Last week on Veterans Day the LILJ hosted the inaugural boys All-Long Island Games at the Susa sports complex for the classes of 2024-2026. All three of the games were live streamed on TME Sports Media starting with the 2026 game which began at 9 am. The 2025 game followed at 10:15 and the 2024 game capped things off starting at 11:30. Each game was four 13 minute quarters of running time and at the end of each game the LILJ selected two players of the game. In total there were 13 colleges that were in attendance to check out the talent. These schools included Wagner, Stony Brook, Hofstra, Quinnipiac, Cornell, LIU, Marist, Fairfield, BU, Manhattan, Monmouth, Lehigh, and St. John’s. In addition to colleges viewing the talent, each team was coached by college coaches. Every player that played in the All-Long Island Games as well as their parents also received a free ticket to the home opener of the New York Riptide on December 3rd and will be honored during the game for their participation in the All-Long Island Games.
This past Saturday marked the annual fall Queen of the Island tournament, the largest youth tournament of the fall season. Across the different age groups which ranged from the classes of 2027-2032, there were a total of 19 different high level club programs that had teams playing in the tournament that put on a show right here on the island. Teams were representing areas including Long Island, Westchester, Dutchess County, Rockland County, Connecticut, and Massachusetts. Every team played a total of three or four games and each age group had a North Fork and South Fork division where a champion was crowned.
Tomorrow marks the 2022 fall Queen of the Island tournament! This all day affair will get started with the games getting underway at 7:15 am and the final games starting up at 6:30 pm. The tournament will include club teams from the classes of 2027-2032 that are from Long Island, Dutchess County, Rockland County, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and beyond. Queen of the Island will be held at three different sites on Long Island which will be Manor Field Park, Breezy Park, and Veterans Park. Breezy will play host to the 2027s and 2029s, Manor will be the site of the 2028s and 2031s, and Veterans is where 2030s and 2032s will play. Many of the premier club programs will be featured which include Yellow Jackets, FLG, FLG Blue Devils, Tradition, Jesters, Legacy, Ct Grizzlies, Top Guns, Primetime, Empire, Elevate, Igloo, Be the Best, Mass Elite, Rebels East, and Recon. Each age group is broken up into a North Fork division and a South Fork division and every team will play a total of three games.
This past Sunday the LILJ wrapped up the inaugural Fall Exposure League which featured five 2028 girls teams. The five teams that participated in the league were Legacy Blue, YJ Kidd/Carannante, YJ Fey, FLG All LI, and 91 Fusion. The four week league included playoffs which took place on the final Sunday. All five teams made the playoffs and the championship game was a matchup between top seeded Legacy Blue against the second seed YJ Kidd/Carannante. Ultimately it was the two seeded YJ Kidd/Carannante that came away with the championship with an 11-4 victory and an overall record of 5-1.
This past Sunday the LILJ and Revo hosted the first ever combine which featured top flight male and female athletes between the classes of 2024-2026. The combine got started with all athletes in groups completing a series of injury prevention tests. The injury prevention tests varied from testing of the mobility in the hips, spine, knee and leg stability testing, oblique sling testing, and height and weight. Following the injury prevention testing the athletes were broken up into groups and got started with the six different parts of the combine testing. There was a 10 yard dash, flying 20, vertical jump, broad jump, pro agility, and L 3-cone. Each of the combine tests saw athletes get either two or three attempts to try to achieve their best time or score which can be used a measuring stick to see where they stand with each test as well as try to set a goal to better their time and score in the future.
This Sunday the LILJ and Revo are holding the first of its kind combine at Revolution Athletics in Bohemia. Revo is the number one school on Long Island for speed, strength and agility and trains the top athletes locally. The combine will feature male and female athletes from across the island ranging from the classes of 2024-2026. Check in will begin at 8:30 am and the testing will begin at 9:00 and go until 11:30. Players will receive a series of both combine testing and injury prevention testing. The event will also include a media day, as well as photo and video coverage throughout the testing. After the event the LILJ will also have a full recap which will have the leader board from each of the tests.
So many games are won or lost because of what happens at the face-off X and who comes away with more possessions. While some of these players are truly a face-off get-off, some of them defy the term FOGO and can stay on the field as a true midfielder and make winning plays beyond just winning the face-off. Here are 10 face-off players in the 2024 class to watch throughout the winter and into the 2023 season!
The United States Naval Academy has their share of commits from the island. One of those commits is 2024 Bayport midfielder Danny Aiello. Aiello got the call from Navy Head Coach Joe Amplo on July 1st, and it wasn’t long after that before he announced his commitment. Making the decision to commit to Navy has family ties to it. Aiello will have the opportunity to continue playing lacrosse with his older brother JJ who will begin his freshman year in the fall of 2023. Getting to play with JJ at the collegiate level was a big factor in his decision, and he’ll also be a part of something beyond just himself as he’ll be training to serve the United States.
Recognizing the 2024 goalie class, the LILJ has seen a number of goalies that have had remarkable seasons and continued it throughout the summer. Some of them already have a couple of years under their belts as a full time starter, while others may have shared the goalie duties and can see their playing time increased next spring. Here are 10 goalies to watch that are in line for big things in 2023!
This week the LILJ highlights the last line of defense and the ones manning the pipes. Often times a goalie that’s confident and has momentum can carry a team a long way. Here are 10 goalies seen by the LILJ. Some are coming off of monster 2022 seasons, others may have seen time briefly but could be in line for a break out 2023 season as they see their roles increased.