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NYLA FLG Boys 2020-2022 Recap

On Saturday June 8th, The FLG 2020, 2021,and 2022 teams competed in the NYLA Tournament at St Paul’s Recreation Athletic Complex in Garden City. With a ton of College coaches standing on the sideline, the FLG boys wanted to make an impression, and they did just that. When you play in these Summer tournaments, it’s not about the score, it’s about having fun and getting better, and the FLG boys followed that motto.

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Shoreham-Wading River comes back from a 7 goal deficit to win their seventh LIC

This game was an absolute thriller. The Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks jumped out to an 8-4 lead at halftime, and were up 11-6 with 3:09 left in the third. Shoreham-Wading River would not let their season end this way after a huge upset victory against Mount Sinai. This is where the fun began.

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Ward Melville beats Smithtown West in overtime for the Suffolk County Class A championship

Over the last couple of seasons, these two powerhouses have been up there as two of the top teams in not only Suffolk County, but Long Island. Going into the season, these were the top two ranked teams in Suffolk County. This hasn’t been the typical Ward Melville season as they had a couple of tough conference losses to both Northport and Smithtown East, but in their first two playoff games, they got their mojo back. From a Smithtown West perspective, they have been smooth sailing throughout the 2019 season. They were dominant the entire season, especially in the playoffs as they steam rolled Sachem East and West Islip, two very talented teams. The first time these teams played, Smithtown West was up 8-2 at halftime, but Ward Melville attempted to make a comeback late, but Smithtown West pulled out the victory, 11-8.

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Manhasset defeats Harborfields to win their first LIC since 2015

Photo Credit: Myles Tintle Photography

As soon as the whistle blew on the first face off of the game, the Manhasset Indians dominated this game and never looked back. Manhasset was coming off a double overtime thrilling victory over Garden City, and the momentum they gained in that game continued in the LIC.

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Northport beats Smithtown East in the 2nd round of the Suffolk County Class A Playoffs

The crowd was rowdy for this battle between two tough and gritty teams and it was an old school Suffolk County class A match up. These teams played earlier in the season where Northport blew Smithtown East, 14-5, so Smithtown East was looking to redeem themselves in a win or go home situation

 

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BYG Episode 1, Girls Recruiting Hangout

Beyond The Game is officially going LIVE on Tuesday, January 8th at 7:30PM. Our first official episode will bring in three of America’s top Head Coaches from the Women’s College game to discuss recruiting. This episode is open to anyone! (Access the show by visiting our facebook page here.) Be sure to learn all about our special guests below:

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Going Pro

Two standout FLG Alumni, John Crawley (2013) and Tyler Warner (2014), are taking on the real world by storm. Check out their note worthy answers to some tough questions and get the insight on how their journey with the game of lacrosse not only prepared them for game day on the field, but also prepared them for everyday life.

“What’s up guys! Devin here with FLG Lacrosse. If you just answer these questions to the best of your ability, I would really appreciate it. Hope you guys are doing well, I will see you guys soon…”

Best,

Devin

1. When did you start playing lacrosse, and when did you realize that you wanted to pursue playing in college?
2. Talk about your college experience on and off the field, and how did playing in college prepare you for the real world?
3. Talk about your Professional Lacrosse career thus far, how is the game different, what are you doing in terms of training to maintain and be able to play at that level?
4. Currently, what are you doing for you career/ job, how has lacrosse helped you pursue your career?
Tyler Warner’s Response:
“What’s up Dev,
Please see my answers below:
Best,
Ty
1. I started playing lacrosse in 4th grade after my dad was rummaging through the newspaper, probably Newsday, and saw that the majority of kids on Long Island that were committing to play a division I sport, were committing to play lacrosse. Although he had never played, he figured that my brother and I should at least give the sport a try. I had grown up playing baseball, football and basketball, and figured that I would probably play football or basketball in college, until about 8th-9th grade, when I started to see that I was decent at lacrosse. I ended up loving the sport (even though admittedly, football is still my first love), and really considered playing in college at around this point.
2. Going to Yale, was definitely an interesting experience. Playing lacrosse there was by far the best part of my experience while in school. The social aspect, for me at least, wasn’t anything to write home about, even though I know most people on my team thoroughly enjoyed themselves. For what Yale lacked for me off the field, was definitely made up for while on the field. I loved pretty much everything about the program. I loved coach Shay and the rest of the coaching; really just a bunch of great guys that have more fun than you would think and love lacrosse. I also loved the opportunity to be able to compete daily with my teammates. The “toughness” culture that Yale had, was exactly what I was looking for and I have no complaints from a lacrosse aspect at all over my 4 years. Winning a national championship was pretty cool as well.
I think college lacrosse prepared me for the real world because it really tested my ability to manage time effectively. Obviously, going to Yale you know that the academic workload will be tremendous, especially as a pre-med major. There were a lot of long nights, and grindy semesters but getting through it while also maintaining a high level of lacrosse play better prepared me for the daily rigors of adult life (and hopefully med school down the road).
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Tyler Warner #13 – Yale University (2018)
3. The MLL was another interesting experience. I am very grateful to the Florida Launch for giving me an opportunity to play professionally, and for giving me a chance to compete against some of the best players in the world. Honestly though, it paled in comparison to the college lacrosse experience mainly because of the structure of the league; and I guess that kind of speaks to the state of professional lacrosse today. Showing up on Friday for a night practice, then rolling the balls out on Saturday isn’t exactly the most ideal situation for producing a great lacrosse product, but you make it work. Hopefully, things will be on the up-swing with the new PLL forming so that professional lacrosse will actually feel like a professional sport. Overall, the game isn’t that much faster than college lacrosse, but obviously the players for the most part are better. . It’s definitely a little harder to play defense, due to the rule differences between college and pro, and the increase in skill level of the offensive players. I think that college lacrosse bringing back the “dive” and implementing a shot clock, will make the transition from college to pro even easier. As far as training goes, I’ve pretty much tried to stay on-track with my college workout regimen, even though that’s made difficult while working full-time. Just finding time to get your cardio and weight-training in after a long day is sometimes a hassle, but I think I’ve done a fair job of managing that so far.
4. Currently, I’m doing research in the sports med department at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. I plan to work here for two years before pursuing med school. The Yale lacrosse alumni community has done a great job with all of our guys in assisting them with getting jobs. The position I currently hold at the hospital was actually filled by a former Yale lacrosse player that helped me to get the job, and I know this same trend holds true for many of my teammates no matter what industry they’re currently in.”
John Crawley’s Response: 
“May have gotten a bit long winded in my answers. LMK if you need anything else!
JC
 
1. I started playing lacrosse in 4th grade. My best friend to this day, Tommy Amato signed up for lacrosse, and, being a baseball player, I made fun of him for it. When he came back with a lacrosse stick, and could somewhat catch and throw after his first couple of practices, I knew I had to beat him. I was signed up shortly after because I couldn’t let him be better than me at it.
Playing in college first became a realization when I first made an FLG team going into 9th grade. Knowing that I was capable of playing with some of the best players on Long Island made me feel like it was a possibility, lofty… but possible. I didn’t think I’d ever go on and play division 1 lacrosse necessarily, but when I started to love training, competing, and seeing progress is when I really committed to making it my dream.
2. I loved my college lacrosse experience at Johns Hopkins University. From my Freshman Year, to my Senior Year… From the coaching staff, to the 50 best friends I made in that locker room every year… From the world class education, to the big-time atmosphere around the Hopkins lacrosse program… From 6AM Practices on Homewood, to the 4th quarter in a one goal game vs. Maryland in the Final 4… I am forever grateful for every phase of my experience, every teammate I had, for every win and every loss.
The lesson I’m most thankful for learning through college is learning about what the preparation process truly looks like, and eventually becoming competitively obsessed with that process.
When you step on campus and are led by Coach Petro, Benson, Dwan, Dyer etc. and a group of seniors that have been there for four years – you quickly get to see what true preparation looks like. I quickly realized that the guys who work hard – play. And if I could take every day as an opportunity to, almost competitively, work harder than whoever was in eyesight – that I could earn the opportunity to play. From a young age, my dad taught me – what you put in, is what you get out… it’s that simple. This is something that was very obvious once I was at school. On the foundation of this belief, I knew I could put myself in a position to be successful athletically and academically.
That’s a lesson that I know I could bring with me into whatever I do. Whether it be trading stock on Wall Street, or Coaching College Lacrosse like I do now. What you put into things is what you get out of them and when that’s as clear as it was to me when I first stepped on campus – I knew I had to be better than everyone at THAT. Not at lacrosse, but at being better at preparing.
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John Crawley #44 – Johns Hopkins University (2017)
3. I’ve loved the past two years being a professional lacrosse player. Being able to compete at the highest level of our sport is a humbling stage to be on. I’m always amazed playing with such impressive players, from different backgrounds and playing styles – and have loved all the opportunity to learn and grow as a player, and coach. Most obviously, possessions are quicker… but, the lacrosse is all the same. The ability to prepare as a team is the thing that becomes difficult to deal with at times, but the talent across every roster often masks that fact.
I’m blessed with the opportunity to make what I love to do my career, not only can I continue to compete as a player at the highest level – but I’m also able to coach division 1 lacrosse at the highest level at Colgate University.
My job and lifestyle allows me to train just as I did as I did when I was in school. I try to lift 4-6 times a week, play wall ball and shoot at least 2-3 times as well. Being able to train with my players is something I look forward to every day. Whether it be putting together a shooting workout for myself and a couple of our guys, or watching film with a guy or two – I’m able to constantly be thinking lacrosse. My life is lacrosse, I eat, sleep and think the game. I think this allows me to stay prepared, and focused on getting better.
4. I am the offensive coordinator at Colgate University. So… without lacrosse I wouldn’t have a career. However, for the lessons I spoke about earlier, is what I think lacrosse really provided me as a person. I try to competitively prepare on a daily basis, and the fact that I’ve fallen in love with that process is what I think lacrosse has truly helped me with in pursuing my career.”
 
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Lacrosse & Entrepreneurs

When I was presented with the challenge of comparing lacrosse and entrepreneurship, I quickly learned this wasn’t a challenge at all. When you extract the characteristics of what it takes to become great at lacrosse, you will quickly learn those same qualities are necessary to become a successful entrepreneur.

On the latest episode of Anatomy of an Entrepreneur, I sat down with Producer Cliff Sobel to dive into the similarities between lacrosse and entrepreneurship. Some of those similarities include:

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Grit
  • Perseverance
  • Accountability
  • much more!

Lacrosse is a sport that is on the rise. It’s a sport that is catching on. It’s cool. It’s relevant. It’s a sport people are interested in and want to explore for themselves. Entrepreneurship is the same. Watch Cliff and I discuss more about Lacrosse & Entrepreneurs below!

 
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Beyond The Game, Mini-Series

Hey All!

Check out our first mini-series for our live streamed show starting after the new year, Beyond The Game. (Apologies for the audio being static in the first five minutes, I promise it gets better!)

One of the beautiful things of live streaming, you have to figure it out on the fly. A lot like the sport of lacrosse itself.

Players on the field don’t have the luxury of stopping the play, turning their heads to the sideline and asking their coaches what play to run. The game is live, free flowing, and goes up and down. Be prepared! A form of preparation that takes lots of proper practice. How many times were you put in a situation where you had to read, react, and make a decision? Something we try to do a lot of in our FLG program. Play FLG, get a lot of mindful practice. We think about this stuff, a lot. It’s all about preparing our players for the next level. Being ready to play, live.

Anyways, enjoy the show! Many more great clips of information, guests, and lacrosse talk to come.

-Corey

 
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Is Long Island Lacrosse the Best?!

A question that gets many lacrosse fans from Strong Island to give an emphatic “YES!” However, for those who live off this great island, their response can be summed up with a “Here we go again.” If

Let us start by dissecting what is means when us lacrosse nuts say, ‘the best.’

The association between ‘the best’ and ‘largest hotbed’ is evident when lacrosse enthusiasts debate. A lacrosse hotbed includes deep roots in the game in one geographical area, tremendous growth at the youth level with players picking up sticks before they can walk, High School programs who are dedicated to going above and beyond in order to compete during the Spring lacrosse season, and programs unfolding players who go on to become impact players at some of America’s elite lacrosse programs. Using this definition of hot bed, Long Island is no doubt a lacrosse hot-bed.

Ward Melville can be described as a lacrosse rich town with great youth coaching, families who have deep roots in the game, and a High School program that is known for winning championships and producing some of colleges most impactful players! Photo-cred: FLG Lacrosse

Second, the best lacrosse includes sophisticated, persistent, and regimented player development from youth thru High School. Long Island is an example of a geographical area with an over-abundance of moms, dads, and coaches who know and teach the sport. These coaches passion for teaching the game has given athletes on Long Island a chance to learn the game young, play the right way, and go on to excel beyond High School. There are other pockets around America that have parents and grandparents who were raised on the game, now offering their passion and insight to the next generation of stars. Some of these pockets include Philadelphia, Baltimore, or Boston.

Lastly, the best lacrosse includes areas who have people that talk about the game. Philadelphia, for example, has a site (PhillyLacrosse.com) dedicated to promoting the sport, the players, and teams in their area. The Genesee Valley area of New York has a site (BLaxFive.net) with in depth score updates, stats, write-ups, and player commits for every High School lacrosse program in the area. On Long Island, FLG’s digital magazine (Long Island Lacrosse Journal) previews every High School team on Long Island, includes key returners with highlight videos, coaches interviews, games of the week, and much more. Media surrounding the sport of lacrosse is growing, especially in some of America’s top hot beds. National networks, such as the Lax Sports Net (LSN) are doing a great job covering the sport Nationally at all levels, youth, high school, college, professional, and indoor.

While it’s up for debate who has ‘the best’ lacrosse, it’s evident that many pockets around the country have some really good lacrosse. For FLG, the rise and interest surrounding the sport has created this urge to talk more and more about it. Besides FLG’s digital magazine, blog posts, weekly email updates on lacrosse on Long Island, we are rolling out a LIVE STREAMED show via YouTube & Facebook called Beyond The Game. This new platform will not only give us an opportunity to talk about the sport, but we can now connect and share linchpins, mavons, coaches, experts, professionals, and enthusiasts surround the game itself.

Be sure to follow FLG Lacrosse on Instagram to stay in the loop on everything we are doing to promote the game in ‘the best’ area of the country ; )

 
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