It may be cold outside, but the good news is that the college men’s lacrosse season will start in less than two months. With games set to take place across Long Island, the spring is a fantastic opportunity to watch lacrosse live in action.
More than 90 amateur teams are set to faceoff Thursday, July 21 and Friday, July 22 on Long Island when Shootout for Soldiers, a traveling lacrosse fundraiser, makes its yearly stop in Massapequa.
The 24-hour charity lacrosse marathon returns to the Town of Oyster Bay’s Field of Dreams following two successful fundraisers in the last two years. At the all-day, all-night event, teams from across the Island will play in one-hour games that will raise money for America’s wounded veterans.
The New York Lizards, the regular season champions, are basking in the MLL lacrosse limelight. As the playoffs begin, the rest of the league will be aiming to knock the Lizards off their winning path. Be there in black and green when the playoffs begin August 1 at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium.
The New York Lizards are teaming up with Shootout for Soldiers — a 24-hour lacrosse game that benefits wounded military veterans — by donating 20 percent of the proceeds of silver-level playoff tickets sold while the event occurs from 9 am, July 16 to 9 am, July 17.
The Lizards joined forces with Shootout for Soldiers, because the two organizations share similar missions of spreading a love for the sport of lacrosse in a way that benefits the community. After a successful season, it’s the Lizards turn to give back to the New York lacrosse community. As a way of saying thank you, the Lizards plan to donate 20 percent of all August 1 playoff tickets sold during the one-day lacrosse marathon. To help support Shootout for Soldiers, fans may purchase tickets onlne or at this event.
At the New York Lizards next home game, Paul Rabil, Rob Pannell, Drew Adams and company will show fans that real men wear pink. On June 20, the New York Lizards are joining the movement to raise breast cancer awareness by wearing special edition pink jerseys at their game against the Charlotte Hounds. After the game, these pink, autographed, game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Greater NYC.
If you are heading to a New York Lizards home game this year, why not make the most of the day by visiting Long Island attractions along the way?
During the summer in Long Island, the options for fun are endless. Before a home game, Lizards fans can be seen in and around the City of Long Beach. Whether it’s for a stroll on the Boardwalk or a dip in the ocean, a trip to Long Beach goes perfectly with a trip to Shuart Stadium.
Our guide to Long Beach, a true American city by the sea, reveals the best Long Island attractions to soak up this summer.
Fifteen years after the Lizards’ magical first season, lacrosse legends, like Paul and Gary Gait, are returning to Long Island to commemorate the squad that won the very first Major League Lacrosse championship. On Saturday, fans will be able to watch as players from the legendary professional lacrosse team are honored during a special pregame celebration.
As the undefeated New York Lizards make a run for the playoffs this summer, Long Island lacrosse is set to take off. This season, the Lizards Long Island events calendar, including a fiddle stick challenge and a fastest shot competition, offers a way for fans of all ages to join in the lacrosse craze.