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LILJ’s NCAA All Long Island Division 3 Girls Team

Kelly Siebert (Senior, Defense, Amherst)- Syosset High School. Photo Credit: (Geoff Bolte).

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 growth of the lacrosse community. In recent years, we have seen a surge of these collegiate athletes. The LILJ recently put together a list of the top division 3 players from Long Island. Click below to see our full NCAA All Long Island Division 3 Girls Team! Continue Reading

 
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Garden City Coach Tom Flatley Passes Away At 80

Photo Credit: Newsday.

Tom Flatley, the legendary former Head Coach of Garden City’s lacrosse and football teams, passed away Tuesday following his battle with pancreatic cancer. The coach spearheaded the two sports programs for three decades, both of which remain Nassau County giants. Flatley’s selfless nature will always be a defining characteristic of the coach, who is undoubtedly one of the greatest of all time.

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LILJ’s NCAA All Long Island Division 3 Boys Team

Photo of Terrence Haggerty (Senior, Attack, SUNY Cortland)- Harborfields High School

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 growth of the lacrosse community. In recent years, we have seen a surge of these collegiate athletes. The LILJ recently put together a list of the top division 3 players from Long Island. Click below to see our full NCAA All Long Island Division 3 Boys Team! Continue Reading

 
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LILJ’s NCAA All Long Island Division 2 Girls Team

Photo of Kole Pollock (Senior, Attack, Adelphi)- Massapequa.

Long Island has provided some great talent to the NCAA in recent years. After stellar high school careers comprised of leadership and storied playoff runs, these players have taken their game to the next level. They are a part of the fabric of the Long Island Lacrosse community and have made it stronger through their dedication to the sport. The LILJ has made a list of the best Division Two players from the island. Click below to see the full NCAA All Long Island Division 2 Girls Team! Continue Reading

 
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LILJ’s NCAA All Long Island Division 2 Boys Team

Photo of Justin Napolitano (Senior, Defense, Adelphi). Photo Credit: Jay Vanrensselaer

Long Island has provided some great talent to the NCAA in recent years. After stellar high school career comprised of leadership and storied playoff runs, these players have taken their game to the next level. They are a part of the fabric of the Long Island Lacrosse community and have made it stronger through their dedication to the sport. The LILJ has made a list of the best Division Two players from the island. Look below to see the full NCAA All Long Island Division 2 Boys Team! Continue Reading

 
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LILJ’s Top Long Island Girls College Transfers

Left to Right: (Kerrigan Miller & Kaeli Huff).

The cancellation of the majority of the 2020 season meant that many players played their last game with their team. With the NCAA granting a fifth year of eligibility for seniors, some of them will be taking advantage of the opportunity and will be transferring to a different school to play their extra year. Others who still have much of their college careers ahead of them will also be playing elsewhere next season. While these players will be wearing a new uniform, the excellence that they’ve consistently shown on the field won’t change. Here are Long Island’s top girl transfers.

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LILJ’s Top Long Island Boys College Transfers

Top Left Corner: Lucas Cotler. Top Right Corner: Kyle Gallagher. Bottom Left Corner: Eric Wenz. Bottom Right Corner: Kyle Thornton.

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 extra year. While the majority of the players that will be changing schools are seniors, their are some who still have a lot of time left in college who might just be looking for a fresh start. The uniforms that they wear next year will be different, but their amazing play on the field won’t change. Here are Long Island’s top college transfers.

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Legendary Lacrosse Coach Diane ‘Chappy’ Chapman To Retire After 29 Years

Head Coach Diane Chapman announced her retirement, Monday, following a brilliant career with Garden City Girls Lacrosse. Known for her passion and knowledge for the game, she has been paramount in the lives of so many up-and-coming female athletes. Since her start nearly three decades ago, Chapman sports an impeccable resume with 787 wins in lacrosse and field hockey. The coach has led Garden City to 10 state championships in this time while mentoring some of Long Island’s greatest talent. With these types of numbers, Chapman should be recognized as one of Long Island’s High School coaching greats. This was reaffirmed, recently, when Chapman was named Newsday’s Coach of the Decade (2010-2019). Following the announcement of the retirement from coaching and teaching at Levittown’s East Broadway Elementary School, the LILJ spoke to her about her favorite coaching moments and plans for the future. Click below to read the full article! Continue Reading

 
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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 Donnelly, he expressed how tough the decision was to end the program.

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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 numerous awards including All-American honors and Second-Team All-CAA from 2017-2018. DeLuca passion for the game reached a new level in recent weeks as the goalie was drafted eighth overall in the 2020 PLL Draft by the Waterdogs. Matt’s brother, Frankie, spoke about the moment he was drafted.

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