Hofstra University-bound senior captain Korey Hendrickson (No. 14) scored the game-winner in overtime as Farmingdale beat Ithaca 12-11 to celebrate its first-ever state title on June 11. The Dalers were the only team from Long Island to take a state crown this year, marking the first time just one or no LI teams won it all since 2003, when none did.
It was a memorable – and meaningful – year for tristate area boys lacrosse.
Among the highlights:
- Farmingdale ends West Islip’s dynasty — and 40-game win streak — by beating the Lions in the Long Island Class A title game en route to the state title.
- Eventual state champ Wilton beats Darien in the Connecticut Class M state semis to halt the Blue Wave’s run of six straight state titles and quest for “Seven in ’11.”
- Summit’s 68-game win streak ends as Bridgewater-Raritan wins the New Jersey Tournament of Champions title game.
- Garden City defeats two-time defending state champ Manhasset twice, including in the Section 8 Class B title game.
- Ridgefield wins its first state title in 10 years, rallying to beat Fairfield Prep 11-10 in the Connecticut Division L title game.
- Yorktown reclaims Section 1 supremacy, beating John Jay in the Class B title game after a rare sectional-final loss in 2010 (to Lakeland/Panas).
All told, five of the seven championship games played in the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate area were decided by one goal.
There was also an interesting trend, with a sharp increase in verbal college commitments by current high school sophomores.
Considering all that happened, it’s a tough task to pick what story was the biggest.
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While 2011 was interesting indeed, there’s also some college news to pass along that has big implications for 2012.
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