Pictured from the left are: Chris Cranis, Portledge '93; Harry Taylor, Portledge '92; Curt Sawyer, Chris Masotto, Portledge '94; and Marc Perry, Portledge '00.
Thirty years of varsity play, five Metropolitan Association Championships, seven All Americans, a 31-game unbeaten streak that spanned parts of three seasons, and an undefeated season in 1999 are all part of the rich history of Portledge Varsity Boys Lacrosse. Much of this success was due to the incredible leadership provided by R. Curtis Sawyer, who served as director of athletics and head coach of Varsity Boys Lacrosse from 1981 to 2003. Coach Sawyer was honored at halftime of a Varsity Lacrosse game in which the school officially named the lacrosse field after him
"The fact that this small school has produced seven All Americans is truly remarkable and is a testament to the overall quality of the program," said current Athletic Director, Phil Hills. "Even more amazing is that two of these prestigious recognitions were awarded simultaneously in the spring of 1999 to Marc Perry '00 and Will Bodine '00."
The two juniors were the heart of a group that went undefeated in 1999 and ran off a streak of 34 wins in 35 games between May of 1998 and May of 2000. Led by Perry, who went on to be a collegiate player for Yale, and Bodine, who currently plays professional hockey in the American Hockey League, Portledge won an unprecedented three consecutive Metropolitan Lacrosse Association championships.
Three of the school's other All-Americans, Harry Taylor '92, Chris Cranis '93, and Chris Masotto '94, were also leaders of NYMLA championship teams at Portledge. Taylor and Masotto then went on to star together on some exceptional teams at Hamilton College. Portledge's first All American, Paul Sclafani '86, had a legendary career at Mid America powerhouse Ohio Weslyan.
Today the Varsity Boys Lacrosse program is as strong as ever and has seen a real renaissance over the last few springs. Three graduates from last year's team, Alain and Eric Mathieu and Christian Works will be competing on college teams this spring, and as many as six of this year's seniors will go on to be college players in the near future. The team now plays a regional / national schedule that includes games with Lawrenceville, Kent, St. Luke's, Millbrook and Riverdale Country School.
Portledge School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for Pre-Nursery through 12th grade. Located on a secure and serene 62-acre campus in Locust Valley, Portledge offers a small community setting, attracting families from all over Long Island to reflect the region's diverse population. Its primary mission is to instill within each child an enthusiasm for learning that is grounded in values of accountability, self-discipline and responsible citizenship all of which are shared and nurtured by every member of the Portledge community.