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LILJ Committed Feature with Emilia Retzlaff

One of the first 2024s to be taken off the board and commit to college is Ward Melville midfielder Emilia Retzlaff.  She recently announced her commitment to continue her lacrosse and academic career at the United States Naval Academy where she will also be training to serve the United States. The journey for Retzlaff to becoming a top flight two-way midfielder on the island began at the end of the fifth grade thanks to the dad of Grace Mulham who is one of Retzlaff’s best friends and current teammates.

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LILJ Ten 2024 Boys to Watch: Midfield

The LILJ will be highlighting ten players to watch from each position as we continue to recognize the class of 2024. This week we’re starting with the middies as they bring so many different components to the game to impact it in different ways. Here are ten middies seen by the LILJ that will continue to be players to watch moving forward as they enter their junior year, and stay tuned for next week where we’ll be highlighting ten players from a different position.

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LILJ Ten 2024 Girls to Watch: Midfielders & Draw Specialists

As we kick off our ten players to watch in the class of 2024 we’re starting with the middies and draw specialists. The combination of these two positions have the ability to control the game unlike any other. The pool of talent on the island in this is class extremely deep with different players bringing different skills and abilities to the table. Here are ten players from this loaded class of midfielders that the LILJ has seen that will continue to be players to watch moving forward, and be on the lookout each week as the LILJ will be touching on every position highlighting ten players to watch!

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Presenting the LILJ Girls Class of 2024 Watch List

The LILJ presents our deepest watch list of 2024s as they approach the all important date of September 1st which marks the day that they can begin being formally recruited to play at colleges all across the country. This remarkable group of ladies have poured in countless hours both on and off the field to get to this point. Over the weeks and months ahead many will be making that highly anticipated decision about which place they will be calling home for the next four years after high school. Please DM the LILJ when you’re committed and we’ll be sure to update the watch list with where you’re set to play in college. Here is the latest girls 2024 watch list!

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Presenting the LILJ Boys Class of 2024 Watch List

The time is now for the class of 2024. These young men have dedicated the entire spring and summer putting in the work on and off the field to get to September 1st which is the start of when they can officially begin being recruited by colleges all across the country as they aspire to take their talents to the next level. Throughout the coming weeks and months ahead many of them will be deciding which place they’ll call the next four years home at the conclusion of their high school careers. As commitments are made please DM the LILJ so that we can update the list of where players are committed. Here is the latest LILJ boys class of 2024 watch list!

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LILJ 2024 Girls All-Long Island Re-Announcement

September 1st is right around the corner which means that the time is now for the ladies in the class of 2024. Back in June the inaugural All-Long Island games saw the top rising juniors on the island display their talents in what was the beginning of a summer filled with an exorbitant amount of hard work and determination to get to this point of being recruited to play at the collegiate level. As the LILJ prepares to drop its deepest watch list yet, we have re-announced the top players in 2024 class who were selected to the All-Long Island Games. These players along with hundreds more will be featured on the 2024 watch list which will be dropping tomorrow!

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LILJ’s Top 10 Teams from the NLI

On July 7th and 8th, one of the most exciting events of the summer took place within the NLI. On those two days at Ward Melville High School, amazing teams across Long Island and a couple out of state teams battled it out. It was the best going against the best, and everyone put on a show. Take a look at the top 10 teams from the National Lacrosse Invitational.

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LILJ Announces the Boys All-Long Island Games

The LILJ is proud to announce that we will be hosting the boys All-Long Island Games for the classes 2023-2029. The All-Long Island Games are a way to celebrate the top players in each class and is by invite only. Back in the spring the inaugural All-Long Island Games took place for girls, and we are now doing the same for the boys. The boys All-Long Island Games will be broken up into two dates. The classes of 2024-2027 will be playing November 11th on Veterans Day at the SUSA Sports Complex in Central Islip. The classes of 2023, 2028, and 2029 will be playing in June of 2023 after the conclusion of the spring season at a location that is to be determined.

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LILJ Top Individual Performers at the National Lacrosse Invitational

Back in early July on the 7th and 8th the National Lacrosse Invitational was once again hosted at Ward Melville High School. A number of high school teams mainly from Long Island as well as a few out of state teams competed in the two day tournament to take home the NLI trophy. This year it was the Flyers from Chaminade that took home the trophy, but they along with plenty of other teams had some standout players that either produced like they are accustomed to or took their game to another level. Here were LILJ’s standout performers from this summer’s NLI!

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Top Individual Performers from the LI Summer Showdown

The Long Island Summer Showdown in July was filled with amazing talent. Some of the best 2023’s, 2024’s and 2025’s across America battled it out in front of some of the best college programs in the nation. Take a look at 10 players in each class that had exceptional performances.

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