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10/08/2018 6:48 PM -



Featured Coach: Boys 2025 Coach Ian Prate


Coaching background:

Pace University - Defensive Coordinator 2018-Present

Team ​91 Pride (Long Island) - Assistant Coach 2015-2017

Playing background:

West Islip HS - 3 Year Varsity Starter

NYIT - 2X All-American & 2017 Defensive Player of the Year

How old were you when you started playing lacrosse and what made you pick up a stick?

I started playing lacross when I was 8. West Islip has a long tradition of being a top school in Long Island and I knew I wanted to be a part of it. However, I didn't start playing long pole unil I was a freshman in High School. 

What is your favorite lacrosse memory?

My favorite lacrosse memory was winning the New York State Championship in High School. 

Who was your favorite player to watch growing up?

Being from Long Island I was able to watch a lot of great players go on and enjoy long successful careers. I really just enjoyed watching West Islip games when I was young. We have a great coaching staff in Scott Craig and Bill Turri and I was excited to get older and play for them.  

What was your first stick?

My first stick was a hand-me-down from a neighbor so I don't remember what type it was. When I was in High School and first picked up a long pole, I had a Brine Edge head that was tie-dyed in West Islip colors. That was my favorite!


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