In 2020, the Plainedge Girls Lacrosse Program, like the rest of Long Island, experienced the disappointing cancellation of the lacrosse season. In doing so, they lost some key players: Regina DiChiara, Brooke DiFede, and Victoria Fischetti, to name a few. It is without question, however, that the team is not short on talent. This comes as Head Coach Anthony Giovanelli makes his return to the varsity girls team; he and the rest of the team will look to impress during the new year.
Farmingdale’s Briana Bellando is an up and coming sophomore who’s looking to have a very impactful season for the Dalers at the midfield position. She has been playing lacrosse since she was in elementary school and will now have an opportunity to show off her skills on the varsity level. Bellando says that her speed and agility are the best things that she brings to the field. In 2019, the Dalers had a tremendous season going 14-3 and winning the Class A Championship. With Farmingdale historically having one of the top lacrosse teams Nassau, expect them to be right in the thick of things in the 2021 season. Bellando recently spoke with the LILJ about her thoughts on the upcoming season and on the possibility of playing in college. Check out the full interview down below!
Aidan Mulholland is preparing to take his skills to the University of Michigan next fall. Before the Manhasset midfielder becomes a Wolverine, he plans to make the most of his senior season following the spring’s cancellation. Mulholland distinguished himself among the class of 2021 by committing to UM just days before the rule change. He’s a skilled two-way player and has been a top performer among his class, which will help him stand out in the Big 10 conference.
HIGH SCHOOL WINTER LAX LEAGUE TO TAKE PLACE AT STONY BROOK NEW INDOOR ATHLETIC COMPLEX PRESENTED BY LILJ.
HUNTINGTON, NY, Nov. 6th, 2020 — After an exciting summer, Long Island lacrosse is back and better than ever — this time, at Stony Brook University’s brand new athletic complex! The Long Island Lacrosse Journal ‘LILJ’ has just teamed up with the D1 powerhouse to host the month-long High School event. Here are the details: beginning on December 5th, the winter league will feature both Boys and Girls High School teams from Nassau, Suffolk, and Parochial divisions! Each team will play seven regular-season games and a minimum of one playoff game, with the season ending on January 17th of next year. The league will get full coverage compliments of the Long Island Lacrosse Journal, including live streams, scores, stats, game coverage, and more.
Lutheran surely has its sights on success in 2021. That is, according to third-year Head Coach O’Reilly, who saw 2019’s roster to an impressive 16-3 record. The team went on to make it to the state semifinals, an achievement that exceeded expectations for that year. In continuing his vision to “take [his] team and make them competitive lacrosse players,” O’Reilly will rely on a plethora of college prospects in order to give LuHi some much-needed leadership.
Peter Thomann is a star in the making for Calhoun. He is going into his sophomore season for the Colts and is looking to have a big impact on their success. Lacrosse is something that runs in the Thomann family as he began playing at a young age with the help of his four brothers. He is continuing to get better each and every time he takes the field. Once his time comes to an end at Calhoun, Thomann has aspirations of taking his game to the next level as a collegiate athlete. Be on the look out for Thomann and the Colts to make a lot of noise in Nassau County over the next couple years. Check out more about Peter Thomann down below in this LILJ Young Gun Feature!
Abby Wise of Plainedge has announced that she will be taking her talents to Quinnipaic University. She is a very skilled and diverse midfielder. In the 2019 season she was third on the team in goals with 32 and first in assists with 46. Wise is in her senior season, and is still continuing to get better in areas such as her shooting so that she can take her game to another level. Looking ahead she says that she wants to leave Quinnipiac knowing that she became a much better player and that she left everything she had on the field. She recently spoke with the LILJ about what led to her committing to Quinnipiac and who some of the people are that have had a role in her success on the field.
The Northport Lady Tigers and the Ward Melville Lady Patriots are two of the elite teams in Suffolk County’s Conference A. Although these schools may not be right around the block from each other, the rivalry is certainly there and has been for a long time. These two teams constantly battle for one of the top spots in the standings and the 2019 season no different. Northport finished with the best record going 21-1 and winning both the Long Island and the state championship. Ward Melville wasn’t too shabby either, finishing with a 15-3 record and making a deep playoff run. However it was Northport that had the advantage in the head to head matchups. They took both games from Ward Melville, winning 12-6 in the regular season and 13-7 in the playoffs. Although Northport had the edge in 2019, the 2021 season will give Ward Melville a new opportunity to flip the script.