Photo gallery: Big City Classic should make for a special Sunday

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Photos by Ryan Rabidou Let’s play three. The Konica Minolta Big City Classic tripleheader is set for Sunday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.  Action starts at 1 p.m. as Notre Dame faces St. John’s. Duke takes on Syracuse at 4 p.m . The final game features a 6:30 p.m. contest between Johns Hopkins and North Carolina. […]

Yorktown, Chaminade, Garden City prevail; Manhasset falls, Ridgewood, Deerfield prevail in OT

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Photos by Ray Nelson Chaminade’s Matt Graham (above) about to unleash the shot that resulted in the game-winning goal in the closing seconds of the Flyers’ 7-6 win over West Islip today, and (below), after releasing it.  Today’s most highly anticipated high school games in the region did not disappoint. Yorktown rallied from a two-goal […]

Saturday, 3/31: Much-awaited John Jay-Yorktown, West Islip-Chaminade matchups are today; Manhasset, Garden City face Maryland powers in doubleheader

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March will be going out like lion. In more ways than just the raw, wet weather that is forecast for today. Some of the season’s marquee matchups are on tap for today as well. John Jay takes on Yorktown in what has become the unofficial Section 1 regular-season game of the year the last decade. […]

Friday, 3/30: Close encounter for the fifth time for Iona Prep, Somers? Lakeland/Panas faces national power at West Point

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The weather this time of year can be pretty unpredictable. So too can the annual, early season boys game between Iona Prep and Somers. After all, the teams will be meeting for the fifth straight season. Each of the last three years, the game was decided by one goal. You can watch the game in […]

Thursday, 3/29: John Jay, Arlington, Mahopac, Brewster get things started; Northport visits Ward Melville

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This weekend’s John Jay-Yorktown game will have to go a long way to top this week’s John Jay-Yorktown game. Confused? Don’t be. The John Jay-Yorktown boys, of course, play on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Charlie Murphy Field. Yesterday, the schools’ varsity girls teams squared off, and Yorktown pulled out a 17-16 win as Stefanie Ranigan […]

Syosset-Hewlett game on Saturday to promote Autism awareness

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We told you yesterday that one of Saturday’s big boys games — John Jay at Yorktown — will be a benefit game for multiple sclerosis. That’s not the only game in the tristate area being played for a special cause this weekend. When Hewlett hosts Syosset on Saturday at 7 p.m., all proceeds will benefit […]

Wednesday, 3/28: National powers Darien, Salisbury scrimmage at Yale; John Jay, Yorktown girls meet; Action starts in New Jersey

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If yesterday’s regular-season games are any indication, we’re in for quite a spring. Check out these scores: * Bethpage 6, Hicksville 5 * Syosset 12, Cold Spring Harbor 11 * Farmingdale 5, Lynbrook 4 * Eastchester 6, Pearl River 5 Fasten your seatbelts, gang. With increased participation, parity and unpredictability now the buzzwords at all […]

John Jay-Yorktown game will once again be for a special cause

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  It’s been arguably the game of the year in Section 1 lacrosse for the last eight years or so. But when John Jay and Yorktown play, it’s more than a game, it’s a community event. With that in mind, the two communities have worked together to help special causes. In the last few years, […]

Tuesday, 3/27: Syosset visits CSH; Bethpage hosts Hicksville; Fairfield Prep, John Jay; Mahopac, New Canaan; Iona Prep, Yorktown meet in scrimmages

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The regular season on Long Island will officially wrap up Week 1 with some interesting matchups. Cold Spring Harbor, the preseason No 1 seed in Conference 4, hosts Syosset, the No. 1 preseason seed in Conference 1, in a 7:30 p.m. game. In another night game, Bethpage, with three college-bound seniors in defensemen Paul Bitetti […]

Monday, 3/26: Former Somers players reunite as coaches in New Rochelle opener; John Jay hosts LP in key girls clash

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Today is just the start of what promises to be an eventful week. One that ends with a pair of showdowns of note: John Jay vs. Yorktown in the Hudson Valley and West Islip vs. Chaminade on Long Island. Be sure to check our poll question as we will be soliciting your thoughts on both […]

Empire State Games expected to be back in 2013 — with a new logo to prove it

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During much of its 33-year history, the Empire State Games served as one of the premier recruiting showcases for college lacrosse coaches. Since the Games were suspended the last two years because of budget cuts, those coaches have gone elsewhere to find future players. But ESG could be three letters back on every college coach’s […]

GC passes another early test; JFK Catholic wins opener on its (brand new) turf; Preseason tournaments aplenty

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 Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com For the last two years, Garden City rode an unyielding defense to back-to-back appearances in the New York State Class B championship game. So far this young season, the Trojans have taken a different route to success. And it’s downright offensive. Literally. GC has racked up 41 goals in its first […]

Saturday, 3/24: Ward Melville-Garden City clash headlines slate; Preseason events at Somers, Darien, Daniel Hand, Yorktown; Manhasset scrimmages Ridgefield

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When you combine a marquee regular-season matchup with several of the most stacked annual preseason events, today may wind up being one of the most intriguing Saturdays of the entire season. Wait, the season hasn’t even started — the regular season, at least — for most teams in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, […]

Friday, 3/23: Scrimmages mean more than the score; Hicksville visits Cold Spring Harbor

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It’s never a good idea to ever read too much into scrimmages. Or even worry about the final scores of them. If there is such a thing. After all, they are scrimmages. But yesterday’s much-awaited annual preseason encounter between two of the region’s premier programs, John Jay and Darien, did provide plenty of valuable takeways. […]

Thursday, 3/22: John Jay, Darien set for much-awaited annual preseason meeting; Jericho battles Roslyn in matchup of upstart programs

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If the game between Garden City-Syosset serves as the annual lidlifter for the regular season of Long Island lacrosse, then the annual John Jay-Darien scrimmage similarly marks the start of things in the Hudson Valley/Connecticut region. Granted, it’s not an actual game, but it has been as anticipated and talked about as many — if […]

Somers Red/Gray slate finalized

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In case you missed it yesterday, the schedule for Saturday’s four-team Darien Jamboree is set. The event includes West Islip, Shoreham-Wading River, Fairfield Prep and the host Blue Wave. Meanwhile, some slight tweaks were made to the schedule for Saturday’s fourth annual, eight-team Somers Red/Gray Preseason Tournament. Here’s the final schedule: TURF   1 (Scoreboard)                                                                TURF […]

Wednesday, 3/21: Hudson Valley teams start scrimmages; LI continues regular season

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Many wondered how the loss of such defensive standouts as Stephen Jahelka and Brian Fischer would affect Garden City. Well, defense was anything but a question in the Trojans’ 13-8 season-opening win over visiting Syosset yesterday. That’s because GC was too busy putting on what was quite an impressive offensive display. Led by Liam Kennedy’s […]

Darien Jamboree schedule; Four-team event includes West Islip, SWR, Fairfield Prep

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Several of the top programs in the region will be tuning up for the regular season on Saturday, March 24 at the Darien Jamboree. The four-team field consists of West Islip, Shoreham-Wading River, Fairfield Prep and the host Blue Wave. Here’s the schedule: 8AM  -  WARM-UP DARIEN & SHOREHAM-WADING RIVER ON THE STADIUM TURF FAIRFIELD […]

Tuesday, 3.20: Nassau Class A No. 1 seed Syosset gets things started vs. two-time Class B state finalist Garden City

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The wind-chill factor will be a, well, non-factor. But one thing will remain the same. While the temperatures are expected to hover at or above the 70-degree mark on this first day of spring, Garden City will be opening the season in a familiar way. Against the Syosset Braves. It’s been that way the last […]

Monday, 3.19: Full slate of games on Long Island

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As we noted here yesterday, a handful of Long Island teams played their openers last week. Most, though, will be getting thing started this week. Many Section 1 and some Section 9 teams get things started next week, with most Connecticut and New Jersey squads getting going the week after that. In boys action today, […]

It’s time to get things started

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There are have a smattering of games the last couple of days involving teams from Long Island, which traditionally gets the season started first. But this coming week is when it really all starts. In addition some intriguing preseason scrimmages and tournaments, there are also some marquee matchups. For the complete rundown, be sure to […]

Saint Leo-bound Rohle gives Yorktown 16 college committed players

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Defending Section 1 Class B champion Yorktown saw its 12th senior — and 16th player overall — commit to a collegiate program earlier today as defenseman Andrew Rohle decided on Saint Leo in Florida. “The fact that it is a great school for my intended major, Criminal Justice, was definitely a huge factor,” Rohle said. […]

Player’s perspective: Conroy hopes to make possession the name of the game for St. Anthony’s

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There’s little doubt that St. Anthony’s and Garden City are not only two of the elite programs on Long Island, but in the nation as well. Today, the two powerhouses scrimmaged and St. Anthony’s pulled out a hard-fought win. While we all know it’s never a good idea to put too much stock in scrimmage […]

Some things to key an eye on a week away from opening day

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We’re a week away from the unofficial opening day in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region. Next Tuesday, March 20, Syosset, seeded first in Nassau County Class A by coaches in the preseason, takes on two-time Class B state finalists Garden City, at Garden City. With the season […]

Player’s perspective: McCormick, Hicksville hope to be in Nassau Class A mix

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Looking for an “Under the Radar” team that could emerge from always competitive Nassau County Class A? Keep an eye on Hicksville. The Comets have a good upperclass nucleus and some dynamic sophomores, including University of North Carolina-bound attackman Patrick McCormick. Look for Hicksville to be right in the mix along with such programs as […]

Teams set for official start of practice

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They’ve been preparing — and in many cases, practicing on their own — for weeks if not months. But tomorrow, it’s time for the real thing. Monday marks the official start of practice and tryouts for high school teams throughout the region. At Suffern, you’ll have to excuse Willie Sanchez, Peter Sharp, John Redgate and […]

Schedule set for Red/Gray Preseason Tournament; Darien Jamboree, Yorktown three-team event also on March 24

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The schedule has now been set for the fourth annual Red/Gray Preseason Classic at Somers High School in Northern Westchester on Saturday, March 24. The schedule is subject to change. Here’s how it looks: TURF   1 (Scoreboard Field)                                                                TURF 2 9:00      Lake/Panas    vs    St. Anthony                                                                    Jericho  vs  Don Bosco 9:45       Somers   vs  Don Bosco                                                                               Suffern  vs   […]

Face-Off Classic was just that — a classic

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Photos by Ryan Rabidou The Konica Milota Face-Off Classic tripleheader, played today at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, was just that. A classic. Here’s a rundown: * Colin Briggs’ overtime goal gave top-ranked Virginia a 9-8 win against upset-minded Cornell. For more, including the box score, click here. * A 16-save performance by Steven Rastivo […]

Face-Off Classic highlights today’s college slate

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We’re just over 24 hours away from Selection Sunday for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. And while many conference titles are being decided this weekend, lacrosse will also be front and center on the collegiate landscape today. That’s because the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic is set for M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Here’s the lineup […]

Lax on the beach: Monmouth is latest college to add lacrosse

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Monmouth University’s campus in West Long Branch, N.J., is located just over a minute from the Jersey Shore. Soon, it will become one of just a handful of beachfront locations fielding Division I lacrosse programs. The university announced today that it will be adding a D-I men’s team that will start play in the 2014 […]

Salisbury, St. Anthony’s rank high in Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse preseason power rankings

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And we’re off. Well, almost. The start of the high school season is right around the corner for most of the nation and the first Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Power Rankings of 2012 are out. Salisbury (Conn.) leads the way among tristate teams at No. 4. St. Anthony’s (above) checks in at No. 6. You can […]

Player’s perspective: Duke-bound Dunne sizes up Chaminade

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Chaminade plays a schedule as competitive as any program around. But in the end, the games that will define the Flyers’ season are the ones against its most traditional opponent – St. Anthony’s. The teams traditionally play a best-of-three series, with two regular-season meetings followed, invariably, by a showdown for the CHSAA championship. The Friars […]

Lax checks in at No. 4 on ESPN “SportsCenter” Top Plays

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Syracuse may have lost the game, but the Orange did gain some national attention that went beyond the final outcome of Sunday’s showdown at the Carrier Dome. Tim Desko’s behind-the-back and between-the-legs goal in Syracuse’s 14-10 loss to Virginia was No. 4 on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” top plays. Follow Joe Lombardi on Twitter @joe_lombardi or by clicking […]

Player’s perspective: Frankie Fusco says Yorktown has ‘plenty of guys ready to step up and do their part’

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One of the main reasons Yorktown has been able to maintain a level of success few programs in the nation can rival is its tradition. Not just the tradition of postseason championships, but the tradition of a younger brother playing and practicing the game under the mentorship of an older brother. And, in some cases, […]

SWR’s preseason schedule couldn’t be stronger

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If you’ve been following our “Schedules scanner” thread, you know that when it comes to the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, there is no shortage of challenging schedules. But Shoreham-Wading River has taken it one step further. The Wildcats will get things going before the regular season starts. Coach Tom Rotanz passed along  SWR’s […]

Somers’ Red/Gray Preseason Tournament has strong field

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There will be no shortage of talented teams at this year’s Somers Red/Gray Preseason Classic at Somers High School in Northern Westchester on Saturday, March 24. The eight-team field for the fourth annual event will include defending CHSAA champion St. Anthony’s and 2010 Section 1 Class A champion Lakeland/Panas as well as Section 1 contenders […]