Dear Fellow Officials,


     By now I am sure you have read Emmett’s email about resigning as President. Let me be the first to say thank you to Emmett. You did a wonderful job as our President and truly strived to make us the best association in the state. The opportunity to be your President is exciting. I look forward to working with the entire association and the executive board to make us the best association in the country. As President, I will always strive for excellence. I will listen to our membership, hear your concerns and questions and always put the good of the association first. I know that transparency in any board is always top priority. That is why your elected member at large, Ed Hoctor is a tremendous asset. He is your eyes, ears and voice. Listening and contributing in executive meetings to assure full transparency within the association.


    Lacrosse is a sport that has quickly become the face of Long Island. More and more, major NCAA and professional teams are being made up of players with long island roots. Our officials are joining the college ranks and are officiating televised games as well as NCAA Division 1 playoff games. That is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our membership who strive to make themselves and the others around them better. I truly believe we have the greatest group of officials, not only in our state, but in the entire country. It is because of all of you that we are who we are as an association.

    I hope you all had a great “off-season” and enjoyed your time with your family and friends. Many of you have been officiating since the season ended in some capacity. PAL, summer leagues/tournaments or other sports. Lacrosse is a season that seemingly never ends. Tournaments, and leagues are being held year round and provide a great opportunity for all officials to hone their skills and keep in shape.


    I look forward to serving as your President and will strive to do the best job I can. The executive board, together with the general membership will continue to improve the SCLOA, the game of lacrosse and fight for our members.



                                                                                                                                                                          Mike Messana

                                                                                                                                                                          SCLOA President

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