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NICKY GALASSO West Islip, junior attack Player of

NICKY GALASSO


West Islip, junior attack
Player of the Year


His stick skills are off the charts, so naturally Galasso topped the charts when it came to scoring. The North Carolina-bound junior led Long Island with 136 points and 65 assists. He was third with 71 goals, many of them coming in the biggest spots for the state champion Lions. He had five goals and two assists in the LIC against Hicksville and four goals and four assists in the state title game against Orchard Park.

2009 All-Long Island boys lacrosse

The nZone picks Long Island's best boys lacrosse players from the 2009 season.

NICKY GALASSO West Islip, junior attack Player of

NICKY GALASSO


West Islip, junior attack
Player of the Year


His stick skills are off the charts, so naturally Galasso topped the charts when it came to scoring. The North Carolina-bound junior led Long Island with 136 points and 65 assists. He was third with 71 goals, many of them coming in the biggest spots for the state champion Lions. He had five goals and two assists in the LIC against Hicksville and four goals and four assists in the state title game against Orchard Park.

NICK LONGO Shoreham-Wading River, senior goalie Vocal leader

NICK LONGO


Shoreham-Wading River, senior goalie

Vocal leader of the defense who came up with huge point-blank saves in tight victories over Comsewogue and Rocky Point. Skilled at clearing, with a quick release. First SWR goalie to earn All-American honors. Will play at Towson.

MIKE McCORMACK West Islip, senior defense

MIKE McCORMACK


West Islip, senior defense

"One of the best sticks of any defenseman I've ever coached," said Lions coach Scott Craig of his Yale-bound player. Runs the field well and had the stick skills to score 11 points (4 goals) while also being a lock-down deny defender.

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STEVEN MURPHY Floyd, senior middie Ultra-competitive and feisty

STEVEN MURPHY


Floyd, senior middie

Ultra-competitive and feisty team leader earns All-L.I. honors in his second sport. Also made it as football quarterback. Scored 76 points (51 goals) despite late-season thumb injury. Will play at Notre Dame. Faceoff specialist with extremely hard shot.

TOM SCHREIBER St. Anthony's, junior middie So determined

TOM SCHREIBER


St. Anthony's, junior middie

So determined to help his team end Chaminade's four-year reign atop the CHSAA, he played last month of the season with a broken thumb. Coach Keith Wjeczcorek called him "a special player and tremendous shooter." League's only All-American selection. Committed to Princeton.

MAXX MEYER Half Hollow Hills East, junior defense

MAXX MEYER


Half Hollow Hills East, junior defense

No. 2 among Suffolk defenders in All-American voting as an underclassmen playing for a losing team. Leaning strongly towards Princeton. Intelligent and aggressive player with strength and stick skills. Second-leading scorer on team with 18 points (12 goals).

CODY FERRARO Ward Melville, senior attack A three-year

CODY FERRARO


Ward Melville, senior attack

A three-year starter and team captain who will attend West Point Prep before beginning his college career. Led the Patriots in goals (39), assists and faceoff percentage. Scored 93 career goals and earned 2009 All-American honors. Played midfield and attack.

CONNOR ENGLISH Manhasset, senior attack English recorded nine

CONNOR ENGLISH


Manhasset, senior attack

English recorded nine goals to lead the Indians to a 16-11 victory over LaFayette in the state Class C boys lacrosse championship. He had 81 goals and 18 assists this year. His 81 goals tied a school record set more than 40 years ago. English will play at the University of Virginia in the fall.

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NICK O'REILLY South Side, senior attack O'Reilly is

NICK O'REILLY


South Side, senior attack

O'Reilly is the all-time scoring leader at South Side with 127 goals and 112 assists in only three seasons, despite losing his sophomore season due to a broken collar bone. O'Reilly had 46 goals and 36 assists this season. O'Reilly is a two-time All American and will play at Virginia.

JEFF FROCARRO Port Washington, senior middie Froccaro had

JEFF FROCARRO


Port Washington, senior middie

Froccaro had 55 goals and 18 assists this season. In his career he had 139 goals and 65 assists. He was selected by the Nassau County Coaches Association as the Midfielder of the Year. He will attend Princeton in the fall.

DOMINIQUE ALEXANDER Baldwin, senior middie Alexander had 41

DOMINIQUE ALEXANDER


Baldwin, senior middie

Alexander had 41 goals and 42 assists this season while leading Baldwin to the Class A final. He will attend Ohio State in the fall.

BRAD CAPPELLINI Manhasset, senior defense Cappellini had two

BRAD CAPPELLINI


Manhasset, senior defense

Cappellini had two goals and one assist this year, his third as a starter. He was an All-American and the Defensive Player of the year, as well as an Academic All-County award winner. An outstanding student as well, Cappellini will attend Harvard in the fall.

BEN STRAUSS Lynbrook, senior middie Held opponents' top

BEN STRAUSS


Lynbrook, senior middie

Held opponents' top players well below their season averages to help Lynbrook advanced to the county finals. An All-American, Strauss is going to Towson in the fall.

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ROB BELLAIRS Plainedge, senior goalie He made 212

ROB BELLAIRS


Plainedge, senior goalie

He made 212 saves this year, finishing his career with 867 career saves, which placing him fifth all time in Nassau and 18th in New York according to coach Gary Levitan. He will attend Hofstra in the fall.

BILL CHERRY Manhasset Coach of the Year Cherry

BILL CHERRY


Manhasset
Coach of the Year


Cherry has been coaching lacrosse at Manhasset for 29 years (three years as a middle school coach, 23 years as the JV coach and three years as the Varsity coach). His record at Manhasset is 47-9 with a state title this year.

SCOTT CRAIG West Islip Suffolk Coach of the

SCOTT CRAIG


West Islip
Suffolk Coach of the Year


Only blemish in a 22-1 season was an 8-7 loss to Ward Melville on May 5. Avenged that in Suffolk finals, 9-5. The Lions roared past Yorktown, 13-8, in state semis and Orchard Park, 10-5, in state finals for Craig's third state title in the last four years. In 22 seasons at West Islip, has a 346-82 record. W.I. finished No. 2 nationally in both Inside Lacrosse and Laxpower final rankings.

The 2009 All- Long Island boys' lacrosse team.

The 2009 All- Long Island boys' lacrosse team. All capsules written by Bob Herzog and Marc Jimenez. Photos were taken by Newsday's Audrey C. Tiernan.

SECOND TEAM (not pictured)

Brandon Ayers, Lynbrook, senior middie
Brian O'Toole, Long Beach, senior middie
Jack Switala, Cold Spring Harbor, senior attack
Eric Tripp, Glen Cove, senior attack
Thomas Keith, Syosset, senior defense
John Duvnjak, Manhasset, senior long stick middie
Eddie Collins, Long Beach, senior goalie
Dillon Boos, Sayville, senior attack
Ian Braddish, West Islip, senior middie
Mike Brennan, Whitman, senior attack
Rich Carlson, Comsewogue, senior attack
Zach Losco, Hauppauge, junior middie
Mike Rooney, East Islip, junior attack
Rob Whitmarsh, Smithtown East, senior goalie

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