Bates is off and running at Princeton

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I spoke to newly named Princeton coach Chris Bates earlier this afternoon, and I have to laugh at how the conversation began. He asked me what I’ve been up to and after I told him about my various ventures, he said, “Wow. It’s been a whirlwind for you.” Actually, I can’t think of a better […]

Your source for recruiting news

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Rye attackman Rob Santangelo will be spending his college years close to home. (Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com) Hey gang – Be sure to check back here each day for the latest recruiting news. As we all know, this time of year, there is plenty — and you never know when it’s going to happen. Case […]

Princeton turns to John Jay grad Bates

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Princeton’s search for a replace for the legendary Bill Tierney has ended. The Tigers, one of the nation’s strongest and most tradition-rich programs, have named former John Jay star Chris Bates as their new head coach.

Watch it here: White/Marasco double behind-the-back goal is No. 3 on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays of the Week

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It should come as no surprise that when 44 of the nation’s best senior boys lacrosse players gathered for the fourth annual Under Armour all-America Senior Classic last night, there was plenty of scoring — and one unforgettable play. The South outlasted the North 19-16 before 2,364 fans at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium in […]

LaxLessons.com all-region team: Who’s the best goaltender?

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Before we get set to start our fourth and final week of position voting  for the LaxLessons.com all-region team with the goaltender position, let’s check out the final vote tally for the defense position. All-America teams by region: • Hudson Valley • Connecticut • Long Island

South rallies past North 19-16 in Under Armour all-America Senior Classic

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The South outlasted the North tonight 19-16 in the fourth annual  Under Armour all-America Senior Classic before 2,364 fans at Towson University’s Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md. The South team took a lead it would not relinquish just over four minutes into the fourth quarter as Georgetown-bound attackman Brian Casey of Georgetown Prep scored […]

Regional stars set to get national attention

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Yorktown’s John Fennessy, right, will be playing at his future college on Saturday in the Under Armour all-America Classic at Towson University in Maryland. (Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com)

Fairfield summer team preview

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Here’s an in-depth look at the Fairfield-area summer travel teams to keep an eye on.

Blast from the Past video series: John Jay vs. Huntington 2007 2OT state semifinal

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I’ve heard it called the greatest upset in state playoff history — and one of the biggest ever. I’m talking about John Jay’s 11-10 double-overtime win against Huntington in the downstate Class B semifinals, which we are featuring today in our “Blast from the Past” video series. I strongly disagree. When John Jay and Huntington […]

LaxPower releases final national rankings

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Led by No. 2 West Islip, teams from throughout the region are represented prominently in LaxPower.com’s boys rankings for the 2009 season. Our friend George Baldassare, LaxPower’s director of high school boys lacrosse, just sent along the links to the  final boys and girls rankings. • Final Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse national rankings • Final LaxLessons.com […]

These are New York's Top 10 high school programs

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West Islip celebrates its third state title in the last four years earlier this month in Rochester. (Photo by Mike Janes/MaxPreps.com) At least according to the numbers. Chris Kieser sat down and did some numbers crunching and came up with results I’m sure you will find real interesting. Take it away, Chris.

LaxLessons.com all-region team: Who’s the best defenseman?

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Before we get set to start Week 3 of our LaxLessons.com all-region team voting and the defense position, let’s check out the final vote tally for the midfield position.

Wiseman wakes the Warriors

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Wilton has spent the better part of a decade chasing ghosts. First-year coach John Wiseman puts it more diplomatically. “Expectations,” he says, “weren’t aligned with reality.”

Blast from the Past: Somers vs. Manhasset 2003 OT state semifinal

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Hey gang – We’re starting a new feature here at LaxLessons.com. We’d like you to send along video highlights of any memorable games from the past or recent summer league or alumni games — whatever you want to share with all the folks who check this blog each day. To submit your video, just click […]

Here is your Long Island all-America team

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We’ve unveiled USILA all-Americans for the Hudson Valley and Connecticut. Now, we have our list of honorees for Long Island.

Here is your all-Section 1 team

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The all-section dinner will be held tonight at Colonial Terrace in Cortlandt Manor. Here’s the list of this year’s honorees, which I just obtained this morning.

Final LaxLessons.com Top 25 regional rankings

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Brendan Rotanz helped Fairfield Prep beat  the top-ranked team in Connecticut, Ridgefield,  in the Class L state semifinals. (Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com) Now we’re locked in. We’ve had plenty of shifts — some drastic, others not — from week to week during the season in our LaxLessons.com Top 25 regional rankings. But now we’re locking […]

Sound Shore League action is under way

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Action in the Sound Shore Adult Men’s League starts tonight with five games. This is the league’s 30th season. Teams that compete are from Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Fairfield counties.

Yorktown wants to stay in Class A

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It was a long process last year, but the Yorktown ‘Huskers are ready to do it again. Yorktown coach Dave Marr told me tonight that Yorktown is planning to petition to compete in Class A for the 2010 season. • Report on Monday night’s Section 1 exceptional senior all-star game

Here are your Section 1 academic all-Americans and scholar-athletes

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Dan Kaiser, the president of the Hudson Valley Chapter of US Lacrosse, furnished me with the names of the Section 1 players named academic all-Americans and scholar-athletes.

Here is your Connecticut all-America team

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University of Virginia-bound attackman Matt White of Ridgefield has been named Connecticut player of the year and five-time Class M state champ Darien has been honored as the state’s team of the year. FCIAC finalists Ridgefield and Darien each had three players selected as USILA all-Americans.

Section 1 senior all-star game rosters, report

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The Section 1 exceptional senior game is set for tonight at Yorktown High School’s Charlie Murphy Field. Here are the rosters, along with the colleges the respective players will be attending. • Update: For a report on Monday’s game posted just after the Red team beat the Blue team 13-9, check Joe’s report in comment […]

Connecticut all-star game rosters

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Here are the rosters for tonight’s Connecticut senior all-star games at Branford High School.

Busy few days in Westchester area, starting today

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The high school season is over, but there’s plenty going on lax-wise throughout the region, starting today. And we’ll be updating you on all of it.

LaxLessons.com all-region team: Who’s the best midfielder?

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Before we get set to start Week 2 of our LaxLessons.com all-region team voting and the midfield position, let’s check out the final vote tally for the attack position.

State championship game recaps

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West Islip’s Nicky Galasso and Manhasset’s Connor English both came through with big games in leading their teams to New York state championships. But no one could have quite expected this.

Here are your 2009 NY/CT state champions

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We now have our six state championships in New York and Connecticut.

Your source for Saturday's NY/CT state championship score updates

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Senior midfielder John Bolton and Darien are looking to win their fifth straight Class M CIAC championship today. (Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPrep.com)

CIAC state championship previews

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Before we break down the matchups, here’s a look at the schedule for Saturday’s state championship tripleheader at Brien McMahon in Norwalk: Class S: St. Joseph-Trumbull vs. Weston, 10:30 a.m. Class M: Darien vs. Wilton,  1 p.m. Class L: Simsbury vs. Fairfield Prep, 3:3 p.m.

Class A state semifinal video highlights: West Islip 13, Yorktown 8

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Here are your NY/CT state championship matchups

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Putnam Valley goaltender Brendan McCrudden makes a sprawling save on Manhasset’s Zac Koufakis during Manhasset’s 16-4 win yesterday over Putnam Valley in the downstate Class C semifinal. (Photo by Ray Gallagher) For more photos from the Manhasset-Putnam Valley game, click here.

Class C state semifinal video highlights: Manhasset 16, Putnam Valley 4

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Thursday's NY/CT state semifinal scores and highlights

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Yorktown’s Tom Casey, who had four goals in the sectional finals against Lakeland/Panas, hopes to help the ‘Huskers get past West Islip today. (Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com)

CIAC semifinal matchups, previews, predictions

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The CIAC semifinals take place tomorrow at locations across the state, but Brien McMahon’s Jack Casagrande Field will play host to Connecticut’s two marquee matchups – the New Fairfield-Wilton clash in M and the Ridgefield-Prep rematch in L.  Those are previewed below.

New York semifinal matchups, previews, predictions

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West Islip’s Nicky Galasso, shown in action at left last night against Hicksville, scored five goals to match his jersey number. Yorktown and West Islip both suffered crushing losses to Syosset in last year’s playoffs. Now, they’re each within a game of playing for a state title. Connor English of Manhasset has enjoyed one of […]

Tuesday's state quarterfinal scores and highlights

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New York/At University at Albany Somers’ Erik Pfiffner New York/At Stony Brook University Garden City’s Kevin Dachille Connecticut/At higher seeds Fairfield Prep’s Griff McGoldrick (Photos by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com) We’re just one game away from the final four, folks. Later today, state semifinal matchups will be set in New York and Connecticut. It promises to be […]

Here are your NYC Metro and NY CHSAA postseason awards

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Iona Prep’s Myles Gillespie (No. 16) and Nick Trizano. (Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com)

All-Southern Connecticut Conference team

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Here is a rundown of players selected to the all-Southern Connecticut Conference squad.

College shocker: Tierney leaving Princeton for Denver

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In perhaps the biggest blockbuster coaching move in the history of college lacrosse, Inside Lacrosse is reporting that legendary Bill Tierney is leaving Princeton for the University of Denver.

What to watch for at the state quarterfinals in Albany

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All three matchups will be 1 vs. 2. No, we’re not talking about seeds. We’re talking about sections. Three teams from Section 1 (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties) will square off against their counterparts from Section 2 (Albany area) tomorrow starting at 3:30 p.m. at the University at Albany in the state quarterfinals. We’ve […]

What to watch for at the CIAC quarterfinals

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The CIAC quarterfinals are set for Tuesday. So let’s take a look at three things to watch. • Breaking down the CIAC tournament (includes brackets and schedule)

What to watch for at the Long Island championships

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Terence Pfeifer, right, and Hicksville will face West Islip in Tuesday’s Class A Long Island championship game. Simply put, any of the three Long Island championship games are almost as big as a state final. This year will be no exception as six schools have emerged from the regular season and sectional wars to get […]

Here are your downstate New York, CIAC quarterfinal matchups

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Nassau champion Hicksville will face Suffolk champion West Islip in the Long Island championship game on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Stony Brook University. Today’s opening-round Section 2 vs. Section 9 tripleheader in Albany was just completed, gang, and earlier in the day, all of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference opening-round state tournament games were […]

Nassau players of the year announced

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Port Washington’s Jeff Froccaro was named Nassau County’s midfielder of the year. Hey gang – Congrats to Connor English of Manhasset, who was selected by coaches as the Nassau County player of the year. You can check out the complete list of honorees here.

LaxLessons.com all-region team: Who's the best attackman?

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Which attackman is going to get the first vote? We’ll find out tonight at the strike of midnight when week-long voting for our inaugural LaxLessons.com all-region team starts.

Breaking down the CIAC tournament

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Guys, the conference championships are in the books. That means that it’s time to take a look at the Connecticut state championships, which started yesterday with some outbracket matchups. Classes L and M are previewed below the fold, with an overview of Class S. … Connecticut state tournament schedule: • CIAC tournament: Division L pairings […]

Section 1 crowns its champs; Suffolk titles decided

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SECTION 1 Class A: Yorktown 11, Lakeland/Panas 10 (OT) Class B: Somers 14, John Jay 9 Class C: Putnam Valley 10, Rye 7 Photos by Ray Gallagher (For a gallery of photos from the three championship games, click here.) Check back for video interviews and highlights.

Championship Week: Section 1, Suffolk finals

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Yorktown midfielder Liam McCarthy. (Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com) Both Somers and Ward Melville stated their case during the regular season. That’s when the Tuskers beat John Jay for the first time since 2003 and the Patriots, who earlier in the season knocked Yorktown from the unbeaten ranks, did the same to West Islip on May […]

Hicksville, Garden City, Manhasset win Nassau titles

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Though all three favored teams wound up winning, there was plenty of drama tonight in the Nassau County championships at Hofstra University.

FCIAC championship video highlights: Ridgefield vs. Darien

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Here you go, gang. Video highlights of Ridgefield’s 7-6 overtime win last night over four-time defending state champion Darien in the Fairfield County Interscholatic Athletic Conference championship game played before an overflow crowd at Brien McMahon in Norwalk. • Click here for more info on the game • Click here for more post-game video interviews.

Championship Week: Nassau finals

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Garden City attackman Brian Coleman. (Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com) Two No. 1 seeds (Garden City in Class B and Manhasset in Class C) are alive and well as we get set for today’s Nassau County finals. But we do have one casualty. And it’s a big one. In Class A, Farmingdale was ousted in the […]

First things first — Ridgefield wins FCIAC title

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There’s no way of knowing now what will wind up happening down the line. But if the Ridgefield Tigers do indeed wind up becoming one of Connecticut’s premier programs on a year-in, year-out basis, then mark down this date. June 2, 2009. No matter what happens though, it’s a date that will go down in […]

Championship Week: FCIAC, SWC finals

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Darien coach Jeff Brameier (Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com) It’s time. For months, FCIAC fans have known this moment would arrive. Though it nearly did not (thanks to an inspired effort by New Canaan in the FCIAC semifinals), Ridgefield and Darien will indeed be meeting for the FCIAC title.

You make the call: LaxLessons.com all-region team

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As a rule, postseason teams are selected by coaches or writers. That’s the way it’s always been, and that’s fine. But since this is a place where we take pride in pioneering new ways of doing things, I’ve decided to do something just a little bit different in selecting the members of our inaugural LaxLessons.com […]

Here are your 2009 Hudson Valley all-Americans

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The Hudson Valley all-America meeting just ended a few moments ago  — and we have our nine all-Americans.

A View from the Dome: Upstate Update Part III

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Guys, With the Sections 1, 8 and 11 finals to be held later in the week, I just wanted to throw a quick update out there for each of you in case you are looking ahead to potential state quarterfinal matchups.

Title time: Let’s hear your Section 1 picks

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Rye defenseman Donald Keough and John Jay midfielder Mike Daniello. (Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com) The matchups are hardly surprising. But the games themselves could be. We’re talking about the Section 1 playoffs. With live threads now (see below) on the finals in Connecticut and Long Island, it’s time to launch our final prediction fest — […]