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 standouts of the Rising Junior game at last summer’s Long Island Showcase, Sands verbally committed to Bucknell University yesterday, as first reported at

A 5-foot-9, 165-pound right-handed attackman, Sands was an All-County selection last year who finished the season with 85 points. He is strong with either hand and shoots from a variety of release points, as evidenced by his highlight reel.

Now, here are William’s perspectives on the upcoming season and on his commitment to Bucknell.11-300x150

What were the main factors in your decision commit to Bucknell?
The lacrosse and academic reputation of the school is off the charts. I had an awesome time on my two visits and really enjoyed spending time with the players.

I wanted to compete for a national championship at the highest level with getting a top-level education.

The coaches are awesome and I could not see myself playing for any other coaches.

What other colleges did you consider, in addition to Bucknell?
I considered Dartmouth, UPenn, Cornell, UNC, Loyola, Villanova, Colgate and Lehigh. I loved all of these schools but I could only see myself at Bucknell.

How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
We have a pretty competitive schedule for this year.

We have a scrimmage against Syosset.

I am looking forward to our game at Cold Spring Harbor. We have developed such a strong rivalry in the past few years and Friends Academy has not beat Cold Spring Harbor in my lifetime and I believe only once in history.

What player or players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Our entire team is going to surprise everyone. Going to a small school, nobody really knows about us and we use that as motivation to earn our way onto the lacrosse map.

What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Our chemistry. This team has been together for a good amount of time and we have all been playing together forever. We have awesome athletes who can get up and down the field. We have a handful of ballhandlers. I trust everyone on the team at any moment

How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
We have a pretty difficult league. We play a strong out of conference which helps us and prepares us for the top teams in our league. Cold Spring Harbor has won our league the past two years, so they will be a very tough team. Seaford, Locust Valley and North Shore are all good teams as well.

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