The college lacrosse playoffs are heating up with many Long Island story lines. This past weekend Hofstra played host to the NCAA Division I men’s quarterfinals, next weekend Stony Brook hosts the Division I women’s national championship and countless Long Island natives are playing for schools that are still alive in the fight for a national title.
Division I Men
Maryland will play Duke in the first quarterfinal and Denver will play Virginia in the second. Maryland’s Ryan Young, a Chaminade alum, is battling the loss of his mom this past April, so he’s playing with raw emotion. Duke coach John Danowski is the former head coach at Hofstra and an East Meadow alum. Denver coach Bill Tierney is from Levittown and used to coach there, Great Neck South and Adelphi. Virginia coach Dom Starsia grew up in Valley Stream.
Division II Women/Men
On Saturday, Adelphi’s No. 1 ranked women’s lacrosse team will begin defense of its 2009 and 2010 National titles at home. The winner will play for a National title on Sunday, May 22 at noon. The men’s lacrosse team will take the field in the National Semifinal on Saturday, May 21 with a chance to compete in the Division II National Championship game.
High School Action
The Nassau and Suffolk County boy’s playoffs are just beginning this week as well. West Islip has the top seed in Suffolk, with Smithtown West, Ward Melville and Sachem North following suit. Look for No. 1 Farmingdale, No. 2. Syosset or No. 3 Massapequa to go the distance in the county and hit a roadblock against any Suffolk team.
Stay tuned to the Hot Corner Blog for other interesting lacrosse storylines and updates throughout the next week.