“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13).” The Red Bandana, a symbol of the purist form of love and compassion. Welles Crowther was a true example of this. Native of Nyack NY, Welles grew up playing sports and hanging out with his friends. Whether it was on the street, in the classroom, or on the field, Welles was always willing to lend a helping hand. When he was 16 years old, he joined the local fire department as a junior firefighter. Given to him by his father, the Red Bandana became a part of him. He carried it everywhere. In college, Welles was a star athlete, ripping it up on the lacrosse field. He possessed all the intangibles a coach wants in his players, and his teammates respected him for that. The people he met and experiences he had all shaped him into the man he was, preparing him for the toughest day of his life.
LI Lacrosse Journal
The New York State Regional Championships is a new event that is and will be a great opportunity for New York State High School lacrosse players to represent their region, Nassau, Suffolk, Parochial, NYC, Hudson Valley, Adirondack, Central or Western, and compete for a State Championship to see what region has the best lacrosse players in New York State. Eligibility for the event requires players to be a resident in NYS from the graduating classes of 2022 through 2019.
With similar records on the year as well as similar successes, the Lioness’s over as West Islip (8-3) will travel to Middle Country (8-3), for a 7:00 pm night game on May 9th. Emotions will be running high as this is the Wolverines Senior Day. It’s tough to say who will win this game based on their record as both teams have had major success as well as key losses. Both teams have losses to Ward Melville and Northport however Middle Country beat Smithtown West and lost to Riverhead, while West Islip beat Riverhead and lost to Smithtown West. I think this game will come down the experience and playing in the moment. Both teams have strong upperclassmen that possess the ability to make plays when called upon. Can MC defend their turf on Senior Night? Or will the West I’s pride claim victory? Find out tonight!
On May 7th, the Seahawks over at Cold Spring Harbor High School will travel to North Shore to battle the Lady Vikings. This game will prove to be a thriller as both teams are strong competitors in Nassau Power Conference 1. Picking up yet another victory against Port Washington, the lady laxers of Cold Spring Harbor have had a very successful season thus far, with a 11- 2 record on the year, 6-2 in conference. North Shore, who has been battling all year, suffering some close game losses is 7-6 on the year, 3-6 in conference. Putting the score column aside both teams have a plethora of talent.
A crosstown rival, the lady laxers over at Smithtown East will travel to Smithtown West on May 2nd to battle for bragging rights in the streets. Sitting at LI Lax Journal preseason poll seeds #8 and #11, with West at the forefront and the better record at 7-3. Going into this game, West may have the upperhand, however this game will prove to be a great contest, as emotions will be running high being that it is a rivalry game. Who will be the stronger Bull?
Two Storied Girls Lacrosse Programs will battle it out next Tuesday, April 24th @ Ward Melville High School. The Northport Tigers head east to Setauket to take on the Ward Melville Patriots. Both Class A teams come into the contest undefeated with 7 -0 records.
When interviewing the coaches; Coach Carol Rose of Northport & Coach Kerri Kilkenny of Ward Melville for the Long Island Lacrosse Journal, both coaches were asked what game should FLG Cover for the String King Game of the Week. Both coaches said Ward Melville & Northport respectively. This is game you won’t want to miss.
Neighboring towns, Commack and Northport will face it off on April 18th at Northport High School. Sitting at LI Lax Journal Preseason Poll #11 and #12 respectively, these two teams have been battling it out all year, trying to make their campaign as forces to be reckoned with in 2018. This games winner will be decided by whose Senior class is more determined to come out on top. Both squads return strong cores who are willing to go the extra mile for their teammates.
Preseason ranked number 6 and 7 respectively in the Nassau County coaches preseason poll, the Syosset Braves will travel from the North Shore down to the southern waters of Long Beach to face off against the Mariners on Saturday April 14th.
Neighboring towns, Commack and Northport will face it off on April 18th at Veterans Park. Sitting at LI Lax Journal Preseason Poll #11 and #12 respectively, these two teams have been battling it out all year, trying to make their campaign as forces to be reckoned with in 2018. This games winner will be decided by whose Senior class is more determined to come out on top. Both squads return strong cores who are willing to go the extra mile for their teammates.
Preseason ranked number 4, The Thunderbirds of Half Hollow Hills East will take on number 2, Smithtown West Bulls on Thursday, April 12th at Smithtown West High School. Struck by lighting, Hills East is electric when they take the field. Under new management, Coach Paul Benway and Justin O’Connell, have managed to get these boys flying higher than ever as they are off to a 4-0 start in the 2018 campaign. Hills East returns talent all over the field on both ends including midfielders Drew Martin (Air Force), Brett Martin (Hopkins), Mike Monitto (Lehigh), attackmen Ryan Doran (St. Joseph’s PA), Zach Cosentino (Catholic), LSM Sal Pascarella (St. Joseph’s PA), and defenseman Mike Gomez (Hopkins) and Conor Caiazza (Ithaca). Equally combatting Hills East’s strengths, Smithtown West is shaking up the competition all over the Island as the Bulls are 5-0 on the season. A philosophy built on focusing “One at a time,” Smithtown West is dialed in, ready for any challenge 2018 brings. Senior leadership is a huge aspect working in West’s favor. Talent in all positions, Smithtown West returns midfielders Matt Cattigan, Conor Calderone (FOGO- Maryland), Brandon Meir (Siena), Andrew Arce (Binghamton), attackmen Kyle Zawadzki (Yale), John Hoffman, Matt Miller (Quinnipiac), defenseman David Gonzalez (Christopher Newport) and goaltender Kyle Walker (Army). What is sharper, the horns of a Bull? Or the beak of a Bird? It all goes down today, Smithtown West vs. Half Hollow Hills East.