that he hopes to get the program back on track. The 3x Suffolk County Coach of the year has big plans for the Miller Place program in the years to come. The LILJ recently spoke with Coach Spallina on his coaching philosophies and prospects for the 2021 season. Read the full interview below! Continue Reading

 
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Ava Fernandes; A Great Athlete and a Great Teammate

Junior midfielder Ava Fernandes is an absolute force on the offensive side of the ball. She comes from a family of great athletes including two sisters that she loves playing with. After previously playing for the Comsewogue Warriors, she is now ready to begin her new journey as a Longwood Lion. Since the beginning of the school year, Ava has hit the ground running with her new teammates preparing in every way possible for the 2020 season. While she is still going through the recruiting process, it has always been a dream of hers to play at the colligate level alongside her older sister. If the 2020 season does get canceled, Ava’s goals will remain the same and it just means that she will come back even stronger in 2021. Read more about Ava’s lacrosse background in this recent interview with the LILJ.

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George Panagopolous; Physical, Tenacious, and Fundamentally Sound

Friends Academy junior defender, George Panagopolous is all about working hard to continue to get better as a player. Even though the 2020 lacrosse season is in jeopardy of being canceled, it still won’t stop him from putting in the work and developing his skills. Lacrosse is a game that doesn’t just require physical skills, but also a high IQ which is something that George has. He is still currently going through the recruiting process, and is focusing most on the academics. Read more about George’s work ethic and how he views himself as a player in a recent interview with the LILJ:

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Chris Arceri; A Game Changer For Smithtown East

When you think of players who are difference makers, Chris Arceri definitely comes to mind. The Smithtown East senior Faceoff specialist  is all about making those game changing plays that can be the difference between winning and losing a game. Next year, Chris will be looking to be a difference maker at the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout his time as a Bull, he has learned there’s more than one way to lead a team and he is the one to lead by example. Chris remains hopeful that the 2020 season will resume and that he will have an opportunity to play his senior season as a Smithtown East Bull before heading to UPenn. Continue reading about Chris as he reflects on his time at Smithtown East in a recent interview with the LILJ:

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Ashley Gonzalez; A Future Gator Hoping For One Last Run in 2020

After being part of Half Hollow Hills’ varsity team for five years, senior midfielder Ashley Gonzalez will soon begin her new journey down in Florida as a gator. Ashley is an electrifying offensive player that can score on anyone while also getting her teammates involved. As a captain, she has learned strong leadership skills that she will look to take with her to Florida that will help her impact the game from the beginning. Throughout her career, she has had a number of coaches along the way who have helped her get to where she is today. Like everyone, Ashley remains hopeful that the 2020 lacrosse season will resume in some sort of capacity and that she will be given the opportunity to put on the Half Hollow Hills jersey one more time. Continue to read more about Ashley in a recent interview with the LILJ:

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