Written by head coach Scott Craig:
The recently received their NYS Class A Championship rings following a on Jan. 4. All members of the team received rings, with 37 of the 41 members of the 2010 team in attendance at the ceremony--including those currently attending college.
This was a special night as this was the second team to win back-to-back NYS titles in the 53-year history of West Islip High School athletics. The team was also voted No. 1 in the nation in all three national polls (Inside Lacrosse, Lacrosse Magazine and LaxPower.com).
About 250 parents, family, friends and students attended the ceremony. This was a great opportunity for the whole team to get together for the first time since last spring. Congratulations to the team, coaches, parents and the community on this outstanding accomplishment. It was truly a cooperative effort. This is something that will never be forgotten by the players, coaches and families.
The varsity coaches; Scott Craig, Bill Turri, Peter Murray and Jon Reese want to tell the whole community what an outstanding accomplishment this was by a great group of young men.
"The entire community is very proud of the team's accomplishments," said Tim Horan, Director of Health, Physical Education, Athletics & Recreation. "They have brought national recognition to the town of West Islip. Not only are the players great athletes but most importantly they are good people. This experience will serve them well through adulthood."
The 2010 team was made up of 16 seniors and 25 underclassman all contributing to an unforgettable season. Thirteen of those seniors are now playing lacrosse in college and all the underclassman are planning on playing again this year.
The team won 21 straight games, ending the season with a 13-5 win over Fairport High School in the state finals.