Lacrosse Insider: Loyola, Villanova, Stony Brook, St. John’s get verbals from 2020 tristate standouts

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Four Division I collegiate programs have just picked up commitments from standouts from Long Island, upstate New York and New Jersey. Here’s the rundown: West Genesee (NY) goaltender Luke Staudt (left) to Loyola. The poised, polished 6-foot, 180-pound Staudt became the first freshman starting goalie in coach Mike Messere’s tenure. Delbarton (NJ) midfielder Jack Cerza to […]

Lacrosse Insider: Six new Class of 2020 D-I verbals

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We have a half-dozen new Class of 2020 verbals to report in this update, so let’s get right to them: John Jay HS (NY) midfielder Luke Mercer to Fairfield University. Mercer is a versatile two-way player. Salisbury (CT) defenseman/longstick midfielder Caden Kol to Syracuse. Kol is a polished and physical player whose verbal comes after mid-October […]

Lacrosse Insider: 6-foot-3 CT Class of 2020 shutdown defender makes his choice

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One of the top junior defenders in Fairfield County has just made his big decision. Literally. Ridgefield High School Class of 2020 “Tower of Power” Jack Dowd is 6-foot-3, 210 pounds and known for his aggressive style of play and hard hits. Dowd, aka “The Mountain,” will be taking his shutdown defensive game to Lafayette […]

Lacrosse Insider: Yorktown (NY) defender gives Marist big Class of 2020 verbal

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It’s just over 40 miles from Marist College’s campus off Route 9 in Poughkeepsie to Yorktown High School in Northern Westchester. And it’s a trip a growing number of college-bound Husker standouts have decided to take through the years. The latest to decide on making that move is defenseman Eddie Capone. The 6-foot, 210-pound Capone […]

Lacrosse Insider: CT Class of 2020 FOGO makes Michigan his choice

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One of the top junior faceoff middies in Connecticut has just made Michigan his choice. Justin Wietfeldt of FCIAC power New Canaan is especially effective at winning clamps and triggering fastbreaks. He has a good array of offensive moves to go along with a high lax IQ. Wietfeldt is Michigan’s first Class of 2020 tristate […]

Player-centric Premier Lacrosse League presents all sorts of possibilities for the sport, and all sports

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Will a rising tide lift all boats and can Major League Lacrosse survive amid the launch of a second summer league? Those are two of the main questions surrounding the new venture masterminded by Paul Rabil, the Premier Lacrosse League. The league’s inaugural season is set to debut June 1, 2019. The first season is set […]

Lacrosse Insider: Athletic middie gives Yorktown (NY) its first Class of 2020 commitment

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One of the top high school boys lacrosse programs in New York has just seen its first Class of 2020 standout give a verbal. Athletic midfielder Tim O’Callaghan of Yorktown High School has committed to the admissions process at the College of Holy Cross. His commitment gives Holy Cross its first junior verbal from the tristate area. […]

Lacrosse Insider: Flurry of Class of 2020 verbals, including Duke, Virginia, Notre Dame

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The start of Fall Signing Week for the Class of 2019 is now just days away, but we’ve seen a flurry of commitments with the Class of 2020. Before we run down those new junior verbals, we do have some news involving the senior class. Brunswick (CT) goaltender Christian Barnard has switched his verbal from […]

Lacrosse Insider: Cause for concern? Researchers find ‘subtle’ cognitive declines in lacrosse players

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A new study focusing on collegiate men’s lacrosse is raising questions about the impact of hits to the head even if a player isn’t diagnosed with a concussion. Researchers at NYIT in Old Westbury, partnering with the Center for Sports Medicine, monitored 10 players this past spring during the team’s 18-game season to monitor how […]

Lacrosse Insider: Junior standouts from Hudson Valley, Connecticut make their D-I choices

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We have four new verbals in this new update, including two from the Class of 2020. We start in the Hudson Valley where Mamaroneck HS (NY) defenseman Michael Bennett has committed to Fairfield. Bennett is an aggressive, takeaway defender. He’s Fairfield’s second junior commit from the tristate region, joining Cold Spring Harbor (NY) midfielder Brady Strough. […]

Lacrosse Insider: Rutgers gets verbal from upstate NY standout

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We have two new Class of 2019 commitments as we draw closer to National Letter of Intent Signing Week on Wednesday, Nov. 14. Our first comes from upstate New York where Albany Academy defenseman Mitchell Jones decided on Rutgers. He’s AA’s second senior commit, joining Manhattan College-bound midfielder Blake Van Epps. Rutgers now has four […]

Lacrosse Insider: UVa snags verbal from 2020 CT standout

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One of the top Class of 2020 prep school standouts in New England has made his college choice. Skilled attackman Patrick McIntosh of the Salisbury School (CT) has just verballed to Virginia. McIntosh is a skilled lefty playmaker with strong and accurate shot. He’s Salisbury’s fourth junior commit, joining: Miles Bollman, Michigan, defense; Jack Neill, Villanova, […]

Lacrosse Insider: CHSAA standout verbals to Virginia

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One of the tristate’s top junior middies has just verballed to Virginia. Jack Walshe of  St. Anthony’s (NY) is a two-way talent and stronger shooter. St. Anthony’s now has eight 2020 commits, with the others being: Dylan D’Agostino, Army, midfield; Aidan Danenza, Duke, midfield; Robert McGee, Penn State, midfield; Jack Naso, Virginia, faceoff/midfield (decommitted from Boston […]

Lacrosse Insider: Star junior verbals to UVa after decommitting; LI standout makes Michigan his choice

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We have two major Class of 2020 commitments in this update, including a verbal after a decommitment. Russell Maher, an attackman/midfielder for Suffolk County (NY) power Mount Sinai has verballed to Virginia. Maher, who had earlier committed to Syracuse, is a skilled lefty with a blistering shot. He’s Virginia’s second junior commit from the tristate, […]

Lacrosse Insider: Athletic 2020 NJ defenseman makes his choice; Notre Dame gets verbal from 6-foot-4 middie

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St. Joseph’s University is on the board with the Class of 2020 recruiting class. The Hawks just picked up a verbal from neighboring New Jersey: Glen Rock defenseman Jackson Crutchfield. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Crutchfield is an aggressive, athletic lefty who’s a football standout at running back/free safety. He’s also an outstanding student with a 3.7 […]

Lacrosse Insider: New batch of 2020 verbals, including LI standout committing to Yale

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Since Sept. 1, when D-I college coaches were first permitted to contact Class of 2020 recruits, we’ve been seeing a steady stream of junior commitments. We have a new brand-batch in this update: Harborfields (NY) defenseman Nick Caccamo committed to the admissions process at national champion Yale. Caccamo is a polished, skilled athlete. Yale now […]

Lacrosse Insider: Star 2020 attackman decides on Duke after decommitting from eighth-grade verbal

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He was the talk of the lacrosse world as an eighth-grader when he gave a verbal commitment to Penn State University, making him the earliest commit in men’s college lax history. Then, he was on the varsity at Bay Shore High School on Long Island. He then transferred to prep power St. Anthony’s. Now, star […]

Lacrosse Insider: Flurry of new 2020 verbals, including Syracuse, UNC commitments

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Commitments are heating up for the Class of 2020 and we have a trio of new verbals in this update. Syracuse University just got a big “yes” from agile, athletic longstick midfielder Tommy Drago of West Essex (NJ). Drago is a triple-threat with skills, speed and strength. He’s also an outstanding student with a 3.75 GPA. […]

Lacrosse Insider: One of nation’s top junior middies decides on Duke

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Aidan Danenza was a prime recruiting target of top D-I programs as a freshman whose commitment almost certainly would have come quickly had the NCAA not decided to end early recruiting. Fast forward to now, the midfielder’s junior year at CHSAA power St. Anthony’s (NY), and, with the rules now allowing him to do so, […]

Lacrosse Insider: LI 2020 standout middie will follow brother’s college path

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Brady Strough was very familiar with his eventual college destination long before he gave a verbal commitment this past weekend. The Class of 2020 midfielder from Long Island power Cold Spring Harbor has committed to Fairfield University, where his brother, Taylor, is a sophomore middie. Brady made an immediate splash after joining the CSH varsity […]

Lacrosse Insider: CT standout, one of nation’s top juniors, is Ivy League bound

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One of the most versatile midfielders in Connecticut is bound for the Ivy League. Brown’s first Class of 2020 commitment to its admissions process is from Darien standout Jackson Peters. Peters is a versatile athlete and strong dodger with ideal size at 6-2, 175 pounds. He’s also an outstanding student with a 3.84 GPA. * […]

Lacrosse Insider: Virginia’s first 2020 verbal comes from Long Island power

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In the span of less than a week, one of the top faceoff midfielders in the tristate area decommitted from one program and decided on a new one. Jake Naso of Long Island power St. Anthony’s has just become Virginia’s first Class of 2020 verbal after pulling an earlier commitment to Boston University. Faso combines […]

Lacrosse Insider: Siena’s first Class of 2020 commitment comes from Long Island

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Siena College is now on the board in Class of 2020 commitments thanks to the decision of a standout goaltender from Long Island. Westhampton Beach goaltender Drew Arcuri has decided on the Saints. Arcuri is an outstanding stopper who is strong on shots from point-blank range and on clears. Siena also just picked up a […]

Lacrosse Insider: Westchester 2020 star goalie is Ivy League bound

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One of the top Class of 2020 goaltenders in New York is Ivy League-bound. Emmet Carroll of Section 1 power Rye has committed to the admissions process at Penn. The 6-foot-2, 187-pound is a strong stopper with good communication ability who is adept on clears. Carroll is Penn’s second 2020 commit from the tristate, joining […]

Lacrosse Insider: Tristate Top 100 complete rundown

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Note: Players listed in alphabetical order in each group. Tristate Top 100 (First group of 50) First group of 10 Xavier Arline, jr., Shoreham-Wading River (NY), A (Committed to North Carolina) Ed Arnold, sr., Manhasset (NY), D (Committed to UPenn) Kenny Brower, sr., Kellenberg Memorial (NY), D (Committed to Duke) Connor Drake, sr., Wilton (CT), […]

Lacrosse Insider: Tristate Top 100 First Group of 50 Players

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Tristate Top 100 (First group of 50) First group of 10 Xavier Arline, jr., Shoreham-Wading River (NY), A (Committed to North Carolina) Ed Arnold, sr., Manhasset (NY), D (Committed to UPenn) Kenny Brower, sr., Kellenberg Memorial (NY), D (Committed to Duke) Connor Drake, sr., Wilton (CT), M (Committed to Duke) Reilly Gray, sr., Chaminade (NY), […]

Lacrosse Insider: Tristate Top 100 Second Group of 50

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Tristate Top 100 (Second group of 50) Sixth group of 10 Alex Bamford, sr., Taft (CT), A (Committed to Michigan) Chris Glynn, sr., Manhasset (NY), M (Committed to Georgetown) Bear Lockshin, sr., Westminster (CT), M (Committed to Princeton) Michael Page, sr., Manasquan (NJ), LSM (Committed to Syracuse) MacGregor Peterson, sr., The Taft School (CT), A […]

Lacrosse Insider: Tristate Top 100 Bonus Group of Players

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Bonus group of players: Christian Barnard, sr., Brunswick (CT), G Luke Blanc, jr., Seton Hall Prep (NJ), A/M Matt Caddigan, sr., Smithtown West (NY), M (Committed to UMass) Nicholas Caccamo, jr., Harborfields (NY), D Emmett Carroll, jr., Rye (NY), G (Committed to UPenn) Aidan Danenza, jr., St. Anthony’s (NY), M Devin DeGennaro, sr., Islip (NY), […]

Lacrosse Insider: Tristate Top 100 Top 25 juniors

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Note: Players listed in alphabetical order. Chris Arceri, Smithtown East (NY), M/FO (Committed to UPenn) Xavier Arline, Shoreham-Wading River (NY), A (Committed to North Carolina) James Ball, Chaminade (NY), M/FO (Committed to Navy) Connor Cook, Seton Hall Prep (NJ), G  (Committed to Johns Hopkins) Tyler Cordes, Connetquot (NY), M Brody Firestein, Brunswick (CT), M (Committed […]

Lacrosse Insider: Tristate Top 100 Top 25 seniors

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Note: Players listed in alphabetical order. Ed Arnold, Manhasset (NY), D (Committed to UPenn) Brandon Aviles, Ward Melville (NY), M (Committed to Syracuse) Canyon Birch, Manasquan (NJ), A (Committed to Army) Drew Brennfleck, Mountain Lakes (NJ), M (Committed to Virginia) Kenny Brower, Kellenberg Memorial (NY), D (Committed to Duke) Joey Corbett, Don Bosco Prep (NJ), […]

Lacrosse Insider: Grandson of former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will play D-I lacrosse

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St. Bonaventure is a brand-new name on the Division I lacrosse landscape. But the Bonnies have just picked up a Class of 2019 verbal commitment from one of the most familiar names in college sports history. He’s Joey Paterno, an attackman at the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. Paterno plus Pennsylvania. If […]

Lacrosse Insider: Hofstra snags pair of new commitments

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Hofstra has stepped beyond the borders of the tristate area to pick up a pair of new commitments. Class of 2020 midfielder John Veit, from the Academy of the New Church in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, is an athletic, rangy two-way player. Class of 2019 faceoff middie Chase Patterson, from Council Rock High School South in Southampton, Pennsylvania, is […]

Lacrosse Insider: Westchester defensive standout is D-I bound

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One of the top senior defensive standouts in Westchester is D-I bound. New Rochelle High School longstick midfielder Mac Coughlin has just committed to Siena. Coughlin is an outstanding athlete with good speed who also plays football as quarterback/safety. The lefty had 95 groundballs for the Huguenots this past spring, earning all-league honors. You can […]

Lacrosse Insider: Defending national champion Yale gets pair of 2020 commitments

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Two of the top offensive talents on Long Island have decided to join the defending national champions. Yale just received commitments to its admissions process from Smithtown East attackman Justin Carroll and Chaminade attackman Kevin Kuttin, both Class of 2020 players. Carroll is a righty dodger with good speed, athleticism and a high lax IQ. He also […]

Lacrosse Insider: CT standout defenseman will play two sports in college

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Let’s play two. That’s the decision one of the top defensemen in New England has made when it comes to college. Billy Dobensky, a two-year hockey and lacrosse captain who also plays defense in hockey, has committed to play those sports at Middlebury. A two-time Founders Legue all-star in lax, Dobensky is a tough and physical […]

Lacrosse Insider: State players of the year, all-state teams announced

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The New York State Sportswriters Association all-state teams and player-of-the-year selections have been unveiled.Here’s the rundown: Large schools Co-players of the year: Zach Hobbes (Ward Melville, sr., midfielder) and Matt Grillo (Ward Melville, sr., attack) FIRST TEAM Matt Grillo Ward Melville-11 Sr. Attack Jamison Embury Yorktown-1 Sr. Attack Christian Mule Half Hollow Hills West-11 Jr. […]

Lacrosse Insider: Standout 2019 defender from NJ power decides

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One of the top rising senior defenders in the Garden State has made his college choice. Wes Hudkins of Ridge HS has committed to Ithaca College. Hudkins is an aggressive, shutdown takeaway defender. You can report a new commitment or any commitments not included by emailing Joe Lombardi at joe@laxlessons.com. Tristate Division I Class of 2018 […]

Lacrosse Insider: Defending NCAA champ picks up two tristate commitments

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Fresh off winning its first Division III national title, Wesleyan University has been busy on the summer recruiting trail and has the results to prove it. Including two Class of 2019 commitments this week from the tristate area. Attackman Will Martin of Section 1 Class A champ Mamaroneck has just decided on the Cardinals. Martin […]

Lacrosse Insider: New York State Regional Championships rosters for Classes of 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022

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The New York State Regional Championships are scheduled for this week, starting Monday, July 23 at Binghamton University. Players competing are from the classes of 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. Participating teams are Hudson Valley, Nassau, Suffolk, New York City, Long Island Parochial,  Adirondack, Central and Western. Here are rosters that have been released for far: […]

Lacrosse Insider: Hudson Valley 2019 defensive standout switches commitment

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A 2019 Hudson Valley defensive standout has had a change of heart. Scott Stensrud, a physical, athletic standout from Trinity-Pawling School, has just committed to Navy after decommitting from Bryant. Stensrud also has skills to go with his physical prowess along with a high lax IQ. Another athletic rising senior defensive standout from beyond the […]

Lacrosse Insider: CT offensive dynamo makes college choice

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One of the top rising senior scorers in Connecticut has made his college choice. Attackman George Raymond of the Suffield Academy, the WNESSLA Division II Offensive Player of the Year, has decided on Gettysburg College. The 5-foot-9, 150-pound Raymond, a product of the Darien Youth Lacrosse program, is a highly skilled talent with a strong […]

Lacrosse Insider: Pair of 2019 attackmen give D-I verbals

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Two of the top Class of 2019 attackmen in the tristate area will both be playing their Division I college lacrosse in New England. Louis Perfetto, a gifted scorer for Manhasset (NY), is bound for Boston University. Perfetto is dangerous from X as well as from close range. The feeder/finisher is coming off a 28-goal, […]

Lacrosse Insider: Class of 2022 summer standouts

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We’ve been naming names of dozens of tristate players who have been enjoying strong summers. In case you missed it, we did separate rundowns for the Class of 2020  Class of 2021 Now, we move to rising freshmen and the Class of 2022: Charles Balsamo, Manhasset (NY), attack Brock Behrman, Niskayuna (NY), attack Henry Caponiti, Brunswick (CT), […]

Lacrosse Insider: Star attackman from Westchester makes his college choice

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One of the most talented offensive players in the Hudson Valley has made his college choice. Tommy Conley, star attackman for Section 1 Class A champ Mamaroneck, has committed to Division III power Middlebury College. Conley is a creative and gifted feeder and finisher who was offensive MVP of the Section 1 Class A sectional […]

Lacrosse Insider: Class of 2021 summer standouts

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We’ve started naming names of players from NY/NJ/CT who are enjoying strong summers. We started with the Class of 2020. We turn now to the Class of 2021. Blake Borges, Yorktown (NY), midfield Keith Boyer, Yorktown (NY), defense Tanner Burns, Jamesville-DeWitt (NY), attack Christopher Canet, New Canaan (CT), midfield Christopher Cappelmann, St. Anthony’s (NY), midfield/faceoff Jake […]

Lacrosse Insider: Here are some Class of 2020 tristate players making summer splash

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The summer recruiting season — like the weather — is heating up. So we thought now would be a good time to start naming some names of players from NY/NJ/CT who’ve been sizzling. We start things off with the Class of 2020. Chris Arceri, Smithtown East (NY), midfield/faceoff (committed to Penn admissions process) James Ball, Chaminade […]

Lacrosse Insider: 2019 CT standout headed to Hopkins

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One of the top Class of 2019 midfielders in the Northeast will be heading to Homewood Field to play his college lacrosse. Edward Glassmeyer of prep power Brunswick (CT) has committed to Johns Hopkins. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Glassmeyer is an athletic, two-way player with a strong shot and quick release. A natural righty, he’s strong with […]

Lacrosse Insider: New Lafayette head coach lands big verbal from standout in neighboring NJ

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There’s a new lacrosse sheriff in town in Easton, PA where former UNC and UPenn assistant Pat Myers has taken over as head coach of the Lafayette University program. It hasn’t taken Myers long to tap into the fertile recruiting ground in the Northeast, and more specifically, the tristate area, One of the most highly […]

Lacrosse Insider: Tristate Top 25 FINAL rankings

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1. Ward Melville (NY),  Record: 21-1, Preseason ranking: No. 5 2. Garden City (NY), Record: 18-3, Preseason ranking: No. 6 3. Brunswick (CT),  Record: 16-1, Preseason ranking: No. 4 4. Delbarton (NJ),  Record: 19-1, Preseason ranking: No. 3 5. Chaminade (NY),  Record: 17-3, Preseason ranking: No. 1 6. Darien (CT), Record: 22-1, Preseason ranking: No. 2 7. Victor (NY),  Record: 20-2, Preseason ranking: No. 7 […]

Lacrosse Insider: Look ahead to Saturday’s CT state finals

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It’s state title time in Connecticut. Here’s the rundown for the three championship games scheduled for Saturday, June 9 at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. Class L No. 1 Darien vs. No. 6 Ridgefield, 3 p.m. Class M No. 1 New Fairfield vs. No. 6 Daniel Hand Class S No. 2 Somers vs. No. […]

Lacrosse Insider: Look ahead to Saturday’s NY state finals

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Here’s the rundown of Saturday’s four NYSPHSAA championship games at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. Class A Ward Melville (Section 11) vs. West Genesee (Section 3), 12:30 p.m. Class B Garden City (Section 8) vs. Victor (Section 5), 3 p.m. Class C Islip (Section 11) vs. Westhill(Section 3), 5:30 p.m. Class D Pleasantville (Section […]

Lacrosse Insider: Darien’s drive for five alive after another thriller against New Canaan

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The drive for five is still alive. Darien completed a three-game sweep of archrival New Canaan, with two of the games decided by one goal, beating the Rams 8-7 in the CIAC Class L semifinals at Fairfield University on Wednesday. Darien will take a 76-game winning streak and 34-game postseason victory streak into Saturday’s final […]

Lacrosse Insider: Darien survives scare from Wilton to set up Round 3 vs. New Canaan

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Before Darien’s rise to the upper echelon of FCIAC lacrosse, the mainstays in the county were Wilton and New Canaan. Now 21-0 for the season, amid a 75-game winning streak and taking aim on a fifth straight state title, Darien has had epic battles with both those programs. With one more to come. After beating […]

Lacrosse Insider: New York East semifinal previews

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It’s Final Four time in the Empire State. Semifinal-round games will be played in the four classes at four locales. Wednesday, June 6 is game day. Winners of the East region semis play the winners of the West region semifinal games played at St. John Fisher College in Rochester and Cicero-North Syracuse High School in […]

Lacrosse Insider: Power Play – Ward Melville, Garden City flex muscles in sectional finals

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Two of the most highly anticipated sectional title games in the tristate area turned out to be impressive displays of power rather than the down-to-the-wire showdowns most anticipated. During the regular season, Half Hollow Hills East dealt Ward Melville its only loss, winning 7-6 on April 18. When the teams met again in the Suffolk […]

Lacrosse Insider: John Jay goes all the way, now what comes next?

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When John Jay beat Yorktown twice during the 2006 season, many saw it as a sea-change in the Section 1 lax landscape. After John Jay followed that up in 2007 by stunning the nation’s top-ranked team, Huntington, en route to its first-ever state final, there was talk of a “changing of the guard” in which […]

Lacrosse Insider: All-FCIAC team unveiled

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The best of the best in one of the top conferences in the nation was unveiled Tuesday. Here is the 2018 All-FCIAC team. 2018 ALL FCIAC School # Grade Class ATTACK  FIRST TEAM Logan McGovern Darien 4 12 L Brian Minicus Darien 12 12 L Jack Feda Greenwich 6 11 L Mac Deane New Canaan 18 […]

Lacrosse Insider: Here’s who’s hot with CIAC playoffs underway

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With the CIAC playoffs off and running, here’s a rundown of records and scores for leading teams. Darien (19-0) def. Fairfield Ludlowe 20-2 (FCIAC quarterfinals), Wilton 17-5 (FCIAC semifinals), New Canaan 13-12 (FCIAC final). New Canaan (14-5) def. St. Joseph 13-3 (FCIAC quarterfinals) and Ridgefield 10-6 (FCIAC semifinals) and lost 13-12 to Darien (FCIAC final). New Fairfield […]

Lacrosse Insider: These are the three sectional finals you won’t want to miss

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It’s sectional championship week in downstate New York, and there are plenty of enticing matchups. But you get to all of them, of course. So we’ve narrowed it down to the three mega matchups we think are best. Here’s the who/what/when, along with our prediction for each of the Big 3. Section 8 Class B […]

Lacrosse Insider: Chaminade-St. Anthony’s rivalry takes historic turn

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Chaminade vs. St. Anthony’s takes a backseat to no other rival — either in the region or the nation. But this season, it took a historic turn. Chaminade’s 12-5 win over the Friars Friday in the CHSAA Intersectional championship game at Mitchel Field marked the Flyers’ second postseason win against their archrivals, something that’s never […]

Lacrosse Insider: Darien’s dramatic FCIAC title win has many eager for a Round 3 vs. New Canaan

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During any winning streak or run of championships, there are a few games that stand out as the most significant. For Darien, which has now won 73 straight games, one of the games was unquestionable Friday night at Brien McMahon High School. The Blue Wave pulled out a thrilling 13-12 victory over archrival New Canaan […]

Lacrosse Insider: FCIAC title game preview, prediction

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The final we expected is almost upon us. Four-time state champ Darien will be taking a 72-game win streak into its fifth straight FCIAC title game as the Blue Wave face archrival New Canaan. Here’s a rundown along with our prediction. No. 2 New Canaan vs. No. 1 Darien When: Friday, May 25, 4 p.m. Where: […]

Lacrosse Insider: FCIAC semifinal predictions

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There are a couple of marquee matchups in store in the FCIAC Final Four. Here’s the schedule for the big doubleheader Wednesday, May 23 at Brien McMahon High Scool in Norwalk with score predictions. No. 2 New Canaan vs. No. 3 Ridgefield, 5 p.m. Prediction: New Canaan 8, Ridgefield 7, OT No. 1 Darien vs. […]

Lacrosse Insider: Coaching legend calls it a career

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Few coaches during lacrosse’s period of rapid growth the last quarter century have transformed a varsity program the way Scott Craig did. When Craig took over West Islip’s varsity program in the late 1980s, it was a relatively unknown commodity beyond the town’s borders. But largely by tying in the lax program to the Lions’ […]

Lacrosse Insider: Suffolk has no shortage of interesting playoff storylines

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It’s playoff time and, no surprise, Suffolk County’s Class A race promises to be one of the most interesting. Here’s a look. Favorite No. 1 Ward Melville: The most impressive win on the Patriots’ resume was an 11-7 victory against eventual CHSAA champ Chaminade. The catalyst to WM’s success has been faceoff star Michael Giaquinto. He […]

Lacrosse Insider: Fantastic finish for Chaminade in CHSAA title game thriller

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St. Anthony’s had the momentum. But Chaminade came away with another CHSAA Class AA championship. The Flyers defeated red-hot St. A’s 14-13 in dramatic fashion on Wednesday in the championship game at Mitchel Athletic Complex. Pat Kavanagh’s goal off a nice dodge move with three seconds to give the Flyers (14-4) the title. Chaminade entered the […]

Lacrosse Insider: Who has edge in potential John Jay-Yorktown rematch? Let’s go to the numbers

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It seems once again as much as a sure thing in Section 1 lacrosse as there is. A John Jay vs. Yorktown Class B title game appears inevitable. Sure, there’s a lot of lax to be played between now and then. But let’s just go by that “working theory.” Want to play along? OK, here […]

Lacrosse Insider: Darien’s dominant finish is difference after Ridgefield’s strong start in battle of FCIAC divisions leaders

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It was a matchup of the first-place teams in the FCIAC East and West divisions. And it didn’t disappoint. At least for the first half in Darien’s 11-6 win. Darien outscored host Ridgefield 7-1 over the final three quarters after the Tigers took a 5-4 lead after the first quarter. The Blue Wave, four-time defending state […]

Lacrosse Insider: Action in Fairfield County heats up

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It’s been an interesting season in Fairfield County with at least one result per week coming as a big surprise. This past week, it would have to be Fairfield Ludlowe’s win over a Staples team coming off a red-hot start and an overtime win against Ridgefield. Here is an update of team records and recent […]

Lacrosse Insider: Greenwich gives Darien a test as Blue Wave returns to FCIAC action

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Coming off a dramatic 11-10 win over CHSAA power St. Anthony’s, four-time Connecticut state champ Darien took on one of its biggest rivals from close to home, and it wound up being a more highly contested game than some expected. Yes, the Blue Wave pulled out a 13-6 win over Greenwich on Saturday. But in […]

Lacrosse Insider: A huge upset and a possible playoff precursor

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It was the upset heard all around tristate lacrosse. Fordham Prep 6, John Jay 4. Saturday’s result also has huge possible — maybe even probable — ramifications in both the upcoming CHSAA and Section 1 playoffs. But first to the game. Fordham Prep was lifted by a superb defensive effort spearheaded by Fairfield University-bound senior […]

Lacrosse Insider: Darien extends win streak to 66 with one-goal win over St. Anthony’s in classic confrontation

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What do you get when you pit arguably the best team in New York against the best in Connecticut? A game of biblical proportions. And with the quick-moving thunderstorm in the final minutes of four-time Connecticut state champion Darien’s 11-10 win over St. Anthony’s (11-3), many had to be looking for Noah’s Ark. The game […]

Lacrosse Insider: Fairfield County season update

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Here’s an update on the top teams in Fairfield County, along with recent scores: Darien (10-0) def, Danbury 19-3, def. New Canaan 9-7 New Canaan (6-2) def. Danbury 18-3 and Greenwich 13-8 and lost to Darien 9-7 Wilton (6-4), def. Trinity Catholic 18-1, John Jay (NY) 9-6 and Staples 11-6 Staples (9-2), def. Ridgefield 8-7 […]

Lacrosse Insider: Tristate Top 25 Midseason Rankings

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1. Darien (CT), Record: 10-0, Preseason ranking: No. 2 2. Brunswick (CT),  Record: 11-0, Preseason ranking: No. 4 3. Delbarton (NJ),  Record: 9-1, Preseason ranking: No. 3 4. Ward Melville (NY),  Record: 11-1, Preseason ranking: No. 5 5. St. Anthony’s (NY),  Record: 10-2, Preseason ranking: Not ranked 6. Chaminade (NY),  Record: 9-2, Preseason ranking: No. 1 7. Smithtown West (NY), Record: 10-1, Preseason ranking: No. 23 […]

Lacrosse Insider: Woodstick winds up being another Classic

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Rivalry week is now one for the books. And what a week it was. In case you missed it, we shared our thoughts on two of the games — Chaminade/St. Anthony’s and New Canaan/Darien — in this earlier post. Now, to the granddaddy of them all. The 133rd Woodstick Classic, the nation’s oldest continuous boys lacrosse rivalry. […]

Lacrosse Insider: Until they meet again – Chaminade/St. A’s, New Canaan/Darien rematches should be classics

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Two of the top rivalry games in the tristate area — and in fact, the nation — and both results have us already eagerly awaiting the postseason rematches. Here’s a recap: Chaminade vs. St. Anthony’s When St. Anthony’s got off to an 0-2 start to the season, Chaminade looks like a solid favorite to defend […]

Lacrosse Insider: Wild stretch of games out East

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There’s the Wild, Wild West, of course. But in the tristate lacrosse world, there’s nowhere as wild as out East. As in Suffolk County. Just when you thought it was safe to proclaim Ward Melville as the clear favorite to win the coveted Class A crown after a 9-0 start that included an 11-7 win […]

Lacrosse Insider: These are the three remaining unbeaten teams in Fairfield County

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Here’s an update on records and recent scores of the leading teams in Fairfield County. Brunswick (9-0), defeated Hotchkiss 15-4, defeated Greenwich 7-5 Darien (8-0), defeated St. Joseph 23-2, Fairfield Warde 20-1 and Wilton 12-6 New Fairfield (6-0), defeated Weston 9-3 Staples (8-1), defeated Trumbull 7-1 and lost 9-6 to Greenwich New Canaan (4-1), defeated […]

Lacrosse Insider: John Jay holds off Pleasantville in key Section 1 showdown

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There are plenty of aspects that make the John Jay-Pleasantville game one of the most interesting regular-season affairs in Section 1. For starters, Pleasantville coach Chris Kear played for John Jay, and his father, assistant coach Bob Kear, founded the John Jay program. And then there’s success on the field. Three-time Section 1 Class C […]

Lacrosse Insider: Darien’s start — coupled with strong goaltending, defense — proves to be Wilton’s finish

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Darien’s start proved to be rival Wilton’s finish on Saturday when the FCIAC powers met in the latest renewal of one of the area’s premier rivalries. The Blue Wave, who picked up a 12-6 victory to extend their winning streak to 62 games, jumped out to a 6-2 lead after the first quarter. Though 18 goals […]

Lacrosse Insider: Five surprise teams in tristate lacrosse this season

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One of the many things that makes Long Island lacrosse so special is that, each season, surprise teams spring up without notice throughout the county. Chalk it up not only to depth of talent, but the sheer number of high schools fielding teams. With the growth of lacrosse, we’ve been seeing more and more under-the-radar […]

Lacrosse Insider: Some Telltale Tuesday games make CT season even more interesting

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The season is starting to take shape in Connecticut and there have been some surprises of note. Here’s a quick rundown of the leading public school teams with some recent results, including a batch of interesting outcomes from Tuesday, April 17. Darien 6-0,  def. St. Joseph-Trumbull 23-2, def. Fairfield Ludlowe 17-2, def. Manhassett (NY) 7-6 […]

Lacrosse Insider: What we learned from Manhasset-Darien game

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In terms of level of play and execution, 22nd annual Battle of the Sound may have been the best game of the year in tristate lacrosse. Four-time defending Connecticut state champion Darien pulled out a dramatic 7-6 win over longtime intrastate rival and New York powerhouse Manhasset in a late Saturday afternoon showdown at DHS […]

Lacrosse Insider: This was one of the most incredible HS goals we’ve seen

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The game: Ward Melville 11, Chaminade 7 When: Saturday, April 7 at Gold Star Stadium at Chaminade in Mineola The play: With Chaminade having possession of the ball with 5.9 seconds left in the half, trailing Ward Melville, 7-4, Chaminade coach Jack Moran called for timeout. The Flyers’ Sean Kuttin, who is headed for Yale […]

Lacrosse Insider: What we learned from Ward Melville-Chaminade game

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It was a matchup of the two top teams on Long Island, according to our Tristate Top 25 rankings. Ward Melville and Chaminade each entered Saturday’s showdown in Mineola with unbeaten records, and determined to pick up a big signature win. It was the two-time Long Island Class A champion Patriots who did just that, […]

Lacrosse Insider: Lacrosse Insider: What we learned from Yorktown-John Jay game

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Friday was a good day to be a John Jay Indian. It started with a report of a newly released ranking naming the Katonah-Lewisboro School District the best in the state. You can read it here. Then came the game. John Jay entered Friday night’s showdown against archrival Yorktown having lost 15 straight against the […]

Lacrosse Insider: This FCIAC result comes as a surprise

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The season in the FCIAC has just started, but already we have a big upset and it came on Wednesday as Trumbull edged Greenwich 9-8. It’s always noteworthy on the rare occasions when a team in the traditional upper echelon in the conference falls to a team that usually places in the second half of […]

Lacrosse Insider: What we learned from Darien-Yorktown game

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With the nature of scheduling in lacrosse, teams’ biggest tests often come in the first couple of weeks of the season, when non-league, out-of-section and out-of-state games are scheduled. Case in point, St. Anthony’s. While the Friars are off to a 0-2 start, they showed dramatic improvement following a 10-5 loss at Yorktown by playing […]

Lacrosse Insider: And we’re off – Here are three early season results that came as a surprise

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As the late, great baseball legend Yogi Berra famously said, “It gets late early out there.” Berra was referring to left field in Yankee Stadium with its notorious setting sun obstructing outfielders’ view of batted balls. But the same can be said about the 2018 lacrosse season. Nor’easters notwithstanding, we’ve had almost two weeks’ worth […]

Lacrosse Insider: Three teams with most impressive opening wins

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The midweek Nor’easter — the fourth of the month — didn’t prevent many varsity teams from starting their seasons this past week. We came away most impressed by these three showings: Garden City 11, Syosset 5: These Nassau County powers have a tradition of playing their lid-lifters against each other (or at least meeting in […]

Start of spring storm could drop foot or more of snow, wiping out full slate of opening varsity games

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Updated with new snowfall projections This Wednesday features a full slate of season-opening games, including no less than 18 on Long Island. But there’s now a good chance those contests will wind up being postponed. The latest snowfall projections for a midweek storm that will hit the tristate predict a foot or more of accumulation […]

Lacrosse Insider: Many NY, NJ HS teams take field for first scrimmages

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With mounds of snow serving as a backdrop, many teams mainly New York and New Jersey took to the field for their first preseason scrimmages on Saturday, including Northern Jersey rivals Ridgewood and Seton Hall Prep (above). Here are some more photos: CHSAA member Archbishop Stepinac traveled over the new Tappan Zee Bridge to meet […]

Lacrosse Insider: Fourth Nor’easter could arrive on first day of spring

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Spring, where art thou? Tuesday, March 20 is the first day of spring, and there’s a full slate of both regular-season and preseason games scheduled. But a possible fourth Nor’easter of the month is expected to arrive in the tristate area on Tuesday afternoon, with a combination of rain and snow, coupled with strong winds, […]

Snow-Way: Third Nor’easter in two weeks keeping HS teams off practice fields

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With the third Nor’easter in two weeks moving through the tristate area, high schools teams are struggling to get practices in as many districts have had multiple school closures during that span. Click here for the latest forecast for Tuesday. You can report a new commitment or any commitments not included by emailing Joe Lombardi at joe@laxlessons.com. […]

Lacrosse Insider: Rundown of eight new Class of 2019 verbals

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We have a flurry of new Class of 2019 verbals in this update. Here’s the rundown: Hudson Valley Yorktown D/LSM Nick Gibson to Limestone. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Gibson is an aggressive athlete with good skills. Wappingers D Zack Timmons commits to Salisbury. Timmons is a skilled takeaway defender with high lax IQ. Suffern D Zach […]

Lacrosse Insider: Five former tristate varsity stars making splash as college freshmen

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March has come in like a lion weather wise. And the college lacrosse season is also off to a roaring start. Among the more interesting storylines: the immediate impacts being made by freshmen, something that is not the norm at the next level. Here are five former tristate varsity standouts who’ve made a big splash. […]

Lacrosse Insider: Lax programs battle elements in stormy start to preseason

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The Nor’easter that swept through the area Wednesday slammed parts of the Hudson Valley and Connecticut with as much as two feet of snow with resulting in thousands of power outages and road closures due to downed trees. The latest storm, couple with a Nor’easter last Friday, was a double whammy for programs in the Hudson […]

Lacrosse Insider: Two new 2019 standouts give verbals

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Two Class of 2019 standouts have just made their college choices. Our first commitment comes from New Jersey where Wayne Hills longstick midfielder Nick Azzopardi has committed to Wagner. The 6-foot, 170-pound Azzopardi is a skilled takeaway defender. Moving to upstate New York, another long pole, defender Mitchell Jones of Queensbury has decided on D-II Le Moyne. […]

Lacrosse Insider: Five tristate storylines to watch as preseason starts

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The Nor’easter that swept through the area Friday spared most of the tristate of significant snowfall, but the gusty winds resulted in numerous downed trees, power outages and road closures. As the cleanup continues through the weekend, varsity teams in New York will start official practices on Monday, just two days before yet another winter storm […]

Lacrosse Insider: Pair of new 2019 commitments including Ivy League-bound standout

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A pair of new Class of 2019 standouts include a player who is Ivy League bound. Goaltender Gene Martin of Moorestown HS (NJ) has committed to the admissions process at Cornell. The 6-foot, 155-pound righty is an outstanding stopper who’s strong on clears with a high lax IQ. He’s coming off a sophomore season on varsity […]