Northport star Gilroy finishes recruiting process with verbal to Binghamton

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Looking for a team that could emerge from under the radar on Long Island? Northport could be a prime candidate. The Tigers have a solid squad that includes three Division I-bound players. The latest commitment was made by attackman Sean Gilroy, as we told you earlier today on Twitter. The adept finisher, who is heading […]

From the LaxLessons Playbook: Get to the goal with this play

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Are you looking to set up a quick, high percentage shot off a set play? LaxLessons.com has just want you’re looking for in that case. It’s called Hoya Blue, and it comes straight from the LaxLessons.com playbook. For an in-depth breakdown of the play, complete with a 3-D illustration and animation, check the InsideLacrosse.com story. […]

Playoff-style tristate youth tourney draws near

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  A playoff-style tournament to decide the top youth town programs in the tristate area will be held Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1 at the Green Vale School in Old Brookville, N.Y. The second-year Top Rank Lacrosse Tournament is sponsored by Maverik Lacrosse. Teams from Long Island, the Hudson Valley, Connecticut and New Jersey […]

Notre Dame-bound Walter becomes latest soph commit

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It’s been the biggest trend on the lacrosse recruiting landscape. The latest tristate sophomore to commit to a major Division I program — Cold Spring Harbor’s University of Notre Dame-bound Jordan Walter — has brought the total number to 15. (See the full breakdown below.) Walter, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound midfielder, is known for his dodging […]

Player’s perspective: Skluth, John Jay will be tested from the start

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John Jay won’t have to wait long to have some big tests this season. For starters, they will be scrimmaging a couple of tristate powers in Delbarton and Darien. The Indians then open the season on Thursday, March 29 against an Arlington team that won six of its final eight games last season. Then, two […]

College action could be coming to a high school field near you

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The college season is up and running — and could be coming soon to a high school field near you. There will be a couple of men’s college games scheduled for turf fields at high schools in the region in the next few weeks that will feature plenty of former varsity standouts from the area. […]

Player’s perspective: Georgetown-bound van de Veerdonk hopes to help Put Valley bounce back

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For Putnam Valley, last year was the exception. The Tigers, who had advanced to the Section 1 Class C finals five times in the last six seasons, did not advance past the opening round of the playoffs. So 2012 shapes up as potentially a big bounce-back season for one of the most successful programs in […]

Player’s perspective: Hunter hopes to help Syosset surge past Nassau semis

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It’s become the annual lid lifter to the boys lacrosse season in the nation’s No. 1 lacrosse hotbed, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region. Nassau County rivals Garden City and Syosset are keeping the tradition intact as they will meet in opening week for the fourth straight year when they square off on March 20 […]

Another day, another upset: Unranked Ohio State edges No. 5 Denver

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Denver swept Ohio State last season en route to an appearance in the Final Four. The Pioneers entered today’s matchup against unranked Ohio State at No. 5 in the latest rankings. But expecting the unexpected has quickly become the new reality in major Division I lacrosse, and Ohio State came away with a 10-9 win […]

For starters, Notre Dame defense shuts down Duke; UVa edges Drexel

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The first full weekend of the brand-new college lacrosse season has produced a surprise. No. 9-ranked Notre Dame’s men’s lax team was dominant defensively in a 7-3 season-opening win against No. 2-ranked visiting Duke. After falling behind 2-0, ND scored seven unanswered goals. Goalie John Kemp equaled a career high with 14 saves. Senior midfielder Max […]

It’s the season’s first full weekend of college action

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A busy weekend of college action starts Friday at 5 p.m. as Towson visits Johns Hopkins in a men’s game that will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Among the big games on Saturday, Notre Dame takes on Duke, which can be seen at 1 p.m. on espn3.com. Here are links from LaxPower.com to access the  […]

Player’s perspective: Laguerre, Lakeland/Panas prepare for tough fight in Class A

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In New York’s Section 1 (Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Dutchess counties), defending champions Yorktown (Class B) and Bronxville (Class C) are favorites to repeat. But in Class A, there figures to be a heated race between last year’s titlist, Mahopac, 2010 champion Lakeland/Panas, and perennial contender Suffern — with other teams such as Mamaroneck and […]

Fox Lane senior wins LaxLessons Electrik 2 Gloves giveaway

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Congrats to Anthony Grasso, a senior longstick midfielder/defenseman at Fox Lane High School in Bedford, N.Y. Grasso was randomly selected today as the winner of the LaxLessons Warrior Electrik 2 Gloves giveaway. “I am really exited to have won these gloves, and hope to make good use of them,” said Grasso, who learned about the […]

Canadian native Oliver decommits from Quinnipiac, now bound for Jacksonville

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Josh Oliver has had a change of course. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Canadian native, who committed to Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., this past November, has decided to head further south. Much further. The senior attackman at the Vermont Academy is now bound for a Division I program that’s as far south as it gets, Jacksonville […]

Player’s perspective: Hopkins-bound Matthews has some big goals for his senior season at Manhasset

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 Photo by Miles Tintle If you looking for the prototype of what college coaches are looking for in a major Division I midfielder, we refer you to Exhibit A. His name is Ryan Matthews. The Manhasset senior has size, speed, a strong shot and exceptional stick skills. He was also as equally impressive on the […]

Chalk up another one? Report: Boston U. will add men’s lax

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The decisions by Michigan and Marquette to add men’s lacrosse programs attracted a huge amount of attention when they were made. But beyond the BCS and more recently, there have been colleges who have also decided to launch programs. Just last week, Furman University in South Carolina announced it would be adding both men’s and […]

Player’s perspective: Larrabee, Byram Hills eye return trip to sectional finals

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Byram Hills was one of the hottest teams in Section 1 entering the class championship games at the Suffern Middle School Complex. The Bobcats had won five straight entering their meeting against Bronxville. Though they lost 15-6, Byram wound up with a 15-5 mark. One of the keys behind that success, goaltender Andrew Larrabee, returns […]

Sophomore commit No. 13 among week’s top stories

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It’s 13. And counting. That’s the number of sophomores from the nation’s No. 1 lax hotbed, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region, who have committed to Division I programs. The latest was made this past week by Sachem North defenseman Michael Aronow. That was one of the top stories in tristate lax during a week […]

Michigan’s move to D-I explored in New York Times story

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After years of contemplation, it’s now about to become a reality on the field. Michigan will be playing its first game as a Division I member in men’s lacrosse on Sunday when the Wolverines face Detroit  in a 1 p.m. game at Ultimate Soccer Arenas in Pontiac, Mich. Be sure to check out the first […]

Somers’ Kevin Cousin sets his sights on Siena, senior season

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No matter what happens in his senior year at Somers, or in the Division I collegiate career that will follow, Kevin Cousin will have a tough time topping what he did during a late-season stretch last season. The attackman scored the game-winning goals in victories against two of the three 2010 Section 1 champions in […]

Bryce Jurk completes D-I bound junior trio at Trinity Pawling

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Trinity Pawling has sure been in the spotlight this week. The private school in New York’s Hudson Valley has seen three junior standouts commit to Division I colleges (shown in photo below, from left): midfielders Julian Garritano (Sacred Heart), Gianni Bianchin (UMass) and Bryce Jurk (Sacred Heart). We’ve gotten the reactions of Garritano and Bianchin. […]

Manhasset’s LaValle on Brown: ‘I knew it was the right fit’

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It didn’t take long for Dino LaValle to show he can play with the big boys. The Manhasset junior made that pretty clear a couple of years ago. LaValle, an attackman, has been a standout on the Long Island Sting since the ninth grade. “Dino was the only ninth-grader we let play up on our […]

Player’s perspective: UMass-bound Gruder eyes tough early season stretch at Smithtown West

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Smithtown West was a major player in the tristate lax scene last season. The Bulls enjoyed a 15-4 season, which ended with a 12-11 overtime loss to West Islip in the Suffolk County Class A title game. Smithtown West starts 2012 with a new coaching staff, led by new head coach Bob Moltisanti Jr. After […]

LaxLessons Gear Giveaway: Warrior Electrik 2 gloves

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How does a pair of Warrior Electrik 2 gloves sound for the preseason? You can have a chance to win it quickly and easily. Here’s how: * Like LaxLessons on Facebook at Facebook/LaxLessons anytime between now and Feb. 15 at 11:59 p.m. * Click on the LaxLessons Contest Tab and enter your email. * You […]

Trinity Pawling’s Bianchin on UMass: ‘I immediately fell in love with the school’

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It’s been quite a windfall for Trinity Pawling. The private school in Pawling, N.Y., saw three of its junior midfielders make Division I commitments this past week as we told you over the weekend on Twitter. All three are natives of Ontario who played for the Edge Junior Elite team. We’ve already profiled one of […]

Sachem North sophomore Aronow: Penn State is second to none

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The number of current high school sophomores making college commitments is at an all-time high. The latest came over the weekend as Sachem North standout defender Michael Aronow verballed to Penn State. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Aronow, a sophomore, is an unselfish, team-first player with strong skill skills who has been developing his lacrosse skills since […]

Garritano among three D-I bound native Canadians at Trinity Pawling

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If you’ve been following us here and on Twitter the last few days, there has been no shortage of commitments. This morning, we reported that Manhasset junior attackman Dino Lavalle verballed to Brown. Lavalle, who committed on Sunday night, has been a standout on the Long Island Sting since the ninth grade. Over the weekend, we […]

College teams gets things started

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College lacrosse starts its regular season this week. Well, sort of. Actually, an unprecedented pre-Super Bowl game has also been completed. Delaware, lifted by a 12-goal third-quarter outburst, rolled past Detroit 19-6, giving longtime Blue Hens coach Bob Shillinglaw his 300th career win. For more on the game, including video highlights, click here.  Here are […]

Belichick’s passion for lacrosse explored in Boston Globe story

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New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s passion for lacrosse is well-known within lax circles. A feature that explores the Belichick few people know in today’s Boston Globe includes several anecdotes regarding Belichick’s numerous ties to the sport, including comments from his friends, Johns Hopkins coach Dave Pietramala and former Navy coach Richie Meade. With the […]

Sachem North’s Aronow becomes latest sophomore commit; Check the regional rundown

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Thirteen sophomores from the region have already made college commitments. (You can check the rundown below.) Two of those commitments have come in the last 24 hours. As we told you yesterday here and today on InsideLacrosse.com, Liam Blohm, a longstick midfielder from Syosset, opted for Ohio State. As we reported earlier today on Twitter, […]

Sophomore star Blohm gives Syosset another future Buckeye

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There was a definite Ohio State feel in the hallways of Syosset High School today. The fact that Ryan Hunter was wearing a red Ohio State T-shirt and Ohio State baseball cap hardly came as a surprise. After all, the senior attackman committed to play at OSU back in October, 2010. But the newest Brave […]

Albany-bound McNally prepares for senior season at Suffern

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Suffern is no stranger to the Section 1 championship. In addition to having hosted the event (including last season), the Mounties have also played in it quite a bit – a total of nine times. The Mounties last appeared in the final in  2003, losing to Lakeland/Panas 11-7. If they are to make it back this […]

Region will be well-represented in National Lacrosse Underclassmen Classic

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The nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region, will be well represented when 400 of the nation’s top underclass lacrosse players compete in the Brine National All-American Lacrosse Classic set for June 30 through July 3 in Boyds, Md. A total of 16 regional teams, including three from New York […]

Player’s perspective: Rutgers-bound Cooley eyes a big senior year

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Yorktown has been a big topic of discussion here of late. For starters, Yorktown completed its 2012 schedule. As usual, it is among the most competitive of any high school team from sea to shining sea. The Huskers have also had several recent college commitments, bringing their total number of future collegiate players to 14. […]