So many games are won or lost because of what happens at the face-off X and who comes away with more possessions. While some of these players are truly a face-off get-off, some of them defy the term FOGO and can stay on the field as a true midfielder and make winning plays beyond just winning the face-off. Here are 10 face-off players in the 2024 class to watch throughout the winter and into the 2023 season!
The United States Naval Academy has their share of commits from the island. One of those commits is 2024 Bayport midfielder Danny Aiello. Aiello got the call from Navy Head Coach Joe Amplo on July 1st, and it wasn’t long after that before he announced his commitment. Making the decision to commit to Navy has family ties to it. Aiello will have the opportunity to continue playing lacrosse with his older brother JJ who will begin his freshman year in the fall of 2023. Getting to play with JJ at the collegiate level was a big factor in his decision, and he’ll also be a part of something beyond just himself as he’ll be training to serve the United States.
Recognizing the 2024 goalie class, the LILJ has seen a number of goalies that have had remarkable seasons and continued it throughout the summer. Some of them already have a couple of years under their belts as a full time starter, while others may have shared the goalie duties and can see their playing time increased next spring. Here are 10 goalies to watch that are in line for big things in 2023!
This week the LILJ highlights the last line of defense and the ones manning the pipes. Often times a goalie that’s confident and has momentum can carry a team a long way. Here are 10 goalies seen by the LILJ. Some are coming off of monster 2022 seasons, others may have seen time briefly but could be in line for a break out 2023 season as they see their roles increased.
Putting the spotlight on the 2024 attack class, there’s plenty of talent that is going to be must see in the 2023 season. The attributes and skills that they bring to the table were on display over the course of the spring season and throughout the summer. Many of them have already proven that they are more than capable of stepping up in the big games, with some having done it since freshman year. Here are ten attackmen seen by the LILJ that are bound for more success moving forward.
This week we’re shifting the focus to the attack unit as our ten 2024s to watch continues. Between the impeccable stick work, accurate shooting, and precise passing, so many of them were primary focal points of their team’s offense and at times put the team on their back in some of the biggest games. Here are ten top flight attackers to watch that are poised to continue to open the eyes of many in the near future.
Commack’s Emma Hendry will be taking her talents to Army West Point where she has committed to continue her lacrosse and academic career. Going back to her recruiting process Hendry recounts getting the call on July 1st from Head Coach Michelle Tumolo, describing her as one of the nicest people to talk to. Initially she was going to wait until September 1st to make her decision, but after visiting the campus in August where she was able to picture herself being there, she knew that Army was the place for her and didn’t need any more time to make a decision.
In the second week of the LILJ’s ten 2024 players to watch, we’re shifting to the defensive side of the ball. The skills and work ethic that they bring to the table were shown throughout both the high school season as well as in summer ball, and it won’t be long before they make the commitment of where they’ll be playing the next four years after high school. Check out ten defenders that will continue to open the eyes of many when they take the field as upperclassmen.
Seaford and Legacy Taz defenseman Jake Anzelone was one of the first commits on the island in the class of 2024, announcing that he will be heading to the United States Naval academy where he will train to serve the United States and continue his lacrosse and academic career. One of the people who he credits for helping him get to this point is Legacy Head Coach Tom Zummo for helping him get exposure at the premier showcases. Navy has always been high on the list for Anzelone, and after getting a call on July 1st and going on an official visit he knew that’s where he wants to be. Anzelone’s commitment to Navy has family ties as his uncle also attended the United States Naval Academy and played lacrosse, and was able to give him plenty of insight about what the experience is like attending Navy.
One of the first 2024s to be taken off the board and commit to college is Ward Melville midfielder Emilia Retzlaff. She recently announced her commitment to continue her lacrosse and academic career at the United States Naval Academy where she will also be training to serve the United States. The journey for Retzlaff to becoming a top flight two-way midfielder on the island began at the end of the fifth grade thanks to the dad of Grace Mulham who is one of Retzlaff’s best friends and current teammates.