UNIONDALE - A local lacrosse player is making quite the name for himself.

Hauppauge native Sam Llinares, a freshman at Hofstra University, leads the school's team in total points this season. He was named the Suffolk County Player of the Year in 2012 and developed into a star on his high school squad.

Llinares was recruited by Ohio State, Notre Dame and Johns Hopkins, but decided to play close to home.