LI Lacrosse Journal

Massapequa vs. Wantagh PREVIEW ‘South Shore Showdown’

A BIG week in the LI Lacrosse world. FLG Lacrosse will be covering top A schools competing all across the island. Keep an eye out for these games and make sure you follow the along as high school lacrosse begins conference play.

The South Shore Showdown: Massapequa vs. Wantagh

Sitting as preseason poll 2 and 3 respectively, The Massapequa Lady Chiefs will battle it out against power conference foe The Wantagh Warriors. A south shore showdown, these two teams will take the field on Wednesday April 11th at Massapequa High School to claim their territory as the dominant program south of Merrick Road. Coming off a Class A Nassau County Championship in 2017, Massapequa returns a skilled and experienced upper class. Possessing a plethora of threats, the Chiefs are dominant in the offensive half. At the midfield, ‘Pequa is led by senior Jackie Gatti (Hofstra), followed by junior trio Kate Fiola (Hofstra), Sophie Macchia (JMU) and Cara Sciano (Hofstra) as well as sophomore Alexa Gentile (UNC). Making plays all over the field these girls have the ability to put the ball in the net, as well as transfer to senior attackers Laura Callahan (Army) and Jordan Taylor (Binghamton). Can the Warriors of Wantagh match the intensity that ‘Pequa brings? In her inaugural season, Coach Lauren Schwalje brings the energy to compete at the highest level. The Warriors are led by seniors Kayla Conway (Pace) and Anna Kauffman (Hofstra), alongside junior Danielle Carson (USC). It all goes down today in the South Shore Showdown.  

 
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Zach Hobbes For the WIN!

Zach Hobbes, Harvard Commit, scores the game winning goal in OT for Ward Melville to beat West Islip today!

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Public Vs. Private

With both teams recording win streaks to start off their seasons, Massapequa will face off on their home turf against parochial powerhouse Chaminade on Wednesday April 4th. A Public vs. Private match up, these two programs are arguably the best in their league. While they both have started off their seasons on the right foot, only one victor can be named. It all goes down next week on the south shore of LI.

Massapequa was unanimously voted the top lacrosse program in Nassau County. Working hard in the offseason, the Chiefs have built a winning tradition predicated on skill and finesse. Head Coach Tim Radomski accompanied by legendary NCC Coach George Powers, have truly built a powerhouse program, year after year proving that they are at the top of the totem pole in Nassau County Class A. Working hard in offseason training, ‘Pequa returns talent on both sides of the ball. Starting on the offense, All-County attackman Timmy Ley (Boston U.), controls the pace, owning the hash and stretch shooting through defense on the left side. He is accompanied by an insane amount of talent at the midfield including key notables Garrett Gibbons (Maryland), Kevin Lynsky (Wesleyan), Sam Lufti (Hofstra) and fogo Angelo Petrakis (Cornell), all possessing the ability to come up with big plays all over the field. On the defensive end, The Chiefs are loaded, defending the knowns and protecting the house. In the cage, All- County goaltender Mike Venezia (Lehigh) is surrounded by defensemen All- County Griff Hawthorne (Notre Dame), Brian Leneghan (Bowdoin) and Kenny Brower (Duke).

For 39 seasons, Head Coach Jack Moran, has built one of the most competitive lacrosse programs in the country. Built on three pillars “God, Family and Teammates,” Chaminade brings energy and effort like no other when they play. Settling for nothing less than excellence, the Flyers walk into every game with the same mojo, playing to the best of their ability. For the 2018 season, Chaminade is stacked on the offense end. At the midfield, seniors Sean Kuttin (Yale), Will Kusnierek (Princeton) and Chris Nicholas (UNC) all know their roles and get their jobs done. At attack, Aidan Byrnes (Army) and Pat Kavanagh (Notre Dame) are dynamic, controlling the ball, translating their skill into points on the scoreboard. Piloting the defense, the Flyers are led by Andrew Bonafede (Duke) in the cage and Frank Marinello (Duke) and Anthony Trangredi (Lehigh) at defense on the low bases. Chaminade prides themselves on playing and extremely strong schedule. They are motivated to rise to the challenge and fly over their opponents.

Based on my analysis, and key returners of both squads for the 2018 season, I believe that Chaminade will come out on top of this game. The Flyers, are Boeing 747 powerful on the offensive end, maybe a little too much to handle for the Chiefs. I believe that Massapequa will have the edge with Petrakis at the face-off X, which will definitely be a factor in order to keep them in the game however Chaminade will get to 10 and take home the victory.

 
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Hewlett vs. Lynbrook PREVIEW

Midweek Match-Up, separated by a few streets the Hewlett Bulldogs will face off against the Lynbrook Owls on Wednesday March 28th. Named “The Seawane Cup” these two Nassau County powerhouses will look to get their second wins of the 2018 season. Longstanding rivals in all sports, Lynbrook vs. Hewlett is something that you will not want to miss. When these two varsity lacrosse programs take they field, prepare for an absolute battle for 60 minutes. Can the Owls maneuver past the bite of the Bulldogs yet another time? It all goes down today at 4:30PM.

Hewlett returns an overall young team, led by two standouts, Alex Vadaro (Princeton) and Gavin Adler (Cornell). These two guys are tough, willing to lay it all out on the field for their teams. “Do it all” type players Vadaro and Adler are seen all over the field at every position. Gavin isn’t afraid to make plays on the defensive end, and even showcases his stick skills on man up with the pole. Alex is the commander on the offensive end, and he even takes wings on the face off and locks it in as a man down shorty. Trying to fill the void of Hewlett 2017 standout Ethan Grossman, who amassed 60 goals a season ago, these two guys will be doing everything in their power tomorrow and in every game this season to ‘win.’ A key link that will definitely lighten the load on these two guys is senior goaltender Max May. All- County a season ago. Max is lights out in the pipes. If the Bulldogs want a shot at taking home The Seawane Cup, these guys must be on fire in tomorrow’s game.

Combatting Hewlett will be next door neighbor Lynbrook. Known for having a plethora of team spirit and Lynbrook town pride, the Owls are proud to represent their team, their school and their town. Since 2013, The Owls have had their head on the swivel, taking home The Sewane Cup over the Bulldogs. Only losing twice to the Bulldogs, once in 2012 and another way back in 2004, Lynbrook is for sure the dominant team in this matchup. After making the Nassau County Class C final a season ago, the Owls are geared up looking to claim their second win of 2018, and build up momentum in order to take them back to that moment. A true ‘brotherhood,’ the Lynbrook way focuses on building team chemistry off the field in order to have more success on the field. It all starts with great leaders as Lynbrook returns a tough senior class. Offensively, the Owls return some weapons. Starting with senior midfielder Tommy O’Brien, who stepped up big and made a great campaign in 2017, followed by senior attack trio Mike Bouhall, Garret Handel and Matt Renz. Locking down the low bases, senior defenseman Tom Urena and junior defenseman Joe Demonte will be the backbone of the Owls, focusing on getting stops, creating havoc and getting the ball to the offense to finish the job.

Predictions are difficult to make as both teams are relatively young, losing many standouts in 2017 due to graduation. It should definitely be noted that the Seniors of both squads will absolutely need to step up if they want to take home The Seawane Cup. While Lynbrook may have the advantage on the offensive end, I believe that Vadaro and Adler will be able to rally the Bulldogs and combat Lynbrooks strengths. This game will for sure be an absolute dog fight, and a score separated by no more than 3 goals. Hewlett vs Lynbrook, see you there.

 
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FLG’s Long Island Lacrosse Journal – LIVE!

FLG Lacrosse is proud to announce that our Long Island Lacrosse Journal is now published. Enjoy reading about every High School lacrosse program on Long Island right here!

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PREVIEW – Lax Out Cancer Event

Today’s Lax Out Cancer event will be at Shoreham-Wading River High School. 4 High School programs will be competing agiainst one another to raise money and awareness for Alexa, Grayson, Hannah, and Jackson, four children diagnosed with Cancer.  Donations for the cause will be accepted at the gates before every game.  All proceeds will be going towards the support of the 4 children diagnosed with cancer. This year, the event involves 2 varsity games, 1 JV game, and 4 different school districts. Besides a competitive day of lacrosse, the Lax Out Cancer event is an amazing opportunity for College lacrosse teams, travel teams, camps, and lacrosse merchandisers to advertise their respective programs and companies to a lacrosse market, while also donating to a great cause.

The first varsity game we have is Shoreham-Wading River (10-2) vs Garden City (10-3) at 2:00 p.m. Senior studs, Jamie Atkinson, J.B. Beisel, and Finn Gibbons will look to lead this Garden City squad to its second win in a row. On the other side of the bench, senior Chris Gray (Boston University Commit) has been lighting up all stat sheets this season, and is hoping to lead the Wildcats to their ninth win in a row.

The Second Varsity game on the day will be Miller Place (10-2) vs Bellport (5-7).

Junior Attackman for the Miller Place Panthers Patrick Doyen and Anthony Seymour hope to earn the Panther’s eleventh win on the season. Although it hasn’t been the season the Bellport Clippers were hoping for, they will strive towards an upset today, and capture their second in a row after beating Hampton Bays by 10+ goals last week.

We are looking forward to a great day of lacrosse and hopeful, y a ton of money is raised to support cancer.

 
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ANALYSIS – Ward Melville vs. Hills East

Following Yesterday’s prime time matchup between Hills East and Ward Melville it is safe to say that Hills East is most definitely legit.  In a triple OT thriller that contained back and forth action with great goalie play and tons of physicality.  Even the fans were going crazy, at one point it looked as if the parents of Hills East wanted to get into a little skirmish with the Ward Melville high school kids.  I guess that’s what happens when two big-time schools face-off for the game of the week, tempers begin to flare.

Dylan Pallonetti, #34 Sophomore, netted 4 goals yesterday against Hills East. Photo taken by FLG Lacrosse, Inc.

After just barely getting by Hills East, Ward Melville managed to remain a perfect 12-0 in conference. Sophomore Dylan Pallonetti, UMass Commit, scored 4 goals showing excellent skills, great awareness, and an incredible lefty shot.  Pallonetti has a tremendous lax IQ and is one of the Patriots threats on the offensive side of the ball.  Another stud on the offensive side of the ball for the Patriots yesterday was two-way middie Eddie Munoz who netted 3 goals including the game winner in triple OT.  Munoz is a strong tough middie that also possesses great stick skills and has a knack for the back of the net. Stony Brook might just have a superstar coming there way next year.  On top of all that Perry Cassidy was outstanding in goal with 11 saves including a couple in OT to keep the Patriots alive along with Andrew Mckenna (Navy Commit) who played great lockdown defense of East’s best player, Sean Lulley.  

It was a great battle between Sean Lulley & Andrew McKenna yesterday. Lulley netted two goals and McKenna played the Penn Commit with physicality and aggressive play. Photo taken by FLG Lacrosse, Inc.

Overall the Patriots proved why they are one of the top public school programs in the nation as they were able to handle the adversity of being in a back and forth game with a school in Hills East that was very underrated.  The Patriots loved to possess the ball on offense and stick to their game plan of Pass, Pass, Dodge to break down the stellar Hills East defense. On defense the Patriots were compact and smart with their sticks and timing their checks, leading to a bunch of caused TOs.  Ultimately, their style of play allowed them to be successful even in this tough grudge match type of game.

Perry Cassidy had 11 saves on the day with several coming in OT. Perry is heading to Western Connecticut in the Fall. Photo Taken by FLG Lacrosse

Hills East, on the other hand, proved to be a force to be reckoned with even though they couldn’t capture the win.  Coming into this game no one believed Hills East even had a shot at competing with a powerhouse like Ward Melville, never less take them into a triple OT thriller.  But Hills East did just that, their defense was absolutely outstanding.  They looked like lions stalking their prey as they were causing TOs left and right and grabbed every ground ball in site.  Led by Junior Mike Gomez who is a BEAST.  This kid almost single-handedly won the game for East, you name it he does it, faceoff, get GBs, lock down the oppositions best player, and even score goals.  Yes, this kid can score, in yesterday’s matchup Gomez netted 3 goals, two coming straight off faceoff wins.  On defense he was just as good, picking up GBs like it was nothing and sticking to kids like clue when he was matching up.  Johns Hopkins might just get one of the best defensemen in the County in the next year.  

Mike Gomez was a beast yesterday. If 3 Goals and 8 face-off wins wasn’t enough, he almost won the game in OT. Photo taken by FLG Lacrosse, Inc.

On the offensive side of ball, Sean Lulley was the main threat.  The UPenn Commit has great skills and confidence along with a great physical frame.  Netting two goals in yesterday’s loss he showed off his aggressive style of play and willingness to dodge hard at the cage and even take some big hits.  Hills East proved to everyone that this team has the making to go all the way this year.  This year’s Cinderella squad is definitely Hills East so stay tuned because we are in for one crazy last month of lacrosse.                               

 
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PREVIEW – Hills East at Ward Melville

Today’s String King Boys Game of the Week will be between high-powered Mard Melville, who many consider being the best High School lacrosse team in the nation, and an under the radar Suffolk Class A contendor in Half Hollow Hills East.  The game should have back and forth action, with a lot of goals and big time plays.

Ward Melville is a perfect 10-0 in conference play but did suffer two close out of league losses to powerhouse programs in Chaminade and Lincoln-Sudbury.  As stated by coach Jay Negus before the start of the season “The biggest thing for us this year is sticking together and becoming a tight knit group, if the team chemistry continues to grow there are very few teams on the Island that could compete with the us” and it turns out he is exactly right.  The Patriots have dominated the competition and look to be heavy favorites to take the Suffolk Class A County Championship.  They are led by a big core group of guys and have a boat load of big commits that include Navy (Andrew Mckenna), Army (Liam Davenport), UPenn (Michael Giaquinto), Cornell (Andrew Lockhard), and more.  Since they suffered no big time losses from last season to this one, they are stacked with both talent and depth.  Every single kid on this team can play and be a force to be reckoned with, which is why they are undefeated on the season so far.  Hills East will be in for a tough game if they don’t play at peak performance.

Yet if they can manage to play at their best Hills East can be deadly.  They are most definitely not the favorite to win today’s matchup, but they can definitely put up a fight and maybe shock the Island.  Currently, they sit at 10-2 (9-1 in Conference play) had have proven the doubters that they should not be slept on.  Falling out of the top 4 in the preseason rankings really riled up the East squad as they are looking to dethrone the champs.  Led by Dillon Studdert (24 points), Sean Lulley (63 points), and Ryan Doran (38 points) East can definitely stand there own.  They like to play fast and catch teams off guard, but that will not be an easy task against a very discipline Melville team. In today’s match-up, Hills’ keys to winning will be the face-offs, limiting turnovers, consistent goalie play, and winning the ground ball battle. It’s back to fundamentals for the T-Birds, which is exactly how Coach Gordy Hodgeson teaches his boys to play.

Location: Ward Melville High School – 380 Old Town Rd, Setauket- East Setauket, NY 11733

Home Team: Ward Melville

Start Time: 4:30pm

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PREVIEW – ESM v. Mt. Sinai

When it comes to Suffolk High School girls lacrosse, Eastport South Manor and Mt. Sinai are two towns that should immediately come to mind. Both schools are absolute powerhouses, and they are drawing off today at 6 pm on the turf stadium field of Eastport South Manor Junior-Senior High School. 

As for Mt Sinai, they are 8-2 on the year with two one-goal losses.  They have consistently played great lacrosse and have their eyes on the prize, which is winning that 3rd straight State Championship.  Mt. Sinai is loaded with experience and talent, hoping that they can lead this team to a Championship Weekend.  Mount Sinai is led by Hannah VanMiddelen (Senior Syracuse Commit), Emily Vengilio  (Senior Penn State Commit), Megan Tyrrell (Junior Syracuse Commit), and Megan Scutaro (Junior Notre Dame Commit).  With experience and big time commits, Mt Sinai has proven that they are not to be messed with.  They play fast and work the ball great in transition. As the saying goes, “offensive wins games, but defense wins championships.” Well, averaging just over 4 goals against per game, it’s safe to say Sinai has a Championship caliber defense. If Mt. Sinai continues to click on offense and maintains that lock-down defense, watch out!

Eastport South Manor is 11-0 and has dominated every single time they have stepped on the field. Similar to Sinai, ESM is led by a strong upper class that includes Kelsey Huff (USC Commit) Kaitlyn Dowsett (Siena Commit) Jocelyn Miller (Marquette Commit) Dayna Martinetto (Jacksonville Commit) Hannah Kenneally (Boston University Commit) and Hope Steuerwald (Monmouth Commit). ESM is considered by many to be the best team on this Long Island.  They do everything at a high level and with the skill they have, it’s hard for most teams to compete.  With studs on both sides of the ball, fans probably won’t be seeing many teams getting in there way. 

Location: ESM Stadium Field

Time: 6:00pm

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Analysis – Harborfields vs. Comsewogue

Following the first half, it was clear that neither team was going to pull away from the other.  Both Harborfields and Comsewogue seemed very calm and controlled on the offensive side of the ball, yet were unable to capitalize.  Neither team had any success in pushing the ball in transition due to the fact that both defenses were playing fundamentally sound and both goalies weren’t giving up any easy goals.  The offensive star power that we were expecting to see was nowhere to be found, and instead, we were treated to a defensive showdown.  Both goalies were outstanding, making key free position saves and communicating with their defenses.  For the most part, the first half was an even fought battle that contained great saves, physicality, and big time clears.  When the clock finally hit zero at the end of the half 2-1 was the score in favor of Comsewogue.

With the start of the second half, Harborfields scored a quick goal in transition to tie up the game. The game quickly went back to a defensive standstill.  Comsewogue managed to net one more a few minutes later to retake the lead 3-2. However, it was still anyone’s game with 10 minutes left to play.  Out of nowhere, Harborfields scored a quick 2, one in transition and one off of a free position shot to take their first lead of the game.  With that, Harborfields managed to seal the deal as they held possession for over four minutes. 

Grace Zagaja, who is committed to play lacrosse at Navy, did it all for the Cyclones in a 1 goal victory over Comsewogue. Dominant on the draws, great between the lines, and netted a key goal for her team, Zagaja earned String King Player of the Game. Photo taken by FLG Lacrosse

Below you will find key stats from our String King Game of the Week between Harborfields and Comsewogue.

Harborfields vs Comsewogue Comsewogue Harborfields (Home Team)
Goals Julia Fernandez, (2) 22 Grace Zagaja (Navy Commit), Kailey Broderick, Stefanie Walsh, and Falyn Dwyer
Assists Hannah Dorney (ND Commit), 9, 8 All 4 Goals Were Unassisted
Draws 2 5
GBs 11 7
Saves Brianna Blatter (Bryant Commit)-5 Erin Tucker (Brown Commit)-6

 

 
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