Yale-bound Huffard reflects on Darien’s 23-0 state championship season

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Only one varsity boys lacrosse team team in the nation’s No. 1 hotspot for the lacrosse, the NY/NJ/CT tristate region, was able to accomplish what Darien did this past spring. The Blue Wave finished unbeaten. But DHS’s 23-0 record is not a first in program history. The 2005 Blue Wave also went 23-0. Darien’s quest […]

Curran on Greenwich’s first CT state crown: ‘I’ve never seen a team more hungry to win a title’

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Photo by Jim Sannerud/MaxPreps The 2014 Greenwich varsity lacrosse team will go down in history. The Cardinals came away with a Connecticut state championship for the first time, beating the team they lost to last year in the CIAC Class L semifinals, Staples, 13-10 in the title game on Saturday, June 14 at Brien McMahon […]

Palmadesso on Yorktown’s NY state title run: ‘We were playing for so much more than ourselves’

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Photo by Dave Anderson To say Luke Palmadesso played in a big role in Yorktown’s first New York state championship since 2003 would be, well, a big understatement. The two-time All-America midfielder was dominant in the faceoff X and was named most valuable offensive player in Yorktown’s 10-9 Class B title-game win over Jamesville-DeWitt. It […]

Princeton-bound Tarry on Bronxville’s first-ever NY title: ‘The feeling was really indescribable’

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It’s been a big year for first time state champions in the NY/NJ/CT tristate region with Greenwich in Connecticut and Massapequa (Class A) and Bronxville (Class C) all taking titles. Bronxville’s win was especially sweet. After all, it came against a Cazenovia team the Broncos had fallen to in the 2013 New York Class C […]

Berge on Massapequa’s first-ever NY state title: ‘Words don’t do it justice’

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Photo by Dave Anderson/MaxPreps  Massapequa’s first visit to the New York State Final Four was a memorable one. The Chiefs cruised to a 16-2 win over Section 3′s Fayetteville-Manlius in the Class A championship game at Hofstra University for their first state title in their first state title-game appearance. That came after an impressive show […]

Delbarton’s Comizio: ‘Winning the T of C exceeds any expectations I could’ve had’

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The 2014 high school season in New Jersey is now for the books. And there can be no doubt who’s No. 1 in the Garden State. Delbarton ended Summit’s 21-game win streak in the Tournament of Champions title game 7-5 after dealing Bergen Catholic its first loss, winning the Non-Public A title game 6-5 in […]

Player’s perspective: Team captain Meyreles sizes up Yorktown (NY) heading into annual John Jay game

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Yorktown has won three straight Section 1 titles, beating John Jay in the final each game. The teams will renew their rivalry on Saturday, March 29. That meeting will come two days after Yorktown opens its season against Putnam Valley as the Huskers look to make the sectional final for the 35th straight year. Last […]

Player’s perspective: Foote, Greenwich among CT teams set to get things started

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Now, it’s Connecticut’s turn. After Long Island and CHSAA  teams got varsity practices rockin’ and rollin’ back on March 10, the Hudson Valley and New Jersey teams followed the next week. Connecticut teams traditionally start their practices — and seasons — later, and this year is no exception, with the start date being Monday, March […]

Player’s perspective: Lindley looks to lead Darien (CT) back to championship

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UMass-bound Peter Lindley (fourth from left), with seven fellow 2014 commits from Connecticut power Darien, from left: Kyle Cornell (Bryant), Phil Huffard (Yale), Owen Koorbusch (Rhodes), John Reed (Bucknell), Kyle Gifford (Washington & Lee), Sam Meyjes (Haverford) and Brad McCarthy (Colby).  End the season in a pile. Simply stated, that’s the annual goal at Darien […]

Player’s perspective: Cain, Wantagh look to contend once again for Nassau (NY) crown

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Take away losses to Nassau County champions Massapequa (Class A) and Garden City (Class B) and Wantagh was unbeaten during the 2013 regular season. The Warriors, who finished 14-3, won four straight to open the season before falling to ‘Pequa 16-6 on April 5, three games before a 9-1 setback to G.C. Wantagh’s season ended […]

Player’s perspective: Smidt, Smithtown West (NY) will start 2014 season with great expectations

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Great expectations await Smithtown West High School (N.Y.) as it prepares to start the 2014 varsity season. The Bulls, who made final roster cuts this week, enter the season at or near the top in the preseason rankings, beginning with the first released anywhere, the LaxLessons.com Tristate Top 25 preseason rankings. We got our first […]

Player’s perspective: UNC-bound Cannon hopes to help Northport contend for Suffolk Division 1 title

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Northport took a six-game winning streak into the Suffolk County (N.Y.) Division 1 semifinals last season. There, the Tigers’ season ended with a 12-6 setback to Smithtown West. Both teams are prominent in LaxLessons.com’s Preseason Tristate Top 25 rankings. The Tigers finished 15-3 last season – the most wins for Northport in coach George Searing’s […]

Player’s perspective: Bonaparte, Ridgefield (CT) add out-of-state clash vs. Garden City (NY) to schedule

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Will Bonaparte (right), signs his National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Maryland this past fall, joined by teammate Micky Carbone, who signed with Providence. During its climb to prominence as one of the premier programs in Connecticut, Ridgefield has benefited from playing a tough out-of-state schedule that has included such tristate powers […]

Player’s perspective: Loyola-bound Limone, Weston eye shot at 3rd CT state title in 5 years

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Weston won the Connecticut Class M state title for the second time in the last four years in 2013, beating St. Joseph’s of Trumbull 9-8 in the title game. How do the Trojans look heading into 2014? For more, we check in with one of the top goaltenders in Connecticut, Loyola University-bound Grant Limone. The […]

Player’s perspective: Albany-bound Eddinger will be key in keeping Canandaigua (NY) in state title contention

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Canandaigua Academy has emerged as a New York power the last decade. The Braves, who won the 2009 Class B state title, should be in contention once again this coming season. One of the main reasons coach Ed Mulheron’s Canadaigua squad will once again be a force in Section 5 is the return of Joe […]

Player’s perspective: UVa-bound Kraus hopes to help New Canaan (CT) three-peat in FCIAC

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New Canaan enters 2014 in pursuit of a three-peat in one of the nation’s most competitive conferences, the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference in Connecticut. The Rams beat Greenwich 8-5 in last year’s FCIAC final. It was New Canaan’s eighth FCIAC title overall. For a look at New Canaan in 2014, we check in with […]

Player’s perspective: Cuccinello hopes his senior season at Mountain Lakes (NJ) is a memorable one

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Mountain Lakes ended the 2013 season in a familiar place — with a New Jersey Group I title. The Lakers, who finished 15-6, ended the season with an 11-8 loss to Rutgers Prep in the opening round of the New Jersey Tournament of Champions. For a look at the 2014 Lakers, we turn to Christian […]

Player’s perspective: Duke-bound Harrington has high hopes for senior season at Greenwich (CT)

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Any conversation about contending teams for both the Connecticut Class L state and Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference titles will include the name Greenwich. The Cardinals, who won the FCIAC title in coach Scott Bulkley’s first season as head coach in 2010, advanced to the state title game in 2012. GHS went 15-6 last season, […]

Player’s perspective: DeLasho, Fordham Prep set sights on another CHSAA title

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The third time was a charm for Fordham Prep in 2013. After falling to archrival Iona Prep twice during the regular season, the Rams roared back to beat the Gaels when it mattered most, in the CHSAA (N.Y.) AA title game, winning 8-4. One of the catalysts behind FP’s championship was faceoff specialist Joe DeLasho. […]

Player’s perspective: UNC-bound Willetts, Smithtown East (NY) back for more after last season’s splash

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It was a breakthrough season for Smithtown East High School (N.Y.) last year. The Bulls, who enjoyed a nine-game win streak, finished 14-4 and and ended West Islip’s string of 11 straight appearances in the county final and nine consecutive county championships by defeating the Lions 12-4 in the Suffolk County (N.Y.) Class A quarterfinals. […]

Player’s perspective: Cousin, Somers set for first tests at Red/Gray preseason event

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The Red/Gray Preseason Classic, hosted by Somers High School in New York’s Hudson Valley, has emerged as one of the premier multi-team scrimmages in the tristate region. This year marks the event’s sixth season. Action is set to get under way on Saturday morning, March 22. That day marks the first test of 2014 for […]

Player’s perspective: Palmadesso hopes to help Yorktown make its 35th straight sectional final

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It’s hardly a bold statement to say that Yorktown is one of the leading contenders for the New York Class B state championship in 2014. The Huskers, after all, have made 34 straight Section 1 title-game appearances. Last season, Yorktown dealt previously unbeaten Chaminade, then the consensus No. 1-ranked team nationally, its first loss, defeating […]

Player’s perspective: Smith, John Jay eye an 11th straight sectional final appearance

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Unlike many varsity lacrosse standouts in the tristate region, there isn’t much time for Shawn Smith to prepare for the upcoming season in the winter. That’s because the senior is not only a lacrosse standout, but one of the leading varsity hockey players in New York’s Section 1 (Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Dutchess counties), In […]

Player’s perspective: Hubler, Rumson-Fair Haven eye tests vs. Summit, Shore Conference rivals, non-conferences foes

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Rumson-Fair Haven made it all the way to the New Jersey Tournament of Champions Group I finals in 2013, where its 18-4 season ended with an 8-6 loss to Mountain Lakes. One of the Bulldogs’ top performances in the game came from Chris Hubler, who had two goals. The Johns Hopkins-bound Hubler is a blue-collar […]

Player’s perspective: Amodio, Jericho (NY) hope to take next step after 12-4 season

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Jericho is on the rise in Long Island lacrosse. The Jayhawks are coming off a breakout 12-4 season — quite an accomplishment for a program that has shown steady improvement since going 5-10 in 2010. Can Jericho continue its upward climb in 2014? For a look at the Jayhawks, we check in with Tyler Amodio. […]

Player’s perspective: UMass-bound Marino hopes to keep Harrison (NY) in the hunt

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Jake Marino has enjoyed a memorable varsity career in both football and lacrosse for Harrison High School (N.Y.). It will be coming to an end this spring. Then, it’s on to UMass, where the athletic midfielder committed to attend almost two full years ago. Marino is hoping to lead the Huskies to the kind of […]

Player’s perspective: McCulloch, Ward Melville will welcome plenty of new faces

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Change is in the air at Ward Melville. The 2013 consensus national champion and New York Class A state champion Patriots will welcome a new coach, Jay Negus, and six new starters. We got Negus’ thoughts on his upcoming inaugural season as head coach. Now, let’s check in with one of the Patriots’ leading players, […]

Player’s perspective: Janik, Mahopac (NY) eye return to postseason glory

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The ‘Pac wants to get back to championship form in 2014. Mahopac High School (N.Y.), that is. The Indians won the 2011 Section 1 Class A title, beating the defending sectoinal champion Lakeland/Panas 7-5 in the final. Then, in 2012, Mahopac’s bid at a second straight title ended with a 9-8 loss to Mamaroneck, which […]

Player’s perspective: Hoffman hopes to help Sachem North stay in contention in highly competitive Suffolk Class A

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Should Sachem North once again make it to the postseason, the Flaming Arrows will be as battled tested as any team around. After all, they play in one of the country’s most competitive conferences – Suffolk County (N.Y.) Division 1. For those who may be unfamiliar, the conference includes consensus 2013 national champion Ward Melville […]

Player’s perspective: Carbone says Ridgefield (CT) looks to come back strong after falling in conference, state semis

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Ridgefield’s boys lacrosse program has progressed to the point where it reloads — and doesn’t rebuild — despite playing in one of the nation’s top conferences, the FCIAC. Expect that to be the case once again this spring. For more, we check in with one of the most hard-nosed and versatile midfielders in Connecticut, RHS […]

Player’s perspective: Malas, Mamaroneck (NY) will be in pursuit of a three-peat this spring

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For the Mamaroneck High School (N.Y.) boys lacrosse program, these are the good old days. The Tigers have won back-to-back Section 1 titles, beating North Rockland last season in the final after unseating defending champion Mahopac in 2012 for its first-ever sectional title. But Mamaroneck enters the spring minus a strong senior class, including the […]

Player’s perspective: Towson-bound Sunday hopes to keep Arlington (NY) in Section 1 title contention

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Arlington has emerged as a program on the rise in New York’s Hudson Valley. After finishing 3-14 in 2008, the Admirals improved to 8-10 in 2009, 10-7 in 2010 and 11-6 in 2011 before enjoying a breakthrough run to the Section 1 Class A semifinals i 2012. Last season, an 11-6 season ended with a […]

Player’s perspective: Concannon, St. Anthony’s (NY) eager to reclaim crown after four-year title run ends vs. Chaminade

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St. Anthony’s is eager to return to a familiar place in 2014. The Friars had won four straight New York CHSAA AAA Nassau/Suffolk championships, beating Chaminade in the AAA final each season prior to last year. That title run came to an end in 2013 as Chaminade defeated the Friars 7-5 in the title game […]

Player’s perspective: Farrell, Manhasset await plenty of tough tests in addition to Woodstick Classic

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Manhasset won back-to-back New York State Class C championships in 2009 and ’10. Then, in 2011, the Indians moved up to Class B, joining their longtime archrival, Garden City. The Trojans have defeated ‘Set in the Nassau Class B title game each of the last three years, winning state titles the last two season. Last […]

Player’s perspective: Carnazza, Somers (NY) set for stern tests inside, outside Section 1

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Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com Teams such as Yorktown and John Jay provide plenty of strong competition for Somers in New York’s Section 1 Class B. But that hasn’t stopped the Tuskers from scheduling plenty of other tests outside the section. It all starts with Somers’ annual preseason Red-Gray Tournament, which will mark its sixth season […]

Player’s perspective: Sands, Friends set sights on another Nassau Class C title run

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It was a breakthrough season for Friends Academy in 2013. The Quakers, making their third straight appearance in the Nassau County (N.Y.) Class C championship game, came away with the title. Friends picked up a decisive 9-4 win against Cold Spring Harbor, the team it played in the title game each of the previous two […]

Player’s perspective: Devane, Wilton eye shot at another CT state title

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It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. The 2013 Wilton Warriors were living proof of just that. Wilton won the Connecticut Class M state title after starting the season 1-4. One of the catalysts to the 17th-seeded unlikely run to glory was the play of attackman Brendan Devane. Now a senior, Devane will […]

Player’s perspective: Bonafede, Chaminade will have a tough act to follow in 2014

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The 2013 season will be remembered for a long time in Mineola. The Chaminade Flyers completed a rare 3-0 season series sweep of archrival St. Anthony’s, with the final win, a 7-5 victory, coming in the much-awaited CHSAA (N.Y.) Nassau-Suffolk AAA title game. Chaminade finished 15-2 with the losses coming against Hudson Valley (N.Y.) power […]

Player’s perspective: Notre Dame-bound Walter eager to help Cold Spring Harbor (NY) reclaim Nassau County crown

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Cold Spring Harbor is looking for a reversal of fortune in 2014. The Seahawks have advanced to the Nassau County (N.Y.) Class C championship game five straight seasons, losing each time, most recently last spring, when they fell to the Friends Academy 9-4. CSH last won a county crown in 2008, when it beat Manhasset […]

Player’s perspective: Fuchs, Hewlett hope to stay in the hunt in Nassau (NY) Class B

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Hewlett hopes to stay in the hunt in one of the nation’s most competitive conferences. The Bulldogs played in Section 8 Class B, also known as Nassau County on Long Island, home of the two-time New York state champion Garden City Trojans. GC ended Hewlett’s 2013 season with a 12-3 win over the Bulldogs in […]

Player’s perspective: Prunty hopes to help Lakeland/Panas (NY) regain Section 1 Class A supremacy

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It was one of the most memorable title games in New York’s Section 1 in recent history as Lakeland/Panas outlasted Yorktown 8-7 in overtime to win the 2010 Class A title. The Rebels’ postseason run ended with a loss to West Islip in the state semifinals. The following year, the Rebels made it back to […]

Player’s perspective: Berge leads strong group of returnees for defending Nassau County Class A champion Massapequa

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After falling by one goal to Syosset in the 2012 Nassau County (N.Y.) Class A title game, Massapequa came back to become Chiefs of Section 8 in 2013. ‘Pequa picked up a 14-5 win over Port Washington. The postseason ride ended with a 12-3 loss to eventual state champion Ward Melville in the Long Island […]

Player’s perspective: Halloran hopes to help Pleasantville make it back to sectional lacrosse final

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It was a historic season for Pleasantville High School last year. The Panthers advanced to the Section 1 (N.Y.) title game for the first time in school history. Pleasantville fell to three-time Class C sectional champ Bronxville 15-9 to end the season 15-5. Pleasantville advanced to the final by pulling out a dramatic 9-8 win […]

Player’s perspective: Ohio State-bound Bray, Shoreham-Wading River prepare for return to Class B

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Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats was stopped short in its bid for a second straight New York State Class C title this past spring. The Wildcats fell to Bronxville 14-13 in overtime in the state semis at Marist College to end the year 18-2. SWR’s only other loss was a 10-9 overtime regular-season setback to Garden City […]

Player’s perspective: Licata, Sachem East get set for battle in rugged Suffolk D-1

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High school leagues don’t get much more competitive than New York’s Section 11 Division 1. The list of power-packed Suffolk County strongholds in the league includes defending consensus national champion Ward Melville as well as West Islip, Smithtown West, Smithtown East and Sachem North. Joe Licata knows full well how tough the league is. The […]

Player’s perspective: Zanelli, NJ power Summit eye showdowns vs. Delbarton, Chatham, Westfield, Ridgefield (CT)

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Perennial New Jersey power Summit will be tested right from the start. The Hilltoppers, who have won 18 or more games each of the last five years (including four seasons of 20-plus wins), play at Delbarton on March 29 in what will be one of the best early season matchups in tristate lacrosse. Chris Zanelli […]

Player’s perspective: Syracuse-bound Chavez sees league games as the key for Rye (NY)

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For Lazarus Chavez and the Rye High School Garnets, the path to the Section 1 (N.Y.) final starts within their league. The senior Syracuse University-bound defenseman sees games against Fox Lane, Horace Greeley, Byram Hills, Pleasantville and Harrison as critical to the Garnets’ success in 2014. So too, undoubtedly, will be the play of Chavez, an […]

Player’s perspective: UNC-bound Kyle Mathie, Smithtown West (NY) eye more success in 2014

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Smithtown West has emerged as one of the powerhouse programs in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region. The Bulls, coming off a 16-3 season that ended with a loss to eventual New York state champion Ward Melville in the Suffolk County Class A title game, have won 15 […]

Player’s perspective: Goaltender Dolan, Garden City seek third straight NY state title

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Our preseason player perspectives have become an annual tradition at LaxLessons.com. We traverse the tristate — and beyond — to get the thoughts of some of the leading returning varsity players as their teams prepare for the start of a new season. Where better to start for 2014 than at the home of the only […]

Player’s perspective: Jack Harrington, Greenwich (CT) defender

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Greenwich wrapped up a 9-9 season with a 15-5 loss to eventual Connecticut Class L state champion Fairfield Prep in the first round of the CIAC tournament. For a team whose roster was made up of many underclassmen, the Cardinals’ 2012 finish may actually prove to be the start of something big. After all, those […]

Player’s perspective: Jack Grass, Bronxville (NY) attackman

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Today marked the first day of official varsity practices and tryouts for most teams throughout New York State beyond Long Island, which started last Monday. Among the sections getting things started today was Section 1 (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties), home of two-time Class C champion Bronxville. When Bronxville won the section in 2011, […]

Player’s perspective: Jesse Schulze, Croton-Harmon (NY) midfielder

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The number of athletes who find the combination of football and lacrosse to be a perfect fit continues to grow. Jesse Schulze epitomizes the trend. The senior was one of the leading players for Croton-Harmon High School’s football team the last two years, helping the Tigers advance to the 2011 New York Class C championship […]

Player’s perspective: Joe Serrecchia, Brewster (NY) defenseman

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Predicting Brewster will be in the mix in the Section 1 (N.Y.) Class B race would be pretty safe. After all, the Bears always seem to be. One of the main reasons for that is a gritty style of play that is perennially powered by a hard-nosed defense. That’s once again the case in 2013. […]

Player’s perspective: Joe Varello, Smithtown West (NY) midfielder

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It was a day Joe Varello and thousands of players from through Long Island had been anxiously awaiting. And it came today. Varsity practices and tryouts officially got under way. For Varello, the 2013 season comes with especially high expectations. After all, the senior faceoff midfielder plays for Smithtown West, which has emerged into one […]

Player’s perspective: James Marusi, Fairfield Prep (CT) defender

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The 2012 season couldn’t have been any sweeter for Fairfield Prep. The Jesuits held on for an 8-6 win over Ridgefield in the Connecticut Class L state title game to avenge for a state-title game loss to the Tigers a year earlier. How do the defending champs look entering 2013? For more on that, we […]

Player’s perspective: Ross Thompson, Mahopac (NY) attackman/midfielder

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The ‘Pac wants to get the title back. Mahopac was denied a second straight Class A championship in Section 1 (N.Y.) last year when the Indians were upset 9-8 by Mamaroneck. How do the 2013 Indians look entering what looks to be a wide-open race? For more, we turn to Ross Thompson, who just wrapped […]

Player’s perspective: Joe Delasho, Fordham Prep (NY) midfielder

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When it comes to New York’s CHSAA, much of the discussion here of late has focused between the always intriguing Division AAA race between nationally ranked powers Chaminade and St. Anthony’s. But, as we’ve told you, things will be very interesting in Division AA as well. Iona Prep won the title game 10-9, rallying from […]

Player’s perspective: William Sands, Friends Academy (NY) attackman

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Friends has become a force. In Long Island, Class C that is. Friends Academy has advanced to the Nassau County Class C championship game the last two years, falling to Cold Spring Harbor each time. Can the Quakers break through with a title this year? For more, we turn to William Sands. One of the […]

Player’s perspective: Jack Lambert, John Jay (NY) defenseman

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Jack Lambert and John Jay will be tested from right the start. The Indians’ annual showdown against rival Yorktown, regarded as the unofficial game of the year in Section 1 (NY) boys lax, is scheduled for Week 1 of the regular season, on Saturday, March 30 at 7 p.m. at JJHS. In the teams’ last […]

Player’s perspective: JJ McDaid, Chaminade (NY)

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The first national high school rankings of the 2013 season have been released and Chaminade is flying high. The Flyers drew the No. 2 ranking, behind No. 1 Boys Latin (Md.), in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse High School Power Rankings. We continue our preseason coverage of the Flyers by hearing from JJ McDaid. The senior […]

Player’s perspective: Chris Santangelo, Rye (NY) midfielder

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When Rye beat Putnam Valley 10-5 in the 2008 Section 1 (N.Y.) Class C final, it marked the Garnets’ fourth straight sectional title and 19th straight win. But Rye has been denied another title in the four seasons since then, the last two of which have been in Class B. How do the Garnets look […]

Player’s perspective: Pat O’Brien, Smithtown West (NY) attackman

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It was a race that went right down to the wire. We just wrapped up our latest poll question in our latest “You make the call” feature which asked who you thought would win the always heated race in Section 11 (Suffolk County) Class A. Your choice – defending New York State Class A champion […]

Player’s perspective: Brian Prunty, Lakeland/Panas (NY) attackman

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In just over a month, the Rebels will be playing for real. After weeks and weeks of preparation, perennial Section 1 (N.Y.) Class A title contender Lakeland/Panas starts the regular season with a March 28 game at Arlington. LP last won the sectional title in 2010 before losing to West Islip in the state semifinals. […]

Player’s perspective: Kieran Byrnes, Garden City (NY) attackman

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Photo above by Newsphoto.com The eyes of the lacrosse world will be focused on Baltimore on March 23 for the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium. Colgate faces Navy in Game 1 at 2 p.m., followed by a 4:30 p.m. clash between Virginia and Johns Hopkins. The day begins with a premier high […]

Player’s perspective: Quinn Mendelson, Staples (CT) midfielder

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Staples is back in the mix in Connecticut lacrosse. After three straight losing seasons from 2006-08, the Wreckers have reeled off four straight winning seasons, including an 18-2 record in Paul McNulty’s first year as head coach in 2010. How does 2013 shape up for Staples? For some answers to that question, we turn to […]

Player’s perspective: Christian Mazzone, Ward Melville (NY) midfielder

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New York has among the most heated and competitive high school leagues in the country. None more so than Suffolk County Class A. Though West Islip has dominated the last decade, that is not indicative of the fact that there are annually four to five teams within the league that could easily be state title […]

Player’s perspective: Justin Diamond, Jamesville-Dewitt (NY) attackman

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Predicting Jamesville-Dewitt will once again contend for a New York state championship is hardly going out on a limb. After all, the Red Rams have won three state titles the last five seasons. How does JD look heading into 2013? For a look, we turn to Justin Diamond. The senior attackman is bound for Boston […]

Player’s perspective: JD Colarusso, Arlington (NY) goaltender

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Arlington’s boys lacrosse team is in the midst of a rapid rise and one of there are two initials that are among the reasons that the Admirals have risen to title-contender status in New York’s Section 1 Class A. JD. As in JD Colarusso. The last line of defense, the senior goaltender has helped Arlington […]

Player’s perspective: Bryce Jurk, Trinity-Pawling (NY) midfielder

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With a total of 14 college-bound players, expectations are high at the Trinity-Pawling School in New York’s Hudson Valley, which competes in the highly regarded Founders League. Sacred Heart University-bound Bryce Jurk is among nine T-P seniors set to take their games to the next level. A 6-foot-1, 175-pound midfielder, Jurk is especially adept at […]

Player’s perspective: Mike Calvagna, Sachem North (NY) midfielder

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The race for the top spot in Suffolk County Class A is attracting a lot of discussion — and votes in our latest poll. One team that is always in the hunt but has lacked some preseason buzz in 2013 is Sachem North. For more on the Flaming Arrows, we turn to Mike Calvagna. The […]

Player’s perspective: Ross Schnitzer, Iona Prep (NY) defender

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It was a fantastic finish for Iona Prep last season. The Gaels rallied back from a three-goal fourth-quarter deficit to beat rival Fordham Prep 10-9 for their fifth New York CHSAA Division AA title in the last six years. How does Iona Prep look in 2013? For more, we turn to Ross Schnitzer. The 6-foot-4, […]

Player’s perspective: Will Bonaparte, Ridgefield (CT) midfielder

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Ridgefield’s first game in its quest for a third straight appearance in the Connecticut Class L title game won’t be for six weeks, when the Tigers host Greenwich on April 3. But they have been doing plenty of work in preparation for that season-opener, and the official start of practice. We continue our preseason look […]

Player’s perspective: Nick Capuano, Massapequa (NY) defenseman

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Mark it down. Massapequa will be one of the teams playing in the Nassau County Class A title game. That may be a bold prediction to make, but then again, when you look at what’s happened the last three years, it may considered a pretty safe pick. That’s because the Chiefs have in the the […]

Player’s perspective: John van de Veerdonk, Putnam Valley (NY) attackman

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Putnam Valley wants to get back. The Tigers, who have enjoyed success almost from the outset since launching a varsity boys lacrosse program in 2003, last made it to the New York State tournament in 2010. But in the two years since then, Bronxville has won back-to-back Section 1 Class C titles. If PV is […]

Player’s perspective: Brian Balkam, Smithtown East (NY) goaltender

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You never know what’s going to happen when East meets West. As in Smithtown East and Smithtown West, that is. We’ve been talking a lot about the race for the top spot in Suffolk County’s Division 1. And even if Smithtown East and Smithtown West weren’t right in the thick of things — which they […]

Player’s perspective: Brian Masi, Smithtown West (NY) midfielder

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Sacred Heart-University bound Brian Masi (third from right) is one of six seniors from Smithtown West bound for Division I programs, along with, from left: midfielder Dillon Gruder (UMass), attackman Pat O’Brien (Army), faceoff midfielder Joe Varello (Navy), defender Frank Briar (Marist) and attackman Eric Joseph (Lafayette). The race for the championship in Suffolk County’s […]

Player’s perspective: Brian Cannon, Northport (NY) attackman

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Northport is on the rise. The Tigers, after all, have improved their record in each of the last three seasons. Considering they play in one of the nation’s most competitive conferences — Division 1 in Suffolk County on Long Island — that’s quite an accomplishment. After all, Division 1 includes West Islip, Smithtown West, Smithtown […]

Player’s perspective: Grant Limone, Weston (CT) goaltender

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Grant Limone has some big goals for both himself and his Weston (Conn.) lacrosse team this coming spring. But you’ll have to excuse the standout goaltender who has verbally committed to defending national champion Loyola for taking a bit of a break from the sport during the winter months. That’s because the 6-foot-3 junior is […]

Player’s perspective: Shawn Smith, John Jay (NY) midfielder

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You’ll have to excuse Shawn Smith if his entire sports focus these days isn’t centered on the official start of varsity lacrosse practice and tryouts on March 11. You see, the John Jay (N.Y.) junior is a key member of the Indians’ ice hockey team that sports a 16-1-1 record and 10-0-1 mark in league […]

Player’s perspective: Matt Cortese, Garden City (NY) goaltender

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Garden City has no shortage of players who helped the Trojans win the Long Island Championship in football this past fall, but whose focus has now shifted to winning a second straight New York State title in lacrosse. We’ve heard from one of them, Boston University-bound senior midfielder Brian Badgett. Matt Cortese is another. A […]

Player’s perspective: Brian Ward, Bayport-Blue Point (NY), attackman

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Bayport-Blue Point was one of the surprise teams in the high school lacrosse universe in 2011, making an unlikely trip to the New York State Class C championship game. Last year, the Phantoms finished 12-6, and again ended the season by losing to the eventual state champion — this time it was against Shoreham-Wading River […]

Player’s perspective: Tim Covel, Cheshire (CT) defender

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Tim Covel is part of a proud few. The three-sport athlete. So for the senior defenseman/long-stick midfielder at Cheshire High School (Conn.), preparing for the start of the lacrosse season is a bit of a different process. That doesn’t mean that Covel, who will attend Connecticut Connecticut, doesn’t have a stick in his hand during […]

Player’s perspective: Brewster Warble, Bronxville (NY) midfielder

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Can Bronxville three-peat? That will be one of the major storylines entering the season in Section 1 in New York, where the Broncos have won back-to-back Class C titles. Bronxville beat Hen Hud 12-6 in last year’s sectional title game after defeating Byram Hills 15-6 ion the 2011 final. The Broncos advanced to the state […]

Player’s perspective: Griffin Connor, Bernards (NJ) midfielder

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The Bernards High School Mountaineers are hoping to continue their climb. After back-to-back losing seasons in 2009 and ’10, the Mountains have made some noise in New Jersey Group 1 the last two years, winning 14 games each season. Can the Mountaineers reach new heights in 2013? For a look, we turn to senior Griffin […]

Player’s perspective: Logan Williamson, Fordham Prep (NY) defender

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When it comes to CHSAA lacrosse, there is much discussion of the always intriguing St. Anthony’s-Chaminade rivalry. While St. A’s has won four straight AAA titles, despite losing twice during the regular season to the Flyers each of the last two years, there has also been a fair amount of drama in Division AA. After […]

Player’s perspective: Jeff Kratky, Taft School (CT) midfielder

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Jeff Kratky says it simply and best. “The competition in the Western New England is always intense,” said the senior faceoff midfielder at the Taft School in Watertown, Conn. It would be hard to argue with that assessment, considering the league includes Deerfield, Salisbury, Avon Old Farms, Brunswick, Westminster, Trinity-Pawling and Hotchkiss. Kratky, a Darien, […]

Player’s perspective: Matt Ledwin, Hen Hud (NY) midfielder

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Our most recent “Preaseason player’s perspective,” featured a senior standout from New York’s Hudson Valley bound for Johns Hopkins University, Yorktown defenseman Trevor Koelsch. Today, we present another one. Matt Ledwin is one of the premier faceoff specialists in the Northeast. The standout from Hendrick Hudson High School, located just 10 miles west of Yorktown […]

Player’s perspective: Trevor Koelsch, Yorktown (NY) defender

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It all starts in exactly two months. That’s when the Yorktown Huskers open the 2013 season. They’ll do it in nearby West Point in New York’s Hudson Valley when they host Columbine High School (Colo.) on March 27 at 11 a.m. Just three days later, on March 30, it’s the annual showdown against John Jay […]

Player’s perspective: Sam Bonafede, Chaminade (NY) midfielder

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Chaminade’s main mission for 2013 couldn’t be any clearer. The Flyers are aiming to win a CHSAA AAA championship for the first time since 2008, when they beat St. Anthony’s 12-11 in overtime in the title game. But the Friars have bounced back big time since then, beating ‘Nade in the title game four straight […]

Player’s perspective: Brett Baker, Ridgefield (CT) attackman

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The Ridgefield Tigers are in the midst of quiet a run. It started in 2009 when they won the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference title. Two years later, Ridgefield won the Connecticut Class L state title. Last year, they returned to the state title game. What can we expect from the 2013 version of RHS […]

Player’s perspective: Ryan Feit, Syosset (NY) goaltender

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We’ve been asking in our “You make the call” feature and our rotating poll questions who you think will win some of the major 2013 tristate conference races. Our first poll centered on the always competitive Nassau County (Section 8, N.Y.) Class A race. Your choice to win? Syosset. The Braves, of course, are the […]

Player’s perspective: Alex Corpolongo, Somers (NY) midfielder

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All eyes will be on Somers High School in the Hudson Valley before the boys lacrosse regular season even begins for most varsity teams. That’s because, for the fifth straight year, the Tuskers will be hosting the Somers Red/Gray Preseason Classic. As always, several of the teams participating will be from Long Island. That also […]

Player’s perspective: Pat McCormick, Hicksville (NY) attackman

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Hicksville averaged 13 wins a season in the three years prior to last season. But the Comets are coming off an uncharacteristic 7-9 season. Will Hicksville be headed back to the winner’s circle in New York’s Section 8 (Nassau County) Class A in 2013? For more on that, we turn to Pat McCormick. One of […]

Player’s perspective: Thomas Brill, Mamaroneck (NY) goaltender

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They were one of the premier feel-good stories of the 2012 season in the tristate region. The Mamaroneck High School Tigers edged defending champion Mahopac 9-8 to win the New York Section 1 Class A championship. It was not only the Tigers’ first sectional boys lax title in history, but one of the most unlikely […]

Player’s perspective: Christian Cuccinello, Mountain Lakes (NJ) attackman

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Any discussion of the upper echelon teams in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region, must include Mountain Lakes. The Garden State powerhouse is eager to win a Tournament of Champions title in 2013 for what would be the first time since 2008. As you will hear more about, […]

Player’s perspective: Jake Marino, Harrison (NY) midfielder

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Harrison hopes to take the next step in 2013. The Huskies broke through by winning a playoff game in New York’s Section 1 last season, winning at Ossining 10-6. And Harrison has much of its team returning intact. Leading the returnees is junior Jake Marino, who verbally committed in July to UMass. Marino, who is […]

Player’s perspective: Dino Lavalle, Manhasset (NY) attackman

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Manhasset is looking to return to a familiar place. After winning back-to-back state titles, the Indians have not returned to the state tournament the last two seasons. That stretch coincides with Manhasset’s move up to Class B, where rival Garden City has won Nassau County titles in both 2011 and ’12 and the state title […]

Player’s perspective: Brendan Devane, Wilton (CT) attackman

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Tradition-rich Wilton is enjoying a revival. After hovering around the .500 mark from 2006-2008, the Warriors have won 15 or more games in three of the last four seasons, including 2011, when the Warriors won the Connecticut Class M state championship. The resurgence coincides with the arrival of former WHS standout John Wiseman as the […]

Player’s perspective: Jack Phelan, Yorktown (NY) defender

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If you believe the mantra that defense wins championships, you have to like Yorktown’s chances of making a return trip to the New York State tournament and winning a 36th Section 1 title. After all, the Huskers have three Division I-bound defenders in seniors Jack Phelan (Rutgers) and Trevor Koelsch (Johns Hopkins) and junior Austin […]

Player’s perspective: Jesse Parker, Half Hollow Hills East (NY) attackman

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The safest prediction on Long Island for 2013 may be Half Hollow Hills East. Those who say the Thunderbirds will once again be in the mix in Suffolk County will likely be proven correct once again. After all, in each of the last three seasons, Hills East finished exactly two games over .500 each time. […]