Things to Know About Long Island Sports Teams

Long Island is home to many great sports teams. Some of the names include the New York Islanders, the New York Mets, and even some minor league baseball teams like the Long Island Ducks. Long Island has three professional baseball teams: the Long Island Ducks , the Long Island Lizards , and the Brooklyn Cyclones . The Ducks’ season starts in mid-April and goes until the end of June. They play at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip. The Lizards’ season starts in April and goes until August. They play at Mitchel Field in Uniondale. And the Cyclones’ season is from mid-June to early September. They play at MCU Park in Brooklyn, New York City.

 

Long Island has two professional football teams: the Long Island Titans and the Long Island Rough Riders . The Titans’ season starts in April and goes until the end of June. They play on Hofstra University’s football field, Shuart Stadium, in Hempstead. And the Rough Riders’ season is from mid-April to early August. They also play at MetLife Stadium, located off the Nungesser’s River Parkway and near the entrance of Route 120.

 

Long Island has one professional soccer team: the Long Island Rough Riders . The Rough Rider’s season starts in April and ends around July or August. They play at Mitchel Field, which is near the intersection of Charles Lindbergh Boulevard and Uniondale Avenue in Uniondale. There are even some minor league teams that call Long Island home. One of these is the Long Island Ducks , who play in the Atlantic League (an independent baseball league). The Ducks play in Central Islip, at the local state university.

 

While most residents of New York City prefer to root for their hometown Mets or Yankees , there are many that still consider themselves fans of the Islanders or Mets even though they now have another franchise playing in Brooklyn. Additionally, plenty of people who grew up on Long Island are transplants in the city, and still root for either of these teams despite them being inconveniently far away.

 

All in all, Long Island is home to many great sports teams with lots of local fans. It might not have any big league franchises outside of the Islanders, but there are certainly plenty of things to do about sports on Long Island.

 

The New York Islanders play in the National Hockey League (NHL). They are an original member of the league, and have won four Stanley Cups.

The New York Mets play in Major League Baseball (MLB). They are one of two active MLB teams that do not have a inter-league game against either the American League or National League.

 

Long Island is home to many local sports teams, many of which compete in the United States Pro League (USPL). Though there are currently no USPL teams based on the island, two now-defunct teams, the Long Island Ducks and Long Island Lizards, played professional baseball and lacrosse here.

 

The most prominent teams on Long Island are the football and hockey franchises of Hofstra University. The university, which is located in Hempstead , has a large student body of over 12,000 and offers many talented athletes scholarships each year. Like many other universities that compete at the highest level of collegiate athletics (Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division-I), Hofstra has an impressive sports history.

 

The football team, which competes in the Colonial Athletic Association of NCAA Division-I FCS , has won seven national championships during its existence. In most seasons since 2000, the Pride have been one of the most dominant teams on Long Island and have even been ranked in the top 25 of NCAA Division-I FCS since 2007.

 

Hofstra’s ice hockey team, which started play in 1984, competes at the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Division-II level. Although they were ACHA Champions in 1998 and 2004, their primary success has come from making the NCAA Division-III Tournament in 2003, 2004, 2009, 2012 and 2013.

 

There are several semi-pro football teams on Long Island, many of which compete in the Eastern Football League (EFL) or Empire Football League (EFL). Many former EFL players have gone on to play for major NFL organizations such as the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos and Miami Dolphins.

 

Almost every major college sport has some sort of presence on Long Island. The women’s lacrosse team at Adelphi University in Garden City is especially dominant; they have won 21 NCAA Division-III national championships since 2000. Despite the fact that Long Island lacks its own USPL franchise, there are several minor league and semi-pro sports teams that provide some entertainment for fans of the games.