Team Suffolk... A Summer To Remember

 Owen with his championship medal, looking forward to his freshmen year playing lacrosse.
Owen with his championship medal, looking forward to his freshmen year playing lacrosse.
Owen making the save at this rainy and competitive game.
Owen making the save at this rainy and competitive game.
The soaked team after getting the championship win.
The soaked team after getting the championship win.

Summer experiences can really make an important and positive impact as we hear from one of our South Huntington families who got to experience the NYS Regional Lacrosse Championships at SUNY Binghamton this past July.  Walt Whitman High School freshman Owen Connolly, oldest child of Kate and Matt, earned his way to the starting Goalie position for the grade 9 team. Named for the year they will graduate high school, Team 2022 individually and collectively shared a summer they will always remember.

For Owen, this South Huntington program “really builds you as a lacrosse player and as a person, it helps you become a team player and to be a helpful and better person in your own life. It builds character mostly.”

Bringing together some of the top high school players from the county in grades 9-12. The Suffolk team was one of eight teams assembled from regions across the state (Adirondack, Central, Hudson Valley, Nassau, NYC, Parochial, Suffolk, and Western). 

The three-day event at SUNY Binghamton showcased the great talent not only from Suffolk but across the state. “It’s a cool experience because you meet other good players that are from around the area that you might play against later in high school.”  Owen and his class of 2022 teammates faced some tough competition but they played incredibly well and advanced to the finals undefeated to face the Nassau team.  It was an incredible final game, played in the rain, and Suffolk came out on top in sudden win overtime!

 “[The best part about the championship game was] winning in overtime and sharing that excitement with all the guys. We came all the way out here, we practiced really hard and we’re really happy because we gutted it out the whole way for the win.”

It was a great opportunity and Owen really enjoyed being able to represent his school, town, and county in this way.  He's looking forward to his freshmen year at Whitman and continuing to pursue opportunities to grow as a student and athlete.