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LILJ Summer League Recap, Men’s Playoffs

It came a week later than expected due to rain, but a champion was decided last night as the LILJ wrapped up the men’s playoffs. The first semi-final game went down to the wire between the Firecats and Hot Boys Summer while Team Wave cruised to a victory over the Sharks. These two outcomes led to a championship game that saw Team Wave finish their season undefeated and take home the championship. Let’s jump into the recaps of how these three big games went down!

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Boys Varsity: St. Anthony’s vs. Chaminade CHSAA Championship

The third and final meeting of the season between St. Anthony’s and Chaminade was for all the marbles. The two teams split the first two games during the regular season. St. Anthony’s came away with a 15-11 win at Chaminade in game one where Owen Duffy scored seven goals. Then, Chaminade took the second match up at St. Anthony’s 11-10 in overtime where Will Lynch scored the game winner. This time, back at Chaminade, it was St. Anthony’s with an epic 12-11 come from behind victory to claim the CHSAA championship. Andrew McAdorey earned Epoch player of the game honors, but it was the combination of him and Owen Duffy that led the comeback in the second half. Let’s dive into how they were able to come away victorious against their longtime rivals!

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Second half outburst lifts Center Moriches Lady Red Devils over Port Jeff Royals

A “second half team” by self-admission, the Lady Devils of Center Moriches kept the status quo in a big way on Tuesday when they defeated the Port Jeff Royals by a final score of 15-11. A combination of a smothering defense and impressive offensive output, Center Moriches made a big statement on the road against a likely foe for the Class D Suffolk County championship.  Continue Reading

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Girl’s Varsity: A seven goals run lifts Rocky Point past Comsewogue 12-10

After initially trailing midway through the first half, the Rocky Point Lady Eagles defeated the Warriors of Comsewogue 12-10. An offensive explosion in the second half by Rocky Point led them to their fifth win.

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Lynbrook Survives Locust Park 12-10

Lynbrook survived multiple comebacks by Locust Valley to pick up its first victory of the season. Eight different Owls scored as they kept the Falcons at bay throughout the fourth quarter to secure the win.

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LILJ Girls HSBL Playoff Preview: The Blue Devils

For the second part of today’s preview, we are going to take a look at the third seed in the playoffs, the Blue Devils. Their season started off bumpy losing to the Indians 23-10, but they bounced back and beat the Tornadoes and Marines in back to back games.

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Jesse Alfano St. John; All around athlete

Jesse Alfano St. John one of the best two sport players in all of Long Island. He just concluded another sensational football season at Westhampton High School. The Hurricanes went 8-2 and most of their games weren’t even close. Outstanding team efforts against Harborfields and ESM gave Westhampton two wins by a combined score of 76-7. St. John was all over the field; on BOTH sides of the ball! He played terrifically at wide receiver for an explosive Hurricanes offense, and was a big-time linebacker for their shutdown defense. The team’s run came to an end in the semis against East Islip, but Hurricane fans still have one more season to watch Jesse play.

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Hofstra Women’s 2020 Preview

Hofstra Pride

Head Coach: Shannon Smith

Assistant Coach: Amanda Johansen, Chris LaMonica, Torin Varn

Conference: Colonial Athletic Conference

2019 record: 12-7 (4-2 in conference)


Hofstra Pride are holding their collective heads up high after a very successful 2019 season. Head Coach Shannon Smith has been in charge of the team since July of 2012, and has seen the program consistently improve during her tenure. 2019 saw a new high watermark for her team, winning 12 games for the first time the Pride has reached that total since the 2010 season. After defeating Towson in the semis, the team bowed out to James Madison in the Colonial Conference tournament. 

2019 saw a bevy of awards handed out to Hofstra players. None greater than Alyssa Parrella, the 2019 CAA player of the year. Parrella, a Miller Place native, was conference freshman of the year in 2017 and has only improved under Smith’s guidance. An All CAA player during each of her first three seasons at Hofstra, Parrella now ranks fifth all time in program history in goals and points (189 and 261 respectively) her 72 assists are fourth all time in the Hofstra record book. Parrella has been a star since day one, but going into her senior year she will not be alone. Fellow Long Islanders Alexa Matera and Darcie Smith will be alongside Parrella as Hofstra boasts one of the most talented group of midfielders in the country.

Hofstra has been on the precipice of greatness for a while, and the 2020 team may be the best one coach Smith has assembled. A strong group of underclassmen, mixed with a senior class that is hungrier than ever. The Hofstra players are gearing up for a special season. The season starts February 8th when the USC Trojans come to the Island. A high profile match up to get the season going, and hopefully validating all the good feelings for the Pride.


Long Island Seniors

Alexa Matera/ Midfield/ East Islip

Alyssa Parrella/ Midfield/ Miller Place

Darcie Smith/ Midfield/ Wantagh

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LI Top 10 Parochial Girls

There is a tremendous amount of talent amongst the Parochial girls heading into the 2020 season. Here is who the LILJ has ranked has the top 10.

1 Katie DeSimone Attack St. Anthony’s
2 Hunter Roman Midfield St. Anthony’s
3 Natalie Smith Midfield St. Anthony’s
4 Kayla Martello Midfield Sacred Heart
5 Olivia Cruthers Attack Kellenberg
6 Beth McDermott Midfield Sacred Heart
7 Erin O’Grady Goalie St. Anthony’s
8 Victoria Goldrick Midfield St. Anthony’s
9 Maggie Long Midfield Holy Trinity
10 Ally Koehler Defense St. Anthony’s
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Liam Entenmann; Goalie Chaminade to Notre Dame

Liam Entenmann was one of the best goalies on Long Island during his tenure at Chaminade. During his junior season Entenmann and the Flyers won the  CHSAA Class AA championship with a thrilling victory over St. Anthony’s. When Liam returned for his senior year he was an undisputed leader of a team hungry to defend its title. Continue Reading

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