John Whelan graduated in 2019 from Manhasset HS, the defender and long-pole midfielder also played football and basketball in high school. Now, Whelan attends the University of Virginia, where he plays on the men’s club lacrosse team.
Former Binghamton attacker from Watertown, Brianne Arthur, now takes on the role of FLG’s 2027 white team head coach. When she’s not coaching the FLG team, she doubles as the assistant coach for the Canisius women’s lacrosse team.
FLG Lacrosse and Wantagh senior goalie, Cole Dexter, has committed to Arcadia University and he plans to study business. Dexter chose to play for this Division III lacrosse program in Pennsylvania based on its location and its tight-nit staff and players. Following an unprecedented junior season that was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, Dexter looks forward to getting back in goal for the spring 2021 season.
Meghan Santina is a junior defender at Kean University. After graduating from Carey High School, Santina continues her journey in lacrosse by coaching for FLG and pursuing her collegiate career. Watch the video to learn more about Meg’s journey and her experiences with FLG.
FLG’s Grace Lane, from Sacred Heart Academy, has committed to play lacrosse at Scranton University next fall! The senior attacker from Long Beach began playing lacrosse at the age of four, and is now preparing to play at the collegiate level. After unique junior season, Lane is ready to get back on the field this spring for her final high school season.
Andrew Benazzi is FLG’s acting Director of Roots and head coach of the 2030 team. The Glen Cove native is a Chaminade alum and played division I lacrosse the University of Delaware from 2000-2004. The former blue hen also spent three years as the Chaminade High School head coach after graduating from his alma mater. Benazzi also worked as a coach at the New York Lacrosse Academy in 2005. Now, the former midfielder passes on his skills and experience to the next generation of young lax players.
Harlem Lacrosse is an organization that is meant to help children academically who are struggling in school and are on the verge of dropping out because they don’t have the adequate resources that they need in order to succeed. It was founded in 2009 by Simon Cataldo, one of the co-founders who was a Special Education Math Teacher. Although it started off as a small team, over time it continued to grow. This organization is not just limited to general education students as 28 percent of the students that they serve receive special education services. The ratio of males to females that they serve is nearly equal, with 53 percent being males, and 47 percent being females. The majority of their students are either African-American, Hispanic, or multi-racial.
Cold Spring Harbor 2018 grad and former FLG goalie, Chris Porzelt Jr. is in his junior year at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania. Porzelt prepares to get back in the net for the upcoming spring season after his sophomore season was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.
Kellenberg High School senior attacker, Griffin Chernoff, has committed to play Division I lacrosse at Binghamton University next fall! For now, the future bearcat from Lido Beach looks forward to his final spring season with the firebirds. Chernoff is ready to make up for what he missed out on as a junior after school last season was cancelled due to coronavirus concerns.
FLG girl’s 2023 head coach, Lauren Lomonaco, also doubles as head coach for Syosset High School girls team. The CW Post grad is a Massapequa native and is also the assistant director of the girls program at the Long Island Lacrosse Academy. Lomonaco herself is an all-county and all-American player who hopes to pass on her wisdom and skills to the next generation of girls in the sport of lacrosse.