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LILJ Top 22 Boys in the 2022 Class
Welcome back to the LILJ’s top 100 list of the 2022 class. Last week we took a look at numbers 100-23 and today we will be counting down the last 22 players. This list was put together by the LILJ’s talent evaluators in a sandlot format. This means that whoever our talent evaluators would take
LILJ Boys College Bound Experience Recap – The Coaches. The Drills. The Stand-outs.
Walking into the Stony Brook Indoor Sports Complex, Long Island’s top middle school boys had a wide-eyed, excited look on their faces. Not much socializing between campers. Instead, a serious tone as the boys strapped up the helmets, laced the cleats, smoothed out the pockets, and pulled their brand new LILJ College Bound pennies over
LILJ Girls College Bound Night 2 RECAP – The Drills. The Action. The Stand-outs.
Night 2 of the LILJ Girls College Bound Experience was just as successful as Night 1. Maintaining the same mission of coaching passionately to inspire, and teaching persistently to develop, the college coaches in the Stony Brook University Indoor Facility were so excited about getting another opportunity to coach the future stars of Long Island
LILJ’s Top Five Surprises Going into Day 4 of the HSWL Championship Series
Days 2 & 3 of the LILJ HS Winter League Championship Series have concluded, and teams in the league have now completed their third (and for some teams their fourth) pool-play games. The conditions over the last two days have been a bit chilly at times, but the energy and enthusiasm exuding from the players
To Do or To ‘Not Do’ – 10 Things Your Child Should Avoid When Trying to Get Recruited
I get it, telling your child not to do something is difficult. The resistance, the whining, the buts, the someone else is doing it, the list goes on. However, if you don’t nip your child’s negative habits by the bud early on, those same habits can develop into what college coaches consider ‘red flags.’
ANNOUNCEMENT: LILJ x SportsRecruits Partnership to Enhance Recruiting Experience for Winter League Participants
LONG ISLAND LACROSSE JOURNAL ‘LILJ’ & SPORTS RECRUITS TO PARTNER ENHANCING LILJ WINTER LEAGUE PARTICIPANTS RECRUITING EXPOSURE HUNTINGTON, NY. Dec 11th, 2020 — After meeting with Sports Recruits Co-Founders Chris Meade and Matt Wheeler, the leadership at the Long Island Lacrosse Journal knew there was more that could be done to promote all the amazing
21 Tips For Dads With a Son Going Through the Recruiting Process
The recruiting process can be exciting for those going through it for the first time. The attention, the visits, the conversations of what could be. On the flip side, the process can leave a sour taste. The disappointment, the misinformation, the frustrations.
Harlem Lacrosse, Aiming High
Harlem Lacrosse is an organization that is meant to help children academically who are struggling in school and are on the verge of dropping out because they don’t have the adequate resources that they need in order to succeed. It was founded in 2009 by Simon Cataldo, one of the co-founders who was a Special
GLE Performance Re-Invents Adult League for LI Lacrosse Community
On an island where lacrosse is a way of life, a space has come onto the scene that was designed for that very culture. Built for lacrosse players, by lacrosse players, Goal Line Extended Performance is a brand new indoor, lacrosse specific training complex designed with all the bells and whistles, while maintaining the structure
Long Island’s Uncommitted 2021s
With an abundance of uncommitted lacrosse talent still on Long Island, here are some 2021s that college coaches will be looking at in hopes of filling their rosters for the Spring of 2022 :
LILJ High School Winter League — Coming December, 2020
HIGH SCHOOL WINTER LAX LEAGUE TO TAKE PLACE AT STONY BROOK NEW INDOOR ATHLETIC COMPLEX PRESENTED BY LILJ. HUNTINGTON, NY, Nov. 6th, 2020 — After an exciting summer, Long Island lacrosse is back and better than ever — this time, at Stony Brook University’s brand new athletic complex! The Long Island Lacrosse Journal ‘LILJ’ has
Lutheran’s Lacrosse Program Is: On The Rise
Lutheran surely has its sights on success in 2021. That is, according to third-year Head Coach O’Reilly, who saw 2019’s roster to an impressive 16-3 record. The team went on to make it to the state semifinals, an achievement that exceeded expectations for that year. In continuing his vision to “take [his] team and make
Young Gun Feature; Owen Duffy
Owen Duffy is a stud on the offensive side of the ball with a very high lacrosse IQ. Lacrosse is something that runs in his family with his dad playing collegiately at Cornell and his older sister currently playing in high school. Duffy who is in the class of 2023 has transferred from Westhampton to
Check out our Committed Corner for the Week of 10/12
Long Island Boys Representing at Under Armour Games
The talent of the athletes that will be representing Long Island on October 17th and 18th weekend at the UA Event in Virginia is absolutely iconic. This event has teams coming from all across the United States to represent their regions to compete for the bragging rights as the best in the US. The Long
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Committed Spotlight; Charles Balsamo
Chaminade’s Charles Balsamo has a natural ability to score. As one of the top ranked players in the class of 2022, he has committed to Duke University where he will be suiting up for the Blue Devils. Playing for an elite high school lacrosse program in Chaminade will help him be even more prepared to
The Rivalry; Chaminade vs St. Anthony’s
The Chaminade Flyers and St. Anthony’s Friars are two of the most elite programs in the nation. They are also two of the biggest rivals in the nation. This lacrosse rivalry between these two parochial powerhouses goes back years, with both teams having the same goal of winning the league championship. Two people that have
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Young Gun Feature; Griffin Cole
Griffin Cole is a player on the rise. The Chaminade defenseman’s great speed and athleticism makes it quite difficult for any offensive player to get to the net. The Flyers head into the 2021 season with high expectations, and Cole heading into his junior season looks to take his game to another level and be
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LILJ 2022 Open Boys All Tournament Team
On Saturday September 19th, the Long Island Lacrosse Journal ran it’s first ever annual event called the “LILJ 2022 Open”. The top players from the Island came out to Cedar Creek Park in Seaford to showcase their skills, and these boys did not disappoint. With 37 high schools being represented in this tournament, here is
LILJ Committed Corner Class of 2022 Boys
Joey Spallina (2022, Attack, Mount Sinai)- Syracuse: If you’re following Long Island Lacrosse, you know the name Joey Spallina. The All-American is ranked by many as the top player out of the 2022 class, and for good reason. There seems to be nothing that is missing from his offensive capabilities. Speed, vision, high lacrosse IQ,
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Remembering Welles Crowther 19 years after 9/11
The idea of Americans being attacked on our home soil is something that may seem unfathomable to those born after 9/11. It was a day of unthinkable tragedy, one that is still felt by so many. As we approach the 19th anniversary of the attack, we reflect on the many lives that were lost on
Boys Ben Bruno (2021, Midfield, Cold Spring Harbor)- Amherst: Bruno can do it all in the midfield. With a fair amount of speed and fancy footwork, the CSH star can glide by the defender with ease. More recently, however, it’s his scoring ability that has shined through. And, with his play making abilities continuing to
Top Performers from Long Island in the Big X Classic
On Saturday, August 1st, the 5th annual Big X Classic took place at the Capelli Sports Complex in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Plenty of talent from the Island made their way to the Garden State, and some of these kids put on spectacular performances in front of the lacrosse world. Here are the top performers
Girls Jordan Sheehan (2021, Defense, Deer Park)- SUNY Purchase: Sheehan is the gate keeper for her Deer Park team. With an incredible lacrosse IQ and vision, the incoming senior is quick to intercept passes with scoring range. A powerful presence on and off ball, the incoming senior plays catalyst in many of the team's fast break
Top PLL Regular Season Performers From Long Island
The PLL regular season saw plenty of great performances in what was a four game regular season sprint. Many of the games biggest stars showed up and showed out, and Long Island is well represented with players who had a strong regular season. The Whipsnakes find themselves with the best record in the league at
Matt Rettinger (2021, Midfield, Chaminade)- Wesleyan: Matt Rettinger appears to do it all for his Chaminade team. He had a fantastic junior campaign while showing great strengths on both sides of the field. Look for him to make the difficult pass and make the strong move on goal. These abilities are matched with impressive stopping ability on
Boys Danny Caddigan (2021, Attack, Smithtown West)- Cornell: Caddigan is a straight up goal scoring machine. With an extremely high lacrosse IQ, the crafty attacker has a clear ability to put the ball in the back of the net, and considering his fantastic ability to gather tough passes, the incoming senior is simply an offensive threat.
2020 PLL Whipsnakes Preview
PLL Whipsnakes Head Coach: Jim Stagnitta Assistant Coaches: Mike Murphy & Brian Grady 2019 Record: 6-4 The Whipsnakes are entering the 2020 season as the defending champions. After finishing with the second best record in the league, and defeating the Redwoods 12-11 in overtime in the championship game, they are coming into this season with the goal of
2020 PLL Redwoods Preview
PLL Redwoods Head Coach: Nat St. Laurent Assistant Coaches: Chris Collins & Todd MacFarlane 2019 Record: 5-5 (4th Place Finish) The Redwoods will be looking to end the 2020 season as champions after coming up one win short in 2019. They were defeated by the Whipsnakes 12-11 in overtime in the championship. On the offensive side of
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
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
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
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
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 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!
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
Boys 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
College Coaches Face Challenges With Recruiting Restrictions
The coronavirus pandemic has created many obstacles for college coaches when it comes to getting a look at high school players they are looking to add to their program. For the class of 2021, their is a high level of urgency to find other ways to view players due to the fact this would normally
Michael O’Connell Commits to Stanford University for Basketball
After initially committing to play lacrosse at the University of Maryland, Long Island’s Michael O’Connell will instead be attending Stanford University to play basketball. O’Connell attended Chaminade High School for three years where he played basketball and lacrosse before transferring to Blair Academy for his senior year. Coming from a family of athletes, O’Connell has
LILJ’s MCLA All Long Island Team
Over the years, Long Island has supplied the lacrosse world with some of the greatest talent in the country. As a hotbed for the sport, the community continues to influence the growth and production of these young athletes. As of late, we are seeing this talent only increasing, especially at the MCLA level. Long Island’s
LILJ’s NCAA All Long Island Division 3 Boys Team
After fantastic high school tenures, lacrosse players all throughout Long Island are taking the next step in their playing careers. They have simply taken their game to a whole new level, paving the way for future generations. These athletes have shown the dedication that it takes to succeed in the sport and lend to the
LILJ’s Top Long Island Boys College Transfers
The cancellation of the 2020 lacrosse season means changes for so many college players. With seniors seeing their final season get cut short, they are exercising their right to play for a fifth year which was granted by the NCAA. Many of Long Island’s talented players will be transferring to different schools to play their
Furman Lacrosse Forced to Shutdown due to Financial Concerns
Furman University has announced that they will be discontinuing their men’s lacrosse and baseball program due to impact that COVID-19 has caused financially. The South Carolina based school is the first Division I school to shut down their men’s lacrosse program since Presbyterian back in 2011. In an email by the school Athletic Director Jason
Delaware’s Matt Deluca: The PLL’s Newest Star Goalie
Following four prosperous years at the University of Delaware, Matt DeLuca is now taking the next big step in his lacrosse career. The Farmingdale native was captain of his high school team and was a two time All-American and All-County Selection. He continued with success with the Blue Hens, starting for three years and earning
2020 PLL College Draft Recap
Last night marked the beginning for 14 individuals who heard their name called in the 2020 PLL College Draft. The Archers Lacrosse Club drafted attackman Grant Ament out of Penn State with the first overall pick. Ament was expected go No. 1 after he announced he was not going to return to Penn State for
Longtime West Islip Assistant Coach Bill Turri Joins BYG
Bill Turri has been a fixture in West Islip’s lacrosse program. He has been on the coaching staff as an assistant for the past 34 years and announced before the season that the 2020 season would be his last. After investing so much of his life into the game he won’t get the opportunity to
LILJ’s All Decade Boys Team (2010-2019).
The 2010s era of Long Island Lacrosse officially came to a close last June, ending an incredible run that saw the rise of so many talented players who went on to do great things. To close this chapter in Long Island lacrosse history, the LILJ has created an All-Decade team to recognize the greats of
Long Islander’s Going Pro
Every athlete dreams that one day they will go pro. The hard work and the dedication that takes to reach the highest level is unlike any other. Major League Lacrosse began play in 2001 and is comprised of six teams. These six team are the Boston Cannons, Chesapeake Bayhawks, Connecticut Hammerheads, Denver Outlaws, New York
LILJ’s 21 Male Players to Watch for the 2021 Season
What sucks about the 2020 season getting cancelled is the fact that Long Island Lacrosse fans were robbed of seeing some great talent, especially seniors. It’s unfortunate that we are not going to be able to see some of these Seniors finish what they started in their high school careers, but the positive impact they
LILJ’s Class of 2023 Boys Watch List
This year’s freshman class features some of the most touted athletes on Long Island. Many have already celebrated fantastic seasons with their varsity teams and aim to have as many great moments for years to come. Following the cancellation of the 2020 season, this group is working harder than ever to make a statement in
The Stony Brook School; Character Before Career
The Stony Brook School is about to conclude their 98th year as an institution. While their athletic programs are continuing to rise, the most important thing to them is character. Athletic Director Dan Hickey says that their motto is “character before career”. The Stony Brook school provides a great academic opportunity for students in grades
Jordan Naso Plans To Continue Brother Jake’s Legacy At St. Anthony’s
Jordan Naso stood out as one of the main stars of his St. Anthony’s JV team in 2019, and he will surely have a role on Varsity in his sophomore season in 2021. He joins an elite Saint Anthony’s roster that went 15-1 during the 2019 regular season. This was in large part due to
BYG Hosts A Long Island High School Lacrosse Tribute
Hope. Anticipation. Nerves. Words to describe the state of so many Long Island High School laxers prior to last week’s disappointing news. Today, the Long Island air is filled with sighs of defeat. When High School Spring sports got officially cancelled, the local lacrosse community read this news as “lacrosse season has been taken, my
LILJ’s NCAA All Long Island Division 1 Boys Team
Over the years, Long Island has supplied the lacrosse world with some of the greatest talent in the country. As a hotbed for the sport, the community continues to influence the growth and production of these young athletes. As of late, we are seeing this talent only increasing, especially at the division 1 level. Long
Aidan Danenza; Going From One Winning Lacrosse Program to Another
Aidan Danenza is wrapping up a great run playing for St. Anthony’s. The senior midfielder is bound for Duke University where he will be suiting up for the Blue Devils next year, something that has always been a dream of his. Winning is something that Aidan has been accustomed to at St. Anthony’s. As he
LILJ’s Class of 2022 Boy’s Watch List
The Class of 2022 is a prime example of how strong the Long Island Lacrosse community has become. With many already having impressive track records, this sea of young talent is currently being looked at by some of the best colleges in the country. Their dedication to the sport has made a clear impact on
LILJ Top Collegiate Senior Boys from Long Island
It’s senior year which means that this is the time for these athletes to go out in style. With all of the hard work that they’ve put in throughout their four years in school, this was their last opportunity to put on that uniform and showcase what makes them so great. These players aren’t just
Legendary Duke Coach John Danowski Talks With BYG
For over a decade, John Danowski has been a household name in the college lacrosse. His coaching of the Blue Devils Men’s team has helped the school retain their D1 powerhouse status.
LILJ Top Collegiate Junior Boys from Long Island
Junior year is generally a big year for college athletes. As an upperclassman and a leader on the team, this is when many athletes take a huge step forward and have breakout seasons. Here are the top college male juniors in a list created by the LILJ.
LILJ All Long Island Boys Preseason Team
Over the last few years, Long Island has seen long list of generational talent. Their stellar play has only increased the island’s love of lacrosse and has set a new standard for the game. After much deliberation, the LILJ has created a preseason list of the best boys that Long Island has to offer. These
2020 LILJ All Suffolk County Boys Preseason Team
Suffolk County is loaded with plenty of talented players at every position. Some players from the 631 area code are lethal at putting the ball through the net. Others are at their best getting their teammates involved. Then you have those who are elite on the defensive side of the ball. Here are the players
2020 LILJ All Nassau County Boys Preseason Team
One of the things that makes lacrosse such a great game is that there’s so many different ways to define a great player. While some players are great at scoring, others make a name for themselves because of what they can do on the defensive end. From the North Shore to the South Shore and
LILJ All Long Island Class of 2020 Boys Preseason Team
As we wait for the 2020 lacrosse season to resume, it is hard to ignore the special level of talent of this year’s senior class. These players have had incredible high school tenures and will only build on their decorated resumes this year. After much deliberation, the LILJ has put together a preseason team that
LILJ All Long Island Class of 2021 Boys Preseason Team
Lacrosse continues to be a growing game all across Long Island. Boys lacrosse has a large amount of skilled players in the class of 2021, that made putting this team together very difficult. While these players are eager to get back on the field and show off their talent in their junior season, their greatness
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
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
Lax Journal Podcast: Kyle Hayes’s Reflects on Career and Talks Babson Lacrosse
Ever since accidentally attending his middle school’s lacrosse signup meeting, Kyle Hayes has devoted his life to lacrosse. His career as a player sent him everywhere from Plattsburgh to Ole Miss. This journey has made a clear impact on his life; when he returned to Long Island after graduation, Hayes was determined to pursue coaching. Since then, Hayes has garnered experience and knowledge from A-List group of collegiate and
Pat Colleluori of HEADstrong Foundation Visits BYG
It has been almost a decade since the creation of the HEADstrong Foundation. They were created by and in honor of Nicholas Colleluori, a Hofstra University lacrosse player who was diagnosed with terminal cancer during his sophomore year. Since then, his family has devoted their efforts into providing mentorship, family support, and grants hospitality services
LILJ Top Collegiate Freshmen from Long Island
The College level is filled with so much talent across various teams. While many tend to view the juniors and seniors as the ones who lead a team, every team has a freshman that can show their talents with the upperclassmen. Long Island is well represented with talent in this year’s freshman class. These freshmen
Jake Naso; Beginning his Final Chapter as a Friar
Last season was one to remember for Senior, Jake Naso. He was part of a St. Anthony’s team that won the league championship over their biggest rival, Chaminade. As one of the best faceoff specialists on Long Island, Naso will look to help the Friars have another amazing season. For Jake it’s all about getting
The Gino Macchio Foundation
The Gino Macchio Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the late Gino Macchio. Gino’s life was tragically cut short in a motorcycle accident on May 4th, 2018 at the age of 25. He was someone who focused on preserving Long Island’s greatest resource, The Great South Bay, as he worked in the
Top 100 Boys Player Countdown: 25 to No. 1
After weeks of sharing our picks for the Top 100 Boys Players on Long Island, the wait is finally over. LILJ now presents the Top 25 players we believe will dominate the 2020 season. Did your favorite player make the cut? Click on the link below to see the full list!
LILJ Pre-season Top 10 Boys Teams on Long Island
While the 2020 lacrosse season is still in question, it’s interesting to compare long island’s top programs and see who would come out on top. Below is the LILJ pre-season top 10. Learn all you need to know about each program by clicking the button below and purchasing the LILJ Digital High School Preview 2020
GLE’s Cody Swing and Ryan Dance Visit BYG
In a world of competitive Long Island Lacrosse, Cody Swing and Ryan Dance help take athletes to the next level. The two are the founders of GLE (Goal Line Extended) Performance, a training service that uses the latest technology and techniques to maximize a player’s potential.
Long Island Boys Pre-Season Top 20 – 10 Teams
As the 2020 season is right around the corner, there are plenty of talented boys teams to be on the lookout for all across Long Island. These teams have high expectations this season and are going to put on a show. Here are some of the top 20 teams going into this season. Go check
Top 100 Boys Player Countdown: 50-26
Last week, we released #74-51 in our the Top 100 Boys Player Countdown. Now, we present our picks for the next group of athletes. Did your favorite player make the list? Click in the link below to find out!
Tyler Cordes: Navy Commit Talks to LILJ
Tyler Cordes is ready to lead his Connetquot team in 2020. The midfielder steps into a huge leadership role following last year’s departures. The team went 8-8 last season, a record that Cordes plans to change going into his final season at the school. After his recent committal to Navy, the LILJ talked to him
Coach Wink’s ‘It Factor’ Top 10 Boys & Girls on Long Island
Coach Wink has seen countless players play, teams compete, and coaches coach. His analysis of the game is genuine. Pulling from his experience watching, studying, analyzing, and critiquing, there are certain personalities in the game who have developed the entire package. In his mind, these people tend to stand out amongst the rest.
Top 100 Boys Player Countdown 74-51
We kicked off last week by naming #100 to #75 on our Top 100 list. Now, we release our picks for the next wave of star athletes. To check out where your favorite athlete ranks, click the link below!
JM3’s Jamie Munro Visits Beyond The Game
Jamie Munro is one of the most respected names in the lacrosse world. The Founder of JM3 sports spent 20 years as the Assistant Coach for Yale and Head Coach for The University of Denver.
Sammy Filippi: Princeton Commit Speaks with The LILJ
Eastport South Manor’s Sammy Fillipi is set to take 2020 by storm. The senior helped her team to an incredible 19-1 record and takes on a major leadership role going into the new season. The Princeton commit will be a key scorer on this year’s roster and looks to led Eastport South Manor to another great playoff run. Before the start of the season, Fillipi spoke
Garrett Gibbons: LI Lacrosse Star Begins New Chapter at UMD
For years, Garrett Gibbons has been a household name on Long Island Lacrosse scene. During his senior year, the Midfielder led his Massapequa team to a stunning 18-2 regular season record along with a 2020 State Championship win. It is no surprise that the Maryland freshman remains as one of the most talked about prospects
Top 100 to 75 Boys Players on Long Island
As the highly anticipated lacrosse season makes its return, it is clear that 2020 will feature much of the Long Island’s top talent. After much debate and analysis, we have decided on the Top 100 Players to look for in the new year. Check out our rankings from 100 down to 75 by clicking on
Xavier Arline Talks to LILJ About His Recent Commitment to Navy
Xavier Arline sent shockwaves through the sports community after decommitting to North Carolina’s highly touted lacrosse program. The Attackman made the decision to instead attend The United States Naval Academy earlier this week, where he will be playing both lacrosse and football. After making the decision, Arline talked with LILJ’s Ryan Myers about reasons for
James Ball, Chaminade Star Shooting to Be the Best.
After a spectacular four years, Faceoff Midfielder James Ball is prepared to take the next step in his lacrosse career. The Chaminade Senior, who has made clear his athletic and academic prowess, recently committed to Yale University. Following the big decision, Ball talked with LILJ’s Ryan Myers about off-season training and plans for the future.
Top Boys & Girls Private Games to Watch in 2020
As the new season approaches, Long Island Lacrosse is coming back in full swing. While Chaminade vs. St. Anthony’s (Epoch Game of the Week) is set to once again make a splash, the Parochial Conference will see some incredible matchups league-wide going into 2020. After much debate, we’ve decided on the BEST games to look
Matt Wheeler: SportsRecruits Co-Founder Visits Beyond the Game
What a journey it has been for Chris Meade and Matt Wheeler. Since starting their company in the basement of Wheeler’s Connecticut home, the duo has found great success in the sports recruitment world.
LILJ Top 10 FOGO’s
Speed, quickness, balance, and strength. Face-off specialists must possess it all if they want to be considered elite. As the position has become more specialized, it has also evolved. The young men who grind out possessions at the X must have the composure, IQ, and skill to allow their team to attack. On Long Island,
College Advisor Andy Lockwood Visits BYG
Andy Lockwood has been a proven catalyst in college prep success for over a decade. He and his wife, Pearl, are the co-founders of Lockwood College Prep, which aids in the often-overwhelming processes of test preparation and financial aid forms.
Tommy Rogan; Big Turnaround for the Big Green
Dartmouth Men’s Lacrosse is seeking their first NCAA playoff appearance since 2003. Freshman attacker Tommy Rogan is looking to be one of the ones who helps get them back into the tournament and win an Ivy League Title. The 2019 Chaminade graduate has been against elite talent since his days in high school and feels
35th Annual Long Island Metro Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame Ceremony Recap
On January 25th, Long Island lacrosse legends gathered up and came together for the 35th annual Long Island Metro Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame Ceremony. The Long Island Metro Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame was started in 1985. The goal of this great foundation is to keep spreading the heritage of this great game and
LILJ Top 10 Boys Goalies
They are the last line of defense and have the most pressure on them each and every game. We’re talking about the goalies. Sometimes the difference between having a championship caliber team as opposed to an average team is who is playing in the net. Long Island is filled with so many talented goalies, but
Kobe’s Legacy: The Mamba Mentality
Kobe said many things in his lifetime. His words urge us to fight our fears, earn our successes, and to expand our horizons. He showed his heart through basketball, resilience through hardship, and wisdom through experience. In the light of his passing, it has become increasingly difficult to accept or even perceive that a man who once seemed invincible, is now gone.
Mike Hungerford; A Daler For Life
“A Quiet Confidence.” That’s one of the ways Farmingdale head coach Mike Hungerford would describe his team heading into the 2020 season. Coach Hungerford has been a part of Farmingdale’s storied program as a player and now as a head coach. Being a coach for almost 30 years means that Hungerford knows what it takes
Thomas Sangiovanni; Finding his Niche as a Saint
Freshman midfielder Thomas Sangiovanni is set to begin his first season as a Siena Saint. Thomas played high school lax at Harborfields where he led the team in goals and assists in his senior year. As Thomas begins his journey as a college athlete, he is hoping to contribute in any way he can this
Team USA U19 Studletes from Long Island
Following the Spring Premiere in San Antonio earlier this month, Myers and the U.S. team staff narrowed the training roster to 24 players. (According to US Lacrosse Magazine). Included in those 24, are 8 from the island. The U19 team won both of its games in San Antonio, beating Team Premiere 17-3 and Japan 14-2.
Top 25 Boys Midfielders on Long Island, 2020 Season
Gritty. Powerful. Multi-dimensional. Midfielders must possess all three traits to be considered great. On Long Island, top midfielders carry an even heavier load. With difficult schedules, the rise of various programs, and the explosion of players picking up sticks at the youth; it has become increasingly difficult to stand out amongst the rest. This list
Gerry Byrne, LI Native & Harvard Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach, Live on BYG 7:30PM Tonight!
July 1st, 2019, Harvard announces Gerry Byrnes as the next Frisbie Family Head Coach for the Men’s Lacrosse Program. Stoic. Enthusiastic. Proven. If there is one man this school could hire to make Harvard Men’s Lacrosse a national power, it’s Long Island native Gerry Byrne. Tonight on BYG, we bring Gerry on to talk life
LILJ Top 10 Attackmen
To be an attackman it takes quickness, elite change of direction, great stick work with both hands and the ability to always be one step ahead of your defender. In order to be a championship contender you have to have elite players on the offensive side of the ball. The LILJ put together a list
New York Riptide Theme Nights Announced!
The Riptides are here for their inaugural season. It’s not too late to see the New York Riptides in action as they still have plenty of games remaining at Nassau Coliseum. Each game has a different theme so check them out below and make sure to grab your tickets. Come support the team all season
Lax Journal Podcast #13: Jon Beck, Elite Hoops Trainer and Life Coach
You ever followed someone on twitter because every time they post something you say to yourself, “that’s an awesome piece of advice!” For me, that person is Jon Beck of PureSweat, which is a basketball training company. Jon also works with youth, high school, college, and professional athletes. Jon’s goal is to develop great habits,
GuardLab, Revolutionized the Mouthguard in Lacrosse
GuardLab is a sports technology brand, based in Farmingdale, Long Island. This creative and innovative company uses 3D technology and 3D printing to create premium mouthguards that are accurate and comfortable, while being the most scientifically advanced.
Ryan Wellner, LI Native & Notre Dame Men’s Assistant Coach, Live on BYG 7:30PM Tonight!
This past July of 2019, Ryan Wellner joined the Notre Dame staff after a successful eight-year stint at the Naval Academy. He spent the last three seasons as the associate head coach after five years of being an assistant. Wellner is widely regarded as one of the top defensive coaches in the sport and he
Who Recruited Long Island Boys The Best?! Top 20 Recruiting Classes for the 2020s.
Long Island is one of the the largest hotbeds for lacrosse at the High School level. Each year, the Island produces top talent who elevate their lacrosse careers to top collegiate lacrosse programs. The 2020 class is no exception. After sitting down to discuss all the top 20’s from around the Island, we decided to
Top 10 Games LILJ Covered in 2019
Last Spring, the LILJ covered dozens of Long Island High School lacrosse games. From western Nassau spanning to the Hamptons, LILJ covered more ground than ever before. Of all the games we witnessed, there were a few that stood out amongst the rest. After discussing some of our favorite match-ups during the regular and post-season,
20 Players LILJ is Excited to Watch in 2020
2019 was an incredible year for high school lacrosse on Long Island. Some players really started to emerge onto the scene, In 2020, they will work to make a name for themselves on the island and make big time contributions to their teams. This upcoming Spring, the LILJ is excited to cover more High School
Committed Corner 12/14-12/27
Ben Bonafede (2021, Midfield, Chaminade)- Bucknell – A midfielder who gets up and down the field with the best of ’em, Bonafede – who made Chaminade’s stacked varsity team as a sophomore – projects as a standout two-way midfielder at the next level. -NLF National Championship AA Preview
Lax Journal Podcast #12: Connor Kelly’s Lax & Life as a Professional Athlete
During his freshman year of High School, Connor Kelly was cut from his hockey team. That motivated him to pursue a life-long mission in the sport of lacrosse, becoming the best he could possibly be. After getting dropped by big times schools like UVA and Carolina during his recruiting process, Connor soon graduated from the
Farmingdale State College Men’s 2020 Preview
Farmingdale State College Rams Head Coach Sean Chamberlain Associate Head Coach: George Breres Assistant Coach: Josh Marksberry Director of Lacrosse Operations: Patrick Cowcer Volunteer Assistant Coach: Brendan Chamberlain Conference: Skyline Record: 11-6 (4-2 Conference)
Jaden Jernigan, Humbled & Hungry.
On the verge of his senior lacrosse season, Jaden Jernigan can’t help but reflect on this past Fall. Falling short of expectations, and overcoming a series of adversities, the Friars football squad still possessed a band of brothers with one goal in mind, be the best they could be.
Committed Corner: 12/7-12/13
Five girls and two boys committed from Long Island this past week. Learn about where they are going and more on our latest edition of Committed Corner.
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
Jack Moran: Legendary Coach
For four decades one man has roamed the sidelines for Chaminade High School, and that man is Jack Moran. Coach Moran began his head coaching career Chaminade in 1979 and never looked back. Winning a slew of championships in his 40 years of coaching. Hear what makes the coach tick in his Q & A
Nothing gets past Tommy Heller
Nothing gets by Tommy Heller, the elite goalkeeper manned the net for Comsewogue each of the past three seasons. He wrapped up his stellar career with 489 saves and a career .650 save percentage. While playing for the Warriors Heller was a hard worker and even had to give up basketball in order to wrangle
Luke Lombardi; Plainedge Superstar
Luke Lombardi is an all around beast. As a junior Lombardi and the rest of the Plainedge Red Devils football team were on the verge of history. Winning their first 11 matches they had a date with Half Hollow Hills West in the championship game. They were absolutely annihilated losing 34-6 and never being close.
Committed Corner 11/25- 12/6
Boys T.J. Sheehan (2021, Attack, South Side) – Denver: Sheehan is a sneaky good attackman from South Side. His elite skill and IQ = serious production on the offensive half of the field. Sheehan’s craftiness exists when he’s on and off the ball. Let him get a step on you and he’s gone. Look away
Tom Corcoran; Replacing a Legend
Tom Corcoran took over for legendary coach Scotty Craig. Hear from the man who’s lived a long life in and around lacrosse, and who now calls the shots at West Islip.
Colin Hart; The Ultimate Winner
Colin Hart is one of the greatest winners Long Island has ever seen. Hart played Quarterback for what many consider to be the greatest team in the history of Long Island football. With Hart under center the Trojans set a record going 36-0, en route to become the first team in LI history to piece
Top Uncommitted 2021 Boys on Long Island
It’s been a little over 2 months since the Junior Class could be contacted by College Coaches and a lot of good 21’s have been locked up. There is still a lot of talented uncommitted Long Island lacrosse players out on the market. The LILJ has listed the top uncommitted 2021 boys that college coaches
Ithaca College Bombers Men’s Lacrosse
Jeff Long has been at the helm of the Ithaca program for more than 30 years. During his three plus decade tenure at Ithaca, he received more than a fair share of accolades. In 2010 he was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame, a year earlier he was voted Empire Eight Coach of the
Touchdown Teresky Tears Up Gridiron
Touchdown Teresky! Nick Teresky just wrapped up a phenomenal senior season on the football field. The Wantagh running back rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored a whopping 15 TDs. The one pass Nick threw went for a 19 yard. Wantagh went 7-3 and qualified for the Nassau Conference III playoffs. Nick embodied the spirit
John Calabria, Leading the Way
John Calabria has taken Syosset and turned into a town that’s known for very good lacrosse. With five county championships and 2 long islands under his built, the Braves of Syosset have become one of Long Island’ top programs. Year after year, Coach Calabria gets the most out of his players with his tireless effort,
Jared Paquette Wears Stars & Stripes
Jared Paquette is a brick wall in net. The star goalie posted remarkable numbers during his junior season at West Islip. An outstanding .590 save percentage guided the Lions to 11 wins on the year. Paquette’s excellence was rewarded he was named to the All-Suffolk county team and All-division. He was also named team MVP,
Committed Corner Week of 11/11
Girls Jordan Forte (2021, M, Huntington)- Stony Brook: Forte is one of the most tenacious players between the thirties in Suffolk. Coach Spallina continues his trend of recruiting gritty, hard-working, athletes in his county. Forte has the potential to become a dominant force in the midfield in years to come. Her circle play, defense and
The Rich get Richer as Duke snags Jake Wilson
This week, the Duke Blue Devils scooped up another top player in the country as Shoreham Wading River Junior Defenseman Jake Wilson decided to take his talents to Durham. Wilson is one of the best cover guys in the country and he has all the tools and the makeup of a great defensemen. The LILJ
Schwarz Brothers take their talents to Chapel Hill
This week, two of the top players in the country for the 2021 class, Tyler and Johnny Schwarz decided to take their talents to Chapel Hill. UNC already has a ton of talent from Shoreham Wading River as in the spring of 2021, Xavier Arline will be joining the Tar Heels, and another former Shoreham
Christian Sullivan; GC Two Sport Studlete
Christian Sullivan is a multisport star at Garden City High School. The Senior is a standout member of the record setting football team. A team that has seen not one, not two, but three Nassau Class II championships in Sullivan’s first three seasons at the school. Garden City recently saw their unprecedented 42 game win
Nick Woll; Coach & Mentor!
Nick Woll has spent a lifetime in and around lacrosse. He starred at Walt Whitman High School, he has been inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame. He started all four years. Three times he was named to the Suffolk All-County team. His on field success led him to Duke University where he played varsity
Conor Calderone; Faceoff Wizard
When Conor Calderone is on the field faceoffs are a forgone conclusion; he will win. The long time Smithtown West star is one of the best faceoff players Long Island has ever seen. During his time as a Bull Calderone was routinely acknowledged as an elite player. Three times he was All-County, three times he
Mercy College Men 2020 Preview
Mercy College Mavericks Head Coach: Jordan Levine Assistant Coach: Joe Corace, Chris Martinez Conference: East Coast Conference 2019 record: 18-2 (6-0 in conference) “With the loss of Ryan MacSpayden and Max Littleton, two All-Americans at both ends of the field, will be tough but we return a good core that will be essential to the
Long Island Committed Corner, Week of Nov 4th
Boys Aiden McCaffrey (2021, D, Comsewogue)- Delaware- McCaffrey has a great stick and that includes his stick handling ability and getting his stick in the passing lanes to cause turnovers. He creates opportunities for the offense through transition, and he’s a good off-ball defender. Tough is the best word to describe defenseman coming from Coach
LI Top 10 Parochial Boys
The Parochial schools are loaded with talent. All these Parochial programs are historic programs and there have been great college and pro players that came from these respective schools. Here are the top 10 Parochial boys presented by the LILJ:
Brennan O’Neill, Ready To Light Up 2020
Brennan O’Neill may be the best lacrosse player to have ever come through Long Island. The number one recruit in the nation had received scholarship offers as early as middle school, and was committed to Penn State in 8th grade. He has since switched his commitment and next year he along with fellow St. Anthony’s
Desmond Megna, From Hobby to Lifelong Passion
Desmond Megna has an impressive athletic background. A native Long Islander, Megna was a three sport standout at William Floyd High School. Staying active during college, Desmond played both Soccer and Lacrosse at LIU Southampton. At LIU Megna turned in one of the most decorated careers in school history. An all conference player in both
Tim McCormack; Taking the Lead at ASU
Tim McCormack has spent his whole life in and around lacrosse. The Long Beach native played goalie at Long Beach High for his entire four year high school career. At Long Beach, McCormack accrued a long list of accolades including making the All-American team and a Nassau County Goalie of the Year.
Manhattan College, On The Rise.
Manhattan College Jaspers Head Coach: Drew Kelleher Assistant Coach: John Odiera, Dave Fabroni Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 2019 record: 6-8 (2-5 in conference) “Our guys had a really good fall and we’re all excited to get to work this spring. This is the closest team that we’ve had and these guys do a great
Kenny Brower; Defense and Determination
Kenny Brower’s high school career was one filled with highs and lows. As a Sophomore he played in the Parochial league for Kellenberg, this is when he committed to play his college lacrosse @ Duke. Though he had a real good experience playing for Coach Mike Schwalje @ Kellenberg, Kenny decided to transfer back to
Joe Riscica; Blue Collar Laxer
Joe Riscica was raised on lacrosse, but that’s not the road he took. The Half Hollow Hills native began playing lacrosse in the second grade, and played up until in his senior year of high school. Joe was considering a multitude of universities but the college route was not right for him.
Committed Corner Week of 11/1
Boys Stephen Markowski (2021, A, Harborfields)- Providence: Markowski is a slippery attackmen who posses a high lacrosse IQ. He also creates opportunities on offense for him and his teammates. Andrew McAdorey (2021, M, St. Anthony’s)- Duke: McAdorey is an unbelievable talent. His quickness is phenomenal, his shoot is beautiful, and he is a hell of
Stony Brook 2020 Preview
Stony Brook Seawolves Head Coach: Anthony Gilardi Assistant Coach: J.P. Brazel, Mike Chanenchuk Conference: America East Conference 2019 record: 9-6 (5-1 in conference)
Joe Juengerkes; Three Sport Star
Joe Juengerkes is a three sport star from Suffolk county. The Islip native is currently in the midst of his senior football season. Juengerkes plays quarterback for the Buccaneers, and despite missing some time this season he is putting up great numbers for a 3-4 Islip squad.
Jack Monfort; Doing It All
“Playing here is another level. Every lift is focused around your needs. It’s cool because you’re playing with kids who are the best in the country and everyone was an All-American. Your high school accolades don’t mean anything here, that’s why you have to work even harder to make new ones. In high school not
Connor Kelly; Welcome to Long Island
Connor Kelly, a native of Easton, Connecticut played a gambit of sports as a kid. Connor played tennis, basketball, hockey, and soccer growing up, his diverse sports background helped him excel on the lacrosse field later in life. Lacrosse didn’t always come easy for Connor, he was cut from the varsity team as a freshman
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
St. Josephs Young and Hungry
The Golden Eagles roster is comprised of solely Long Island raised players. A combination of some of the best players from both Nassau and Suffolk team up to make this team special. Chris Neilsen (Miller Place) and Declan Canevari (Lake Grove) both made the Skyline All-Conference second teams last year. Now as seniors the duo
Committed Corner Week of 10/25
Boys Jake Deacy (2021, Attack, Comsewogue)- Marist, Deacy is a gun-slinging south-paw for the Warriors of Comsewogue. Jake will take command of an up-and-coming Comsewogue team in 2020. If he can step-up and quarterback this offense, they could be Championship contenders. Girls Grace Gately (2021, Attack, Manhasset)- Villanova, Gately is a dynamic, goal scoring attacker for the
Brandon Childs; York College
Brandon Childs was a fantastic lacrosse player in his day. Childs attended Lynchburg College and flourished as a member of the school’s lacrosse team. During his tenure at Lynchburg, Childs compiled 193 points, he netted 91 goals and added a school record 102 assists. Upon graduation Brandon stayed with the program becoming an assistant coach
Nick LiCalzi; Electric
Nick LiCalzi is simply electric on the football field. The senior wideout is leading a Southside team that has never had expectations this high.
Suffolk Boys Top 25
This week as the weather starts to turn, and lacrosse season is that much closer to starting we at LILJ are giving our first bit of preview content. Here we take a look at the Top 25 Boys in Suffolk County. A wide range of talents and schools, should lead to a very exciting season
Greg Campisi; Friar Country to Haaavard
Greg Campisi had a remarkable high school career, culminating in a senior season for the ages. Even before getting on the lacrosse field, Campisi quarterbacked the St. Anthony’s football team. He threw for over 1,000 yards and only threw one interception during his senior season. He led the team to a 7-2 record, but ended
Committed Corner, Week of October 14th
Catch-up with the latest commits in this week’s committed corner.
Lacrosse World Converges in MD this Weekend for the USA Lacrosse Fall Classic
This weekend USA Lacrosse is hosting the biggest lacrosse event of the fall. This year’s Fall Classic consists of Team USA U15 and U17 select boys and select girls teams, the USA mens and women’s team, the Canadian mens and women’s teams, and the defending NCAA champions Virgina and Maryland (they won mens and women’s
Hugh Kelleher is Running Wild this Fall
Hugh Kelleher is currently in the midst of an undefeated (5-0) football season for Macarthur High School. Hugh is running wild over the competition, with 11 TDs and nearly 1,000 yards through his team’s first five games. Kelleher’s prowess out of the backfield has been a catalyst for a much improved Generals squad. The team
LILJ is Growing! Who’s Behind it All?!
This fall, the LILJ has expanded its team to include five aspiring young professionals pursuing a career in the world of sports. Read below to learn more about who’s behind the content, the stories, the media, and expanding coverage of Long Island lacrosse!
Jojo Todaro Switches Color from Orange to Hopkins Blue
This week, the #2 ranked player in the class of 2021, Jojo Todaro (2021, D/LSM, Carey) decided to switch his verbal commitment from Syracuse to Johns Hopkins.
Committed Corner: Week of October 4th
Girls Emma LoPinto (2021, Attack, Manhasset)- Florida, the Number 1 ranked junior to come off the island, Lopinto does it all. The Gators of Florida are recruiting the island heavily and they are succeeding at scooping up the best of the best. Lopinto is a do-it-all attacker. No job is beneath her on the field.
Jezayd Hall Q&A, The Rising Star from Mastic
Jezayd Hall of William Floyd High School is more than just a rising star on the lacrosse field. Hall is a native of Mastic Beach and studlete in the class of 2021. Jezayd is currently in the midst of a football season where he is running all over Suffolk county. Through the first four games
The Spirit of the Stick.
Lacrosse is the oldest sport in America. The game originated in the 1100s when the Mohawk Tribe started the medicine game across the lands by Lake Ontario . The game started as a form of entertainment, it resembled a battle. There could have been hundreds of men on either team throwing the ball through the
Louis Perfetto Q&A, Shippin’ Up to Boston
Louis Perfetto graduated Manhasset High School in 2019, and he had a truly exceptional senior season. Louis led the Manhasset Indians to a 17-3 record including going undefeated in conference play. Perfetto played remarkably well putting in 40 goals to go with 23 assists and leading his team to the state semifinals. A heartbreaking loss
Boys Top 50 College Freshmen from Long Island
The Top 50 boys from the class of 2019 started a new journey last month. After leaving an impact on their respective high schools, they are now onto the next level in their lives and lacrosse careers. The LILJ staff ranked the 50 boys who we think will have the biggest impact in their freshman
NY College Preview: LIU Sharks Men’s Lacrosse
“We’re focused on development and hard work. Doing things the right way, consistently on a day in, day out basis. I would hope when someone would describe our guys and our program they would describe us as hard working and tough because that’s what we identify with as a group.” – Eric Wolf
Jake Naso; Duke Bound!
This week, St. Anthony’s FOGO, Jake Naso sent shockwaves through the high school lacrosse world as he flipped his commitment from the University of Virginia to the University of Duke. Naso, who is regarded as the top face-off guy in the country for the class of 2020 sat down with our LILJ staff to talk
Recent Long Island College Commitments
For the week of 09/30/2019 here are 8 Long Island High School stand-outs who made their college commitments.
Regy Thorpe Growing Box Lacrosse in America
Regy Thorpe is one of the most respected names in lacrosse. He played college lacrosse at Syracuse where he captained the 1993 championship team during his All-American season. Upon graduating Thorpe played professionally, in the NLL. For 15 seasons he was a member of the Rochester Knighthawks, he played in Rochester from 1995-2010 and was
Thomas Liantonio; Overcomes. Inspires. Excels.
One of the most inspirational stories of the 2020 lacrosse season will be taking place at LIU Post. 5th year senior Thomas Liantonio is so much more than a lacrosse story. In 2017, he was diagnosed with myocarditis, a rare heart disease resulting in an inflammation of the heart. The diagnosis was devastating and for
Joe Spallina Jr. What’s Next for LI’s Freshman Phenom?
Joe Spallina Jr. has lacrosse in his blood. He is the son of New York Lizards GM and head coach of the women’s lacrosse team at Stony Brook University, Joe Spallina. Joey, the Mount Sinai sophomore, has already outgrown his dad’s shadow. During his freshman campaign he led the mustangs to an unbelievable regular season,
NY School Preview: Siena College
Siena Saints Head Coach: Liam Gleason Assistant Coaches: Tim Cox, Derrick Eccles, Kevin Prunty (Undergraduate Assistant) 2019 Record: 6-7 (6th in MAA conference) Long Island Representation: Colin Gleason/Freshman/ Massapequa Dylan Pape/Freshman/West Islip Brandon Meir/Sophomore/Smithtown West Thomas Rooney/Sophomore/St. Dominic 2020 recruits Andrew Arcuri, Westhampton Jack Erb, Shoreham Wading River Jack Cavaioli, Farmingdale We are really excited
Matthew Borges – from Garden City to the Pros
“With the 63rd pick in the 2019 National Lacrosse League draft the New York Riptide Select; FLG alumni Matthew Borges.” No, those were not the exact words of NLL commissioner Nick Sakiewicz, but it doesn’t make them any less true. 2015 Garden City graduate Matthew Borges is indeed heading to the Riptide. An illustrustrious
Q&A w/ Jacob Bruno – Dominating Season to Season
Jacob Bruno, is a three sport studlete at Cold Spring Harbor High School. During the fall he is tearing it up on the Football field. The starting running back has led the Seahawks to 2-0 start this season, seemingly scoring at will, Bruno uses his strength to run over every defender in his path. This
Q&A w/ Eric Mueller – Getting Going for the Diplomats
“Saved by Mueller” became an all too familiar cry during the past four seasons throughout Nassau County. Eric Mueller, the former Garden City goalie was a special player. During his junior season he led the Trojans to the state championship. A resounding semifinal win over John Jay before Mueller and the team won a thrilling one
The Milkman is Coming Home – Connor Farrell Signs with NLL LI Franchise
Connor Farrell graduated from Sachem East High School in 2015, and with that his lacrosse days appeared to be far behind him. The freshman linebacker was fully committed to playing football at LIU Post, he spent years developing his game and he had put in countless hours of work on the football field. Engaged in
2019 NLL Draft Recap
The 2019 National Lacrosse League draft took place on September 17, 2019 and the New York Riptide took Canadian Tyson with the first overall selection. Long Island had a strong representation in the draft as Stony Brook products Ryland Rees and Derek Lloyd were each taken (2nd and 52nd respectively). Three Long Island natives saw
Xavier Arline-Multi Sport Phenom
One of Long Islands finest lacrosse and football players is UNC bound Xavier Arline. An absolute nightmare for defenses to cover, he seems to be able to score at will. He boasted a robust 61 goals and 59 assist accumulating a total 120 points. In football he rushed for a gaudy 904 yard on
Steven Grabher-Swiss ARMY Knife
Stephen Grabher is a North Shore graduate currently attending Army. Stephen is a versatile midfielder with the skill to play in multiple areas on the field. He’s a Swiss army knife of sorts with great offensive ability and a strong defensive pedigree. We wanted to know why Stephen chose Army and what has his experience
LI’s Tyler Warner Shines on Lacrosse’s Biggest Stage
Tyler Warner, #13 LC Midfielder Whipsnakes Lacrosse Club Baldwin, New York SSDM All American at Yale National Champion at Yale 2019 George Boiardi Hard Hat nominee
Long Island PLL Players- Redwoods
REDWOODS Featured are all of the Long Island born and raised players in the Premier Lacrosse League, playing for the Redwoods under coach Nat St. Laurent (Keuka ’04)
Long Island PLL Players – Whipsnakes
WHIPSNAKES Featured are all of the Long Island born and raised players in the Premier Lacrosse League, playing for the Whipsnakes under coach Jim Stagnitta (Penn ’84).
Long Island PLL Players – Archers
ARCHERS Featured are all of the Long Island born and raised players in the Premier Lacrosse League, playing for the Archers under coach Chris Bates (Dartmouth ’90).
Long Island PLL Players – Chrome
CHROME Featured are all of the Long Island born and raised players in the Premier Lacrosse League, playing for the Chrome under coach Dom Starsia(Brown ’74).
Long Island PLL Players – Chaos
CHAOS Featured are all of the Long Island born and raised players in the Premier Lacrosse League, playing for the Chaos under coach Andy Towers (Brown ’94).
Long Island PLL Players – Atlas
ATLAS Featured are all of the Long Island born and raised players in the Premier Lacrosse League, playing for the Atlas under coach John Paul (Michigan ’89).
Top 60 Senior Boys
The class of 2020 is fully loaded with talent. When these kids graduate, they will be missed tremendously by their respective high school programs. Here are the top 60 boys for the class of 2020 presented by the LILJ:
Long Island Top 50 Phenom’s from the Class of 2021
College coaches are ready to click the send button at 12 am on September 1st. In the second year of the new recruiting rule, this is one of the most exciting times of the year for high school and college lacrosse fans. Here are the top 50 boys for the class of 2021 presented by
NYSRC Impact Players
On July 22nd through July 24th, the second annual New York State Regional Championship took place at Binghamton University. The best players from ADK, Central, Hudson Valley, Nassau, NYC, Parochial, Suffolk, and Western wanted to show why they are the best region in their respective grad year. All of these young adults showed why they
County Championship Winners
With the 2019 season coming to a close on Long Island, it is awesome season to reflect back on, and look on with excitement to the teams that came out victorious within the counties, headed onto the LICs and eventually to States. There has been games won by large margins, teams making noise and hanging
Top 10 Weekly Performers – Week 11
Top Performers from this week coming from the Championship games. Check it out right here!
FLG Summer Camp Info
The FLG Summer Camp is a four-day camp held at the LIU Post – Brookville, NY, for boys and girls ages Kindergarten thru 8th grades.
Senior Exceptional Game Announcement
LILJ would like to announce the Senior Exceptional All- Star Game. This game will feature the ALL- Long Island Goat Team Players from Nassau and the best seniors in Suffolk counties, Boys and Girls, going head to head in a All- Star game event, showing the lacrosse community why they are the GOATs of the
NCAA Division 1 Championship Weekend
The Stage is set as the Virginia Cavaliers, Yale Bulldogs, Duke Blue Devils and Penn State Nittany Lions are all headed to Championship weekend. LILJ is highlighting the Top LI Talent for each team.
FLG Premier Showcase – Kick off the summer right!
FLG Premier Showcase Description The FLG Premier Showcase is the 1st recruiting showcase of the 2019 summer season. This is a one-day showcase event held at LIU Post – Long Island University, Brookville, Long Island, for rising freshman, sophomore, junior and senior lacrosse players looking to play at the next level.
LILJ Top 10 Performers – Week 10
The playoffs are well underway! Big wins, upsets and thrillers, teams are moving into the finals of the County’s. If your team still in the race? Check out this past weeks top 10 performers, and who secured the victories for their squads.
LILJ All- Long Island Teams – ANNOUNCED
Are you a GOAT? FLG Lacrosse and the Long Island Lacrosse Journal have announced the All- Long Island, First and Second Team GOAT Lists. Check out to see who made it!
LILJ Top 10 Performers – Week 9
Rolling into the next round of the playoffs and some championship games in the Parochial division’s, LILJ highlights Top 10 Week Performers.
NCAA Highlighted First Year- Week 9 – Jack Gibbons, Mepham, Mercy
Jack Gibbons had a stellar first year for the Mavericks. The Mepham alumni had 53 points on the year for Mercy and played a pivitol role all season long!
Junior GOAT Boys Watch List
LILJ announces the 2020 Goat Watch List. These players are at the top of the junior class in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Check out to see who made the list.
St. Anthony’s beats Chaminade in Instant Classic for 2019 Parochial AA Championship
This game was an instant classic between two of the biggest rivals in high school lacrosse. This game had a friday night lights high school football type of atmosphere. The stands were packed and everybody was on their feet for the entire game to see two of the best high school programs in the country.
Kellenberg Beats St. John the Baptist in Parochial A Championship
On 5/14, the Parochial AA Championship was on the line, and judging by the intensity and drive both these teams showed on the field, you can tell that both teams gave everything they had in the tank to call themselves champions. This game was tough, physical, and it was a straight up battle. There was
All-Long Island Exceptional Senior Game Watchlist (Boys)
LILJ is Proud to announce Nassau and Suffolk County Senior Exceptional All- Star Game Watch list. Selection process for this games includes a nomination from your HS Coach as well as input from the LILJ Selection Committee. Congratulations to all that made the watch list. Additions can be made to this list. Final Top 25 GOAT
LILJ Post- Season Top 10 Boys Varsity Lacrosse Teams
With the regular season at a close, LILJ presents an updated Top 10 Boys Varsity Lacrosse Teams on Long Island. Check out the new list right here.
LILJ Post- Season Top 10 Girls Varsity Lacrosse Teams
With the regular season at a close, LILJ presents an updated Top 10 Girls Varsity Lacrosse Teams on Long Island. Check out the new list right here.
LILJ Top 10 Performers – Week 8
Every week, LILJ will be keeping our viewers updated on Long Island Top High School Lacrosse Performers. Check out this past weeks Top 10
NCAA Men’s Division 1 Quarter Finals 5/18 – Preview
The stage is set. With UMBC notching Marist with a big second half surge. The match- ups for the first round will be underway this weekend. Hofstra University is once again holding the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Quarter Finals at Shuart Stadium.
LILJ Late- Season Top 10 Boys Varsity Lacrosse Teams UPDATED
Approaching the last week of the season, LILJ presents and updated Top 10 Boys Varsity Lacrosse Teams on Long Island, as of 5/3. Check out the new list right here.
LILJ Top 10 Performers – Week 7
Every week, LILJ will be keeping our viewers updated on Long Island Top High School Lacrosse Performers. Check out this past weeks Top 10
Defending Manhattan. The Rise of Manhattan Men’s Lacrosse.
Manhattan College has adopted the personality of its city. Never sleeping, always grinding, and producing countless success stories, Manhattan is no-longer that unknown college ‘in the city.’
LILJ Top 10 Performers – Week 6
Every week, LILJ will be keeping our viewers updated on Long Island Top High School Lacrosse Performers. Check out this past weeks Top 10
LILJ Late- Season Top 10 Boys Varsity Lacrosse Teams
Approaching the ladder half of the season, LILJ presents and updated Top 10 Boys Varsity Lacrosse Teams on Long Island. Check out the new list right here.
Young Goat Watch List – Boys 22/23
Playing against competition, some of which is 3 or 4 years older than them , and they are holding their own. The Young Goat List is growing! Check out our current list for the Top 22’s and 23’s on LI. If there is anyone we missed, please reach out to us
The Super Sophomores Boys – Updated List
Approaching the ladder half of the season, some great 2021’s are emerging, showing that they are the best of the best in their class on Long Island. Check out our NEW Super Sophs! Think we missed someone? please email us email@example.com
Spring Break Analysis – Huntington & Sachem North Boys | Islip & Mattituck Girls
4/23: Huntington vs. Sachem North In the first half of this game, it was a very tough battle between two teams in Suffolk County trying to make a playoff push. It was 5-5 at half, and in the second half it was anyone’s game for the taking. Sachem North would take control though, scoring 3
Geico Lacrosse Showcase
March 6, 2018 Inaugural GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase Available on ESPNU and ESPN3, April 27-28 Long Island, N.Y. (March 5, 2018) – In its continued commitment to high school sports, ESPN will now be the home of the GEICO High School Lacrosse Showcase. This inaugural event will allow six of the nation’s top high
LILJ Top 10 Performers – Week 5
NCAA Highlighted First Year- Week 5
Hannah Dorney, the Comsewogue Native is making significant contributions in her first year for the Fighting Irish. Named to the Inside Lacrosse Rising Senior Watch during her season season, a News Day Top 100 selection, as well as All- County player, a five year starter for Comsewogue HS, Dorney had much experience on the playing
LILJ Mid- Season Top 10 Boys Varsity Lacrosse Teams (Update)
We are mid- way through the season! LILJ has been coming at you live all across Long Island, covering the game in Nassau and Suffolk County, as well as for our Parochial Schools. With much thought and input. LILJ believes that this list is a well represented Top 10 Boys Varsity Lacrosse Teams throughout all
LILJ Top 10 Performers – Week 4
Midway through the season already! However the action has not stopped. Every week, LILJ will be keeping our viewers updated on Long Island Top High School Lacrosse Performers. Check out this past weeks Top 10:
Lt. Ray Enners Award: Mid-Season Watch List presented by Connect Lax
The Lt. Ray Enners Award is an annual award, given to the most valuable high school lacrosse player in Suffolk County, NY. Presented by the Suffolk County Boys Lacrosse Coaches Association, criteria for this prestigious award includes a player who is tough, willing to do anything for his teammates, possess exceptional leadership skills as well
NCAA Highlighted First Year- Week 4
Army West Point Freshman Brendan Nichtern is absolutely RIPPING it up for the Black Knights. A Massapequa native, Nichtern is averaging just about 4.5 points per game with 49 points in 11 games.
Wogue vs. Sinai SKGOTW Analysis
Comsewogue hosted one of the most epic environments for a regular season lacrosse game. The student section was roaring with :40 minutes prior to the coin toss. Comsewogue students were hooting, hollering, and looking to get inside the heads of the Mt. Sinai Mustangs. The crowd for the Stangs was equally as rowdy. Fans traveled
String King Game of the Week – The Place Where Many Paths Meet
Comsewogue, which translates to “The Place Where Many Paths Meeting,” will house a battle between two power house programs in Suffolk County. The Mustangs will ride like the wind to Comsewogue High School on April 10th at 7:00pm to take on the Warriors. An LILJ String King Game of the Week, preseason Rank #6, Comsewogue
Patriots in Secatogue County Analysis
The wind was howling in Bay Shore, NY on Wednesday afternoon. The blistering winds created a sort of calm, quiet atmosphere for the second String King Game of the Week. Mother nature muted fans, coaches calls, and refs whistles. As a result, players were left on their own out between the lines.
The Super Sophomore Boys: Mid-Season List
LILJ presents, “The Super Sophomore’s,” or the Top 2021, sophomore Varsity lacrosse players on Long Island. These guys are excelling at the Varsity Level on some of the best teams on the Island. If you think we missed someone, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org
Top 10 Songs for Your Squads Pre- Game Mix
LETS GET READY TO RUMBLE! LILJ Presents, 2019 Top 10 Pre- game songs. Every squad has got their mix to get them ready to play. Here is ours! Feel free to add any of these songs to your schools playlist. Some oldies, some newbies, but always the goodies.
LILJ Top 10 Performers – Week 3
The season is heating up! As conference play is either underway and or right around the corner, there are definitely a ton of players out there on the Island that are playing their best lacrosse, going into the games where it really matters the most. Here is LILJs Top 10 Performers from this past week
NCAA Highlighted First Year- Week 3
Pj Clementi, from Huntington NY, Harborfields High School is making major contributions for Amherst College in his first year as a Mammoth. The offensive middie is showing that he is ready for the collegiate level, having four multiple point game contests, and 22 points on the year.
St. A’s vs. Set ‘Private vs. Public’ Recap & Analysis
Last night set the stage for a star to emerge and for fans to gaze at a star. Anytime Brennan O’Neill suits up: stands fill, camera’s flash, and videos click record. To no surprise, O’Neill did not disappoint.
LILJ Top 10 Performers – Week 2
Every week, LILJ will be keeping our viewers updated on Long Island Top High School Lacrosse Performers. Check out Week 2 Top 10 Performers.
NCAA Highlighted First Year- Week 2
With much success on the year thus far, a 6-2 overall record, defensive efforts have been a common theme for Jacksonville Women’s Lacrosse, and it all starts with Dayna Martinetto.
LILJ Top 10 Performers – Week 1
The season is under way! LILJ will be highlighting 10 players on a weekly basis who are absolutely ripping it up on Long Island. Good Luck to all teams in the season openers and we look forward to covering all teams and their top student athletes this spring! To see the list…
The FLG Premier Showcase
With the Spring Season underway, it is important to begin to look forward to the summer. Long Island being a hot bed for lacrosse, a large number of players have aspirations of playing in college. But how do you separate yourself from the competition? Attending the right events is important to ensure that you gain
The Founders Cup
The Founders Cup is presented annually by the Long Island Metropolitan Lacrosse Foundation (LIMLF) to the Most Outstanding Boys and Girls Varsity Lacrosse team in three sections: New York City, Nassau, and Suffolk. Catholic and private schools are included in the section in which they are located.
Legend Club with Jim Kasper
When you are talking about Long Island Lacrosse, there may be some names that come to mind. Whether you’re thinking of players or coaches, these are guys who paved the way and had an influential part on what Long Island Lacrosse now is. Jim Kasper, current Varsity Head Coach at Locust Valley High School is
Athletes Nationwide Are Going Lime To Assist HEADstrong This Season
(PHILADELPHIA, PA) Goals, assists, face-offs, draws, ground balls and saves are just a few of the statistics that athletes are using to help families overcome by cancer this season. Go Lime For Cancer™ is a digital fundraising campaign in support of the HEADstrong Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to improving lives affected by the disease
NCAA Division 2 Men’s Top Lacrosse Players from Long Island
Concentrated within a few big name schools, here is the list for the best players from Long Island playing Division 2 College Lacrosse. LILJ looked at numerous criteria to select the players on this list. From stats and accolades, to academics and consistency, the players on this list have demonstrated all the qualities as to
NCAA Division 3 Men’s Top Lacrosse Players from Long Island
A large talent pool, here is the Top Players from Long Island playing Division 3 College Lacrosse. A difficult list to pick as there are so many incredible school that have Division 3 programs. LILJ looked at numerous criteria to select the players on this list. From stats and accolades, to academics and consistency, the
NCAA Division 1 Men’s Top Lacrosse Players from Long Island
Talent. That is literally the only word to describe this list. A difficult one to select, here is LILJs Top 25 Current Division 1 Men’s Lacrosse Players from Long Island. LILJ looked at numerous criteria to select the players on this list. From stats and accolades, to academics and consistency, the players on this list