NJ 2016 Garavente finds perfect mix of academics, athletics in Lafayette

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If you’ve been following along as the commitments have been made on our Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section, you know that Lafayette College has emerged as a force in landing underclass commitments from the nation’s No. 1 hotspot for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region. Chalk up another one for the Leopards from Easton, […]

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 […]

Commack (NY) faceoff specialist Kevin Snyder becomes Maryland’s first 2017 tristate commit

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Kevin Snyder doesn’t have too much spare time to work on his lacrosse skills in the offseason. After all, the freshman at Commack High School (N.Y.) also plays football and basketball. But at a young age, he said he knew lacrosse was the sport for him, and it’s the sport he will play at the […]

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. […]

Bridgewater-Raritan (NJ) 2015 Konen fulfills lifelong dream with verbal to Army

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New Jersey power Bridgewater-Raritan’s on-the-field success continues to result in college commitments. The latest example of just that comes at the goaltender position, where junior Luke Konen has decided on Army. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Konen, a righty, is a strong stopper who communicates well with the close defense. Konen is the Black Knights’ third 2015 […]

Video special: Highlights of the Tristate Top 100 preseason player rankings

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We are just over a month away from the start of official varsity tryouts and practices for the 2014 varsity season in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region. As we draw closer to the start of the season, we unveiled our inaugural Tristate Top 100 preseason player rankings. […]

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 […]

NJ 2014 dodging midfielder Halpin headed to Hartford

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Brendan Halpin is known as a quick and shifty north-south dodger. For his college destination, he’ll be heading east. The two-way senior midfielder at Cranford High School in New Jersey  committed to the University of Hartford earlier this week, as first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound […]

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 […]

Smithtown East (NY) sophomore star Dan Rooney opts for Ohio State

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Dan Rooney made an immediate impact on the varsity team at Smithtown East, in the tristate lacrosse hotspot of Smithtown in Suffolk County (N.Y.), as a freshman last year. Rooney’s best lacrosse, though, is yet to come. The sophomore attackman, a LaxLessons.com Tristate Top 100 preseason selection, has three more varsity seasons with the Bulls. […]

Salisbury School (CT) 2016 standout Gaudet selects Syracuse

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To call Matt Gaudet a versatile lacrosse player would be the ultimate understatement. The native of Hamilton, Ontario, is also a box lacrosse standout, where he has played all possible positions. He was the No. 1 pick in the Ontario Lacrosse Association Junior A Draft on Jan. 14. Gaudet, a Class of 2016 attackman/midfielder who […]

Army-bound O’Brien gives St. Anthony’s (NY) 17 Class of 2014 verbals

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St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) enters the 2014 varsity season on a mission after seeing its run of four straight CHSAA AAA titles ended last season. The Friars will have no shortage of college-bound players aiming to achieve that goal. St. A’s has 17 — count ’em — 17 Class of 2014 commits alone. One of them, […]

Hewlett (NY) 2015 standout Kahn will take his aggressive style of defense to Vermont

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Malcolm Kahn is an attacking defender. “I am a very aggressive LSM and like to get out on players and attack them shortly into the game,” said the junior standout at Hewlett High School (N.Y.). That style of play should suit him well at the next level. The quick and athletic Kahn has given a […]

You make the call: Who should be the preseason No. 1 team in tristate boys HS lax?

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We’re still a couple of months away from the start of the 2014 season, but it’s never too early to look ahead. So let’s do just that. At this point, who do you think should be the top-ranked varsity boys team heading into the season in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New […]

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 […]

Class of 2016 CT standout Fosse makes Michigan his choice

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Noah Fosse will always remember his first stick. “It was a Brine A7 shaft with a maroon red head traditionally strung,” remembers the Class of 2016 attackman at the Westminster School (Conn.). Fosse’s mother brought home sticks for her three sons when he was just a youngster. “And from then on every holiday, if could […]

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 […]

Ward Melville (NY) goaltender Moore decides on his college destination

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One of the catalysts behind Ward Melville’s consensus national championship season and New York Class A state title in 2013 was the play of Dan Nemirov. A three-year starting goaltender for the Patriots, Nemirov is now a freshman at Cornell University. So one of the main questions surrounding WM entering a brand-new season is 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 […]

Bethpage (NY) junior Biasi will take his size, speed to St. John’s

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A combination of size and stick skills are two of the most ideal attributes Division I coaches crave in a defenseman. Put checks in both columns for Nick Biasi. The Class of 2015 Bethpage High School (N.Y.) standout checks in at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds. A natural righty, he is equally strong with either hand. So […]

Player’s perspective: Ohio State-bound Blohm hopes to help Syosset (NY) reclaim Nassau County lacrosse crown

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Syosset fell short in its bid to in a second straight Nassau County (N.Y.) Class A title in 2013, so expect the Braves to have nan extra sense of purpose as the 2014 season draws near. Syosset fell to Port Washington 11-9 in the Section 8 semifinals last spring after beating Massapequa in the 2012 […]

MLL Draft: Who was picked, when and where

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With the first pick in the Major League Lacrosse 2014 College Draft, the Ohio Machine selected Princeton University midfielder and former St. Anthony’s High School (N.Y.) standout Tom Schreiber. The MLL’s 14th annual draft was held tonight in the Liberty Ballroom of the Philadelphia Marriott during the US Lacrosse National Convention. Duke’s Jordan Wolf, a […]

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: 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: 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: 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 […]

Staples (CT) 2015 defender Jackson: ‘Loyola totally took the cake’

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Lucas Jackson is not only efficient when it comes to getting groundballs, but handling the ball once he gets it. “I can run an offense off a clear or break, and I can play solid defense when behind the cage at X, regardless of the size of my opponent,” he said. It’s those attributes, along […]

Fox Lane (NY) 2015 standout Tracy will become latest in his family to play D-I lacrosse

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Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com To say lacrosse has been a daily presence in Dan Tracy’s life would not be an exaggeration. After all, defenseman/longstick midfielder from Fox Lane High School (N.Y.) has been surrounded by the sport almost since birth. His father, also named Dan, was an All-America defenseman at the University of Maryland. His […]

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 […]

Severn School (MD) midfielder Boldyga opts for Oberlin

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We head down to Maryland for our latest verbal commitment. It comes from Severn School midfielder Nathan Boldyga. Boldyga, a Brine All-American, has committed to Oberlin College, as first reported earlier this week by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound Boldyga is a versatile player with a strong, righty […]

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 […]

Shifty, speedy Cold Spring Harbor (NY) attackman Ian Laviano becomes UVa’s first 2017 tristate verbal

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It didn’t take long for Ian Laviano to make his mark at Long Island power Cold Spring Harbor. He became just the second eighth-grader to ever make the CHS varsity last spring. (Greg Peyser was the first in 1998.) The 2017 attackman has now decided where he”ll make his mark in college, giving a verbal commitment […]

Video special: Top 5 offseason stories in tristate lacrosse

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Saturday marked the first day of winter. But the start of the varsity lacrosse season is right around the corner. The 2013 season ended Saturday, June 8 with championships being decided in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region. Here’s a rundown of boys and girls teams that took […]

Canandaigua (NY) midfielder Munn sets his sights on Siena

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If you had to sum up what makes Eric Munn stand out on the lacrosse field, it would have start with go-all-out style of play As a result, the speedy and athletic  midfielder makes things happen. Soon, he’ll be doing it at the Division I level. The senior at the Canandaigua Academy (N.Y.) verbally committed […]

Video special coming soon: A look at the Top 5 offseason stories in tristate lacrosse

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LaxLessons.com readers know better than anyone that much — perhaps even most — of the big news in tristate varsity lacrosse occurs in the nine months when games are not played. This year was no exception. Joe Lombardi anchors a “Top 5 in 5” five-minute video presentation counting down the biggest offseason stories. Coming soon […]

Seton Hall Prep (NJ) 2015 midfielder McHale eager to be a part of Providence’s lacrosse future

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Joseph McHale liked what he saw at Providence College, including a new weight room and locker room. But it wasn’t just what he saw then, but the Friars’ vision for the future. “The new facilities and a new future stadium show a strong commitment to lacrosse,” he said. So it should come as nor surprise […]

Florida 2016 goaltender Simon decides on Delaware

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For the latest Class of 2016 commitment, we head down to the Sunshine State. Eric Simon, goalie at Martin County High School (Fla.) and Blue Devil Elite club team, verbally committed to Delaware last week, a commitment first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section. A 6-foot-1,  170-pound goalie righty, Simon […]

Half Hollow Hills West (NY) 2016 A/M Riley Forte, already a three-year varsity veteran, is headed to Hofstra

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Considering he’s still just a sophomore in high school, you might be surprised to know that Riley Forte is already a varsity veteran. Forte, after all, has been a member of the Half Hollow Hills West (N.Y.) varsity squad since the eighth grade and started every game as a ninth-grader this past spring, registering 11 […]

Attackman Guarino’s ‘no fear of failure’ style makes him 17th 2014 commit for St. Anthony’s (NY)

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The term “reckless abandon” is not always associated with the attack position. But if you’ve ever seen Paul Guarino play, you know it fits. “I believe this game has to be played with no inhibitions,” the senior at national power St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) said. “A lot of people look at my style of play as […]

Half Hollow Hills East (NY) star DiPietro will take his size, skills to Syracuse

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At 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, Nick DiPietro has ideal size for a major Division I defenseman. He’s also hard-nosed, athletic and has a high lacrosse IQ. Add good range and strong stick skills, foot speed and field vision and it’s not surprising he’s regarded as one of the top 2016 players on Long Island. Earlier this […]

Greenwich (CT) 2016 midfielder Will Perry on his college choice: ‘Providence just felt right’

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Sometimes it comes down to location, quality of academic programs, campus size or athletic facilities. For Will Perry, the destination to commit came down to something far more simpler — and probably far more important, too. “Providence just felt right,” the sophomore midfielder at Greenwich High School (Conn.) said. Perry’s commitment to Providence College was first […]

St. Anthony’s (NY) Bucknell-bound ‘Gooch’ Senerchia is tristate’s second Class of 2017 commit

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The number of tristate verbal commitments for the Class of 2017 has doubled in the last 24 hours. The first 2017 verbal commitment was made back in September when Ara Atayan of New York state finalist Bronxville decided on North Carolina. Atayan, whose commitment was first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLesson.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium […]

Calgary, Alberta native Bullen, lefty goalie, on choice of Cornell: ‘It feels like home because of the cold’

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Caelahn Bullen is an impact player in lacrosse, whether he’s playing indoors or outdoors. The sophomore goalie at Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) will be playing the field game exclusively at the next level, verbally committing to the admissions process at Cornell University. A Calgary, Alberta native, Bullen competed this past summer for the West Coast Starz, while […]

Syracuse native Chase, now playing in Florida, will be on the attack at Notre Dame

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For our latest Class of 2015 commitment, we travel beyond the tristate, and in fact, beyond the Northeast, and all the way down to Tallahassee, Fla., where MacLay School attackman Stephen Chase has made his choice after drawing interest from many of the nation’s premier programs. Chase has verbally committed to Notre Dame. A two-time […]

2015 defenseman Lyons is latest Native America to decide on Albany

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We’ve been reporting on the University at Albany’s ability to attract upstate New York players. Albany also has a proud record of Native American players on its roster. But factors played a role in the decision  of Colyn Lyons committing to Albany, a decision first reported when it was made last week by Joe Lombardi […]

Playmaking Harborfields (NY) 2015 attackman Connor Bennardo heading to the Midwest for college

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  Connor Bennardo finds a way to get things done offensively. For an attackman, there’s nothing more important. “I would consider myself a facilitator,” the junior at Harborfields High School (N.Y.) said. “My biggest strength is my field vision and ability to find open teammates all over the field and set them up for quality shots.” […]

Townsend, Michigan’s first-ever freshman commit, will be third sibling in his family to play D-I lacrosse

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With Fall Signing Week now one for the books and the Class of 2014’s signed National Letters of Intent now stored at their future college destinations, the classes of 2015 and ’16 are front and center in the spotlight. But the Class of 2017 is catching up. The latest verbal by a current freshman was […]

Kings Park (NY) 6-foot-4 two-way football lineman Titone will play lacrosse in college

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Speed and skills are two of the most vital skills a lacrosse player can have. But size matters. Victor Titone of Kings Park High School (N.Y.) is a perfect example. The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Titone, a senior, is an aggressive defenseman who can also be intimidating force for opposing attackmen. You can watch his highlight reel […]

Prestreau on his new home Penn State: ‘I love everything about the school’

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Brian Prestreau is relaunching the start of his collegiate career. The 2013 All-American at Yorktown High School (N.Y.), who this spring scored 67 goals (the second-highest single-season total for a midfielder in school history) has had a change of heart. Prestreau, who committed to and enrolled at Stony Brook University, has decided to transfer to […]

NLI Fall Signing Week: Latest, most up-to-date rundown of 2014 commits

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National Letter of Intent Fall Signing Week lasts from Nov. 13 to Nov. 20. NLIs must be attached to athletic scholarships, so committed players to Division I programs that do not award athletic scholarships (such as the Ivy League and military academies), as well as commited players to Division III programs, do not sign NLIs […]

3 C’s spell success for Salisbury-bound NJ goaltender Stavrakis

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For Anthony Stavrakis, the key to success as a goaltender comes down to the three C’s. That is, being consistent, calm and composed. “My greatest strength as a player is my ability to be consistent in cage,” said the 2014 standout at Hillsborough High Schoool (N.J.). “I think that I stay calm and composed in […]

Defender Rodriguez is latest Yorktown (NY) standout headed to UMBC

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The Yorktown-to-UMBC connection is in full effect. Last week, we told you that 2015 midfielder Ryan Baker from Yorktown High School (N.Y.) had verbally committed to UMBC. Yesterday, came word, via LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section, that one of the top defenders in the Hudson Valley, YHS senior longstick midfielder Tomas Rodriguez, became the […]

Fordham Prep (NY) 2014 standout Werner, third brother in his family to play goaltender, is bound for Bryant

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James Werner is the youngest of four boys. All three of his brothers played lacrosse at the school Werner now attends, Fordham Prep (N.Y.). Two of them, Billy (Class of 2003) and Robert (’09), played goaltender, the position James plays. The oldest brother, John (’01), played defense. “I wanted to follow in their footsteps and […]

Cornell-bound 2016 standout Maloney will be fourth family member to play in college

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You’d be hard-pressed to find more of a true lacrosse family right now than the Maloneys in Victor, N.Y. Father John started it all. He played at East Syracuse Minoa High School and the SUNY Geneseo. Oldest son John Jr., a sophomore midfielder at the University at Albany, was named to the America East all-rookie […]

Here’s how you can send us your National Letter of Intent Fall Signing Week photos

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National Letter of Intent Fall Signing Week is Nov. 13-20. NLIs must be attached to athletic scholarships, so committed players to Division I programs that do not award athletic scholarships (such as the Ivy League and military academies), as well as commited players to Division III programs, do not sign NLIs to make their verbal […]

Bridgewater-Raritan (NJ) 2015 standout Lenskold continues his family’s D-I lacrosse tradition

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Richie Lenskold faced some tough competition long before joining the varsity team at New Jersey power Bridgewater-Raritan High School. Lenskold, after all, is the second of four boys in his family – ages 20, 17, 14 and 11. Oldest brother Brian is a junior at Rutgers. “We all love lacrosse and are all faceoff midfielders,” […]

St. Anthony’s HS (NY) goaltender Modugno’s path to his position came almost by chance

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For Baylee Modugno, it all started in fifth grade. That’s when one of his best friends, Jason Debenedictis, made a request. Debenedictis, now a senior attackman at Sachem East High School (N.Y.), has committed to St. John’s University. “One day, he was shooting in his backyard and shouted out to me ‘Throw on this equipment […]

NJ 2015 star midfielder Haubenstock changes college destination to closer to home at Colgate

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Josh Haubenstock was all set to head west. The standout at Ramapo High School in New Jersey verbally committed to the University of Denver late last year. But the 2015 midfielder has had a change of heart. Haubenstock has decided to play closer to home, and given a verbal to Colgate University after decommitting from […]

Fairfield Warde HS (CT) Adams twins will be going their separate ways in college

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Twins Mike, left, and Greg Adams, at right, will be going their separate ways in college. It all started back in the third grade. That’s when neighbors of Mike and Greg Adams suggested the twin brothers take up lacrosse. The next step was signing up for the youth program at the Wakeman Boys & Girls Club […]

Defenseman La Francesca gives Sachem North (NY) eight 2014 commits

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Sachem North has seen its number of senior college committed players reach eight. The Flaming Arrows’ latest 2014 verbal was made by defender Paul La Francesca, who has committed to the admissions process at SUNY Maritime, a decision first reported when it was made on Nov. 1 by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium […]

Two-time NY state champ Jericho soccer standout Tyler Amodio’s college future is in lacrosse

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Tyler Amodio is focused on soccer right now, and for good reason. The senior is a defenseman on the two-time defending New York state champion Jericho High School boys team that plays South Side on Wednesday, Nov. 6 in the Nassau County championship game at Adelphi University. His college future, however, is in lacrosse. The […]

Lacrosse Insider: 2014 defenders from Long Island, Connecticut make commitments

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The fall months are prime time for Division III senior commitments and that trend is in full force. We have two verbals to report, one from Long Island and the other from a Connecticut native playing now at a prep school in New York’s Hudson Valley. We start on Long Island. Tyler Amodio is busy […]

NJ 2014 midfielder Wasik, cousin of former MLL/NLL standout, makes college choice

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Mike Wasik didn’t have to look far to find a lacrosse role model. “My cousin Andrew Wasik introduced me to lacrosse when I was in second grade,” said the senior at Caldwell High School (N.J.).Andrew Wasik played Division -II lacrosse at Pace University and played in both the MLL and the NLL. “He was a […]

Garden City HS (NY) senior Conor Byrnes will join twin brother as D-I lacrosse player

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Conor Byrnes of two-time New York Class B state champion Garden City was familiar with the Division I recruiting process well before he committed to attend VMI on Oct. 22. That’s because his twin brother, Kieran, committed to Villanova back in July, 2012. Kieran, an attackman, is a feeder/finisher with outstanding field vision and a […]

Lacrosse Insider: CT identical twins are both college-bound; 2014 verbals from Syracuse area, NJ

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We have commitments from throughout the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region, in this latest report. We start with a pair of rival schools in Connecticut’s Fairfield County – Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe. Identical twin brothers Mike and Greg Adams, a pair of seniors at Warde, have made […]

2016 standout Hershman becomes latest D-I bound FOGO for Hen Hud (NY)

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Hendrick Hudson High School, in the heart of New York’s Hudson Valley, is no stranger when comes to producing Division I faceoff specialists. Matt Ledwin, a 2013 Hen Hud grad who excels in the faceoff X, is now a freshman at Johns Hopkins. Now, a sophomore for the Sailors, is also Division I-bound. He’s Jared […]

Manhasset 2016 attackman Gavin says decision on Duke was ‘an easy one’

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It didn’t take Matt Gavin long to step in and step up on one of the nation’s most tradition-rich and successful high school boys lacrosse programs. A lefty feeder/finisher, Gavin had 40 goals to go along with 26 assists for Manhasset (N.Y.) this past spring as a freshman. Gavin’s hoping to make a sudden impact […]

Summit (NJ) standout Zachara’s college decision is academic

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Summit (N.J.), which has emerged as a national power the last decade, picked up its ninth Class of 2014 commitment last week. It was made by 2014 longstick midfielder Nick Zachara, who decided on St. Lawrence, a decision first reported by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section. The 6-foot, 170-pound Zachara is […]

Versatile upstate NY attackman Moseman makes Limestone his college choice

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Coltin Moseman bring a variety of attributes to the attack position. The senior at Ballston Spa High School (N.Y.) has an outstanding overall knowledge of the game and excellent field vision as well as the ability to create on offense whether off the ball. shooting or passing. Moseman has found what he thinks is the […]

St. Anthony’s (NY) 2015 A/M O’Reilly will take his size, shot to Sacred Heart

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Sacred Heart University continues to rack in tristate verbal commitments under new coach Jon Basti. The latest comes from a high school program that continually racks up verbal commitments of its own. We’re talking about St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, N.Y., where 2015 attackman/midfielder Connor O’Reilly has decided on Sacred Heart, as first […]

NJ 2014 A/M McCarthy hopes his college lacrosse destination will help him achieve his goal of being a firefighter

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Joseph “Danny” McCarthy has his mom, Laura McCarthy, to thank for getting started in lacrosse. “I was introduced to the lacrosse at the age of 6 when my mom, Laura McCarthy, started the Caldwell/West Caldwell (N.J.) lacrosse club,” McCarthy said. Now a senior at Caldwell High School, the attackman/midfielder is on the brink of continuing […]

Unorthodox but effective NJ 2015 converted attackman Sefcik now making mark in goal

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  The recruiting spotlight continues to shine on the Morristown-Beard School in New Jersey. Earlier this week, we heard from Joseph Rago, an attackman who has committed to Marist. Now, we stay in the Class of 2015 with the focus on Crimson 2015 goaltender Matt Sefcik. Sefcik has given a verbal to Wagner, a commitment […]

Sleepy Hollow (NY) standout Parens changes course to Connecticut College

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Ben Parens has had a change of heart. The Sleepy Hollow High School (N.Y.) 2014 standout verbally committed earlier this week to Connecticut College after decommitting from Clark University. Parens, one of the top midfielders in Section 1, is the latest recruiting coup for the Camels, who recently reeled in Friends Academy midfielder Brandon Yaraghi. […]

Villanova-bound 2016 midfielder Nugent marks a first for St. Anthony’s (NY)

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He’s the first of what will undoubtedly be many. Jared Nugent informed Joe Lombardi yesterday that that he has verballed to Villanova. The midfielder becomes the first St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) Class of 2015 college commit. Nugent’s verbal was first reported on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section, The 5-foot-8, 152-pound Nugent, a hard-nosed righty who excels […]

Marist continues its tristate recruiting success with big commit from NJ 2015 Rago

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We’ve been documenting on our Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section the success that Marist College has been having in landing commitments from Long Island standouts as they have occurred. Marist has spread its wings recruiting wise. The Red Foxes’ latest verbal comes from New Jersey. Marist’s fifth 2015 tristate commitment was made by Thomas Rago, […]

NJ 2014 FOGO Ornstein excels beyond the faceoff X

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Face off, get off. FOGO. That description and that acronym say so much, and yet, so little. After all, there are many so-called “FOGOs” whose skills go well beyond the faceoff circle. Case in point, Zack Ornstein. “I am not just a FOGO,” the Howell High School (N.J.) midfielder said. After all, it was Ornstein […]

Darien (CT) 2015 two-way middie Burgoyne will take his size, skills, athleticism to Navy

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You would have a tough time arguing whether Ian Burgoyne is more valuable to the Darien High School (Conn.) boys lacrosse team on either offense or defense. That’s because Burgoyne is the protoypical two-way midfielder. “I enjoy playing defensive midfield just as much offense,” he said. It’s that kind of versatility — coupled with the […]

Defender Gelinas becomes first 2016 tristate commit for both Bucknell and Bronxville HS (NY)

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Photo by Jane Haslam/MaxPreps.com It’s been a busy recruiting stretch for Bronxville. As first reported on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section on Sept. 29, BHSClass of 2017 standout Ara Atayan gave the earliest verbal commitment in Division I lacrosse history when he committed to North Carolina. Now, Bronxville sophomore defenseman Jack Gelinas has given […]

Hartford-bound goalie Donnelly gives Yorktown HS (NY) its first Class of 2016 commit

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The Yorktown (N.Y.) Huskers have broken into the Class of 2016 with their first sophomore college commitment. It’s come from goaltender Liam Donnelly, who has verballed to the University of Hartford, a commitment that was first reported by Joe Lombardi on Saturday on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section. The 5-foot-8, 140-pound Donnelly, a lefty, […]

Pleasantville (NY) playmaking attackman Halloran headed to Skidmore

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Brendan Halloran has helped Pleasantville High School (N.Y.) reach new heights in lacrosse. The senior attackman led the Panthers to their first-ever appearance in the sectional finals, where they fell to eventual New York state finalist Bronxville. Next year, Halloran hopes to have a similar impact at the collegiate level. He decided where that destination […]

Summit (NJ) 2015 three-sport standout Zanelli picks Providence for lacrosse

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Playing three sports has helped Chris Zanelli become an appealing college recruit in lacrosse. The junior midfielder at New Jersey power Summit has a combination of strength and speed developed through playing football and skills and unselfishness acquired by playing hockey. Zanelli’s college destination is Providence College, a commitment first reported by Joe Lombardi when […]

Furman-bound Widhelm follows lead of his grandfather, an All-American at Hopkins

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The role lacrosse has played in Parker Widhelm’s family spans generations. Widhelm’s grandather, Gus Widhelm, a product of the Gilman School in Baltimore, was an All-America defender at Johns Hopkins in 1959. “I have grown up with him talking about his time playing,” Widhelm. One day, Parker, who also plays defense, may have a similar […]

2016 attackman Haun becomes Sachem North’s fourth Stony Brook-bound commit

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After learning that yet another one of his players has decided on Stony Brook University, Sachem North coach Jay Mauro took a moment to reflect. “It’s kind of crazy how it’s working out,” Mauro said. Indeed, four current Flaming Arrows have now verballed to the Seawolves. And three former Sachem North players are current on […]

Blair Academy (NJ) attackman Marcus makes Franklin & Marshall his choice

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If you’ve been following the reports from our LaxLessons.com Lacrosse Insider newsroom, you know it’s been a busy stretch for commitments from New Jersey. We now bring you another. It comes from Blair Academy 2014 attackman Griffin Marcus, who has decided on Division III power Franklin & Marshall, a commitment first reported when it was […]

NJ 2016 midfielder Waters decides on Delaware

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Matt Waters is a midfielder who makes things happen. “I am strong between the lines as well and am able to push the tempo and creates scoring situations,” said the sophomore at  Rumson-Fair Haven (N.J.). Those skills translate to success at the next level, which will be at the University of Delaware. Waters’ commitment was […]

Rocky Point (NY) Reh twins will be staying together at Albany

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There are many similarities between Justin and Troy Reh. It’s what you’d expect with twin bothers. Justin has a 95 grade average. Troy’s is 93.8. Both will be playing college lacrosse lacrosse at the University at Albany. But on the lacrosse field, you’ll find one big difference between the Rocky Point High School seniors. Justin […]

Springfield-bound Cunnington gives Yorktown (NY) eight Class of 2014 commits

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Chris Cunnington first became drawn to lacrosse thanks to his passion for hockey. “I have always been a huge hockey fan and played all my life, so I decided to try the next best sport with a stick, lacrosse,” he said. “After a few camps at a very young age, I decided to quit baseball […]

Millbrook School (NY) two-way middie Lucas finds his college fit in Tennessee

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The state of Tennessee is not exactly synonymous with lacrosse. But it’s where Ben Lucas has found his future college home. The Millbrook School (N.Y.) two-way midfielder verballed to the up-and-coming program at Sewanee, the University of the South, a verbal first reported last week by Joe Lombardi on LaxLessons.com’s Lacrosse Insider premium coverage section. […]

Lefty 2015 midfielder Noseworthy will take his nose for the net to Cornell

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Brent Noseworthy is a strong and athletic player who can score from inside or out. Yes, he has a nose for the net (we couldn’t resist), but he’s also effective in the faceoff X as well. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound 2015 midfielder from Burlington, Ontario, will be taking his myriad skills to Cornell University. Noseworthy’s commitment […]

Sachem North (NY) 2016 Jacob Giacalone, who first played goalie two years ago, is now headed to Johns Hopkins

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Considering how far he’s come in such a short amount of time, it’s no wonder Sachem North High School (N.Y.) coach Jason Mauro says “the sky’s the limit” for Jacob Giacalone. After all, just two years after first playing the goaltending position, the sophomore has verballed to Johns Hopkins, a commitment first reported by Joe […]

Feeder/finisher Freilich gives Trinity-Pawling (NY) 10 2014 college commits

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The Trinity-Pawling School continues to rack up college commitments. The Pride, a perennial contender in the Founder’s League and New England West Division I, now has 10 — count ’em, 10 — college committed players for the Class of 2014. The latest verbal comes from Massachusetts native Josh Freilich, an attackman/midfielder, who committed to Union, […]

Bronxville (NY) midfielder Ara Atayan becomes first Class of 2017 lax commit and first freshman to ever verbal for any sport in Hudson Valley history

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There aren’t many ninth-graders who had the kind of weekend Ara Atayan did. By the time the attackman/midfielder from New York State Class C finalist Bronxville flew home from Chapel Hill, N.C., last night, Atayan’s college choice had been completed. Atayan verbally committed to the University of North Carolina yesterday to become the first member […]

Cazenovia (NY) standout Brown on his college choice: ‘Loyola has great academics, a great atmosphere and a great network of alumni’

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It was a big weekend for recruiting news. If you were with us on our Lacrosse Insider special coverage section, you know that the first Class of 2017 verbal commitment was made on Sunday afternoon. We’ll have more on that report coming here soon. Today, we focus on a verbal commitment made back in the […]

Pleasantville (NY) standout Reda will continue family’s lacrosse tradition at Union

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To say Owen Reda has been immersed in lacrosse almost since birth would not be an overstatement. “I was introduced to lacrosse when I was really little by my dad (Richard Reda) who played at Virginia in the ’80s,” said Reda, a senior midfielder at Pleasantville High School (N.Y.). “My sister (Meghan) plays at Fairfield […]

Class of 2013 commitment rundown by high school/prep school

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The following are boys collegiate commitments from the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate area, for the high school graduating class of 2013. If you have a commitment to report, or any additions to make to this rundown, email us at joe@laxlessons.com or info@laxlessons.com or contact us on Twitter @Joe_Lombardi […]