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2020 PLL Chrome Preview

PLL Chrome

2019 Record: 2-8

Head Coach: Tim Soudan

Assistant Coaches: Nick Fiorentino & Jacques Monte
PLL’s Chrome team looks to improve after ending 2019 with a 2-8 record. They finished last in the league; but with a new group of talent coming in, things are sure to change. Contributions made by Jordan Wolf, Mike Manley, and Ned Crotty were crucial last season, giving the team its competitive back bone. Chrome’s roster also features a handful of Long Island natives who will prove to be the future of the young league. Perhaps most notably comes star attack man Justin Guterding. The player led his team with an incredible 19 goals and 43 points. He is joined by Conner “Milk Man” Farrell, the strong FOGO from LIU Post. He earned himself 114 face off wins in 2019 at an impressive 55% rate. Two time USILA All-American Justin Turri and former Hofstra star Brendan Kavanagh will also make their mark on offense this season. The two saw great success in college and both have strong lacrosse IQs. Head Coach Tim Soudan and Assistant Coaches Nick Fiorentino and Jacques Monte hope to get things rolling in 2020.

Players from Long Island

Justin Guterding (Attack, Garden City, Duke)

Conner Farrell (FOGO, Sachem East, LIU Post)

Brendan Kavanagh (Attack, Chaminade, Hofstra)

Justin Turri (Midfield, West Islip, Duke)

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2020 PLL Chaos Preview

PLL Chaos

2019 Record: 7-3

Head Coach: Andy Towers

Assistant Coaches: Matt Panetta & Ryan Curtis

Chaos made their mark on 2019, leading the PPL with a 7-3 record. The team has no shortage of talent;  which made this team a success story.  This squad will also feature a group of Long Island natives that have made it in the highest levels of the game. This includes Tommy Kelly, who did a tremendous job at FOGO last year. The Rocky Point alum won 133 face offs at a 52% rate. He will be joined by crafty Long Stick Midfielder Troy Reh, who gathered 14 ground balls in 2019. On the midfield, the Chaos have Port Washington alum, Jake Froccaro, who finished last season with 16 goals. Last but not least, Maryland graduate Austin Henningson will make his debut with the team in the new year. Head Coach Andy Towers and Assistant Coaches Matt Panetta and Ryan Curtis know that they are working a star studded line. The team is confident that they can continue their success in 2020.

Players from Long Island

Austin Henningsen (FOGO, Northport, Maryland)

Tommy Kelly (FOGO, Rocky Point, Virginia)

Troy Rey (LSM, Rocky Point, Albany)

Jake Froccaro (Midfield, Port Washington, Villanova)

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Then and Now; Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith grew up playing multiple sports. The West Babylon native played soccer and basketball before she got involved in lacrosse thanks to her father, brother and sister. Smith’s tremendous talents as an attacker/midfielder earned her a spot on the West Babylon varsity lacrosse team as a seventh grader. Smith says that as a member of the team as a seventh grader, having older teammates helped her a lot as they were leaders on the team.

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2020 PLL Atlas Preview

PLL Atlas

2019 Record: 5-5

Head Coach: John Paul

Assistant Coaches: Chris Kolon & Jason Lamb

The Atlas look to make a statement this season after going .500 in 2019. Last year, the team was spearheaded by an attack squad of Eric Law, Kiernan McArdle, and Ryan Brown. Atlas’s roster also includes names like Cade van Raaaphorst and Paul Rabil, who stuffed the stat sheet with their great all around play. The squad has recently seen an uptick of Long Island natives who will represent the future of the league; Jack Concannon is one of the team. The PLL All Star and St. Anthony’s alum has been a central figure in his team’s success, earning over 147 saves at an impressive 55% rate. MacArthur native Scott Rodgers will also look to provide any additional help in goal. They are joined by midfielders John Crawley, Andrew Hodgson, and Kevin Unterstein, all of which have found great success at every level of the game thus far. Finally, NY Lizards Legend Rob Pannell and Virginia Attack Star James Pannell look to have an explosive 2020 season. Head Coach John Paul along with Assistant Coaches Chris Kolon and Jason Lamb are confident the squad can make it happen.

Players from Long Island

Jack Concannon (Goalie, St. Anthony’s, Hofstra)

John Crawley (Midfielder, Port Washington, Johns Hopkins)

Andrew Hodgson (Midfielder, West Islip, Towson)

James Pannell (Attack, Smithtown West, Virginia)

Rob Pannell (Attack, Smithtown West, Cornell)

Scott Rodgers (Goalie, MacArthur, Notre Dame)

Kevin Unterstein (Midfield, Shoreham Wading River, Hofstra)

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2020 PLL Archers Preview

PLL Archers

Head Coach:  Chris Bates

Assistant Coaches: Tony Resch & Brian Kavanagh

2019 Record: 5-5 (3rd Place Finish)

After a 5-5 season in 2019, The Archers look to improve their winning percentage going into the new year. The team, coached by Chris Bates and Assistant Coaches Tony Resch and Brian Kavanagh, is confident that their squad of young guns can get the job done. The group features a well rounded roster including names like Attacker Marcus Holman and Defender Jackson Place. The Archers also host a bunch of Long Island natives who have excelled at every level of the game thus far. This includes Will Manny, the St. Anthony’s alum who had an explosive 2019. In just 13 games, the attacker scored 35 goals and was ranked 13th in the league by his fellow players. The team also features names like Adam Ghitelman, who made a total of 84 saves in his career at an impressive 53% rate. The two will be joined by FOGO Brendan Fowler and an elite midfielder roster led by Tom Schreiber. The Princeton graduate was a titan for his Atlas team, scoring 17 goals while leading the league in assists. Fellow teammates and Long Islanders Dominique Alexander, Christian Mazzone, and Tyler Pfister all show great lacrosse IQ and look to see greater contributions in 2020.

Players from Long Island

Dominique Alexander (Midfield, Baldwin, Ohio State)

Brendan Fowler (FOGO, Chaminade, Duke)

Adam Ghitelman (Goalie, Cold Spring Harbor, Virginia)

Will Manny (Attacker, St. Anthony’s, UMass)

Christian Mazzone (Midfield, Rutgers, Ward Melville)

Tyler Pfister (Midfield, Ohio State, Garden City)

Tom Schreiber (Midfield, Princeton, St. Anthony’s)

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Johnny Maccarone is Heading to the Big Ten

St. Anthony’s attacker Johnny Maccarone has announced that he will playing in college at Ohio State for the Buckeyes. Playing for such a successful team like St. Anthony’s, and going up against some of the top ranked teams in the country, Maccarone says that has helped him tremendously as he gets ready to play in college. His lethal scoring ability was put on display last season when he recorded an eight goal game against Chaminade in 2019. With one more year remaining with the Friars, Maccarone will look to help lead them to another league championship in 2021 before his high school career comes to a close. Continue reading about Johnny Maccarone down below in this interview with the LILJ.

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Top Performers in the class of 2021 in the Summer Showdown

The final day of the Summer Showdown did not disappoint. Yesterday was the class of 2021’s turn to showcase their skills in front of the lacrosse world. These rising seniors were eager to get out there and play yesterday after long months of not being able to play the sport they love. Here are the top performers in the class of 2021 in the Summer Showdown!

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Top Performers in the Class of 2022 in the Summer Showdown

The Class of 2022 came out to play today as they are trying to make a name for themselves in preparation for September 1st. Here is a recap of the top performers in the class of 2022 at the Summer Showdown!

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Top Performers in the Class of 2023 in the Summer Showdown

After a couple of long months, the LILJ finally got to see some of Long Island’s best in the class of 2023 at the Summer Showdown presented by Top Lacrosse Tournaments. After long months of these kids not being able to play the sport they love, they were eager to go out there and make a name for themselves at the Connecticut Sportsplex in North Branford. These young male athletes did not disappoint. Here are the top performers in the class of 2023 at this year’s Summer Showdown!

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Committed Corner


Johnny Maccarone (2021, Attack, St. Anthony’s)- Ohio State: Maccarone is super quick with the stick. He has the ability to elude defenders and shoot from anywhere on the field. When he doesn’t have the ball he always seems to find himself in the right spots so that when the ball finds him, he’s in position to score. Look for Maccarone to have a huge scoring season in 2021.

Jordan Gangaram (2021, LSM, Manhasset)- Amherst: Gangaram has the physicality and the will to go after the ball. He isn’t afraid to get rough and when he has the ball in the open field, look out. Playing for a great team like Manhasset means they’ll have high expectations going into the 2021 season.

George Panagopoulos (2021, Defense, Friend’s Academy)- Tufts:  Panagopoulos is what you call a shut down defender. He is ranked as one of the top players in the region. When facing the oppositions top goal scorers, he makes it incredibly difficult for them to score. Panagopoulos is physical, tenacious, and has a high IQ for the game. Friend’s Academy will look to have a strong defense next season with Panagopoulos leading the way.

James Laudenslager (2021, Attack/Midfield, Chaminade)- Middlebury: Laudenslager is one with great speed. He has the ability to blow past defenders and also score in traffic. Laudenslager should be able to put up some high scoring totals next season for Chaminade as they try to win another league championship.

Albert Paniccia (2021, Midfield, Friends Academy)- Binghamton: Paniccia is a dual threat offensive player that can score and facilitate. He has great vision on the field and seems to always know when it’s the right time for him put the ball in the net himself or find the open man. He’s been a starter for Friend’s Academy since the eighth grade and should once again have another stellar season in 2021.

Alex Fascilla (2021, Goalie, Huntington)- Babson: Fascilla is very skilled at protecting the net. He always finds himself in the proper stance ready to make a save. Look for Fascilla to be the starting goalie for Huntington next season and be the anchor of their defense.


Anna Spehr (2021, Midfield, CSH)- Middlebury: Spehr is a fierce competitor who is willing to put in all of the work to be the best that she possibly can. She has a knack of knowing where to be on the field to put herself in position to score. At Cold Spring Harbor she has competed in practice with and against some of the best players on Long Island which will help her moving forward as she continues to elevate her game. We hope Anna has continued success at Middlebury.

Isabelle Palladino (2021, Midfield, Pat Med)- Mercy:  Palladino’s great scoring ability always has defenders on edge. She is always active on the field and her high IQ allows her to make quick decisions. The Mavericks will be thrilled to have her on their team.

Alexa Corbin (2021, Midfield/Attack, Miller Place)- Rutgers: Corbin makes scoring look so easy. She is extremely quick and flashy when she has the ball. When she is out in the open field, good luck trying to stop her. Miller Place has a great one in Corbin, and soon Rutgers will too.

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