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Committed Corner Week of 11/11

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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 gb ability is impressive to say the least. Once she develops that same dominance on the offensive side of the ball, watch out! Congrats to Jordan on becoming a Seawolve.

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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 asked Wilson to talk about why he decided to call himself a Blue Devil. 

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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 Wading River standout, Chris Gray recentently just transferred from Boston University to UNC. The Schwarz brother’s will be added to that group. The LILJ asked Tyler and Johnny Schwarz to talk about their life changing decision:

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Matt Maloney; Championship Coach

Matt Maloney has been one of the best lacrosse coaches in Suffolk county for a long time. The irony? He never played.

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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 streak come to an end at the hands of MacArthur.  Sullivan, Linebacker, was undeterred by the loss if anything the loss put the streak behind them the Trojans can finally put all their focus on winning a fourth straight title.

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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 as a freshman. He then began his transition into coaching, he was the Player/Coach for the Blue Devils club lacrosse team. Coaching is in his blood both of parents were coaches and Nick was a natural. After Duke, Woll returned to Long Island and was given his shot. Continue Reading

 
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Emily and Hannah Heller; Twin Connection

Hannah and Emily are two of the most dynamic players to ever come through West Babylon, and they just so happen to be twins. The Heller girls  were sensational during their time as Eagles, and the twins comprised one of the most feared midfielder duos in Suffolk County. Years of hard work came to fruition during their season when the girls combined for an astonishing 122 points. Emily lead the way in goals with 47 and the twins had 23 assists each. Hannah had 49 goals during the girls’ junior season and that is the family record. Last year Hannah just barely edged out Emily in ground balls  and Emily bested her in draw controls. The two girls were a match up nightmare in all aspects of their game.

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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 was All-Long Island and three times he was named specialist of the year. On top of the local accolades, twice he received national recognition as an All-American. To top off his outstanding high school career Calderone won the Lt. Ray Enners Award as the most outstanding player in Suffolk County. Continue Reading

 
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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 Mavericks’ success. With the addition of some key transfers, we are looking to repeat in the conference and building towards a deep tournament run.” Senior Attack Tommy McPartland

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Jaden Hampel; Getting Ready for Her Final Ride.

Jaden Hampel stars across sports. The senior just wrapped up her stellar high school soccer career. West Islip watched a superstar finish strong, Jaden netted 18 goals during the 2019 season including a hat trick against Farmingdale in the team’s second game. Hampel was on a mission for success during her final run as a Lion, leading the team to the Suffolk class AA championship game against Smithtown West. Jaden scored the only goal of the game as West Islip won the county title.

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