2014 Northeast Region Preview

Northeast Region PreviewThe Northeast Region boasts three of the four FAB 50 National Champions, with New York state champions taking the crown in each of those years.

There are two potential FAB 50 No. 1 teams in the Northeast Region with Massapequa (Massapequa, N.Y.) and St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.) being the early favorites for the top spot. But don’t count out teams like Smithtown West (Smithtown, N.Y.) and Smithtown East (St. James, N.Y.) or teams like Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.), Delbarton (Morristown, N.J.) and Darien (Darien, Conn.) out of the running.

The Northeast Region includes Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts , Rhode Island and Vermont.

Want to weigh in on which team you think should be No. 1? Go to Twitter and use #LaxFAB50 and vote for your team. Editor Mike Loveday will track the votes until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15 and release the public No. 1 team on Sunday, Feb. 16 – one day before the Preseason FAB 50 is released.

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Northeast Preseason Top 20

1. St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.)
2. Massapequa (Massapequa, N.Y.)
3. Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.)
4. Smithtown West (Smithtown, N.Y.)
5. Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.)
6. Manhasset (Manhasset, N.Y.)
7. Smithtown East (St. James, N.Y.)
8. Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.)
9. Delbarton (Morristown, N.J.)
10. Darien (Darien, Conn.)
11. Yorktown (Yorktown, N.Y.)
12. Niskayuna (Niskayuna, N.Y.)
13. Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.)
14. Sachem North (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.)
15. St. Augustine Prep (Richland, N.J.)
16. Bronxville (Bronxville, N.Y.)
17. Ridge (Basking Ridge, N.J.)
18. Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
19. West Islip (West Islip, N.Y.)
20. West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.)

HS Logo_DarienTeam: Darien (Darien, Conn.)
Last Year’s Record: 12-8
Last Year’s Finish of Note: CIAC Quarterfinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 12
Overall Returnees: 33
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 5

Top Seniors: Phil Huffard, goalie (Yale); Peter Lindley, attack (UMass); John Reed, attack (Bucknell); Kyle Cornell, midfield (Bryant); Kyle Gifford, defense (Washington & Lee); Brad McCarthy, LSM (Colby); Sam Meyjes, defense (Colorado College); Harry Gillespie, midfield (undecided); Owen Koorbusch, midfield (Rhodes College).

Top Juniors: Ian Burgoyne, midfield (Navy); Andrew Pugliese, face off (undecided); Daniel Traver, LSM (undecided); Jack Feeley, defense (undecided); Luke Sheridan, defense (undecided); Tim Lochtefeld, midfield (undecided); Will Hamernick, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: After graduating one of the best high school players in the nation in Case Matheis (Duke) in addition to Henry West (Cornell) and Tony Britton (Cornell) expectations were tempered for the Blue Wave heading into 2013. Darien still reached the CIAC quarterfinals where they lost to eventual state champion Wilton (Wilton, Conn.) by just one goal, which was the closest playoff game Wilton played.

Now with all but three starters returning and strength and depth on both sides of the ball the Blue Wave are primed for a return to a state championship run. Darien’s average loss was by just 5.25 goals last season.

With a strong team returning head coach Jeff Brameier has put together an equally strong schedule. Games against Niskayuna (Niskayuna, N.Y.), Manhasset (Manhasset, N.Y.), Yorktown (Yorktown, N.Y.) and St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.) will be major FAB 50 determining games.

Team: Billerica (Billerica, Mass.)
Last Year’s Record: 16-7
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 6
Overall Returnees: 13
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 1

Top Seniors: Rob Lowe, midfield (undecided); Tim Herrick, midfield (undecided); Dave Rogers, defense (undecided); Eddie Stokes, defense (undecided); John Bossi, goalie (Southern Maine).

Top Juniors: Danny Lynch, attack (undecided); Carl Piacenza, attack (undecided); Kevin Casey, midfield (undecided); Jim McLaughlin, defense (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Indians strength heading into the season is their attack and first midline anchored by seniors Lowe and Herrick.

Head coach Craig Flynn has gone 122-34 in his career and once again will play a solid mix of in-state teams, including Duxbury (Duxbury, Mass.), Lincoln-Sudbury (Sudbury, Mass.) and defending Division I champion Xaverian Brothers (Westwood, Mass.).

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HS Logo_DuxburyTeam: Duxbury (Duxbury, Mass.)
Last Year’s Record: 16-6
Last Year’s Finish of Note: MIAA First Round Playoffs
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters:
Overall Returnees:
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 5

Top Seniors: Nick Marrocco, goalie (Georgetown); Trevor O’Brien, midfield (Hartford); Drew Dowling, defense (Drexel); Brendan Burke, attack (Hamilton); Tyler Powers, attack (Washington College); Brad Marcotte, LSM (Ohio Wesleyan); Wes Quinzani, midfield (Middlebury).

Top Juniors: Matt Sharpe, midfield (Fairfield); Hunter Marston, defense (Ohio State); Liam Stauss, defense (Cornell)

What You Need To Know:The Dragons are a traditional power in Massachusetts and are a regular among the FAB 50. After graduations of several talented and key players from the 2012 state championship team Duxbury fell in the first round of the MIAA playoffs last season.

Defense has been a staple of Duxbury’s program and last year was no exception as they allowed double-digits in goals just three times last season. Marrocco returns in goal and will be backed up by Corbett, which gives the Dragons experience and talent to anchor the defense this season.

The midfield should be strong with O’Brien, Sharpe and sophomore Shane Sullivan (Michigan) leading the charge.

An early April game against Fairfield Prep (Fairfield, Conn.) will be a key inter-state game and a meeting at defending MIAA champion Xaverian Brothers (Westwood, Mass.) along with a May 7 game against Lincoln-Sudbury (Sudbury, Mass.) will be key in-state and potential FAB 50 games.

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Team: Scituate (Scituate, Mass.)
Last Year’s Record: 11-10
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 8
Overall Returnees: 14
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: Unknown

Top Seniors: Jake Reynolds, goalie (Cabrini College); Mike Glancy, defense (undecided); Trevor Ciessau, attack (undecided); Johnnie Mulcahy, attack (undecided); Tim Churchill, defense (playing D-III football).

Top Juniors: Sean Williams, midfield (undecided); Cullen Sweeney, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Sailors strength will be in goal with returning senior Reynolds anchoring the net. A good defensive unit with experience also returns, but some of the players are still developing. The offense returns every player except one and head coach Mark Puzzangara will be running a new offense for the 2014 season. There is potential for a good season with a talented incoming freshman class that should push for varsity time and fill out the roster.

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Team: Wellesley (Wellesley, Mass.)
Last Year’s Record: 16-5
Last Year’s Finish of Note: MIAA East Division II semifinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 6
Overall Returnees: 22
No. Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 1

Top Seniors: Matt Dziama, midfield (Virginia); John Caraviello, attack (Trinity); Graham Hulsey, defense (Washington College); Kyle Johnston, defense (Kenyon); Tucker Dietrick, midfield (Colby); Brian Pedersen, attack/midfield (Williams (football)).

Top Juniors: Kerry Lyne, attack (undecided); TJ Noonan, defense (undecided); David Jennings, midfield (undecided); Tim Rahill, goalie (undecided).

What You Need To Know:The Raiders have a strong attack unit led by Lyne and Caraviello who were leading scorers last year, and can really finish. The first line middies will be very good both ways, but depth could be a test this season. Noonan, Hulsey and Johnston are solid anchors on defense and Rahill is an excellent goalie.

Like most teams, Wellesley graduated the guys they most depended on last year and getting the young guys to step up and come together as a team will be an early season challenge as they start with an opening game against Billerica (Billerica, Mass.) followed by an April 3 game at Lincoln-Sudbury (Sudbury, Mass.).

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HS Logo_Xaverian BrothersTeam: Xaverian Brothers (Westwood, Mass.)
Last Year’s Record: 16-6
Last Year’s Finish of Note: MIAA Division I champions
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 41
Returning Starters: 7
Overall Returnees: 15
No. Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 2

Top Seniors: Jack Wheeler, midfield (Boston College); DJ Sperzel, midfield (Providence); Chris Ciolfi, defense (undecided); Jake Cox, attack (undecided).

Top Juniors: Lukas Buckley, attack (undecided); Joe Gaziano, defense (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Hawks finished their season on a seven game winning streak that resulted in the Division I state championship. With seven starters returning head coach Tim Gardner has a solid squad returning to defend that title.

The midfield and attack should be strong with Wheeler, Sperzel, Cox and Buckley all returning to the lineup. Sophomore midfielder Nick Shaw and freshman attackman Sean Sperzel will provide youth and depth. Defensivley, Ciolfi provides senior leadership along with with Gaziano.

Area coaches polled are split among the top teams with Xaverian, Lincoln-Sudbury (Sudbury, Mass.) and Duxbury (Duxbury, Mass.) all among the early favorites. FAB 50 voters will not have to wait long with an April 15 game against Lincon-Sudbury scheduled.

HS Logo_Bishop GuertinTeam: Bishop Guertin (Nashua, N.H.)
Last Year’s Record: 17-4
Last Year’s Finish of Note: New Hampshire D-I State Champion
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 10
Overall Returnees: 35
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 5

Top Seniors: Dom St. Laurent, midfield (UMass-Amherst); Connor Donohue, attack (Denver); Tom Hurley, attack, (Springfield); Nate Eldred, defense, (UMass Lowell); Cody McInnis, defense, (St. Anselm); Jake Sonberg, goalie (St. Michael’s); John Miller, midfield (St. Michael’s); John Karanasios, LSM (St. Michael’s).

Top Juniors: Dillon Hayes, fogo (undecided); Max McCabe, defense (Lehigh); Alex Astarita, attack (undecided); Michael Carluccio, midfield (undecided); Gage Sevigny, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Cardinals are the defending four-time New Hampshire Division I state champion and return 10 starters, which will make the favorite to get one for the thumb in 2014. Games against St. Joseph Metuchen (Metuchen, N.J.), LaSalle Academy (Providence, R.I.) and Duxbury (Duxbury, Mass.) will be key in determining the Cardinals ranking in the region and impressing FAB 50 voters. Coach Chris Cameron who enters his 10th season said the team will need to improve on the defensive end, but the offensive is balanced and talented.

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Team: Nashua North (Nashua, N.H.)
Last Year’s Record: 5-11
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 9
Overall Returnees: 23
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: N/A

Top Seniors: Jake Genest, attack (undecided)

Top Juniors: Mike Dubien, defense (undecided); Tom Haller, midfield (undecided)

What You Need To Know: Nashua North returns its Top 10 players from last season and welcomes back three key players from injuries. The Titans are experienced and deep, especially at the midfield. Led by junior midfielder Tom Haller (First Team All-State), senior attackman Jake Genest and an athletic group of poles featuring junior Mike Dubien. The key to Nashua North’s season is getting production from its attack unit.

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Team: Scarborough (Scarborough, Maine)
Last Year’s Record: 14-5
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Maine Class A State Champions (fourth-straight)
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 6
Overall Returnees: 14
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 1

Top Seniors: Brenden Smith, defense (undecided); Christian Neelon, attack (undecided); Austin Doody, attack (undecided); Chris Cyr, midfielder (Hobart); Cam Loiselle, attack (undecided); Jordan Flannery, goalie (undecided); Andrew Farrington, midfielder (University of Southern Maine).

Top Juniors: Nate Howard, midfielder (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Red Storm will play a large number of seniors (last season’s junior class had 22 players) in 2014.

With the loss of John Wheeler, the programs all time leading scorer, Scarborough looks to a host of players to fill the void. Five Scarborough players competed in last seasons Maine Underclassman All-Star Showcase (a game that only takes the 44 best underclassman in the state).

Junior Nate Howard will be the main face-off man and will be a force on both offense and defense. The defense returns three-year starter Brenden Smith as well as a host of players with a lot of varsity experience. Senior Jordan Flannery will finally get his chance between the pipes after backing up three-year starter David Pearson.

The Red Storm have won the last four Maine Class A state championships and have won five of the last six. Head coach Joe Hezlep has compiled an 80-19 record since 2008.

HS Logo_DelbartonTeam: Delbarton (Morristown, N.J.)
Last Year’s Record: 17-1
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 38
Returning Starters: 6
Overall Returnees: 21
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 9

Top Seniors: Jordan Dowiak, midfield (Cornell); Conor Mackie, midfield (Yale); J.J. McBride, attack (Pennsylvania); Peter Welch, LSM (Duke); Will McCarthy, midfield (Lafayette); Chad Otterman, defense (undecided).

Top Juniors: Emmet Cordrey, attack (Princeton); MJ Melillo, defense (Michigan); TJ Comizio, midfield (Villanova); Reed Shaffer, midfield (Duke); Connor Kirst, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: Delbarton graduated a very strong senior class, but should have another strong senior class this season. The entire defense and goaltender graduated, so that could be an area of concern for the Green Wave. There is depth, experience and quality at the midfield position and the attack is inexperienced but talented.

Last year Delbarton’s season ended suddenly with a 10-8 loss to Seton Hall Prep in the Non-Public A semifinals. They will not have to wait long for a rematch as the teams meet on March 26. Games against St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.) and Fairfield Prep (Fairfield, Conn.) and Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.) will be key out-of-state games that will help place Delbarton in the Region and FAB 50.

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HS Logo_RidgeTeam: Ridge (Basking Ridge, N.J.)
Last Year’s Record: 20-3
Last Year’s Finish of Note: New Jersey Tournament of Champion winner; Group IV champion
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 25
Returning Starters: 5
Overall Returnees: 12
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 5

Top Seniors: JT Palladino, attack (Harvard); Owen Molloy, goalie (Notre Dame); Connor Lalley, defense (Delaware); Alex Gaydos, midfield (Stevens Tech); Chris Gaydos, midfield (Stevens Tech); Sean O’Brien, midfield (undecided).

Top Juniors: Michael Pellegrino, midfield (undecided); Gavin Kirkwood, attack (undecided).

What You Need To Know: This season the strength for Ridge will be its midfield and offense.

Palladino was the team’s leading scorer last year and sophomore Kevin Quigley was in the Top 5 last season. The team graduated its entire starting defense except for Lalley, which will result in many new but capable juniors and seniors to fill those spots. Goalie should be strong with Molloy there to anchor the team and provide defensive leadership.

The Red Devils will ride a 12-game winning streak into the season.

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St. Augustine PrepTeam: St. Augustine Prep (Richland, N.J.)
Last Year’s Record: 12-8
Last Year’s Finish of Note: NJSIAA Non-Public A Quarterfinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 5
Overall Returnees: 24
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 8

Top Seniors: Will Fox, face off (Fairfield); Dean DiSimone, attack (Delaware); Bryce Young, defense, (Maryland); Aaron Denesevich, midfield (Wagner); Matt Spiers, defense (undecided).

Top Juniors: Joe Eisele, attack (Delaware); John Ernie Alvino, goalie (Air Force); James Kitchen, midfield (Hofstra); Chase Young, midfield (Delaware); Nick Decaprio, LSM (Michigan); Bryce McGrath, attack (undecided).

What You Need To Know: Face off will be a strength for the Hermits with Will Fox leading the way. The offense, defense and goalie are all young but experienced and with only six seniors the Hermits are a team that will once again look to be a FAB 50 contender.

St. Augustine Prep got off to a slow start last season, losing six of their first 10 games, but as the team gained experience the wins began to pile up. The team won 10 of its final 13 games and two of its losses were by a combined three goals (the other loss was to PIAA champ La Salle College HS).

With that experience the Hermits should be a contender for the NJSIAA Non-Public A title and a potential Tournament of Champions contender. Early games against Episcopal Academy (Newtown Square, Pa.), Loyola-Blakefield (Towson, Md.) and Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) will be tests. The schedule is stacked late as well with games against Malvern Prep (Malvern, Pa.), Lawrenceville (Lawrenceville, N.J.) and La Salle College HS (Wyndmoor, Pa.). With wins in a majority of those games the Hermits could expect to be a solid FAB 50 team throughout the year.

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Team: St. Joseph Metuchen (Metuchen, N.J.)
Last Year’s Record: 8-11
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 6
Overall Returnees: 18
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today:

Top Seniors: Drew Ross, attack/midfield (Washington & Lee); Andrew Monahan, midfield (Montclair State); Kyle Stenberg, attack (Merrimack); Mike Allen, defense (Navy).

Top Juniors: CJ Gahagan, goalie (undecided); Carl Macwewan, midfield (undecided); Javon Hicks, midfield (undecided); Brian Mills, FOGO (undecided); Chris Culver, attack (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Falcons will be very athletic between the lines this season and should develop as the season progresses. St. Joseph returns six starters, but will also have a new goalie, two new close defenseman, but the team has ability and potential to return back to double-digit in victories this season.

HS Logo_BronxvilleTeam: Bronxville (Bronxville, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 22-2
Last Year’s Finish of Note: NY Class C runner-up
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: 30
Returning Starters:
Overall Returnees:
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 6

Top Seniors: Owen Jones, face off (Yale); Matt Behrens, attack (Georgetown).

Top Juniors: Charlie Tarry, defense (Princeton); Liam Lynch, face off (Fairfield); Henry Grass, attack (Johns Hopkins).

What You Need To Know: It might be tough to pick against Cazenovia Central (Cazenovia, N.Y.) this season, but Bronxville lost by just two goals last season and return a few key players from that squad.

The face off should be strong with both Jones and Lynch and with Grass leading the attack there should be enough firepower. Defensively Tarry returns and sophomore Jack Gelinas (Bucknell) should help alleviate some of graduation losses.

Bronxville gets the slight nod early in the year based on a schedule that includes Class B favorites Yorktown (Yorktown, N.Y.) and Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.). Those games will be key regional and FAB 50 deciding games this year.

Historically, the New York Class C teams generally earn their way into the FAB 50 later in the year once they reach the late stages of the state playoffs, but Bronxville could buck that trend this year with a couple tough early games.

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ChaminadeTeam: Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 15-2
Last Year’s Finish of Note: CHSAA AAA Champion
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 14
Returning Starters:
Overall Returnees:
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 9
Top Seniors: Sean Cerrone, midfield (Villanova); Sam Bonafede, midfield (Princeton); Matt Wysota, defense (Villanova); Matt Isnardi, goalie (Army); Carney Mahon, midfield (Harvard); James Roberts, attack (Lafayette).

Top Juniors: Thomas O’Connell, midfield (Maryland); Nick Gray, goalie (Providence).

What You Need To Know: The Flyers broke through and won their final game of the year for the first time since 2008 when they won the CHSAA title 12-11 in overtime over St. Anthony’s. Last season the Flyers defeated the Friars 7-5 for the championship.

As the defending champion, Chaminade will once again be in the hunt for a title and with a pair of Top 50 players in Cerrone and Bonafede returning to the lineup talent will be abundant.

The schedule will once again be challenging with an opening game against Massapequa (Massapequa, N.Y.) on March 26 and games against Yorktown (Yorktown, N.Y.), Fairfield Prep (Fairfield, Conn.) and Delbarton (Morristown, N.J.) rounding out a tough non-conference schedule. There is no reason to not expect a three-time meeting with rival St. Anthony’s once again this season.

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HS Logo_Garden CityTeam: Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 19-3
Last Year’s Finish of Note: New York Class B champions
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 5
Returning Starters: 5
Overall Returnees: 20
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 9

Top Seniors: Danny Dolan, goalie (UMass); Dale Stasco, midfield (St. Joseph’s); Kieran Byrnes, attack (Villanova); Conor Byrnes, defense (VMI); Cody George, attack/midfiled (Dartmouth); Tim McDonagh, midfield (undecided); Cullen Minion, defense (undecided).

Top Juniors: Matthew Borges, defense/lsm (Ohio State); Thomas Wright, lsm (Penn State); James Sullivan, midfield/face off (Harvard); Kyle Brattan, midfield (Air Force).

What You Need To Know:The Trojans enter 2014 as the two-time defending New York Class B champions and are riding a 12-game winning streak.

A couple key graduations, including three starters, will be tough to replace for head coach Steve Finnell. Justin Guterding tallied 92 points last season and Ed Blatz was the top defender and both players were All-Long Island last season.

But Garden City’s history along with key returnees Dolan, Byrnes and George who are all Northeast Region Top Players according to StudentSportsLacrosse.com the Trojans should once again be in the hunt for a title. Sullivan is one of the areas best face off middies and George leads a revamped offense.

There are two big tests to start the season and will have major impacts on the FAB 50 rankings. The first game is March 18 at Section 8 No. 2 seed Syosset (Syosset, N.Y.) then March 22 against Smithtown West, which was chosen as the the No. 1 seed in their section by coaches. The third is Mach 29 against the Section 8 Class A No. 1 seed Massapequa. A mid-season meeting against St. Paul’s (Brooklandville, Md.) will be another major FAB 50 meeting.

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Team: Honeoye Falls-Lima (Rochester, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 10-8
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 4
Overall Returnees: 11
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: Unknown

Top Seniors: Ryan Kelly, attack (John Carroll); Anthony Garcia, defense (undecided).

Top Juniors: Tim Breau, attack (undecided); Billy Pluta, midfield (undecided); Cole Masterson, defense (undecided); Eric Teel, attack (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Panthers return a good offense that averaged 9.61 goals per game last season. Goaltending should be strong with sophomore Bryce Kelly. Head coach Mike Kelly has led the team to an improved win total in each of the last three season, going from five wins in 2010 to 10 wins last season.

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HS Logo_IthacaTeam: Ithaca (Ithaca, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 15-3
Last Year’s Finish of Note: NYSPHSAA Quarterfinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 35
Returning Starters: 2
Overall Returnees: 16
No. Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 1

Top Seniors: Charlie Estill, attack (Cornell); Brooks Reed, defense (undecided); Tyler Fricke, defense (undecided); Matt Fricke, goalie (undecided); Aidan McCarthy, midfield (undecided); Zach Pinney, LSM (undecided).

Top Juniors: Zach Johnson, attack (undecided); Thomas Moesch, midfield (undecided); Thomas Johnson, defense (undecided).

What You Need To Know:The Little Red returns a strong defense with one full time starter in Reed and a second close defenseman in Tyler Fricke who made multiple starts in 2013. They are backed by a solid goalkeeper in Fricke.
First year varsity player and junior Johnson is a smart and intelligent close defender that should compete for the third starting defenseman spot. The defensive midfield returns senior McCarthy who is ground ball machine. He is complimented with athletic longstick midfielder Pinney.

Head coach Frank Welch has a solid schedule this season, which includes an April 5 game against Timon-St. Jude (Buffalo, N.Y.) and a meeting with Corning (Corning, N.Y.) on April 10.

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HS Logo_Jamesville-DeWittTeam: Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 20-2
Last Year’s Finish of Note: NYSPHSAA Class B runner-up
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 9
Returning Starters: 4
Overall Returnees: 12
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 4

Top Seniors: Griffen Fiener, attack (Hartford); Ryan McKee, attack (Canisius); Griffen Johnson, attack (Tufts); Conal Brady, defense (undecided).

Top Juniors: Ryan Durkin, midfield (undecided); Joe Morgan, goalie (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Red Rams are a staple in the NYSPHSAA playoffs and a regular in the Class B finals. Head coach Jamie Archer has led his team to a 156-18 record since 2006 and had a 46-game winning streak from 2010 to 2011.

With four starters returning, which includes strong offensive scoring power the Red Rams should once again be a strong team in 2014.

The defense will be young and there are a lot of athletes who need to get some game experience and it will be tough to replace the leadership and scoring of Jordan Evans who tallied 401 career points.

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HS Logo_ManhassetTeam: Manhasset (Manhasset, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 15-4
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Nassau County Class B runner-up
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: N/A
Overall Returnees: N/A
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 5

Top Seniors: Benny Borgognone, defense/lsm (Fairfield); James Farrell, midfield (Pennsylvania); Austin Orlando, defense (Boston University).

Top Juniors: Tyler Dunn, attack (Pennsylvania).

What You Need To Know:Picked as the top team by coaches the Indians should once again compete for a Nassau County and Long Island Class B title.

The first-ever FAB 50 national champion in 2010, Manhasset’s defense should be strong in 2014 after not allowing more than 10 goals in any game last year (and only allowed 10 twice). Borgognone and Orlando anchor the defense.

Offensively Dunn returns and will get some help from sophomore Matt Gavin (Duke).

An April 19 game against Darien (Darien, Conn.) will be a key FAB 50 and regional meeting and the May 3 meeting against Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.) will be a rematch of last seasons Class B County championship game.

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HS Logo_MassapequaTeam: Massapequa (Massapequa, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 14-3
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Long Island Class A County Runner-up
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 42
Returning Starters: 9
Overall Returnees: 22
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 12

Top Seniors: Craig Berge, midfield (Georgetown); Ian Kirby, attack (Towson); Jack Korber, midfield (Marist); Nick Capuana, defense (Towson); Nick Balzano defense (Tampa); Matt Caracappa, defense (Sacred Heart); Jim Byrns, attack (Quinnipiac); Chris Georgalis, midfield (Vassar); Matt Valdini, goalie (undecided).

Top Juniors: Nick Yevoli, midfield (undecided); Paul Dilena attack (Marist); Carter Hawthorne, attack/midfield (undecided); Griffin Barnathan, midfield (St. Johns); Grif Konan, attack (Binghamton); Nick Vinberg, defense (undecided); Phil Brady, midfield (undecided); Sean Gleason, defense (undecided); Matt Beck, goalie (undecided).

What You Need To Know:The Chiefs return a lot of three-year starters on attack, defense, and midfield. Head coach Tim Radomski said the 2014 squad has great team chemistry and is a very unselfish group of players.

Last season Massapequa reach the Long Island Class A championship game where they fell to eventual FAB 50 national champion Ward Melville, but with an anticipated 12 Division I players on the varsity when the season starts the Chiefs will once again be a team that could reach the New York State Playoffs.

Early games against Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.) and Garden City (Garden City, N.Y.) will be key FAB 50 and regional games.

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HS Logo_NiskayunaTeam: Niskayuna (Niskayuna, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 21-1
Last Year’s Finish of Note: New York Class B semifinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 10
Returning Starters: 8
Overall Returnees: 21
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 6

Top Seniors: Reed Avveduti, midfield (Sacred Heart); Mike D’Amario, attack (Virginia); Ryan Lawson, midfield (Quinnipiac); Sam Kaplan, midfield (Gettysburg); Jon Tiberio, defense (Clarkson).

Top Juniors: John Prendergast, midfield (Duke); Aidan O’Brien, midfield (North Carolina); Sam Assioi, midfield (undecided); Pat Holmes, defense (undecided); Jake Miller, defense (undecided); Nick Testa, goalie (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Warriors were undefeated until the Class B semifinal where they fell to eventual state champion Garden City. The defense was stout last year, allowing double-digits in goals just three times and holding opponents to one goal five times.

Five players from last year’s team that earned Times Union All-Star honors graduated, including Athlete of the Year Luke Goldstock who accounted for a team record 144 points in 2012 and tallied 118 points last year. Also gone is three-year starting goalie Evan Quinn and defender Dom Sloma.

But do not expect too much fall off as head coach Mike Vorgang has won at least 15 games for the last nine years and has won at least 20 games in six of those years.

D’Amario returns to the attack after scoring 72 goals and 44 assists last season and earning All-Star honors. O’Brien was the only sophomore to earn All-Star honors last season after tallying 30 assists and 28 goals. Vorgang said the strength of this year’s team will once again be its defense and an experienced midfield with Avveduti, Lawson, Kaplan, Prendergast, O’Brien and Assioi all returning.

The Warriors take on Darien (Darien, Conn.) on April 12, which should be a big regional and possible FAB 50 meeting. Section games against Shenendehowa will also be deciding games throughout the year.

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HS Logo_NorthportTeam: Northport (Northport, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 15-3
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Suffolk County Class A semifinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: n/a
Overall Returnees: n/a
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 4

Top Seniors: Brian Cannon, attack (North Carolina); Brett Hall, defense (Towson).

Top Juniors: Austin Henningsen, face off (Maryland); Rocco Sutherland, attack (Maryland).

What You Need To Know: Northport was chosen by coaches as the No. 5 team in Suffolk County Class A entering the season and with four Division I commits returning from a team that finished 15-3 last season the Tigers are expected to once again make a run to the county playoffs.

Northport lost just three games last season with one of them being to FAB 50 National Champion Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.) and then Smithtown West (Smithtown, N.Y.) in the county semifinal meeting.

The Tigers’ attack should be strong with Cannon and Top 200 selection Sutherland leading the way and Top 200 face off man Henningsen starting the offense.

Northport gets a shot at Ward Melville on April 3, but do not play Smithtown West until May 6, just more than a week before the start of the county playoffs.

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Team: Port Washington Schreiber (Port Washington, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 12-6
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 7
Overall Returnees: 20
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 8

Top Seniors: Luke Rizzo, attack (undecided); Danny Grossman, attack (SUNY Plattsburgh); Sam Littman, defense (undecided); Aaron Mevorah, defense (undecided); Justin Fernandez, midfield (undecided); Jermaine Brown, midfield (undecided).

Top Juniors: Joey Froccaro, midfield/face off (Princeton); Luke Cummings, midfield/face off (Lafayette); Ryan Gary, midfield (UMass-Lowell); Conor Jenkinson, midfield (undecided); John Neil, defense (undecided); Charlie Scharf, defense (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Vikings team strength will be its defense in 2014. A strong goalie in sophomore Nicky Ferrero who was All-Conference as an 8th grader and All-County as a Freshman and is considering Bucknell and Towson among others will anchor the net. The offensive strength is the midfield play with Froccaro, Gary, Cummings, Jenkinson all highly skilled scoring threats. Attack is an experienced group with Rizzo leading the team in assists past two years.

The early FAB 50 barometer will be April 8 against Massapequa, which Port Washington lost to twice last season. Games against Smithtown East, Farmingdale and Syosset will also help voters determine where the Vikings fit in the national scheme.

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Team: Sachem East (Farmingville, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 7-10
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 2
Overall Returnees: 5
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 3

Top Seniors: Jason DeBenedictis, attack (St. John’s).

Top Juniors: Joe Licata, midfield (SUNY Binghamton); Mike DiRienzo, defense (Lehigh); Tyler Alvarez, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Braves will be a young team in 2014 with just five returnees and two starters back from last year’s team.

An opening game on March 26 against defending New York Class A state champion Ward Melville will be a test for the young squad. A barometer for Sachem East’s improvement could come late in the year when they face Smithtown West in the next-to-last game of the year.

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HS Logo_Sachem NorthTeam: Sachem North (Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 10-8
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: None
Returning Starters: 8
Overall Returnees: 27
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 7

Top Seniors: Mike Aronow, defense (Penn State); Mike Calvagna, FoGo (Stony Brook); Joe Caridi, attack (Florida Southern); Jimmy Hoffman, midfield (Army); Anthony Ross, defense (Stony Brook).

Top Juniors: Sean O’Brien, attack (Army); Bobby Amato, long-stick midfield; Ian Junge, defense.

What You Need To Know: Sachem North returns its whole offense except one starter at midfield. The entire attack unit returns and is led by Joe Caridi who is a returning All-County performer with 70 points last year. Jimmy Hoffman and Jake Slater lead the midfield. The groups is experienced and has great chemistry. Mike Calvagna is one of the best FoGos in the country. The defense with Mike Aronow, Anthony Ross, Keith McCoy and Ian Junge with Bobby Amato and Joe Simone running the LSM should be strong. Johns Hopkins 2016 commit Jacob Giacalone anchors the goaltending.

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St Anthony'sTeam: St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 11-5
Last Year’s Finish of Note: CHSAA AAA runner-up
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 29
Returning Starters:
Overall Returnees:
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 18

Top Seniors: J.T. Caputo, midfield (Princeton); Tom Laupus, midfield/face off (Providence); Connor Byrne, attack (Providence); Mike Ruane, defense/lsm (Quinnipiac); Ryan Bonomi, midfield (Richmond); Andrew Nadjari, defense (Army); Greg Galligan, midfield (Georgetown); Jack Concannon, goalie (Hofstra); Michael DeLuca, defense/lsm (Marist); Brian McDonald, defense (Mercer).

Top Juniors: Connor O’Reilly, attack/midfield (Sacred Heart); Patrick Morris, attack (UMass); Brendan Homire, attack/midfield (Boston); Danny Jones, midfield (Johns Hopkins); Michael Laviano, attack (Ohio State); Joe Licciardi, midfield (Pennsylvania); Danny DeSanti, lam (Army).

What You Need To Know:The Friars are another team expected to garner serious consideration for the preseason FAB 50 No. 1 spot with an anticipated 18 varsity players already committed to Division I programs.

The 2013 CHSAA AAA runner-up had won every conference title from 2009 to 2012 and are the likely favorite heading into 2014.

Ten seniors committed to Division I programs provide leadership and with seven juniors along with sophomore midfielder Jared Nugent (Villanova) already committed to provide depth.

As usual with the Friars the schedule will be a challenge. Games against Delbarton (Morristown, N.J.), Yorktown (Yorktown, N.Y.) and Darien (Darien, Conn.) will be major FAB 50 and region match ups.

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HS Logo_ShenendehowaTeam: Shenendehowa (N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 18-4
Last Year’s Finish of Note: New York Class A semifinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 20
Returning Starters: n/a
Overall Returnees: n/a
No. Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today:

Top Seniors: Kyle Marr, attack (Johns Hopkins); Ian Grey, defense.

Top Juniors: N/A

What You Need To Know: The Plainsmen will be need to find its offense after graduating a midfield line that graduated Times Union All-Stars Brian Rogers (55 goals, 28 assists) and D.J. Edick (63 goals) along with attackman Joe Romano (52 goals, 27 assists) from last year’s team.

Returning to the attack is Marr who had a team-high 41 assists and scored 51 goals on his way to earning All-Star honors. Grey will step into the senior leader spot on defense after Tyler Olney’s graduation.

The first game of the year against Lakeland-Panas (Shrub Oak, N.Y.) will be a rematch of the Plainsmen’s only loss to a non-playoff team from last year, but the April 12 game at Yorktown (Yorktown, N.Y.) followed by the first meeting against Niskayuna (Niskayuna, N.Y.) will be big early regional games.

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HS Logo_Smithtown EastTeam: Smithtown East (Smithtown, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 14-4
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Suffolk County Class A semifinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 6
Overall Returnees: 20
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 5

Top Seniors: Tommy Marino, attack (Army); Joe Saggese, attack (Drexel); Robert Talay, defense (Stony Brook); Ryan Kenney, defense (Bowdoin); 
Billy McEnroe, goalie (St. Leo
); Bobby Doyle, midfield (Washington & Lee).

Top Underclassmen: Brian Willetts, attack, junior, (North Carolina); Gerard Arceri, face off, sophomore (Penn State); John Daniggelis, Jr., midfield (Yale); 
Nick Scala, Jr., midfield (undecided); Dan Rooney, Soph., attack (Ohio State).

What You Need To Know: The Bulls were selected by coaches as the No. 3 team in Suffolk County Class A entering the 2014 season and should once again contend for the county title and an appearance in the New York state playoffs.

An early test will come on March 28 against West Islip (West Islip, N.Y.), which is a game Smithtown East won 13-6 last season. The Bulls bounced the Lions from the Suffolk County playoffs last year so there should be some hard feelings on the field for that game.

April will give Smithtown East a chance against last year’s FAB 50 national champion, Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.) and the team coaches picked as the No. 1 team in the county, Smithtown West (Smithtown, N.Y.).

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HS Logo_Smithtown WestTeam: Smithtown West (Smithtown, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 16-3
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Suffolk County Class A Runner-up
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: NA
Overall Returnees:
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 8

Top Seniors: J.J. Foley, defense (Lehigh); Christian Zawadzki, midfield (Maryland); Kyle Mathie, defense/long-stick midfield (North Carolina); Matthew Smidt, goalie (Ohio State); Ryan Keenan, attack (Penn State); Logan Greco, defense (Virginia);

Top Underclassmen: Danny Varello, midfield/face off, sophomore (Syracuse);

What You Need To Know: Early indications suggest it could be the year for the Bulls to move into the NYPSAA state playoffs. Led by Keenan who scored 97 points and 53 assists last season and was the only junior to earn All-Long Island honors from Newsday. Greco leads the defense after earning All-Long Island Second team honors. The Bulls have won at least 15 games in each of the last three years and starts its season with an opening game against defending New York Class B champion Garden City. A rematch of the Suffolk Class A championship against Ward Melville takes place on April 22.

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HS Logo_Ward MelvilleTeam: Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 22-0
Last Year’s Finish of Note: New York Class A State Champion; FAB 50 National Champion
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 1
Returning Starters: 4
Overall Returnees: N/A
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today:

Top Seniors: Thomas Moore, goalie (Franklin & Marshall); Mike Troy, defense, John Grauwiler, defense; Patrick Roarty, midfield; Conor McAvoy, midfield

Top Juniors: Tom Reilly, defense; Mike Cirrone, defense; Dan Bucaro, attack; Jake McCulloch, attack;

What You Need To Know: Former head coach Mike Hoppey retired as head coach at Ward Melville so the 2014 Patriots have a new man leading the team. Jay Negus, a 1995 Ward Melville graduate, takes over a team that rolled to a New York Class A state championship last season.

Four starters return from last seasons team and as usual the Patriots will have to get through a tough Long Island schedule to earn a spot into the state playoffs. An early April game against Northport (Northport, N.Y.) followed by Aprill 11 against Smithtown East (Smithtown, N.Y.) and April 22 against Smithtown West (Smithtown, N.Y.) should provide excitement among the FAB 50 and Northeast Region rankings.

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HS Logo_West GeneseeTeam: West Genesee (Camillus, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 15-6
Last Year’s Finish of Note: NYPSAA Class A Runner-up
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 33
Returning Starters: 5
Overall Returnees: 13
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 2

Top Seniors: Matt Koziol, goalie (Army); Tyler Brown, midfield (undecided); Collin Kobusszewski, defense (undecided).

Top Juniors: Nick Mellen, defense (Syracuse); David Procopio, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: The Wildcats avenged a few of its regular season losses en route to a four-game winning streak that propelled them to the Class A state championship game last season. With five returning starters and a good balance across the field West Genesee will once again be in the hunt in 2014.

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HS Logo_West IslipTeam: West Islip (West Islip, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 12-6
Last Year’s Finish of Note: Suffolk Class A quarterfinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: n/a
Overall Returnees: n/a
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 4

Top Seniors: AJ Ilchert, defense (St. Joseph’s); Trevor Bovich, attack (Bryant); Michael Moynihan, midfield (Quinnipiac); Nick Capone, defense (undecided), Christian Gebhardt, defense (undecided); Sean Seaburg, defense (undecided); Ian Prate, defense (undecided).

Top Underclassmen: Conor Smith, attack (Penn State).

What You Need To Know: The Lions run of 11-straight Section 11 title game appearances and nine consecutive Suffolk County championships ended last season with a 12-4 loss to Smithtown East (Smithtown, N.Y.) in the Suffolk Class A quarterfinal, but while they may not be the favorite heading into the season they can never be overlooked.

The 2012 New York Class A champion returns a strong defense and a team that is accustomed to playing together.

A March 28 game against Smithtown East provides a chance to avenge last season’s loss and an April 3 game against Smithtown West (Smithtown, N.Y.) could be a preview of a potential playoff meeting.

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Team: William Floyd (Mastic Beach, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 4-10
Last Year’s Finish of Note:
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: NR
Returning Starters: 7
Overall Returnees: 15
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 2

Top Seniors: Eddie Hilkewicz, attack/midfield (undecided); Kevin Fox, defense, (undecided); Victor Olivero defense (undecided).

Top Juniors: AJ Alban, attack/midfield (undecided); Sebastian Cacioppo, midfield (undecided).

What You Need To Know: Coming off a strong summer in which William Floyd won The Tri-Lax B division title the team is playing well together as a unit. The teams’ strength is its physical style of play and the attention to the fundamentals of riding and ground ball play. The team looks to be competitive and compete for a home playoff game in the stacked Suffolk A division. Alban returns from a double ACL injury and should help solidify the attack and midfield unit.

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HS Logo_YorktownTeam: Yorktown (Yorktown, N.Y.)
Last Year’s Record: 17-3
Last Year’s Finish of Note: New York Class B region semifinalist
Last Year’s Final FAB 50 Ranking: No. 31
Returning Starters:
Overall Returnees:
Number Of Division I Commits Expected On Varsity As Of Today: 9

Top Seniors: Kyle Harwood, midfield (Robert Morris); Connor Vercruysse, attack (Rutgers); Austin Fusco, defense/lsm (Syracuse); Luke Palmadesso, midfield/face off (Villanova).

Top Juniors: Nick Del Bene, midfield (Towson); Ryan Baker, midfield (UMBC); Tomas Rodriguez, lsm (UMBC).

What You Need To Know: The Huskers lost just three games last season and those losses were by a combined four goals (two losses were in overtime), and with nine players already committed to Division I programs that experience should bode well for the 2014 season.

Last year, Yorktown posted wins over CHSAA AAA champion Chaminade and Class C runner-up Bronxville (Bronxville, N.Y.).

The defense should be strong with the return of Fusco and Rodruguez along with sophomores Conor Shears (Bucknell) and goalie Liam Donnelly (Hartford). Offensively Palmadesso returns at face off and Harwood, Del Bene and Baker provide experience in the midfield.

The 2014 schedule is daunting at times with games at Bronxville, and defending Class A champion Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.) along with games at McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.), at Chaminade, home against Darien (Darien, Conn.) and at St. Anthony’s (South Huntington, N.Y.).

Updated: February 11, 2014

2 Comments

  1. Mark

    February 17, 2014 at 10:11 am

    St. Anthony’s ahead of GC, Nade, and Ward Melville? Pretty high for a team that didn’t even win the champioship last year. #overrated

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