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College Lax Teams Prepare to Battle

Town of Oyster Bay to sponsor 'Battle at Bethpage IV' on April 26.

The Town of Oyster Bay will host the Battle at Bethpage IV, a college lacrosse celebration slated to be held at Bethpage High School on Saturday, April 26.

The event will feature two outstanding games, a women’s matchup between the LIU Post Pioneers and the St. Thomas Aquinas Spartans at 5 p.m. and a men’s contest between the Princeton Tigers and the Cornell Big Reds at 2 p.m., Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto announced.

“Long Island has long been known as a stronghold for lacrosse, and here in the Town of Oyster Bay, we are proud to partner with the Bethpage Educational Foundation and the Bethpage School District and bring to our facilities these high level collegiate lacrosse contests,” Venditto said.

“The four featured colleges are outstanding academic institutions that also feature some of the nation’s finest athletes,” he added. These are sure to be two hard-fought games between collegiate powers, and I believe that seeing these premiere teams in action will help the Town’s young lacrosse players aspire to further their education through athletics.”

On Friday  from 4-6 p.m. there will be a free boys and girls lacrosse clinic at Bethpage High School featuring Princeton players and coaching staff. Residents can also donate new and gently used lacrosse equipment to help support Youth Programs for disabled kids. Donations can be dropped off at the Children’s Sports Collection Booth located in Lacrosse Village.

General admission tickets to the Battle of Bethpage will be available on game day at the field with proceeds going to Bethpage Educational Foundation, Inc. Donation for adults will be $10 and Children 12 and under will be $5. Attendees are also being asked to bring two cans of food to help support Island Harvest as part of the “LAX Fights Hungers” initiative.

Venditto looks forward to the games each year.

“The event is set to be a great experience for the players and fans are sure to have a fun rooting for their teams,” he said.

Venditto expressed his appreciation to all those who helped make it possible, including the Oyster Bay Parks Department and the Bethpage School District.

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