Nike/US Lacrosse 2014 HS Preview: Northeast Region Boys
|Jack Concannon (Hofstra) is one of several Division I commits to anchor the preseason No. 1 St. Anthony's (N.Y.) roster. (Greg Shemitz)|
Lacrosse Magazine's Nike/US Lacrosse High School Preview features the preseason national Top 25 for both boys' and girls' (released Tuesday) and preseason regional Top 10s and Player of the Year Watch Lists for boys (Wednesday) and girls (Thursday) across the country.
Northeast Region Boys' Preseason Top 10
1. St. Anthony's (N.Y.)
The Friars run of six-straight CHSAA titles ended last season, but with 18 — including Hofstra-bound goalie Jack Concannon — future NCAA Division I players and a challenging schedule, they will vie for the region's top billing.
2. Massapequa (N.Y.)
Chosen by coaches as the top public school team on Long Island, the Chiefs return nine starters from a squad that reached the Long Island Class A championship game.
3. Smithtown West (N.Y.)
The Bulls return Ryan Keenan, who was the only junior to earn All-Long Island honors last season.
4. Chaminade (N.Y.)
The Flyers are the defending CHSAA champion for the first time since 2008 and return two stud midfielders in Sam Bonafede and Sean Cerrone.
5. Ward Melville (N.Y.)
Last year's national No. 1 team, Ward Melville lost a lot but brings back four starters. New coach Jay Negus takes over after Mike Hoppey retired.
6. Smithtown East (N.Y.)
The Smithtown rivalry should once again be exciting this year with North being solid and East getting a lot of hype behind attackman Tommy Marino.
7. Garden City (N.Y.)
The defending New York Class B champ graduated three starters, including Justin Guterding and Ed Blatz, but still boast nine players who are committed to Division I programs.
8. Darien (Conn.)
Coming off a down year, Darien should benefit from rebuilding, with 12 players who saw starting time and 33 players overall returning.
9. Niskayuna (N.Y.)
The New York Class B semifinalist returns eight starters, including Mike D'Amario and Reed Avveduti.
10. Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.)
The Red Rams finished as runner-up to Garden City last year. Even with the graduation of national player of the year Jordan Evans, coach Jamie Archer should have his team in the hunt in 2014.
Player of Year Watch List
M Craig Berge, Massapequa (N.Y.)
A Tyler Breen, Taft (Conn.)
LSM Bug Carper, Governor's (Mass.)
M Sean Cerrone, Chaminade (N.Y.)
M Adam DiMillo, Bishop Timon-St. Jude (N.Y.)
D Scott Hooper, Hotchkiss (Conn.)
A Ryan Keenan, Smithtown West (N.Y.)
M Connor Kelly, Avon Old Farms (Conn.)
D Nick Panara, Pittsford (N.Y.)\
A Austin Sims, Fairfield Prep (Conn.)
A version of these regional breakdowns appears along with additional feature content in the March 2014 issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Join US Lacrosse today to start your subscription.
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