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Then and Now; Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith

Shannon Smith grew up playing multiple sports. The West Babylon native played soccer and basketball before she got involved in lacrosse thanks to her father, brother and sister. Smith’s tremendous talents as an attacker/midfielder earned her a spot on the West Babylon varsity lacrosse team as a seventh grader. Smith says that as a member of the team as a seventh grader, having older teammates helped her a lot as they were leaders on the team.

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2020 PLL Atlas Preview

Jack Concannon (Goalie, St. Anthony’s, Hofstra)

PLL Atlas

2019 Record: 5-5

Head Coach: John Paul

Assistant Coaches: Chris Kolon & Jason Lamb

The Atlas look to make a statement this season after going .500 in 2019. Last year, the team was spearheaded by an attack squad of Eric Law, Kiernan McArdle, and Ryan Brown. Atlas’s roster also includes names like Cade van Raaaphorst and Paul Rabil, who stuffed the stat sheet with their great all around play. The squad has recently seen an uptick of Long Island natives who will represent the future of the league; Jack Concannon is one of the team. The PLL All Star and St. Anthony’s alum has been a central figure in his team’s success, earning over 147 saves at an impressive 55% rate. MacArthur native Scott Rodgers will also look to provide any additional help in goal. They are joined by midfielders John Crawley, Andrew Hodgson, and Kevin Unterstein, all of which have found great success at every level of the game thus far. Finally, NY Lizards Legend Rob Pannell and Virginia Attack Star James Pannell look to have an explosive 2020 season. Head Coach John Paul along with Assistant Coaches Chris Kolon and Jason Lamb are confident the squad can make it happen.

Players from Long Island

Jack Concannon (Goalie, St. Anthony’s, Hofstra)

John Crawley (Midfielder, Port Washington, Johns Hopkins)

Andrew Hodgson (Midfielder, West Islip, Towson)

James Pannell (Attack, Smithtown West, Virginia)

Rob Pannell (Attack, Smithtown West, Cornell)

Scott Rodgers (Goalie, MacArthur, Notre Dame)

Kevin Unterstein (Midfield, Shoreham Wading River, Hofstra)

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2020 PLL Archers Preview

Will Manny (Attack, St. Anthony’s, UMass)

PLL Archers

Head Coach:  Chris Bates

Assistant Coaches: Tony Resch & Brian Kavanagh

2019 Record: 5-5 (3rd Place Finish)

After a 5-5 season in 2019, The Archers look to improve their winning percentage going into the new year. The team, coached by Chris Bates and Assistant Coaches Tony Resch and Brian Kavanagh, is confident that their squad of young guns can get the job done. The group features a well rounded roster including names like Attacker Marcus Holman and Defender Jackson Place. The Archers also host a bunch of Long Island natives who have excelled at every level of the game thus far. This includes Will Manny, the St. Anthony’s alum who had an explosive 2019. In just 13 games, the attacker scored 35 goals and was ranked 13th in the league by his fellow players. The team also features names like Adam Ghitelman, who made a total of 84 saves in his career at an impressive 53% rate. The two will be joined by FOGO Brendan Fowler and an elite midfielder roster led by Tom Schreiber. The Princeton graduate was a titan for his Atlas team, scoring 17 goals while leading the league in assists. Fellow teammates and Long Islanders Dominique Alexander, Christian Mazzone, and Tyler Pfister all show great lacrosse IQ and look to see greater contributions in 2020.

Players from Long Island

Dominique Alexander (Midfield, Baldwin, Ohio State)

Brendan Fowler (FOGO, Chaminade, Duke)

Adam Ghitelman (Goalie, Cold Spring Harbor, Virginia)

Will Manny (Attacker, St. Anthony’s, UMass)

Christian Mazzone (Midfield, Rutgers, Ward Melville)

Tyler Pfister (Midfield, Ohio State, Garden City)

Tom Schreiber (Midfield, Princeton, St. Anthony’s)

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Johnny Maccarone is Heading to the Big Ten

Johnny Maccarone (2021, Attack, St. Anthony’s)- Ohio State.

St. Anthony’s attacker Johnny Maccarone has announced that he will playing in college at Ohio State for the Buckeyes. Playing for such a successful team like St. Anthony’s, and going up against some of the top ranked teams in the country, Maccarone says that has helped him tremendously as he gets ready to play in college. His lethal scoring ability was put on display last season when he recorded an eight goal game against Chaminade in 2019. With one more year remaining with the Friars, Maccarone will look to help lead them to another league championship in 2021 before his high school career comes to a close. Continue reading about Johnny Maccarone down below in this interview with the LILJ.

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Top Performers in the class of 2021 in the Summer Showdown

Ryan Behrens (Midfield, West Islip, Brown).

The final day of the Summer Showdown did not disappoint. Yesterday was the class of 2021’s turn to showcase their skills in front of the lacrosse world. These rising seniors were eager to get out there and play yesterday after long months of not being able to play the sport they love. Here are the top performers in the class of 2021 in the Summer Showdown!

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Top Performers in the Class of 2022 in the Summer Showdown

Michael Leo (2022, Attack, St. Anthony’s). Photo Taken by Erik Harris.

The Class of 2022 came out to play today as they are trying to make a name for themselves in preparation for September 1st. Here is a recap of the top performers in the class of 2022 at the Summer Showdown!

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Top Performers in the Class of 2023 in the Summer Showdown

After a couple of long months, the LILJ finally got to see some of Long Island’s best in the class of 2023 at the Summer Showdown presented by Top Lacrosse Tournaments. After long months of these kids not being able to play the sport they love, they were eager to go out there and make a name for themselves at the Connecticut Sportsplex in North Branford. These young male athletes did not disappoint. Here are the top performers in the class of 2023 at this year’s Summer Showdown!

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Committed Corner

Johnny Maccarone (2021, Attack, St. Anthony’s)- Ohio State.


Johnny Maccarone (2021, Attack, St. Anthony’s)- Ohio State: Maccarone is super quick with the stick. He has the ability to elude defenders and shoot from anywhere on the field. When he doesn’t have the ball he always seems to find himself in the right spots so that when the ball finds him, he’s in position to score. Look for Maccarone to have a huge scoring season in 2021.

Jordan Gangaram (2021, LSM, Manhasset)- Amherst: Gangaram has the physicality and the will to go after the ball. He isn’t afraid to get rough and when he has the ball in the open field, look out. Playing for a great team like Manhasset means they’ll have high expectations going into the 2021 season.

George Panagopoulos (2021, Defense, Friend’s Academy)- Tufts:  Panagopoulos is what you call a shut down defender. He is ranked as one of the top players in the region. When facing the oppositions top goal scorers, he makes it incredibly difficult for them to score. Panagopoulos is physical, tenacious, and has a high IQ for the game. Friend’s Academy will look to have a strong defense next season with Panagopoulos leading the way.

James Laudenslager (2021, Attack/Midfield, Chaminade)- Middlebury: Laudenslager is one with great speed. He has the ability to blow past defenders and also score in traffic. Laudenslager should be able to put up some high scoring totals next season for Chaminade as they try to win another league championship.

Albert Paniccia (2021, Midfield, Friends Academy)- Binghamton: Paniccia is a dual threat offensive player that can score and facilitate. He has great vision on the field and seems to always know when it’s the right time for him put the ball in the net himself or find the open man. He’s been a starter for Friend’s Academy since the eighth grade and should once again have another stellar season in 2021.

Alex Fascilla (2021, Goalie, Huntington)- Babson: Fascilla is very skilled at protecting the net. He always finds himself in the proper stance ready to make a save. Look for Fascilla to be the starting goalie for Huntington next season and be the anchor of their defense.


Anna Spehr (2021, Midfield, CSH)- Middlebury: Spehr is a fierce competitor who is willing to put in all of the work to be the best that she possibly can. She has a knack of knowing where to be on the field to put herself in position to score. At Cold Spring Harbor she has competed in practice with and against some of the best players on Long Island which will help her moving forward as she continues to elevate her game. We hope Anna has continued success at Middlebury.

Isabelle Palladino (2021, Midfield, Pat Med)- Mercy:  Palladino’s great scoring ability always has defenders on edge. She is always active on the field and her high IQ allows her to make quick decisions. The Mavericks will be thrilled to have her on their team.

Alexa Corbin (2021, Midfield/Attack, Miller Place)- Rutgers: Corbin makes scoring look so easy. She is extremely quick and flashy when she has the ball. When she is out in the open field, good luck trying to stop her. Miller Place has a great one in Corbin, and soon Rutgers will too.

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College Coaches Face Challenges With Recruiting Restrictions

The coronavirus pandemic has created many obstacles for college coaches when it comes to getting a look at high school players they are looking to add to their program. For the class of 2021, their is a high level of urgency to find other ways to view players due to the fact this would normally be the time that they are being recruited by college coaches. The traditional way of going to high school games and summer league tournaments won’t be happening this year which means that coaches will have to heavily rely on video from previous seasons to evaluate players.

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Then and Now; Kevin Cassese

Kevin Cassese began playing lacrosse at a young age after being introduced to the game by his travel baseball teammates who played. John Banks, who was a dad of one of his teammates invited him to an indoor practice which is where he first really got into the game. Cassese also played on a Comsewogue youth lacrosse team coached by John Dobias which also helped spark his love for the game. Cassese attributes his love for the game to those two men.

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