The high school boys lacrosse program held a Decade of Champions Recognition Day on May 5, celebrating the players, families and community for their support and commitment to the West Islip lacrosse program during a 10-year period when the Lions won multiple championships.
During that decade, every West Islip boys lacrosse player who graduated from 2004-2013 won a Long Island championship or New York State championship during their career. The Lions posted a record of 203 wins and 13 defeats during those 10 seasons, winning 10 Super Six championships, nine county championships, seven Long Island championships and five state championships. The Lions were also voted No. 1 in the nation twice. These teams produced many high school and college All-Americans along with seven players who went on to play professionally and three world team players.
The players were recognized at halftime of the May 5 varsity home game vs. Walt Whitman High School and were given championship hats and T-shirts. Head coach Scott Craig and assistant coach Bill Turri were celebrated for their leadership and their 31 years of service as coaches. Assistant coaches Peter Murray and Jon Reese were also recognized for their vital roles.
“This was an incredible feat in high school athletics,” said Athletic Director Tim Horan. “The West Islip community recognizes and congratulates the players, coaches and families for their amazing accomplishments and we are all very proud of their success.”