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.
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.
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.
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
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…”
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:
- 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!
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.
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.
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 ; )