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 their should pads.
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 lacrosse. Read up on the drills, the action, and the stand-outs below.
Some of the island’s top middle schoolers have come together at Stony Brook University’s magnificent indoor complex to learn from some elite college coaches with Long Island roots. While the only people inside the facility was the staff, the coaches, and the players; read up on what the girls learned, the drills they executed, and the players who really caught the eye of the LI Lacrosse Journal.
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 and coaches have combatted any negativity surrounding the league. It’s been a treat seeing some competitive High School non-contact lacrosse, and watching players represent their communities on the grid-iron. As we approach Day 4 of action, let’s dive into the Long Island Lacrosse Journal’s Top 5 surprises of league thus far:
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.’
Alongside the Bantam Box Lacrosse league, the LILJ staff have also put together instructional “PeeWee” Box Lacrosse League. This league focuses on teaching fundamental box lacrosse skills and then applying those skills in small area game situation box lacrosse drills, as well as a live game to end the day. These sessions are a great resource for young players, cultivating development by applying basic lacrosse skills to situations that are unfamiliar when compared to field lacrosse.