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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:

Division I Representative: Remington Steele, Bucknell University Head Coach

Remington Steele is a fast-rising coach in the collegiate and international ranks. Steele was announced the Head Coach of Bucknell Women’s Lacrosse in August of 2017. Previously, Steele was the first assistant at Furman, where he served as defensive coordinator, goalies coach, and recruiting coordinator for a Paladins team that finished 12-7 in just its third season as a varsity program. From 2013-15, Steele was the head coach of New Zealand’s U19 National Team.

Steele led the team to a fifth-place finish at the 2015 FIL U19 World Cup, which is the highest finish by a New Zealand team at an international competition. During that tenure he received the FIL Heart of Lacrosse Award.

Division II Representative: Dawn Sachs, Mercy College Head Coach

Dawn Sachs is currently the Assistant Athletic Director for Operations, Senior Woman Administrator and head women’s lacrosse coach (entering seventh season). In addition, she acts as the Chief Academic Officer of the athletic department. In 2017, Sachs led the Mavericks to a school-record 16 wins and their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament. Mercy qualified for the ECC Tournament for the second straight year and won their first-ever playoff game over NYIT to advance to the ECC Championship Game for the first time in program history.

During that time Sachs coached the first two All-Americans in program history in sophomores Hunter Isnardi and Talia Stagnitta.

Division III Representative: Kim Williams, Wesleyan College Head Coach

Kim Williams enters her fourth season at the helm of the women’s lacrosse program. Williams took over a program that was coming off eight consecutive losing seasons and just four conference wins from 2010-2015. In her first season, Wesleyan finished 5-9 overall and 2-8 in the NESCAC–the two conference wins were the most in seven years. One year later, Williams led the Cardinals to their best season in program history as Wesleyan set program records in overall wins (11) and NESCAC victories (7) as they finished 11-6 and 7-3. Additionally, the Cardinals ranked in the top-20 in the country for the majority of the season, qualified for the NESCAC Tournament for the first time in eight years, and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships for the first time ever.

Williams was named the 2017 NESCAC Coach of the Year and the 2017 IWLCA Berkshire Region Coach of the Year for her efforts in turning the program around.

What you will learn during the show:

Throughout the show, you will be able to communicate with the coaches by asking questions and making comments. Below are some of the topics we plan on covering throughout the show:

(Remember, this show will be LIVE, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best of the best)

  1. Finding the Right Fit
  2. Getting Noticed and the Importance (or lack there) of highlight film
  3. Exposure and Events
  4. Communicating with Coaches
  5. Visits and Commitments
  6. Scholarships and Challenges

You can check out the show on Tuesday, January 8th at 7:30PM by visiting the FLG Lacrosse Facebook page right here!

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Top Division I Coaches Coming to FLG’s 2018 Legit Showcase

Albany (16-3) – The Great Danes ranked No. 2 in NCAA Men’s Lacrosse RPI, finished the season as America East champions, made their first NCAA Final Four appearance, and had a Tewaaraton finalist, Connor Fields. Coach Derrick Eccles is the volunteer assistant and former two-time Albany team captain who will be in attendance looking for potential Great Danes. Are you one of them? Albany has 10 recruits coming this fall who reign mostly from the NY area.

Boston U (8-9) – The Terriers ranked No. 32 in NCAA Men’s Lacrosse RPI, finished the season as Patriot League semi finalists, and had the Patriot League Rookie of the Year, Chris Gray. Coach Mike Silipo is the offensive coordinator who helped the Terriers offense rank second in the Patriot League and among top 30 nationally will be in attendance looking for potential Terriers. Are you one of them? Boston U has 19 recruits coming this fall who reign mostly from the tri-state and Atlantic coast.

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Bucknell (11-4) – The Bison ranked No. 16 in NCAA Men’s Lacrosse RPI, finished the season with big wins over Loyola and Yale, but unfortunately fell short in the Patriot League quarter finals. Coach Dave Fabroni is the volunteer assistant who will be in attendance looking for potential Bison. Are you one of them? Bucknell has 13 recruits coming this fall who reign mostly from the tri-state and MD area.

Jacksonville (8-7) – The Dolphins ranked No. 37 in NCAA Men’s Lacrosse RPI, finished the season with big wins over Navy and High Point, but unfortunately fell short in the SoCon finals. Coach Tyler Granelli is the assistant coach who will be in attendance looking for potential Dolphins. Are you one of them? Jacksonville has 21 recruits coming this fall who reign mostly from the Atlantic coast.

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Lehigh (10-7) – The Mountain Hawks ranked No. 28 in NCAA Men’s Lacrosse RPI, finished the season with big wins over Boston and Navy, but unfortunately fell short in the Patriot League finals. Coach Casey Eidenshink is the assistant coach who will be in attendance looking for potential Mountain Hawks. Are you one of them? Lehigh has 16 recruits coming this fall who reign mostly from the tri-state area.

Penn State (8-6) – The Nittany Lions ranked No. 22 in NCAA Men’s Lacrosse RPI, finished the season with big wins over Ohio State and Johns Hopkins, but unfortunately fell short of the Big Ten tournament. Coach Taylor Mendoza is the director of operations who will be in attendance looking for potential Nittany Lions. Are you one of them? Penn State has 10 recruits coming this fall who reign mostly from the PA area. We are…

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Princeton (8-5) – The Tigers ranked No. 27 in NCAA Men’s Lacrosse RPI, finished the season with big wins over Rutgers and Cornell, but unfortunately fell short of the Ivy League tournament. Coach Steve Soriano is the assistant coach who works with the face-off men will be in attendance looking for potential Tigers. Are you one of them? Princeton has 10 recruits coming this fall who reign mostly from the NY and Midwest.

Rutgers (9-6) – The Scarlet Knights ranked No. 15 in NCAA Men’s Lacrosse RPI, finished the season with big wins over Syracuse and Penn State, but unfortunately fell short in the Big Ten semifinals. Coach Jimmy Ryan is the director of operations who will be in attendance looking for potential Scarlet Knights. Are you one of them? Rutgers has 14 recruits coming this fall who reign mostly from the Atlantic coast and Midwest.

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Stony Brook (7-8) – The Seawolves ranked No. 34 in NCAA Men’s Lacrosse RPI, finished the season with big wins over Vermont and Binghamton, but unfortunately fell short in the America East semifinals. Coach Jay Mauro is the volunteer assistant who will be in attendance looking for potential Seawolves. Are you one of them? Stony Brook has 16 recruits coming this fall who reign mostly from the NY area.

Yale (13-3) – The Bulldogs ranked No. 6 in NCAA Men’s Lacrosse RPI, finished the season as national champions, Ivy League regular season champions, and had their first Tewaaraton Award winner, Ben Reeves. Coach Andrew Stimmel is the offensive coordinator who helped the Bulldogs offense rank ninth nationally will be in attendance looking for potential Elis. Are you one of them? Yale has 13 recruits coming this fall who reign mostly from the tri-state area. The Ivy League is no joke and should be comparable to the ACC.

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FLG ’18 Boys Premier Showcase – Top 10 Premier Players

The FLG Boys Premier Showcase was loaded with the tri-state areas most competitive uncommitted High School lacrosse players. The day included a college coach training session, 3 competitive games, and an all-star game for the top 40 2022/21 & top 40 2020/19 athletes. There were over 85 college coaches in attendance and 55 college coaches on staff. The coaches on staff ran a training session, coached the teams, and evaluated this events talent. Based on the college coaches feedback and the observations of FLG’s Event staff, we are excited to highlight 10 premier players from our June 2nd Showcase at LIU Post.

  1. Tommy Corcoran 2021, Lefty Attackman, West Islip. This Suffolk County, West Islip product is your typical coaches kid. Always in the right place, slick, great skills, and has tremendous game sense. Corcoran is son of West Islip Associate Head Coach, Tom Corcoran. Tommy has lots of intangibles, with a great lacrosse game to match. A very enjoyable player to watch. Tommy’s upside is tremendous and will enter the Varsity High School lacrosse scene in Spring of 2019, stay tuned!
  2. PJ McGoldrick – 2021, Lefty Defenseman, West Islip, Express. Another Suffolk County WI product, McGoldrick is a blue chipper. The only freshman to contribute for the Lions this past Spring, PJ has tremendous poise for just a freshman. PJ is a tall, rangy, athletic defenseman who can play close or poll. PJ is super athletic and is a recruit to follow this summer. You can find him playing for his HS team and for the LI Express on the summer circuit.
  3. Forrest Demetri – 2021, Right Attackman, North Shore, LI Outlaws. Demetri is a gamer. Playing varsity lacrosse since 8th grade, Forrest has logged some serious minutes for his Varsity lacrosse. Demetri is a righty wing attackman who has very good change of direction, creativity around GLE, and can dissect defenses when drawing slides. If Demetri can operate as effectively on the left side as he does on the right side, he can be a nightmare to cover from X or around the clock on the offensive end. Check out his highlights from his Freshmen year right here.
  4. Benny Morfit  – 2021, Right Midfield, Iona Prep, Igloo. Morfit is a righty slinger. Coming down the righty alley, Benny the Jet Morfit can sting shots from multiple release points. High to low, high to high, low to high, kid can do it all. Morfit’s IQ allows him to be lethal in transition. He makes great decisions with the ball as he crosses the mid-line. Morfit can also operation from the high right wing, uses the face-dodge and S-dodge to get underneath his defender for a shot on the run. Watch Benny this summer continue to slice and dice defenses.
  5. Max Albanese – 2019, Righty Midfield, West Islip, Team 91. Albanese is a slick, crafty righty midfielder. Max has a nose for the goal and can put the ball past the goalie from all over the field. Albanese is a great off-ball player, always finding himself in a good position to catch, shoot, score.
  6. Christian Quadrino – 2020, Lefty Attackman, Sachem North, FLG. After watching Quadrino play, hard not to love his game. Quadrino is a very versatile player on the offensive end. He can dodge poles, penetrate defenses, dissect, assist, and score. He can dodge from X, lefty wing, right wing, you name it, he can attack from that spot. Quadrino was the String King Offensive MVP of the 2019/20 All-star game after scoring 2 and 1 assist in a game winning effort.
  7. Matthew Knote – 2019, Righty Goalie, Eastport-South Manor, Fighting Ducks. Knote makes making saves look easy. His wide stance and high arc really throws off shooters. Very poise in net, Knote does a great job tracking the ball. He is a great stopper and will only get better as he gets bigger, stronger, and better adjusted to the college game. Knote was our String King Defensive MVP of the 2019/20 All-star game after holding it down in net and starting transition on multiple ocassions.
  8. Freddy Amato – 2020, Right Midfield, Huntington, Legacy. Amato is a total dude. This 6’+ sophomore can ball between the lines and especially on the offensive end. Amato can split you, step down on you, and make you pay from 12+ yards if you don’t get a pole on him or make contact defensively. Amato can sling the rock, especially after freezing defending with his left to right split dodge.
  9. Dylan Pape – 2019, Right FOGO, West Islip. If you are college program in need of a face-off guy, Dylan Pape is someone you should definitely consider. Pape has gotten better and better each year throughout High School. Going into his Senior season, Pape is looking to become one of the Premier FOGO’s on the island. Pape is quick, low to the ground, tough and gritty. He impressed at the Premier Showcase with his ability to win the battle at the X, but most importantly, play on between the lines. Pape is very skilled and is more than comfortable handling pressure when the ball is in his stick.
  10. Dom DelPonte – 2020, Right Attack, St. Joseph Regional, DelPonte was electric at the Premier Showcase. Dom has a great first step and can create separation against poles at will. I like how DelPonte plays each game with the same effort and enthusiasm. DelPonte stood out in the 2019/20 all-star game. We expect him to do the same throughout the summer circuit.
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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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Scoring Academy Session II RECAP

FLG Scoring Academy Participants,

Last night was another great session at our Scoring Academy in Northsport. We started the session with a quick recap of proper fundamentals for shooting on the run. We emphasized the big four: arms out and up, head of your stick above your head, establish pivot foot and kick the can foot, as well as knowing when to release the ball. We then had everyone establish some real estate next to the padded walls surrounding the facility. We started our warm-up on our knees so players eliminating any lower body movement. Instead, players simulated a shot using only their upper body. This is a great way for players to warm-up there back muscles and work towards perfecting the fundamentals for how to shoot on the run. We then had players do the same thing on 1 knee. Finally, our players were simulating a shot on the run on both feet. The warm-up went really well as players started to get more comfortable shooting with both hands. Perfecting the fundamentals makes shooting on an actual cage more fluid and effortless. Check out the video from our warm-up on our instagram page here.

The second half of our night consisted of different shot types. These shot types included:

  • Shooting coming upfield (away from the goal)
  • Shooting downhill (towards the goal)
  • Getting into your defender, stepping off, and re-attacking downhill
  • Getting underneath your defender from the low wing for a shot in front of the goal
  • Dodging downhill, rolling back to the middle, switching hands, and getting off a quick shot on goal
  • Hitch and goes. Catching coming up field, throwing a little pump fake or hitch, and re-attacking upfield

While we worked on several different types of shots last night, they all had one thing in common: Each shot finished “on the run.”

It’s a beautiful thing to see our player’s last night apply what they learned early in the session into the latter part of the session. There were 2 players in particular that stood out last night and were awarded String King Practice Player of the Day. Their names are listed below:

Girls: Kerrin Heuser, 2019, Hicksville High School, Stony Brook University Commit

“Kerrin is someone for the girls at Scoring Academy to look up to. Kerrin leads by example. She is proof that hard work and paying attention to the details will provide opportunities to play at the highest of levels.” -Coach Bob Schmitt

Boys: Jude Anton, 2021, Northport High School

“Jude is a detail guy. He focuses on how to do things right. Jude is becoming one of the most consistent shooters at the Scoring Academy.” -Coach Corey Winkoff

See everyone next week!

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The Inner You

Starting at a young age it is extremely important to have the right mindset and work ethic about everything you do. I am lucky enough to have 2 parents who constantly preach it so I am consistent with it. Growing up there was a kid I played with who was good enough to be the #1 recruit and go to play anywhere he wanted. He would always dominate everyone else and it started getting easy for him. The problem was his head started getting filled by everyone telling him how good he was and he stopped working hard. There started to be a slow decline in his performance. While all this was happening there were many other kids like myself who didn’t get the attention he did. The people with higher work ethics have a higher ceiling than those with lower work ethics even though they might have more talent than you. The best thing to do is use it as motivation and outwork the other kid. With the right attitude and work ethic, anything is possible. Don’t cheat yourself and practice all the time and good things will happen. My Dad always told me to treat everything you do like you are a horse running in a race. They all wear blinders so they don’t get distracted. In life block out all of the noise, keep working hard and good things will come.

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ANALYSIS – Laxin’ For Autism

Following the first day of the “Lax For Autism,” the games were back and forth, the crowds were energetic, and there was a huge increase in awareness for autism.  Before each game, shirts that correlated with every team playing were sold, food and drinks were provided, and raffle tickets were distributed for the chance to win brand new lax gear.

The first game of the afternoon was between Sachem East and Northport.  The first half was promising as it was a back and forth battle.  The battle at the X was even and the goal scoring was balanced.  Not until the second half did the tide switch in the favor of Northport.  Northport began dominating at the faceoff X and in the scoring department.  Number 27 on East, Jake Kelleher, asserted his dominance as he scored 4 goals in the game.  He is an uncommitted junior who might be a hot recruit this summer season.  He possesses great stick skills and unbelievable athleticism, it’s hard to think colleges might have missed on this kid.  However, one kid can’t win a game on his own and Northport took advantage. Tim Brockwell stepped up the Tigers, going 4 goals and 3 assists, on the day. He controlled the tempo and gave his team a chance to start pulling away. After gaining a 4 goal lead early in the second half, they never looked back.  Controlling the ball and being good in transition led to a big Northport victory. The final, 18-7 Northport.

Tim Brockwell went 4 & 3 in a big win over Sachem East. Photo was taken by FLG Lacrosse

The Following game between Sachem North and Huntington proved to be the game of the night.  The back and forth action did stop, the battle at the faceoff X was pretty even throughout the game. Cole Pillon and Jared Leake on Huntington and Ryan Voyt for  North, made it a very interesting battle at the X all night.  James Avenzado for North proved to everyone that he just might be one of the top players in the nation.  The Maryland commit put on a show with four goals and 3 assists. Normally a midfielder, Avenzado is the full package with smart play, speed, quickness, great stick skill, and unbelievable awareness.  He was leaving defenders in the dust and making kids look silly.  On top of that, North was great at controlling the pace of play when they were on offense.  However, Huntington did not go away, solid teamwork and ball movement of offense led to a close game.  In the end, North pulled away with a huge win thanks to Connor Griffin’s 5 goal performance. In front of a rowdy home crowd, North edged Huntington by a score of 13 to 12.

James Avenzado (#10) & Connor Griffin (#23) went off Wednesday night. These two accounted for 9 of Sachem’s 13 goals on the night! Photo was taken by FLG Lacrosse

Thursday, the second day of the Lax for Autism event, was just as exciting as the first.  Raffles, food, apparel and more were on display once again. Thursday night was all about the girls and they made sure not to disappoint.

The first game was between powerhouse Northport and Sachem East.  Emerson Cabrera (Florida Commit) and Natalie Langella (Bryant Commit) on Northport were standouts and they both possessed a superstar quality.  They both had incredible stick skills and accounted for almost every point scored for Northport.  However, it wasn’t just those two that looked good for the Tigers.  The entire Northport squad played like a well-oiled machine dominating on both sides of the ball.  East showed some bright spots, especially from freshman Kristen Shanahan, who carried the team as much as she could. She’s a stellar athlete who does it all. Takes the draw, dodges, scores goals, and guards the best players on the other team. Goalie, Jess Serpe played will in the cage as well. After a convincing win, Northport stays undefeated and looks to be one of the strongest teams on the Island.

Emerson Cabrera asserted her dominance on Thursday against Sachem East. Emerson is a do it all middie who is committed to play lacrosse at Florida. Photo was taken by FLG Lacrosse

The final game was between Sachem North and Ward Melville.  The first half, for the most part, was very balanced with Ward Melville gaining a slight edge.  The battle in the draw department stayed neutral and the scoring stayed low.  For the most part, the first half consisted of stellar defensive play and superb goalie performances by both teams. The game was played at a very fast pace with both teams pushing the ball in transition.  Despite some fast paced play, neither team was having tremendous success in executing during transition opportunities.  With patience and persistent offensive possessions, Ward Melville executed on their 7v7 chances and managed to take the lead at half 6-2.  As for the second half, it was more of the same, a back and forth fast-paced battle.  Ward Melville hung on to win in a nail biter 11-8. The Patriots didn’t have many stand-outs because of their team-oriented style of play. Their stat sheet was spread out, with over 9 different people scoring goals. That’s incredible when you think about it. After the game, Hannah Lorenzen, who was the offensive String King Player of the Game for Ward Melville said, “we try and build each other up. We offer constructive criticism to one another. We are always looking to pass and cut through, pick, and really emphasize the simple things that work into our game plan.” Hannah scored two goals on the day and helped propel her team to a quality win over Sachem North.

Ever wonder why Melville is so hard to stop? Because they play as a collective unit. Ward Melville had nine different players score goals in a win over Sachem North Thursday night. Photo was taken by FLG Lacrosse

Overall, the Laxin’ For Autism event was a great experience for everyone involved. There was some tremendous competition on the field, the communities contributing to the event were very supportive, and the vendors did a great job raising money for a great cause. FLG Lacrosse is privileged for the opportunity to be a part of the 2nd annual Laxin’ For Autism event. We look forward to supporting the cause again next Spring!

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The Why?

 

Coach: It’s important to move the ball up the field.

Player: Why move upfield?

Coach: It brings the ball and your team closer to your opponent’s goal.

Player: Why get closer to your opponent’s goal?

Coach: Getting closer to your opponent’s goal gives your team a better chance to score.

 

I encourage players and coaches to ask the question, why?

But, why ask why?

Asking why makes you think more about the purpose of your actions.

The why brings you closer to clearly defining your goals.

Knowing the why can foster positive habits.

The why turn these positive habits into steady development.

Development brings you one step closer to a complete understanding of your goals or what it takes to become great.

The why makes coaches and athletes dig deeper, think harder, and make connections quicker.

Promote the question, why? Don’t shy away from it. After all, what’s the worst that can happen, you have to answer, “I don’t know?” In this case, work together, ask Google, figure out the why?

 

 

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PREVIEW: Smithtown West v. Smithtown East

When people think about Long Island lacrosse the first thing that should come to their mind is the rivalry between Smithtown East and West.  Both these programs have produced some of the best lacrosse players the world has ever seen, including Rob Pannell who is the all-time points leader in college lacrosse.

East is packed with experience and talent as they have some of the biggest commits in the country.  Connor Desimone (Hopkins Commit), Bobby Burns (Penn State Commit), and Luke Eschbach (Yale Commit) are the big three for Smithtown East.  All three guys are studs and can score at will.  Desimone is a threat from behind that can beat his man, feed the rock, and put the ball in the back of the net when he needs to.  Bobby Burns is a slick lefty with great stick skills, that can shoot the ball from any angle and has a knack for putting up G-nodes.  Lastly, Eschbach is a big strong righty that can shoot the lights out of the ball while also being very skilled at finding the open spaces on the field. Let’s not forget that East has 4 face-off guys all going D1, two of which are brothers going to Hofstra.  

Connor DeSimone hoping to quarterback his team to a County Championship in his senior year. Connor is a key to the this rivalry game if Smithtown East wants to come out on top. 2016 Highlights from #22 above.

West, on the other hand, is also filled with studs and big time commits.  Kyle Zawadzki, the younger brother of Christian who is currently playing at Maryland, has a great lacrosse IQ and nice stick skills.  Jimmy Cattigan and Danny Riley both two-time all-county players are hoping to step up and have big years. Both Danny and Jimmy were awarded the honor of being captain this season, alongside goalie Ryan Erler, Cameron Brunsvold, and Hunter Greco.

Kyle Zawadzki (Yale Commit) will need to step-up if West has a shot at taking down East in this Rivalry Match-up! Kyle is a key to the game for the Bulls. Photo credit – Newsday.com

Both teams are off to a slower start than anticipated.  Smithtown East has is coming off two tough losses to teams that on paper they probably should have beaten.  West suffered a bad loss to Garden City where they were almost shut out as they lost 6-1.  But throw all previous wins and losses out the window when these two teams come together.  Looked at as one of the biggest rivalries on the island this matchup could be one of the best games of the year.

Prediction: East 15 West 13