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2023 SEASON IN REVIEW

2023 was a banner year for lacrosse in Nassau County with fifty-one teams competing with over 1,745 athletes on varsity rosters. There were 429 regular season games played and the 199 conference games determined the regular season champions. Farmingdale (Class A), Garden City (Class B), and Manhasset (Class C/D) each finished on top with 8-0 records in conference play. 

Farmingdale ChampsThere were four classes for the Section VIII tournament. Farmingdale (A), Garden City (B), Manhasset (C), and Cold Spring Harbor (D) were he top seeds and they all won  championships. 

Farmingdale won the A championship for the first time since 2011 with an 11-3 win against second seeded and defending champion Port Washington. Garden City won their third straight Class B title, oulasting third seeded Calhoun, 7-6. Manhasset won their third consecutive Class C championship (and fourth overall) with a 15-9 win against second seeded Wantagh. Cold Spring Harbor won their second straight Class D championship by routing second-seeded Friends Academy, 14-1.

Garden City Champs

At the end of the year, the Nassau County coaches selected the post-season award winners including their All-Conference and All-County players. Then they selected nine US Lacrosse All-Americans and nine US Lacrosse All-Academic selections. Named All-Americans were Liam Connor (Manhasset, Attack), Stevie Finnell (Garden City, Midfield), Cal Girard (Manhasset, Midfield), Michael Ippoliti (Farmingdale, Goal), Jake Lewis (Calhoun, Attack), Brendan O'Keefe (Farmingdale, Attack), Jack Peterson (Manhasset, Midfield), Peter Thomann (Calhoun, Defense/LSM)), and Cole Webber (Garden City, Defense/LSM).

Named All-Academic were Matthew Kephart (Garden City), Alexander Gatto (Roslyn), Alexander Siegel (Roslyn), Benjamin Greco (Bellmore JFK), Jake Lunati (Lynbrook), Brady Mahler (Baldwin), Ryan Menghi (Calhoun), Jack Peterson (Manhasset), and Theodore Torres (Cold Spring Harbor).

Farmingdale Head Coach Mike Hungerford was named USA Lacrosse Coach of the Year from Nassau County and the Bob Scott Award winner was Benjamin Greco from Bellmore JFK.

Manhasset Champs

Nassau County has a long history or recognizing the best players and coaches for each year with their annual awards.

The Nassau County "John Krumenacker Player of the Year Award" is given annually to the most outstanding high school lacrosse player in Nassau County as voted by the NCLCA. This year the award was given to Manhasset face-off midfielder Cal Girard. Girard dominated his competition this year, winning over 83% of his draws and will attend Duke University in the fall.  

The "Bill Ritch Award" is given annually to the most outstanding high school attackman in Nassau County as voted by the NCLCA. Bill Ritch was the longtime coach at Sewanhaka High School and is widely considered the first great coach in Nassau County lacrosse history. The 2023 award was given to Jake Lewis who led Calhoun to a second consecutive Nassau Class B championship game appearance and will play at Long Island University. 

The "Howdy Myers Award" is given annually to the most outstanding defenseman in Nassau County as voted by the NCLCA. The award is named after the late National Hall of Fame coach Howard “Howdy” Myers, who is considered by many to have been most responsible for the spread of lacrosse throughout Long Island during the 1950’s. The award this season went to Calhoun Long Stick Midfielder/Defenseman Peter Thomann. He will play at North Carolina in the fall. 

CSH ChampsThe "John Driscoll Award" is given annually to the most outstanding midfielder in Nassau County as voted by the NCLCA. The award was originally named after Jim Brown but was renamed in 2004 in memory of the late John Driscoll, who, like Brown, was an outstanding midfielder from Manhasset High School. The 2023 award was shared by Stevie Finnell of Garden City, headed to Duke,  and Jack Peterson from Manhasset, who will play at Harvard. 

The "Goalie of the Year" for 2023 was Michael Ippoliti from Farmingdale, who will attend Syracuse University. The "Specialist of the Year" was face off specialist Cal Girard from Manhasset. The "Long Stick Midfielder of the Year" was Cole Webber from Garden City, who is headed to the University of Virginia. 

The "Tom Flatley Award" is given to a Nassau County student-athlete that competed at a high level in the sports of football and lacrosse throughout his high school career. The 2023 award winner was Stevie Finnell from Garden City, a All-State and All-Long Island selection in football as well as an All-American in lacrosse. 

Special Awards

The "Alan Lowe Coach of the Year Award" is given annually to an outstanding coaching staff in Nassau County as voted by the NCLCA. The award was originally named after Fran McCall, the longtime coach at Bethpage High School but was renamed in honor of Alan Lowe, the former coach at Manhasset High School. This year the award went to Mike Hungerford of Farmingdale, who led the Dalers to an 18-4 record in his seventh season as head coach. 

The "Jim Amen Jr. Man of the Year" award is awarded annually by the NCLCA to a person that has made significant contributions to the sport of boys lacrosse in Nassau County. This year the honor went to both Mike Hungerford and Jim Kaspar, for their dedicated work in bring the blaxeight website to life.

The New York State Tournaments were back in full swing and the Nassau champions went on to play Suffolk (Section XI) champions in the Long Island Championships held this year at Stony Brook University. In Class A, Farmingdale beat Northport 5-3, led by 14 saves from goalie Mike Ippoliti. It was the Dalers fourth title and first since 2011.  In Class B, Garden City beat West Islip, 10-6, for their 19th Long Island crown. Mike Ottomanelli scored three goals in the game for the Trojans. In Class C, Manhasset rallied to defeat Shoreham-Wading River 11-6, for the Indians 16th LIC, with Cal Girard winning 17 of 20 faceoffs. Goalie Carson Kirchner held Mattituck to one goal over three quarters for Cold Spring Harbor in the Seahawks 8-2 win in Class D.  It was their 6th title and fifth since 2015. 

After a few days of delays due to smoke from Canadian wildfires, the four Nassau representatives continued their winning ways in the NYS semifinals held at SUNY Albany. Farmingdale defeated Scarsdale (Section I), 9-5 and Cold Spring Harbor downed Pleasantville (Section I), 7-3 in the early games. Later, Garden City beat Niskayuna (Section II), 12-6, and Manhasset routed Rye (Section I), 13-6. 

In the NYS championships, held this year at Hofstra University, Nassau teams won three crowns: Garden City over Victor (Section V), 9-8; Manhasset over Jamesville-Dewitt (Section III), 14-5; and Cold Spring Harbor over Marcellus (Section III), 12-5. For each squad, it was their second straight New York State championship. Farmingdale lost to Baldwinsville (Section III), 9-5, who became a repeat champion themselves, having defeated Northport in 2022. For Nassau, the championships continued a streak first began in 2009 by Manhasset- in each season since, a Nassau team has won a NYS championship in at least one classification, for 13 seasons, and 15 years (there were no NYS crowns in 2020 and 2021).

At the end of the season at least seventy seniors have made college commitments

   County Tournament
Tournament Brackets
May 19 - Qualifiers Class B / Class C May 22 = Class B Qtrs & Class A Qrts
May 23 - Class C Qtrs May 25 - Class B Semi & Class A Semi
May 26 - Class D Semi & Class C Semi May 30 - Class B Finals & Class A Finals
May 31 - Class D Finals & Class C Finals Jun 3 - Long Island Championships
  Sat - NYS Championships
    Year End Awards
All Americans All County
All-Conference Special Annual Awards
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The Origins of Nassau County Lacrosse

-Written by Mike Hungerford for the NCLCA with special thanks to Jake White.

The origins of scholastic lacrosse on Long Island can be found in New York City with the Public School Athletic League (PSAL). The PSAL was formed thanks to the work of Dr. Luther Halsey Gulick by the New York City Board of Education in 1903.  Lacrosse became a sanctioned sport during the 1909-1910 school year, and during its formative years Brooklyn schools such as Manual Training, Erasmus Hall, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison fielded the best teams. Poly Prep, a private school located in Brooklyn, also was an early power in the sport. 

Rules then did not bar competition with college and prep teams, so additional non-league games came from local college freshman teams and/or college junior varsities, including West Point, Princeton University, Union College, City College of New York, New York University, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Rutgers University. The PSAL teams played for the right to hoist the Colonel Robert M. Thompson Trophy, symbolic of the city championship. The trophy’s namesake was a major philanthropic supporter of amateur athletics in the United States and was a president of the New York Athletic Club.

1932 Alexander Hamilton CaptainsThe game did not come to Long Island until the 1930’s.  Jason Stranahan, a young physical education teacher who had played the game at Union College, introduced the game to his Manhasset High School students in 1932.  Needing a local rival, he approached Garden City’s Jim Steen, who had played at Springfield College.  The two were teammates on a club team and had taken graduate courses together.  Steen began to teach the game to an eager group of athletes in 1934 and by 1935 Garden City fielded its first varsity team.  Thus, a rivalry was born and the seeds to an exciting future were sown. Friends Academy began playing the game in the mid 1930’s and Howard Nordahl organized a team at Sewanhaka in 1938.  

In 1934 a league was formed that included several PSAL schools and their Long Island counterparts. The Metropolitan-Long Island Lacrosse League became the governing body of local lacrosse until 1960 when, in its final season, the two divisions were named in honor of their pioneers, Stranahan and Steen. The novice division was named Nordahl after the founder of lacrosse at Sewanhaka.  Besides the league squads, non-league games continued for many years against college freshman and jayvee teams, as had been done during the PSAL days. Additional games were scheduled against out-of-state teams and several local private military schools, including New York and Peekskill Military Academies. 

1932 Manual Training PSAL ChampionsWorld War II effectively eliminated lacrosse from the New York City public schools and slowed its growth on Long Island. The private military schools replaced the PSAL teams in the league shortly after the war years. Freeport, coached by Bill Ashley, and Mineola, under the guidance of Pete Kuchinsky, introduced the sport in 1949 and 1951, respectively.  The first Long Island power in the sport was Sewanhaka High, coached by US Lacrosse Hall of Famer Bill Ritch. Garden City and Manhasset won several championships in the 1940’s, but the Indians took the game to a new level, winning 91 consecutive games (a national record that still stands) and securing eleven consecutive Metro-LI championships from 1949-1959. 

The game grew throughout much of Nassau in the late 1950’s thanks to Ritch and Hofstra coach Howdy Myers.  Huntington, in 1956, became the first Suffolk County team to play the sport. This rapid growth led Section Eight to take over administration of lacrosse in Nassau County in 1961, thus marking the end of the Metropolitan-Long Island League. 

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Metropolitan-Long Island Lacrosse League Champions, 1926-1960

(Prior to 1934, the championship reflects the winner of the PSAL in New York City)

Year

School

 

Year

School

1926

Manual Training

 

1946

Garden City 

1927

Manual Training

 

1947

Sewanhaka

1928

Manual Training

 

1948

Garden City

1929

Manual Training

 

1949

Sewanhaka

1930

Manual Training

 

1950

Sewanhaka

1931

Erasmus Hall

 

1951

Sewanhaka

1932

Manual Training

 

1952

Sewanhaka

1933

Alexander Hamilton

 

1953

Sewanhaka

1934

Erasmus Hall

 

1954

Sewanhaka

1935

Poly Prep

 

1955

Sewanhaka

1936

Poly Prep

 

1956

Sewanhaka

1937

Alexander Hamilton

 

1957

Sewanhaka and Freeport, tied

1938

Alexander Hamilton

 

1958

Sewanhaka

1939

Alexander Hamilton

 

1959

Sewanhaka

1940

Manhasset

 

1960

Uniondale

1941

Poly Prep

     

1942

Poly Prep

     

1943

Manhasset

     

1944

Sewanhaka

     

1945

Garden City

     

 

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Nassau Wins Three State Championships in 2023

Nassau County (Section VIII) boys lacrosse teams captured three New York State championships this spring, winning in the B, C, and D classifications.  A Nassau team has won a boys lacrosse state championship for the past fifteen years (13 seasons as there was no state championship in 2020 and 2021). This streak is unprecedented in New York boys lacrosse history and includes all classifications and five different schools- Cold Spring Harbor (C and D), Farmingdale (A), Garden City (B), Manhasset (C), and Massapequa (A).

Congratulations to Garden City (18-4) in Class B, Manhasset (21-1) in Class C, and Cold Spring Harbor (14-6) in Class D. Farmingdale finished with a record of 18-4 and lost in the Class A final to repeat champion Baldwinsville of Section III.

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A Nassau Sweep At The Long Island Championships

All four Nassau County teams won their respective classifications yesterday at the 2023 Long Island Lacrosse Championships held at Stony Brook University.  The Long Island Championships are the quarterfinal round of the New York State Boys Lacrosse Tournament that culminates next Saturday at Hofstra University with the crowning of state champions in four classifications-A, B, C, and D. The complete NYS brackets can be found on the NYSPHSAA website.

Manhassett

In three of the four games yesterday, the Nassau entrant trailed at some point in the game and rallied for the win.  The first game of the day, in Class C, saw Manhasset (19-1), trailing Shoreham-Wading River by one at halftime and the Indians used a huge fourth quarter to secure the win. Faceoff midfielder won 17 of 20 draws, including all in the pivotal fourth. Jack Petersen paced Manhasset with three goals and an assist, and Aidan Haggerty and Liam Connor added two goals apiece as well. It was Manhasset's second straight LIC win and their fifteenth overall in school history. They will play Rye (13-7) from Section I on Wednesday at 5:30 pm at SUNY Albany. 

FarmingdaleFarmingdale (17-3) also trailed by a goal at halftime, 2-1, to two-time Long Island Champion Northport (16-4). Goaltender Mike Ippoliti had a strong performance in goal with 14 saves, and the Dalers scored four straight goals to take command of the game in the fourth. A late goal by Northport LSM Andrew Miller, his second of the game, closed out the scoring in the contest as Farmingdale was able to hold the ball for the final minutes for the win. Jake Norton scored twice and Sal Posillico added a critical third quarter goal for the Dalers. It was Farmingdale's fourth LIC in school history and they will play Scarsdale (14-6) of Section I on Wednesday at 3:00 pm at SUNY Albany. 

Garden City WinnersIn the last game of the day, Garden City trailed 2-1 at the end of the first quarter against West Islip (13-6). A dominant 5-0 second quarter by the Trojans (16-4) proved to be the difference in the game, as the Lions were unable to mount a second half comeback. Jack Archer led Garden City with two goals and two assists, and Andrew Ottomanelli scored three goals for the winners. For Garden City, the victory was the Nassau-record 19th LIC in school history, and was their third in a row, all in Class B. They will play Niskayuna (18-2) of Section II at 6:30 pm on Wednesday at SUNY Albany. 

CSHCold Spring Harbor (12-6) led from start to finish in their 8-2 Class D victory over Mattituck/Greenport (7-11). The Seahawks had a strong defensive performance that enabled them to have a 4-0 halftime advantage. Roy Testa and Hayden Calabretta each had two goals for the winners, and Carson Kirchner made six saves and only allowed one goal. It is the sixth LIC victory in school history and their second straight in Class D. They advance to face Pleasantville (19-1) from Section I on Wednesday at SUNY Albany at 4:00 pm. 

CSH

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