OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. — As he awaits the National Lacrosse League draft in September, LeRoy Halftown is off to Australia with a group of college all-stars.
Halftown, the East Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a USILA third-team All-American this past season as a senior, departs Monday for Los Angeles to meet up with his teammates for the tour, which include LIU Post defenseman Ryan Baker.
The group then continues on to Australia, where the standouts will face top Australian lacrosse clubs, explore Sydney, Cairns and Melbourne, and snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef before returning on June 22.
"I'm really excited to go and check it out and represent NYIT over there," Halftown said. "This is a first-time experience for me. I would never have been in this position at all without lacrosse. I'm very appreciative of all the opportunities lacrosse has given me."
After arriving from Onondoga Community College, Halftown played two seasons for the Bears. He produced a combined 94 goals and 31 assists in 35 games in 2017 and '18. He also never lost an ECC game during his NYIT career, with the Bears earning a pair of undefeated conference titles.
Halftown's 52 goals in 2018 rank fifth in a single season in program history, trailing only outputs by Rob Grella (63 in 1993), Joe Nicolosi (59, 1995), Keith Henderson (55, 2008) and Joel Cocarel (54, 2001).
Halftown's memorable scoring includes tallying two goals in the final 85 seconds as NYIT defeated then-No. 3 Pace, 11-9, on March 14 at President's Stadium.
"The whole time at NYIT was a good time," Halftown said. "Being undefeated in the conference is pretty good. Winning both titles is good. And being better than the previous year and making it to the NCAA Tournament this year is pretty good, too."
A proud member of Seneca Nation, one of six Native American nations that form the Iroquois Confederacy, Halftown started playing box lacrosse — also known as indoor lacrosse — at two years old. He now hopes to continue playing the sport at the professional level.
Halftown already had a preliminary conversation with the general manager of the Vancouver Stealth in advance of the NLL's late-summer draft.
"I'm currently talking to a couple of professional teams," Halftown said. "I'm just waiting to see if any doors open my way that I can take full advantage of."