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  • Let’s talk turkey – and titles – in New York State, Long Island football

    Let’s talk turkey and titles in New York

    by J. LombardiThis Week

    Championship football games are scheduled for the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, as well as for Stony Brook and Hofstra Universities on Long Island, this weekend.

  • MaxPreps 2014-15 New York preseason boys basketball Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard

    New York boys basketball Fab 5

    by J. LombardiMon, Nov 10 2014

    Christ the King is our pick as the top team in New York. Also watch out for Cardozo, Greece Athena, Long Island Lutheran and Mt. Vernon.

  • MaxPreps 2014-15 New York preseason girls basketball Fab 5, presented by the Army National Guard

    New York girls basketball preseason Fab 5

    by J. LombardiThu, Nov 06 2014

    Long Island Lutheran is the team to beat in girls basketball this season.

  • NYSPHSAA teams in playoff mode

    NYSPHSAA teams in playoff mode

    by J. LombardiTue, Nov 04 2014

    Smithtown East beats Smithtown West on Long Island...Highland wins its first boys soccer title in 17 years...South Park moves to prime time...No stopping Mikayla Blumenstock of Poland...Warwick wins 17th straight boys sectional cross country title...and more.

  • Ten storylines entering the postseason in New York

    Top 10 storylines entering the postseason

    by J. LombardiTue, Oct 21 2014

    With the start of the NYSPHSAA playoffs upon us, here are 10 noteworthy storylines from around the state.

  • Ten girls soccer teams to look for in the post season

    Ten girls soccer teams to watch

    by J. LombardiMon, Oct 06 2014

    With sectional and state tournaments fast approaching, here's a look at some of the top teams from all five NYSPHSAA classes.

  • Soccer rivalries are twice as nice in New York

    Soccer rivalries are twice as nice

    by J. LombardiMon, Sep 22 2014

    If you miss a big boys soccer rivalry game in New York, chances are good you'll get a second chance. Teams generally meet two times during the regular season in their march to the NYSPHSAA playoffs. Here are 10 of the top rivalries to keep an eye on.

  • Top 10 Football Storylines from Week 1 in New York

    Top 10 Football Stories from Week 1 in NY

    by J. LombardiSun, Sep 07 2014

    Here’s a recap of some of the more interesting storylines from Week 1 games around the state.

  • MaxPreps 2014 New York preseason high school football Fab 5

    New York preseason football Fab 5

    by J. LombardiWed, Aug 20 2014

    Aquinas starts out as the top team in New York this season, but don't overlook St. Anthony's, Abraham Lincoln, Monroe-Woodbury and Maine-Endwell.

  • John Distler comes full circle with Joel Barlow in Connecticut high school boys lacrosse

    John Distler comes full circle at Barlow

    by J. LombardiTue, May 27 2014

    Success developed quickly for the veteran boys lacrosse coach when he first started the program with the Falcons in 2000. After taking a sabbatical to watch his sons play in college, Distler is back at it today, and he has two of his former standout players working as assistants.

  • Grant Limone stands tall in Connecticut high school boys lacrosse

    Grant Limone stands tall in lacrosse

    by J. LombardiMon, May 19 2014

    The 6-foot-3 senior goaltender and Loyola of Maryland recruit has played in state championship games in both lacrosse and basketball for Weston. Now he's hoping he and his teammates have one more title run in them this spring.

  • Ridgefield making its mark in Connecticut high school boys lacrosse

    Ridgefield making its mark in lacrosse

    by J. LombardiTue, May 06 2014

    The Tigers have become of the state's top programs in recent seasons, and have emerged as force in the Tri-State area lacrosse hotbed as well. Having one of the game's greatest all-time players as their coach hasn't hurt, either.

  • MaxPreps Top 25 high school boys lacrosse prospects for 2013

    MaxPreps Top 25 boys lacrosse prospects

    by J. LombardiWed, Mar 13 20133 Comments

    We name the top players in high school lacrosse this season.

  • Garden City's record title win heads final MaxPreps Xcellent 20 National Girls Lacrosse Rankings

    Xcellent 20 Girls Lacrosse Rankings

    by J. LombardiMon, Jun 13 20112 Comments

    New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire crown champions.

  • State finals set final MaxPreps Xcellent 20 National Boys Lacrosse Rankings

    Xcellent 20 Boys Lacrosse Rankings

    by J. LombardiMon, Jun 13 20112 Comments

    Jamesville-DeWitt is NY's lone repeat champion; Ridgefield, Wilton and St. Joseph's win in Connecticut as Darien is denied a seventh straight crown; Bridgewater-Raritan snaps Summit's 68-game win streak.

  • MaxPreps Xcellent 20 National Girls Lacrosse Rankings feature state showdowns in final week

    Xcellent 20 Girls Lacrosse Rankings

    by J. LombardiMon, Jun 06 20112 Comments

    No. 1 Garden City looks to defend state Class B title in New York; No. 4 West Genessee, No. 9 Northport on possible collision course in NYSPHSAA Class A event; No. 8 Ridgewood, No. 15 Moorestown eye likely clash in NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final; No. 18 Wilton reaches quarterfinal round in Connecticut.

  • One more week of games left in the MaxPreps Xcellent 20 National Boys Lacrosse Rankings

    Xcellent 20 Boys Lacrosse Rankings

    by J. LombardiMon, Jun 06 2011

    2011 season to come to a close for ranked teams in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut; No. 2 Conestoga eyes state title in Pennsylvania; No. 7 Jamesville-Dewitt lone defending champ still alive in New York; Garden City faces familiar foe in Yorktown.

  • MaxPreps Xcellent 20 National Boys Lacrosse Rankings feature key matchups this week

    Xcellent 20 Boys Lacrosse Rankings

    by J. LombardiTue, May 31 2011

    Two games set for Long Island involving teams ranked in the Top 8; No. 1 Haverford finishes undefeated; No. 6 Darien takes seventh-straight FCIAC crown in Connecticut; No. 7 Summit to put 66-game winning streak on the line in NJSIAA final.

  • New teams continue to emerge in MaxPreps Xcellent 20 National Girls Lacrosse Rankings

    Xcellent 20 Girls Lacrosse Rankings

    by J. LombardiMon, May 30 2011

    Carondelet debuts in Top 20 after capturing North Coast Section title in California; No. 1 Garden City, No. 3 Farmingdale eye title runs in New York; No. 2 McDonogh wins 51st in a row in Maryland; No. 6 At. Anthony's takes fourth consecutive CHSAA championship; No. 12 Alta finishes on top in Utah.

  • Milton makes its mark in Georgia in MaxPreps Xcellent 20 National Girls Lacrosse Rankings

    Xcellent 20 Girls Lacrosse Rankings

    by J. LombardiMon, May 23 2011

    No. 14 Milton wins sixth state title in seven years; Playoffs underway in all states; No. 7 St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes takes VISAA title; Good Counsel wins eighth consecutive WCAC crown.

  • Haverford looks to clinch top spot in MaxPreps Xcellent 20 National Boys Lacrosse Rankings

    Xcellent 20 Boys Lacrosse Rankings

    by J. LombardiMon, May 23 2011

    No. 1 Haverford will attempt to the finish season 23-0 in Inter-Ac final against Malvern, the last team to defeat the Fords; State playoff action heats up around the nation; Calvert Hall upset in MIAA final.

  • Unbeaten teams continue to fall in MaxPreps Xcellent 20 National Girls Lacrosse Rankings

    Xcellent 20 Girls Lacrosse Rankings

    by J. LombardiMon, May 16 2011

    No. 11 Westwood winning streak comes to an end in tie against Longmeadow in Mass.; Garden City, McDonogh remain perfect in top spots; No. 12 Alta captures 42nd consecutive victory; Loyola Academy (Ill.) debuts at No. 13; No. 16 Londonderry streak at 49; Four teams fall from Top 20.

  • Championships continue to add up in MaxPreps Xcellent 20 National Boys Lacrosse Rankings

    Xcellent 20 Boys Lacrosse Rankings

    by J. LombardiMon, May 16 2011

    Arizona the latest state to crown champions; No. 1 Haverford takes 20-0 record into playoffs; No. 7 Summit squeezes out 63rd straight win; No. 9 Jamesville-DeWitt streak at 37; No. 15 Regis Jesuit eyes title in Colorado; Comsewogue joins Xcellent 20 for first time.

  • Vero Beach first team in Xcellent 20 National Girls Lacrosse Rankings to capture state title

    Xcellent 20 Girls Lacrosse Rankings

    by J. LombardiMon, May 09 2011

    Garden City still No. 1; No. 2 McDonogh looks to extend win streak to 48; No. 6 St. Anthony's hands Ridgewood first loss; No. 16 Alta's streak at 41.

  • Florida and Texas teams win state titles in MaxPreps Xcellent 20 National Boys Lacrosse Rankings

    Xcellent 20 Boys Lacrosse Rankings

    by J. LombardiMon, May 09 2011

    No. 18 Lake Highland Prep, No. 19 Coppell prevail in respective state finals; No. 1 Haverford gains top seed for Inter-Ac playoffs; No. 2 West Islip works overtime again; No. 7 Summit wins 60th consecutive game; No. 11 Chaminade, No. 12 St. Anthony's prepare for Round 2.

  • No. 1 Garden City gears up for local rivalry on Long Island in MaxPreps Xcellent 20 National Girls Lacrosse Rankings

    Xcellent 20 Girls Lacrosse Rankings

    by J. LombardiMon, May 02 2011

    Unranked Manhasset could present major challenge for Garden City; McDonogh remains a solid No. 2 following win over St. Anthony's; Ridgewood still unbeaten; West Genesee on the move.

  • Haverford withstands another challenge, remains at No. 1 in MaxPreps Xcellent 20 National Boys Lacrosse Rankings

    Xcellent 20 Boys Lacrosse Rankings

    by J. LombardiMon, May 02 2011

    Haverford downs neighborhood rival and previously second-ranked Conestoga; West Islip moves up following spectacular goal in OT by its goalie; Garden City gets defensive in winning Woodstick Classic; Summit streak at 58.

  • Long winning streaks mark MaxPreps Xcellent 20 National Girls Lacrosse Rankings

    Xcellent 20 Girls Lacrosse Rankings

    by J. LombardiMon, Apr 25 2011

    Seventh-ranked Vero Beach heads into FHSAA tournament with 55 consecutive victories; No. 1 Garden City and No. 2 McDonogh on a tear; Teams from Georgia and New Hampshire debut in rankings.

  • Long Island rivalries take center stage in MaxPreps Xcellent 20 National Boys Lacrosse Rankings

    Xcellent 20 Boys Lacrosse Rankings

    by J. LombardiMon, Apr 25 20112 Comments

    Ward Melville, West Islip, Manhasset and Garden City mix it up this week; Haverford and Conestoga go head to head in another 1 vs. 2 showdown in Pennsylvania; Summit win streak at 54 in New Jersey.

  • Competition heats up in MaxPreps Xcellent 20 girls lacrosse rankings

    Xcellent 20 girls lacrosse rankings

    by J. LombardiMon, Apr 18 2011

    Garden City holds on to No. 1 spot; McDonogh, Ridgewood, Farmingdale, New Trier move up; Key battles loom this week.