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#54978 - 03/19/14 08:09 AM Sullivan to see more of the field for Garden City  
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By Will Sammon of Newsday

If James Sullivan is even half as good at racking up points as he is at taking faceoffs, Garden City might be in for another special season.

Actually, considering Sullivan’s mark of nearly 75 percent at the faceoff “X” last season, a shooting percentage of less than half of that would be fine, he said.
The junior, who has served as the team’s faceoff specialist since eighth grade, is expected to play in an expanded role this season, as a two-way midfielder, boys lacrosse coach Steve Finnell said.

“We expect James to be a two-way middie,” Finnell said. “He is in great shape and will be one of the top all-around middies this year on the Island.”

Last season, the Trojans, a perennial powerhouse in Nassau, captured their second straight Class B state title. Sullivan, who had 10 goals and three assists last season, and senior attack Cody George (36 goals, 13 assists) are expected to produce offensively for the team that returns a strong defensive unit.

When asked at what point Sullivan thinks he would get tired this season, he laughed and exuded confidence.

“I might get a little tired, but we have some depth and I think we’ll have a good year,” he said. “I love faceoffs and the past years I’ve been strictly taking them, but I’m excited about this year. No one thought of us winning at all last year, but we pulled it off. This year people have some doubts, so I’m hoping that’s what happens again.”

For Garden City, which was seeded No. 1 in Conference B in a preseason coaches poll, its best offense still might be its defense. Especially since Sullivan will still be doing what few high school players on Long Island do better.

“If you have the ball all the time," Sullivan said, "that makes it hard for the other team to score, so we’ll be all right.”

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Originally Posted by Larry Miller
By Will Sammon of Newsday

If James Sullivan is even half as good at racking up points as he is at taking faceoffs, Garden City might be in for another special season.

Actually, considering Sullivan’s mark of nearly 75 percent at the faceoff “X” last season, a shooting percentage of less than half of that would be fine, he said.
The junior, who has served as the team’s faceoff specialist since eighth grade, is expected to play in an expanded role this season, as a two-way midfielder, boys lacrosse coach Steve Finnell said.

“We expect James to be a two-way middie,” Finnell said. “He is in great shape and will be one of the top all-around middies this year on the Island.”

Last season, the Trojans, a perennial powerhouse in Nassau, captured their second straight Class B state title. Sullivan, who had 10 goals and three assists last season, and senior attack Cody George (36 goals, 13 assists) are expected to produce offensively for the team that returns a strong defensive unit.

When asked at what point Sullivan thinks he would get tired this season, he laughed and exuded confidence.

“I might get a little tired, but we have some depth and I think we’ll have a good year,” he said. “I love faceoffs and the past years I’ve been strictly taking them, but I’m excited about this year. No one thought of us winning at all last year, but we pulled it off. This year people have some doubts, so I’m hoping that’s what happens again.”

For Garden City, which was seeded No. 1 in Conference B in a preseason coaches poll, its best offense still might be its defense. Especially since Sullivan will still be doing what few high school players on Long Island do better.

“If you have the ball all the time," Sullivan said, "that makes it hard for the other team to score, so we’ll be all right.”


Why is this a thread? Kid is great, but so are a ton of other players. Should we open a thread for them everytime they are mentioned in an article? There would be a traffic jam on BOTC!

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#54983 - 03/19/14 08:43 AM Re: Sullivan to see more of the field for Garden City [Re: Anonymous]  
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Originally Posted by Larry Miller
By Will Sammon of Newsday

If James Sullivan is even half as good at racking up points as he is at taking faceoffs, Garden City might be in for another special season.

Actually, considering Sullivan’s mark of nearly 75 percent at the faceoff “X” last season, a shooting percentage of less than half of that would be fine, he said.
The junior, who has served as the team’s faceoff specialist since eighth grade, is expected to play in an expanded role this season, as a two-way midfielder, boys lacrosse coach Steve Finnell said.

“We expect James to be a two-way middie,” Finnell said. “He is in great shape and will be one of the top all-around middies this year on the Island.”

Last season, the Trojans, a perennial powerhouse in Nassau, captured their second straight Class B state title. Sullivan, who had 10 goals and three assists last season, and senior attack Cody George (36 goals, 13 assists) are expected to produce offensively for the team that returns a strong defensive unit.

When asked at what point Sullivan thinks he would get tired this season, he laughed and exuded confidence.

“I might get a little tired, but we have some depth and I think we’ll have a good year,” he said. “I love faceoffs and the past years I’ve been strictly taking them, but I’m excited about this year. No one thought of us winning at all last year, but we pulled it off. This year people have some doubts, so I’m hoping that’s what happens again.”

For Garden City, which was seeded No. 1 in Conference B in a preseason coaches poll, its best offense still might be its defense. Especially since Sullivan will still be doing what few high school players on Long Island do better.

“If you have the ball all the time," Sullivan said, "that makes it hard for the other team to score, so we’ll be all right.”


Why is this a thread? Kid is great, but so are a ton of other players. Should we open a thread for them everytime they are mentioned in an article? There would be a traffic jam on BOTC!


Get a motorcycle as it will help get through a traffic jam minimizing delays.

Yes, whenever we have a positive story about a player I will post it.

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#55026 - 03/19/14 02:11 PM Re: Sullivan to see more of the field for Garden City [Re: THOMAS JOHN]  

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They beat Syosset 6-3 yesterday. What was Sullivans numbers ? Goals ? Asst ? faceoffs ? ANYONE

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#55037 - 03/19/14 03:30 PM Re: Sullivan to see more of the field for Garden City [Re: Anonymous]  

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They beat Syosset 6-3 yesterday. What was Sullivans numbers ? Goals ? Asst ? faceoffs ? ANYONE


11 for 13 on faceoffs and a goal, he was the single biggest factor in the win, game was tied at 3 with a minute and a half to go in 3rd, he wins the faceoff and GC goes down and scores, opening faceoff in the 4th was a clean win and he want down and scores it is now a 5-3 game..... he give his team 9 extra possessions in a very low scoring game, he was the difference. Excellent player

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#55059 - 03/19/14 07:25 PM Re: Sullivan to see more of the field for Garden City [Re: THOMAS JOHN]  

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Let's see what happens when he faces some real competition! Not too much in NC, and Syosset is not known for having an elite F/O man. Northport has the best F/O kid on the Island. How many goals did he score? 2? Seems they probably still would have won being the score was 6-3. Not putting the player down, he is excellent, but why all the hype? Many others as good or better!

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#55064 - 03/19/14 07:44 PM Re: Sullivan to see more of the field for Garden City [Re: Anonymous]  

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[quote=Anonymous]Let's see what happens when he faces some real competition! Not too much in NC, and Syosset is not known for having an elite F/O man. Northport has the best F/O kid on the Island. How many goals did he score? 2? Seems they probably still would have won being the score was 6-3. Not putting the player down, he is excellent, but why all the hype? Many others as good or better! [/quot

You know if you don't have something nice to say don't say it hater

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#55067 - 03/19/14 07:54 PM Re: Sullivan to see more of the field for Garden City [Re: Anonymous]  

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[quote=Anonymous]Let's see what happens when he faces some real competition! Not too much in NC, and Syosset is not known for having an elite F/O man. Northport has the best F/O kid on the Island. How many goals did he score? 2? Seems they probably still would have won being the score was 6-3. Not putting the player down, he is excellent, but why all the hype? Many others as good or better! [/quot

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Not a hater! This is a forum where people say things that everybody will not agree with. As I said the kid is excellent, was really just wondering why this discussion is even happening as there are so many other kids as good or better!

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#55068 - 03/19/14 07:57 PM Re: Sullivan to see more of the field for Garden City [Re: Anonymous]  

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This thread is a mistake. It starts as a PR piece for the kid, his team, school, etc. Predictably then people feel the need to unfairly take the kid apart with bogus criticism. Either way, the result is some degree of distortion.

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#55092 - 03/20/14 07:31 AM Re: Sullivan to see more of the field for Garden City [Re: Anonymous]  

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There was a kid at the Underarmour tryouts last year that destroyed both and wasn't picked for the team for political reasons. Both GC kid and Northport kid were picked and on the Underarmour team. How did that work out ??

Enough said

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There was a kid at the Underarmour tryouts last year that destroyed both and wasn't picked for the team for political reasons. Both GC kid and Northport kid were picked and on the Underarmour team. How did that work out ??

Enough said


Called politics!! Sickening!

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#55096 - 03/20/14 08:06 AM Re: Sullivan to see more of the field for Garden City [Re: Anonymous]  

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
This thread is a mistake. It starts as a PR piece for the kid, his team, school, etc. Predictably then people feel the need to unfairly take the kid apart with bogus criticism. Either way, the result is some degree of distortion.


The thread is not a PR piece, it was posted as a re-print of a Newsday article - It would be great if BOTC does that with every Newsday feature and we can have a discussion on here about the article

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Seems they probably still would have won being the score was 6-3.


It was a 3 goal game and tied with near the end of the 3rd quarter, the kid gave his team 9 extra possessions in a low scoring game, they may not have won if the face offs were 50/50 - give credit where it is due


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#55101 - 03/20/14 08:34 AM Re: Sullivan to see more of the field for Garden City [Re: Anonymous]  
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Originally Posted by Anonymous
Originally Posted by Anonymous
This thread is a mistake. It starts as a PR piece for the kid, his team, school, etc. Predictably then people feel the need to unfairly take the kid apart with bogus criticism. Either way, the result is some degree of distortion.


The thread is not a PR piece, it was posted as a re-print of a Newsday article - It would be great if BOTC does that with every Newsday feature and we can have a discussion on here about the article


Realizing that not everyone is a Cablevision subscriber with access to Newsday on-line, I will make every attempt to reprint with attribution all articles that come to me.

Let me say that I don't have or did have a child play lacrosse, and also state that I have no affiliation or interest with any lacrosse association, club, team, or tournament. BOTC is an independent publication.

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Originally Posted by Anonymous
Seems they probably still would have won being the score was 6-3.


It was a 3 goal game and tied with near the end of the 3rd quarter, the kid gave his team 9 extra possessions in a low scoring game, they may not have won if the face offs were 50/50 - give credit where it is due



Who cares! There are lax games now everyday with articles, following on players. There is no way everyone of these will be posted on botc, nor should they. For example, there was an article about two Smithtown boys in the paper today, but I don't see that posted. When we get towards the end of the season, when these games actually become important, I can see it. Now it really doesn't matter how many F/O s a kid from one team wins, or how many goals another scores, unless maybe it breaks some kind of record!

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