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Pictured with boys varsity head coach Desmond Megna are Nick Taiani and Connor Murtha at the Long Island Lacrosse Showcase.

Connor Murtha playing lacrosse

Connor Murtha

William Floyd was well represented in this year’s rising senior Long Island Lacrosse Showcase game (Class of 2022) as student-athletes Connor Murtha and Nick Taiani represented William Floyd following great junior seasons. Joshua Sutherland was also selected for this prestigious honor as a first alternate. With the help of strong play from the Colonials, the Suffolk rising seniors defeated Nassau 15-11 this year to earn Long Island lacrosse bragging rights. Nick, Connor and Joshua have been invited to play at New York State Regional Championship tournament next week at the University at Albany.

“Connor Murtha started every game at attack this year for us,” said Desmond Megna, head coach, boys varsity lacrosse. “He can do it all.” Coach Megna added that Nick Taiani played a key role for the Colonials after teammate Nick Muelthaler went down with an injury. “Nick started at midfield every game for us. He plays very smart and fundamental lacrosse and does everything we ask of him. This is a tremendous accomplishment.”

Nick Taiani playing lacrosse

Nick Taiani

John Dolezal was the captain of the William Floyd High School junior varsity boys lacrosse team and represented the Colonials in the rising sophomore game (Class of 2024). A midfield attacker, Dolezal led the team in points and will be an impactful player for the varsity team next season. Liam Taylor also represented the Colonials and started on varsity this past year as a freshman, serving as one of the top ninth grade defensemen on Long Island, according to Coach Megna. “He is very coachable with a high lacrosse IQ,” he said. “He’s a future Division I defenseman.” Also participating in the rising sophomore game as a first alternate was Jacob Faison, a great multi-sport athlete who started at midfield as a freshman. Coach Megna said Jacob did a great job on both ends of the field for the Colonials.

DJ Blankenship and Mike Maglione represented the Colonials in the rising freshman game. “Both guys played and started for our junior varsity team and are huge parts of our future success,” said Coach Megna. “DJ does face offs and a bit of everything for us and Mike plays attack and is a smooth and smart player.”

Congratulations to all who represented William Floyd in this year’s Long Island Lacrosse Showcase games, earning a spot to play alongside the best lacrosse players on Long Island is a tremendous accomplishment.

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