East Islip lacrosse player wins MVP Award


Goalie Drew Walendowski, of East Islip High School, and attackman Matthew Triolo, of John Glenn High School in Huntington, were named co-winners of the James C. Metzger Most Valuable Player Award in Suffolk County’s 9-7 win over Nassau County in the Long Island Lacrosse Showcase Top 25 Game of Rising Sophomores at Hofstra University on June 23. Walendowski was credited with more than eight saves on quality scoring chances and Triolo scored four goals.

The winning Suffolk team, coached by Brett Jeffares of Connetquot High School and Tom Corcoran of West Islip High School, received the Metzger Cup. The cup is awarded to the winning teams at each of the four games of Rising Freshmen, Rising Sophomores, Rising Juniors and Rising Seniors at the Lacrosse Showcase. Suffolk won three of the four games.

The awards were presented by Metzger and Vincent J. Sombrotto. Metzger is a lacrosse, football and basketball standout at Half Hollow Hills High School East and a lacrosse All-American at Hofstra University during the 1970s. A lacrosse benefactor for youth, high school and college programs on Long Island, he is founder and CEO of Whitmore—The Agency, one of the largest independent insurance and financial firms in the New York metropolitan area with offices in Garden City. Sombrotto attended Chaminade High School in Mineola during the 1970s and was a Hofstra All-American midfielder. He was named to the 1982 All-World Team and is a member of the US Lacrosse Hall of Fame.


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