Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Preseason Boys' Top 10
|Ithaca senior attackman Jaedon
Henderson hopes to propel the Little Red back to the state final
and perhaps win it all.
© Rich Barnes
1. Chaminade (N.Y.)
Fifteen Division I players, including nine in the senior class, return from a team that finished 16-2. It’s two losses were by a combined three goals. Goalie Dan Fowler (Duke) and Virginia-bound attackman Ryan Lukacovic (62 points) are top players.
2. St. Anthony's (N.Y.)
Nineteen Division I players, including 14 in the senior class, return from a team that won the CHSAA championship last season. The Friars lost two games to Chaminade in the regular season, but toppled the Flyers in the championship.
3. West Islip (N.Y.)
Senior Nick Aponte (Penn State) returns fresh off a three-goal, four-assist performance in a state championship win over Ithaca. Ryan Wieczorek (Delaware), who also played well in the final, gives the Lions an awesome 1-2 punch at midfield.
4. Garden City (N.Y.)
Following a remarkable 22-0 cruise to the Class B crown, Garden City lost All-Americans Devin Dwyer, Dan Marino (goalie) and Patric Berkery. An underrated factor in Garden City’s favor: Faceoff master James Sullivan returns.
5. Ithaca (N.Y.)
The Little Red came up a little bit short against West Islip but lost just one other game. Ithaca boasts the Hartford-bound duo of Doug Biondi (three goals in the state final) and Jaedon Henderson, but needs to solve faceoff woes in big games.
6. Jamesville-Dewitt (N.Y.)
The Red Rams went 16-4 despite a new-look defense. Their final three losses came by a combined six goals. Griffin Feiner (Hartford) will spark the offense. Syracuse-bound All-American Jordan Evans also packs a punch.
7. Smithtown West (N.Y.)
The Bulls return 13 Division I-bound players from a team that finished 16-2 last season. A playoff loss to Ward Melville ended their season. Look for junior Ryan Keenan (Penn State) to lead the offense along with junior midfielder Christian Zawadzki.
8. Niskayuna (N.Y.)
The Silver Warriors lost just two games last season, both to state champions, and allowed just five goals per game. North Carolina-bound Luke Goldstock (144 points), Lucas Maloney (Penn State) and goalie Evan Quinn (Hartford) return.
9. Darien (Conn.)
The Blue Wave reasserted itself in Connecticut with its seventh state title in eight years. Darien lost a ton, including consensus No. 1 recruit Case Matheis, but Peter Lindley (UMass) will be back to help cushion the blow.
10. Duxbury (Mass.)
Led by CJ Loconte (Army) and Jay Walsh (Fairfield), the Dragons could again run the table in Massachusetts. Garden City was the only team to reach double figures against Duxbury.
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