In Long Island high school lacrosse, there are those classic match-ups that stand out on the calendar ever year. Garden City vs. Manhasset. Chaminade vs. St. Anthony’s. Ward Melville vs. West Islip. Regardless of the standings, these contests are always one of the season’s biggest highlights.
3 Legendary Long Island High School Lacrosse Feuds
Garden City Trojans vs. Manhasset Indians
Garden City and Manhasset, which are located a few miles apart, currently have the longest running high school lacrosse rivalry in the nation. Last year, the Indians topped the Trojans in the 131st Woodstick Classic.
Each year, the victor takes possession of the Woodstick Trophy, a plaque of past winners that features a traditional wood stick. Garden City and Manhasset first played each other in 1935.
Although the two teams are in separate Long Island high school lacrosse conferences, they sometimes meet again in the Nassau County playoffs.
Chaminade Flyers vs. St. Anthony’s Friars
Chaminade and St. Anthony’s are two perennial lacrosse powerhouses in the Catholic High School Athletic Association. The two squads may meet as many as three times a year (twice in the regular season and once in the playoffs).
“It’s a great rivalry, it goes back years,” said St. Anthony’s head coach Keith Wieczorek. “We’ve all drawn different levels of blood on each other. It’s two very good programs that unfortunately have to play each other three times a year. I think it’s very tough to play a team a third time, no matter who it is.”
He added, “I think every year you circle those days on the calendar…”
Ward Melville Patriots vs. West Islip Lions
Every year, Ward Melville, the reigning New York State Class A state championships, must pass through West Islip to get to the playoffs. This increasingly bitter rivalry is a lacrosse fan’s dream.
Over the last two decades, these two high schools have been among the best New York boy’s high school lacrosse teams. Ward Melville has won two state titles in the last six years, while West Islip won that same championship four times in five years between 2006 and 2012. As a result, their regular season matches can have big implications on the playoff picture.
These three rivalries are among the best in Long Island high school lacrosse, but there are certainly many more. Which other ongoing local lax series are you looking forward to watching next season?