Nike/LM HS Preview: Northeast Top 10 and Players to Watch
by Will Cleveland | LaxMagazine.com
Get ready to ramp up for another season of what-ifs, as Lacrosse Magazine rolls the ball out for 2015 with the Nike/LM National High School Top 25s and Regional Top 10s. Follow weekly polls and updates at LaxMagazine.com/HSB25 (boys) and LaxMagazine.com/HSG25 (girls).
After yesterday's look at the national Top 25, today we break things down in a bit more detail, with a look at the players to watch and Top 10 for each region. We'll be running notebooks each week throughout the high school season on each region, though some won't begin until later in the spring (when those regions get underway on the field).
Who are the names to know?
Girls' Top 10
Players to Watch
Kyla Sears, Skaneateles (N.Y.); Lindsey Ronbeck, Manhasset (N.Y.); Brooke Troy, Westwood (Mass.); Sydney Pirecca, Mount Sinai (N.Y.); Samantha Giacolone, Eastport South Manor (N.Y.); Nicole Levy, East Islip (N.Y.); Nikki Ortega, Middle Country (N.Y.); Claire Quinn, St. Anthony's (N.Y.); Tess D'Orsi, St. Mark's (Mass.); Kerrigan Miller, Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.)
1. Manhasset (N.Y.)
Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Northeast Player of the Year Julia Glynn graduated, but U.S. U19 standout Lindsey Ronbeck is more than capable of picking up the slack. The Florida commit finished with 67 goals and 11 assists last season. She won't have to shoulder all of the load, however, as the Indians return a core of skilled and experienced players, including All-American Erin Barry (Penn) and Kathryn Hallett (Princeton). Kellen Dalleva (Dartmouth) returns from injury.
2. Darien (Conn.)
Midfielder Anna Moorhead (Richmond), defender Julia Arrix (Villanova), attacker Dani Dunn (UConn), goalie Sammie Nielsen (Cornell), attacker Mariah Matheis (Georgetown) and midfielder Caroline Benitez (Florida) are among the talented returning seniors for Darien, which captured its third state title in four years.
3. Skaneateles (N.Y.)
Attacker Hannah Powers (Loyola) and midfielder Catie Woodruff (North Carolina) return as seniors for this central New York Class C powerhouse. Super sophomore Kyla Sears scored 72 goals and added 41 assists in 23 games as a freshman.
4. St. Anthony's (N.Y.)
The Friars should be loaded coming off their fifth straight CHSAA title. Midfielder Ella Bonafede (Duke), defender Megan Beach (Fairfield), midfielder Taylor Mitchell (Fairfield) and attacker Isabella Mangan (Princeton) form an outstanding nucleus. St. Anthony's also boasts U.S. U19 defender Claire Quinn.
5. West Genesee (N.Y.)
It was (and will be) a neck-and-neck race for the top upstate team last season with West Genesee actually topping Skaneateles during the regular season. Each claimed state crowns and each returns a strong core of experienced players. West Genesee claimed its seventh state title. The expectations remain high.
6. Suffern (N.Y.)
The Mounties graduated just one player from their state semifinalist squad. Suffern was one of two teams to top Darien. The Mounties face a challenging 2015 schedule with games scheduled against Milton (Ga.) and Moorestown (N.J.).
7. West Islip (N.Y.)
Junior attacker Vanessa Constantino (Syracuse) returns to help the Lions try to move a step further after the best season in program history. West Islip advanced all the way to the Class A state title game, falling to West Genesee.
8. Westwood (Mass.)
Attacker Brooke Troy (Boston College) returns to help lead coach Leslie Frank's talented Wolverine squad that should again be among the best in Massachusetts. Westwood claimed the Division I state title.
9. Victor (N.Y.)
Two years ago, the Blue Devils went 10-8. Last season, they claimed their first sectional crown and nearly upended top-ranked Manhasset in the state final. The Blue Devils lost seven starters, including attacker Hannah Savage (Loyola) and goalie Liz Nussbaum (Lehigh), but the foundation has been built for future success.
10. Garden City (N.Y.)
The Trojans are primed for a return to glory. Michaela Bruno (Georgetown), Alexis Leighton (Holy Cross), Morgayne Rix (Johns Hopkins), Kristen Adams (Penn) and Margot McTiernan (Richmond) form a strong senior core.
Boys' Top 10
Players to Watch
|Simon Mathias, Ridgefield (Conn.); James Sullivan, Garden City (N.Y.); Nick Mellen, West Genesee (N.Y.); Willie Klan, Webster Schroeder (N.Y.); Joe Manown, La Salle (R.I.); Dan Bucaro, Ward Melville (N.Y.);Brian Willets, Smithtown East (N.Y.); Reilly Walsh, Brunswick (Conn.); Tom Wright, Garden City (N.Y.); P.J. Brown, Cazenovia (N.Y.)|
1. Darien (Conn.)
The Blue Wave (23-0) bounced back from a down year with an undefeated record and its 10th state title. Darien graduated a ton of talent, especially on the defense backstopped by goalie Phil Huffard (Yale), but the pieces are there for another run.
2. Chaminade (N.Y.)
Jack Tigh (Yale) had 22 goals and 20 assists as the Flyers claimed the CHSAA AAA title over St. Anthony's. The senior is one of the key pieces returning to the Long Island powerhouse.
3. Massapequa (N.Y.)
The Chiefs (19-2) emerged as the class of New York public schools, capturing their first Class A state title. Massapequa graduated a ton of offensive talent, including Ian Kirby (Towson), Jim Byrns (Quinnipiac), and Craig Berge (Georgetown). Look for new faces to emerge.
4. Greenwich (Conn.)
The Cardinals (20-3) claimed their first Class L state title last season, emerging under coach Scott Bulkley, a former standout and assistant at Darien. Led by midfielder Kyle Foote (Loyola), the graduating class included 10 seniors. Bulkley points to faceoff specialist Michael Sullivan, midfielder Decker Curran, goalie Tommy Rogan and defenseman Griffin Tiedy as the leaders of this senior class.
5. St. Anthony's (N.Y.)
Joe Licciardi led the Friars (13-5) with 32 goals, adding nine assists. The Penn commit returns for the CHSAA runners-up.
6. Yorktown (N.Y.)
It's hard to believe that last year, the Cornhuskers (18-5)were rather unheralded. That shouldn't be the case this year, however, as the team seeks its eighth state title. The schedule features a late-season date at Darien.
7. Cazenovia (N.Y.)
Outside of Penn Yan, the Lakers (22-1) have emerged as the top small-school program in upstate New York. Led by midfielder P.J. Brown (Loyola), Cazenovia will look for its second Class C state title in three years.
8. Bronxville (N.Y.)
The team that snapped Cazenovia's 36-game winning streak in last season's Class C state title game? Bronxville. Attackmen Henry Grass (Johns Hopkins), Ted Forst (Yale), and defenseman Charlie Tarry (Princeton) form an experienced and talented core for the Broncos (18-6).
9. Ridgefield (Conn.)
In perhaps the best rivalry in the Northeast last season, Ridgefield and Greenwich played three instant classics that involved five combined overtimes and a meeting in the Class L state semifinals. Attackman Simon Mathias (Penn) returns to lead the Tigers (16-5).
10. Victor (N.Y.)
The Blue Devils (17-4) are a burgeoning powerhouse in the Section V (Rochester and the Finger Lakes) region. They had their best season in program history, ultimately falling 17-13 in the state Class B semifinals against Jamesville-DeWitt. The returning core includes Jamie Trimboli (Syracuse), Mike DeMarco (Binghamton), Ryan Maloney (Cornell) and Sam Byassee (Maryland).
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