Welcome to the NLL New York Riptide

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The New York Titans were the last NLL team to play in the New York City market before moving to Orlando. (Photo Credit: NLL Photos) 

The New York NLL franchise will be named the New York Riptide. An official announcement is set to come tomorrow. New York is the second team name revealing this weekend as the Halifax Thunderbirds team name was announced earlier this weekend. 

Last month Lacrosse Bucket reported that the NLL had filed trademarks for the New York Riptide as well as a few other names, including the ones the league publicly put out as options. 

After the New York franchise was announced the team held an online voting poll for fans to select the team name. New York Beacons, New York Force, and New York Riptide were the only three names listed on that poll. Many people did write in other suggestions down below where it gave you the option to do so. 

New York and the NLL have had a few go rounds before the New York Riptide. From 1989 to 2003 the New York Saints were a team. The officially went defunct in 2006. From the 2007 season to the 2009 season the New York Titans were championship contenders as the runner-ups in 20008 and 2009 before relocating to Orlando. 

The New York Riptide will start play next season and are one of two new teams coming into the league next season. The New York Riptide named former NLL player and Team USA head coach Regy Thorpe their head coach and GM back in January. Thorpe’s most recent coaching stop was at Syracuse where he was an assistant women’s coach under Gary Gait. The second team coming into the NLL next season is the Halifax Thunderbirds. 

You can follow the New York Riptide on social media @newyorknll. They also have a website address that will be up after the official announcement. newyorkriptide.com

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10 High School Team’s to Watch in 2019

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Photo Credit Jerry and Chris Norton / Ponte Vedra Recorder

The high school lacrosse season is on the horizon and this season there are some very good teams across the country that will be very competitive not only in their state or region, but nationally as well. Of course some of the traditional powers will be on this list, but there are also some teams that the casual fan might not know all the much about. 

*Note: List is in no particular order.*

Culver Military Academy (IN)

 Culver has been one of the most dominant high school teams in the country for the better part of about a decade or so. They always have some of the best players from the US and Canada on their team and Coach Posner does a great job of coaching them up and getting all that talent to play as one unit. Being a Military boarding school helps with that as well I should say. This season the Eagles have 19 current division one commits and more to come on this 2019 squad. This team has future pro’s at every position and it will be very hard for any team to stop them. After watching Culver about four times last season and seeing what they have back, I honestly think this may be the best Culver team we have seen to date. 

The Hill Academy (ON)

The Hill Academy out of Ontario has won the first two Geico High School Lacrosse Nationals. Each year Hill get’s more talent and keeps getting better. The Merrill’s have built something special with the Hill Academy and that just keeps on continuing. With 13 current Division one commits on their roster the Hill looks just as good as ever. Just like many other sports centric prep schools they have future college stars and pro’s all over the place and they are going to win and win a lot. No doubt about that. I honestly can’t wait to see how this Hill team has improved with some of their younger studs back from last year.

IMG Academy (FL)

Yeah, it was a shaky year for IMG in 2018 as they didn’t have near the amount of success they were looking for. Fortunately for the Ascenders they have a lot of talent back, as expected of a school like IMG, and they are looking to rebound. With 11 players currently committed to play Division One lacrosse IMG will be competitors on the national stage again this season, and hopefully improve a lot from last year. 

Salisbury (CT)

The prep school out of Connecticut has pro and Division one talent all up and down the field. The Crimson Knights do lose a lot of great players from last season, but they return just as much talent as they lost with 20 players currently committed to play Division One lacrosse. Salisbury looks to be right up there again this season competing for a national championship along with the rest of the big boys as usual. They will be led by senior midfielder and Duke commit Connor Drake, amongst others. 

Calvert Hall (MD) 

Calvert Hall is a perennial power in the MIAA and always have a lot of talent, even though they graduated a slew of seniors in 2018. The Cardinals are coming off of two straight MIAA A conference championship’s and have a ton of talent back, as always. The Cardinals are led by 2019 Ohio State commits midfielder Grant Mitchell and defenseman Jacob Snyder. 

Ponte Vedra (FL)

The Sharks look to be the favorites to win it all in Florida this year as they have one of the best teams in the country and play a pretty tough schedule as well with teams like Calvert Hall (MD), Episcopal Dallas (TX), and others on the schedule. The Sharks will be led by junior midfielders Dylan Hess who is committed to Georgetown and Carter Parlette who is a Notre Dame commit, as well as a whole host of other player heading to DI schools.

McCallie (TN)

A power in the south McCallie is loaded with talent this season just as they have been in the past as well. Head Coach Troy Kemp and the Blue Tornado feature eight current DI commits this season. They are for sure the favorite in Division I in Tennessee this season. They are led by senior defenseman Cam Henry who is heading to Duke, senior midfielder and Ohio State commit Eli Ensor. as well as junior midfielder’s Carter Henry who is heading to Yale and Rutgers commit Ellison Burt-Murray.

Episcopal School of Dallas (TX)

The Eagles have a new coaching staff and a boat load of talent coming into this 2019 season. Many have already said that there is no doubt that Episcopal Dallas (TX) will be in the state championship this season. They will be led by one of the best defenses in the country with senior’s Scott Bower who is heading to Virginia and Ohio State commit Carson Raney.

Torrey Pines (CA)

Regional and national powerhouse Torrey Pines is back and looking to be great again this season with another very tough national schedule. The Falcons have a lot of talent as always and will be led by senior midfielder Michael Mines who is committed to Ohio State, as well as many other DI commits.

Bullis (MD)

After winning the IAC championship in 2018 Bullis looks to repeat as they return some great talent on both sides of the ball. They will be led by junior midfielder and Jacksonville commit Immanuel Brown, as well as senior attackman Robert Schain who is headed to Penn.

Other Teams to Watch:

Boy’s Latin (MD) 

Detroit Central Catholic (MI)

Lambert (GA)

Darien (CT)

Gonzaga (D.C.)

McDonough (MD)

Malvern prep (PA)

MICDS (MO)

St. Anthony’s (NY)

 

 

 

 

Islip Defenseman Jack Graffagnino Flips from Rutgers to Ohio State

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Photo Courtesy of Kevin Graffagnino

Islip High School (NY) 2020  defenseman Jack Graffagnino has flipped to Ohio State after committing to Rutgers back in October. Graffagnino is the 10th player to commit in the 2020 class and third defenseman. 

The 6-1, 155lb defenseman is good at closing out shooters and getting on their hands. Graffagnino is able to use his athleticism to be pretty much all over the field. He is and aggressive player and is able to stay poised while defending in transition. Graffagnino also has the skill set to be able to play the LSM position as he can push the ball up the field off of a turnover. 

With Graffagnino now committed Ohio State has ten players committed in the 2020 class. Graffagnino joins a recruiting class at Ohio State that is headlined by Lambert (GA) attackman Gerard Kane, IMG (FL) faceoff man Drew Elder, and Victory (NY) attackman Joey Pezzimenti. Episcopal Dallas (TX) Henry Watson and The Woodlands (TX) Diego Zimmerman are the two other defenseman committed to Ohio State in the 2020 class. 

View Ohio State’s full 2020 recruiting class via Inside Lacrosse here.

 

 

 

2020 Midfielder Joey Carino Commits to Syracuse

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Photo Courtesy of Archbishop Stepinac Lacrosse                                                                                         

The Syracuse Orange have gotten a commitment from Archbishop Stepinac (NY)/Prime Time junior midfielder Joey Carino. This commitment comes after Carino took a visit to Syracuse last month. 

Carino is a good shooter who can also be a threat on the defensive end of the field as well. He is best shooting from up top either off the dodge or in a catch and shoot situation. He is able to find and create space to get shots off and can feed as well.

Carino can also do damage in the transition game splitting the defense and pushing the ball up the field. A dual-sport athlete Carino also plays quarterback for Stepinac’s football team. 

Syracuse currently has the 20th ranked 2020 recruiting class in the country accoring to Inside Lacrosse. Carino joins a recruiting class at Syracuse that boats four 4-star caliber players in attackman Blake Erlbeck, LSM Tommy Drago, defenseman Jack Witherspoon, and attackman Camden Hay. 

You can view Syracuse’s full 2020 recruiting class via Inside Lacrosse here