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