By Monica Rea
The National Lacrosse League has just awarded an expansion lacrosse franchise on Long Island. The addition of the NY Riptides, Long Island’s newest professional team, means there are now 13 teams scheduled to play the 2019/2020 season. Just like that, professional lacrosse is back on Long Island!
I had the distinct pleasure of welcoming the Riptides to the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY. Excitement was in the air as they took the field to host their first public practice, which was very well attended. I must say, they looked pretty good out there! After practice, the coaching staff conducted a Q&A with the fans. Interestingly, the majority of the questions seemed to focus on the players who were recently drafted, as well as the secret development of the NY Riptides Mascot, which has yet to be revealed. Afterwards, the players greeted fans, took photos, and signed autographs.
I had the opportunity to speak briefly with Head Coach Regy Thorpe, who is thrilled to be on Long Island. He has a lot of talent, and will undoubtedly be working hard over the next few weeks to fine-tune his starting lineup! I look forward to having him as a guest on the WWSRN.
The NLL season starts for the Riptides [on 12/7/19|], when they take on the Halifax Thunderbirds. The first home game will be [12/28/19|]. For schedule information or to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.nyriptides.com.