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LILJ Interview with Syracuse University Commit Jake Spallina

Jake Spallina is a junior this year at Mount Sinai High School and has recently committed to play Division I lacrosse at Syracuse University. After an incredibly successful season last spring, Spallina is looking forward to what’s ahead; next season and playing collegiate lacrosse with his brother.

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LILJ Interview with Arcadia University Commit Joey Tesler

Joey Tesler is ready to fulfill his dream of playing collegiate lacrosse, and he will do so starting next fall at Arcadia University. But before he becomes a Division III scholar-athlete, he is looking forward to his senior season at Bethpage High School.

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LILJ Interview with Felician University Commit: Cole Juengerkes

            Cole Juengerkes is a senior at East Islip High School looking to have an electric last season as a starting defender for the men’s varsity lacrosse team. Next fall, he will begin his collegiate career playing Division II lacrosse at Felician University.

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LILJ Interview with Northwestern University Commit: Abby Locascio

Abby LoCascio is a senior at St. Anthony’s High School and a star player for the women’s varsity lacrosse team. Last season she tallied sixteen goals, fifteen assists with twelve starts, helping her team win the NSCHSGAA championship. She hopes to bring home another trophy before starting her next chapter at Northwestern University, where she will play Division I lacrosse. Continue Reading

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New York State Regional Championships – The Preliminary Tryout Round

 The New York State Regional Championships is a new event that is and will be a great opportunity for New York State High School lacrosse players to represent their region, Nassau, Suffolk, Parochial, NYC, Hudson Valley, Adirondack, Central or Western, and compete for a State Championship to see what region has the best lacrosse players in New York State. Eligibility for the event requires players to be a resident in NYS from the graduating classes of 2022 through 2019.

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The Direction You Choose

The recruiting process can be your own personal journey or someone else’s.

The process can be fun or frantic.

The process can a learning experience or futile.

The process can clear or confusing.

The process can be lead to the best four years or many tears.

The process can get you one step closer to a successful career or lead you astray from your hopes and dreams.

The process can lead to open doors or knock you down to the floor.

The process can keep a stick in your hand or force you to put it down.

Good grades, hard work, persistence, communication, accountability, respect, and hard work (said that twice on purpose), will give you the right to choose how you want to spend the process.

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The Calendar

For any studlete going thru “The Process” it’s important to follow some sort of timeline. We call this timeline “The Calendar.” Our recruiting calendar offers some basic insight on when players should email college coaches, visit schools, or focus on their school team vs. club team. Publicizing a timeline and following it proves to be an effective way to organize “The Process.”

Take a peek at FLG’s Recruiting Calendar by clicking here.

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The Process

When it comes to getting recruited, every player is different. One studlete wants to fly commercial airplanes one day, another wants to become a college coach. One studlete wants to be High School Social Studies teacher, another wants to be an entrepreneur. One wants a “DI Experience”, another wants to have the luxury of travelling abroad in the Fall.

While no two studletes are the same, they should still follow an intelligent route towards finding the perfect fit. At FLG, we call this path “The Process.” The Process offers our boys and girls a simple guide towards accomplishing the simple goal of finding the right fit after High School.

It’s important to note, the Process does NOT:




However, The Process does:

Offer clarity.

Teach accountability.

Stimulate maturity.

Check FLG’s Process by clicking here.

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The Inner You

Starting at a young age it is extremely important to have the right mindset and work ethic about everything you do. I am lucky enough to have 2 parents who constantly preach it so I am consistent with it. Growing up there was a kid I played with who was good enough to be the #1 recruit and go to play anywhere he wanted. He would always dominate everyone else and it started getting easy for him. The problem was his head started getting filled by everyone telling him how good he was and he stopped working hard. There started to be a slow decline in his performance. While all this was happening there were many other kids like myself who didn’t get the attention he did. The people with higher work ethics have a higher ceiling than those with lower work ethics even though they might have more talent than you. The best thing to do is use it as motivation and outwork the other kid. With the right attitude and work ethic, anything is possible. Don’t cheat yourself and practice all the time and good things will happen. My Dad always told me to treat everything you do like you are a horse running in a race. They all wear blinders so they don’t get distracted. In life block out all of the noise, keep working hard and good things will come.

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Drop the D’s

Whenever we talk to high school lacrosse recruits, we always say drop the D’s when researching schools. Meaning, when doing your research, don’t worry about whether a lacrosse program is Division I, II, or III.

Lacrosse recruit: But, I want to play for a Division I lacrosse program?

FLG: Why?

Lacrosse recruit: I want to travel across the country to play games, I want a more serious lacrosse experience, I want to play with talented players…

At this point, we must interject. It’s fine for an athlete to want all these things. However, it’s wrong to think you can only get these things playing for a Division I program.

Today, I got a chance to attend the Ohio Wesleyan University (OWU) Men’s Lacrosse practice. This group flew from Delaware, Ohio to Cold Spring Harbor, Long Island to compete against Messiah College for a non-conference game. Tonight they go to Black Stone steak house, one of the finest restaurants on Long Island. Tomorrow they play a game and fly back on a chartered plane from Republic Airport.

When I first arrived at practice Head Coach, Mike Plantholt, handed me a practice plan with a minute to minute break-down of drills, description of offensive and defensive concepts, offensive and defensive depth chart with positions, last names, and jersey numbers, a complete list of injured players with job descriptions for each guy, reminders for the team, and freshman duties.

During practice, I saw nothing but athletes with speed and quickness. OWU’s style of play…fast!


Ohio Wesleyan is a Division III University that competes in the NCAC for Conference Championships year after year, this group experiences playing in NCAA playoff games, and they look to compete for a NCAA National Championship.

An athlete that only wants to play DI doesn’t know about OWU.

Advice to lacrosse recruits:

  • Drop the D’s
  • Do your research
  • See what OWU is all about ↓

For more photos from OWU’s practice today, check us out on facebook.


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