Nassau boys lacrosse preview

Massapequa's Craig Berge carries behind the net during Massapequa's Craig Berge carries behind the net during the first period of a non-league varsity boys lacrosse game against host Garden City on March 29, 2014. Photo Credit: James Escher

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NASSAU CONFERENCE A

1. MASSAPEQUA CHIEFS

Coach: Tim Radomski

2013 record: 15-3

Key players: Craig Berge, M, Sr.; Ian Kirby, A, Sr.; James Byrnes, A, Sr.; Nick Capuana, D, Sr.; Jack Korber, M, Sr.

Outlook: Division-I talent makes them a threat to repeat as county champions.

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2. SYOSSET BRAVES

Coach: John Calabria

2013 record: 12-5

Key players: Alex Concannon, A, Jr.; Anthony Carchietta, A/M, Sr.; Mac O'Keefe, A, Soph.; Liam Blohm, D, Sr.; Michael Hatzopoulos, M, Jr.

Outlook: Blohm will defend top midfielders. Concannon, Carchietta lead strong offense.

3. PORT WASHINGTON VIKINGS

Coach: Tom Rooney

2013 record: 12-6

Key players: Joey Froccaro, M, Jr.; Nicky Ferrero, G, Soph.; Luke Cummings, M, Jr.; Sam Littman, D, Sr.; Ryan Garry, M, Jr.

Outlook: Strength is defense and midfield. Ferrero is one of Long Island's top goalies.

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4. HICKSVILLE COMETS

Coach: Chuck Arnone

2013 record: 7-9

Key players: Pat McCormick, A, Sr.; Brian Lang, A, Jr.; TJ Kilmetis, M, Sr.; Ryan Toomey, G, Sr.; Tom Brennan, D, Sr.

Outlook: Addition of Lang should make a solid offense even better.

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5. BALDWIN BRUINS

Coach: Rich Garguilo

2013 record: 6-8

Key players: Tyler Warner, M/A, Sr.; Jared Warner, M, Jr.; Jesse Nolan, A, Jr.; Tom York, G, Jr.; Sam Ferguson, A, Jr.

Outlook: An improved squad that could be in the mix for a playoff spot.

6. FARMINGDALE DALERS

Coach: Bob Hartranft

2013 record: 11-6

Key players: Dallas Creamer, D, Sr.; Tom Kennedy, M, Sr.; Chris Brown, A, Sr.; Tom McPartland, M, So.; Alex Schelhorn, A, Sr.

Outlook: Kennedy is a top player and will lead team that lacks depth.

7. OCEANSIDE SAILORS

Coach: James Gillis

2013 record: 8-7

Key players: Luke Schwasnick, A/M, Sr.; Joe Denero, D, Sr.; Kevin Lamintia, G, Sr.; Ryan Sicker, M, Sr.; Tarik Harris, M, Sr.

Outlook: Schwasnick is tough to defend and could help team earn a playoff spot.

8. EAST MEADOW JETS

Coach: Lou Lago

2013 record: 9-7

Key players: Nick Suchocki, M, Sr.; Billy Andrle D, Sr.; Nick Conti, D, Sr.; Dan Wood, G, Sr.; Matt Caramante, M, Jr.

Outlook: Defense is a strength behind Andrle.

9. CALHOUN COLTS

Coach: Jim Femminella

2013 record: 8-8

Key players: Kyle McGinley, M, Sr.; Colin Bayer, A, Sr.; Spencer Kaufman, M, Jr.; Griffin Miller, G, Jr.; Jack Thomann, D, Jr.

Outlook: With most of the defensive starters returning, a playoff spot is possible.

10. MACARTHUR GENERALS

Coach: Chris Bergerson

2013 record: 10-6

Key players: Tom McAndrew, M, Sr.; Rob Benjamin, D, Sr.; Kevin Mayer, D, Sr.; Dean Peluso, M, Jr.; Mike Papach, A, Jr.

Outlook: McAndrew, who's committed to Binghamton, leads the young crew.

11. PLAINVIEW HAWKS

Coach: Chris Rogler

2013 record: 9-7

Key players: Brian Cameron, M, Jr.; Ryan Schenck, D, Jr.; Kevin Pastier, M, So.; C.J. Mazzocchi, M, So.; Kyle Coleman, M, Jr.

Outlook: Young team; seeks improvement.

12. MEPHAM PIRATES

Coach: James Koester

2013 record: 8-7

Key players: Mike Gilroy, M; Anthony Vicario, A; Scott Mateyaschuk, M; Alex Shulman, G; Chris Vento, M

Outlook: Vento, Gilroy and Vicario comprise a balanced scoring attack.

13. UNIONDALE KNIGHTS

Coach: Hugo Charles

2013 record: 5-10

Key players: Rob Sanchez, A, Jr.; Willy Mayorga, A, Jr.; Judson Raphael, M, Sr.; Irvin Argueta, M, Sr.; Charlie Canales, G, Jr.

Outlook: Second-year program.

14. FREEPORT RED DEVILS

Coach: Harry Mohrmann

2013 record: 4-11

Key players: Davelle Hooks, M, Sr.; Julius Diaz, M, Sr.; Kearney Gutierrez, A/M, Sr.; Aaron Wright, A/M, Sr.

Outlook: Team will endure a rebuilding year behind Diaz, a capable scorer.

15. HEMPSTEAD TIGERS

Coach: Bill Cherry

2013 record: 1-13

Key players: Kevin Morales, A, Sr.; Nicholas Ireland, D, Sr.; Michael White, M, Sr.; Jonathan Mingo, G, Jr.; Chris Jara, D, So.

Outlook: Mingo improved in net; Morales primed for solid season.

16. VALLEY STREAM EAGLES

Coach: Dan Achatz

2013 record: 4-9

Key players: Rory Carey, A, So.; Malik Talbert, A, Sr.; Chris Roberts, M, Sr.; Matt Heitman, M, Sr.; Kevin Koza, G, Sr.

Outlook: Carey is a young player who led the team in scoring.

NASSAU CONFERENCE B-I

1. GARDEN CITY TROJANS

Coach: Steve Finnell

2013 record: 19-3

Key players: James Sullivan, M, Jr.; Cody George, A, Sr.; Dan Dolan, G, Sr.; Cullen Minion, D, Sr.; Tim McDonagh, M, Sr.

Outlook: Sullivan leads the defending Class B state champions.

2. LONG BEACH MARINES

Coach: Jim Kaspar

2013 record: 15-3

Key players: Chris Parler, M, Jr.; Liam Rafferty, M, Sr.; Matt Varian, A, Jr.; Josh Ayzenberg, M, Sr.; Nick Nigro, D, Jr.

Outlook: Could contend for conference title with more depth than last season.

3. WANTAGH WARRIORS

Coach: John Cuiffo

2013 record: 14-3

Key players: Kyle Cain, A, Sr.; Mikey Ferraro, M, Sr.; Ralph Sommer, D, Jr.; Dylan Beckwith, M, So.; Bob Beshlian, G, Sr.

Outlook: Cain (33 goals, 23 assists) lcould push team toward a deep playoff run.

4. CAREY SEAHAWKS

Coach: Tom Aiello

2013 record: 8-9

Key players: Nick Spillane, M/A, Jr.; Matt Robison, M/A, Sr.; Dylan DeMeo, M, Sr.; Ray Catapano, M, Sr.; Tom Gallant, D, Jr.

Outlook: Spillane, a top player, will look to lead team to a winning record.

5. SOUTH SIDE CYCLONES

Coach: Steve DiPietro

2013 record: 6-10

Key players: Stephen Parker, D, Jr.; Dylan Crossan, A, Jr.; Alex Pickett, M, Sr.; Kieran O'Hagan, M, Sr.; Brian Hurwitz, A, Sr.

Outlook: Young and inexperienced in some areas, but return a solid nucleus.

6. PLAINEDGE RED DEVILS

Coach: Gary Levitan

2013 record: 6-10

Key players: Nick Casazza, M, Sr.; Keith Cakoyanis, G, Jr.; Jesse Hoerauf, D, Sr.; Matt Miles, M, Jr.; Nick Frenger, M, Sr.

Outlook: After a rebuilding season, the potential is there to make the playoffs.

7. SEWANHAKA INDIANS

Coach: Peter Burgess

2013 record: 7-8

Key players: Tyler Regnier, D, Sr.; Jake Mellen, G, Sr.; Brenton Mighty, M, Jr.; Peter Militano, A, Jr.; Trevor Regnier, A, Soph.

Outlook: Will be competitive in a new conference. Militano is a great finisher.

8. DIVISION BLUE DRAGONS

Coach: Pat Nolan

2013 record: 6-9

Key players: John Nessim, A, Sr.; Frank Kirk, A, Jr.; Steven Reilly, M, So.; Michael O'Leary M/A; Nick Romero, G

Outlook: Nessim is an explosive scorer, but defense is a question mark for group.

9. JERICHO JAYHAWKS

Coach: Joe Baccarella

2013 record: 12-4

Key players: Tyler Amodio, M, Sr.; Ryan Corcoran, G, Sr.; Michael Blumberg, M, Sr.; Chris Rodgers, M, So.; Drew Shuman, A, Sr.

Outlook: Will look to be competitive again after a strong season.

10. BELLMORE JFK COUGARS

Coach: Tom Mazeika

2013 record: 8-8

Key players: Louis Cuttitta, M, Sr.; Tom Ferner, M, Sr.; Ian Morrison, G, Sr.; Nico Racalbuto, A, Soph.; Dom Albi, D, Jr.

Outlook: Defense will be key for inexperienced group.

11. GREAT NECK SOUTH REBELS

Coach: Jim Morrow

2013 record: 8-8

Key players: Vinny Patrey, A, Sr.; Dan Doreste, M, Jr.; Marc Giovanello, G, Sr.; Jared Greben, M, Jr.; Jeremy Maybaym, M, Jr.

Outlook: Offense will run through Patrey.

12. ELMONT SPARTANS

Coach: Justin Casano

2013 record: 7-8

Key players: Anthony Penalvert, M, Sr.; Tony White, M, Jr.; Matthew Penalvert, A., So.; Trevor Desire, D, So.; Malcolm Walker, M, Jr.

Outlook: A new coaching staff hopes winning culture returns.

13. NEW HYDE PARK GLADIATORS

Coach: Michael Milio

2013 record: 5-10

Key players: Matt Dluginski, M, Sr.; Austin Lowey, M, Sr.; Charles Cini, G, Sr.; Issac Pincay; Ryan Korzevinski

Outlook: Dluginski scored an impressive 38 goals, but will need support.

14. HERRICKS HIGHLANDERS

Coach: Mike Chin

2013 record: 1-15

Key players: Mark Marciano, M, Jr.; Sal Cipriano, A, So.; Samir Licul, G, Sr.; Arthur Syed, A, Sr.; Michael Scaldaferri, A, Fr.

Outlook: Cipriano could emerge as a top playmaker.

NASSAU CONFERENCE B-II

1. MANHASSET INDIANS

Coach: Bill Cherry

2013 record: 15-4

Key players: James Farrell, M, Sr.; Matt Gavin, A, So.; Benny Borgognone, D, Sr.; James Thomas, M, Jr.; JP Young, G, Sr.

Outlook: County title is possible. Farrell and Gavin are two of Long Island's top players.

2. LYNBROOK OWLS

Coach: Bill Leighley

2013 record: 12-5

Key players: Joe Grossi, A, Sr.; Gordon Purdie, A, Jr.; Eddie Bouhall, D, Jr.; Owen Daly, M, Jr.; Mike McVeigh, M, Sr.

Outlook: Could make a deep playoff run behind Grossi, a three-year starter.

3. HEWLETT BULLDOGS

Coach: Adam Hopkins

2013 record: 9-8

Key players: Kevin Fuchs, M, Sr.; Jimmy Anderson, A/M, Sr.; Malcolm Kahn, M, Jr.; Michael Rubino, D, Sr.; Jack Vershliser, G, Sr.

Outlook: Fuchs could lead senior-laden team toward a winning season.

4. BETHPAGE GOLDEN EAGLES

Coach: Erwin Dill

2013 record: 5-11

Key players: Christian Ferruzza, A, Sr.; Nick Biasi, D, Jr.; Joe Tierney, M, Sr.; Bobby Chillianis, A/M, Jr.; Matt Hanley, G, Sr.

Outlook: Team should be improved behind Ferruzza, one of conference's best scorers.

5. NORTH SHORE VIKINGS

Coach: Aaron Kozlowski

2013 record: 12-6

Key players: Johnny Lennon, M, Sr.; Chris Inzerillo, D, Sr.; Jack Goettelmann, D, Jr.; Chris McGinley, A, Jr.; Ryland Frost, G, Jr.

Outlook: Underclassmen will be asked to fill major roles on offense.

6. SEAFORD VIKINGS

Coach: Mike Corcoran

2013 record: 12-4

Key players: Nick Silvestri, A, Sr.; Kyle Kolodinsky, M, Sr.; Matt Murphy, A, Sr.; Zach Antonetti, D, Sr.; James Curley, M, Sr.

Outlook: Will contend for a playoff spot with balanced scoring.

7. ISLAND TREES BULLDOGS

Coach: Mike Buonomo

2013 record: 4-11

Key players: Brian Eletti, M, Sr.; James Kolokathis, A, Sr.; Eduardo Sanchez, D, Sr.; Nicholas Avitable, A, Sr.; Jeffry Valencia, A, Sr.

Outlook: Senior-laden crew could make a playoff push.

8. ROSLYN BULLDOGS

Coach: Jesse Sorenson

2013 record: 2-13

Key players: Griffin Goldberg, G, Jr.; Danny Gould, D, Sr.; Reid Karp, M, Sr.; Josh Herman, A, Sr.; Hunter Askenase, D, Jr.

Outlook: Karp missed the whole season after tearing his ACL, but is back and is looking good.

9. FLORAL PARK KNIGHTS

Coach: Ryan Obloj

2013 record: 5-10

Key players: Alec Aseni, A, Sr.; Matt Kelly, M, Jr.; Cole Horan, D, Fr.; Mike DelGiorno, A, Jr.; Michael Corteo, M, Jr.

Outlook: Very young and inexperienced, but look to improve.

10. WEST HEMPSTEAD RAMS

Coach: Mike Paul

2013 record: 4-11

Key players: Michael Mosca, G, Sr.; Shawn Post, A, Sr.; Bertram Scroggins, A, Jr.; Anthony Messina, A, Sr.; Vinny Messina, M, So.

Outlook: Should be competitive in new conference.

11. GLEN COVE BIG RED

Coach: Steve Tripp

2013 record: 4-11

Key players: Ryan Perkins, M, Sr.; Sean Peet, D, Jr.; Coleman Ham, A, Sr.; Phil Grella, G, Jr.; Brandon Leon, D, So.

Outlook: Peet is a three-year starter and Perkins can take the ball coast-to-coast.

12. LAWRENCE GOLDEN TORNADOES

Coach: Joe Martillotti

2013 record: 1-14

Key players: Sean Moran, M, Jr.; Tommy Terino, A, Jr.; Eddie Barnett, D, Jr.; Jordan Fredericks, M, Jr.; Sam Locascio, M, Jr.

Outlook: Moran is a lethal scorer who leads an improved unit.

13. GREAT NECK NORTH BLAZERS

Coach: Wally Cook

2013 record: 10-5

Key players: Ryan Kino, Dago Rodriguez; Brian Tanner; John Monahemi

Outlook: Will likely be a rebuilding year.

14. ROOSEVELT ROUGH RIDERS

Coach: Andrew Gutierrez

2013 record: First-year program

Key players: Malik Leid, M, So.; Chukumba Ukwu, A, So.; Quran Simmons, A, So.; Nigel Freeman, M, So.; Chaucer McMillan, D, Fr.

Outlook: Will look to gain experience.

NASSAU CONFERENCE C

1. FRIENDS ACADEMY QUAKERS

Coach: Bill Garry

2013 record: 14-3

Key players: Will Sands, A, Sr.; Struan Coleman, A, Jr.; Jon Nierenberg, M, Sr.; Nick Chapman, D, Sr.; Pierce Dellaferra, M, Jr.

Outlook: After winning its first county title, team returns offensive firepower.

2. COLD SPRING HARBOR SEAHAWKS

Coach: Dennis Bonn

2013 record: 13-4

Key players: Jordan Walter, M, Sr.; Ben Jay, D, Sr.; Ian Laviano, A, Fr.; Frankie Stubbolo, M, Sr.; Justin McBride, A, Sr.

Outlook: Challenging non-league early schedule should help the hungry group.

3. MINEOLA MUSTANGS

Coach: Glenn Cocoman

2013 record: 9-7

Key players: Tim Gill, A/M, Sr.; James Gerstner, M, Jr.; John Clancy, G, Jr.; Justin Oommen, D, Sr.; Chris Lockwood, A, Jr.

Outlook: A county final appearance is possible.

4. LOCUST VALLEY FALCONS

Coach: Matt McFarland

2013 record: 6-11

Key players: Mike Madsen, A, So.; Joe Madsen, A, So.; Joey Bressingham, M, Sr.; Sam Farren, D, Sr.; Matt Vezza, D, Sr.

Outlook: Madsen twins, both committed to St. John's, could wreak havoc.

5. OYSTER BAY BAYMEN

Coach: Brian Soper

2013 record: 8-8

Key players: Collin Martinez, A/M, Sr.; Tom Carchietta, M, Sr.; Devin Victory, M, Jr.; Ryan Hauser, A, Sr.; Brian Schindler, G, Jr.

Outlook: Martinez is a capable scorer who can rack up goals in bunches.

6. MALVERNE/EAST ROCKAWAY MULES

Coach: Mike Whelan

2013 record: 8-7

Key players: James Eacobacci, A/M; AJ Evans, A/M; Chris Hackett, M; Dan Fusco, M; Antonio Algarra, G

Outlook: Eacobacci could surpass his 21 goals from last season.

7. WHEATLEY/CARLE PLACE WILDCATS

Coach: Rich Donovan

2013 record: 5-9

Key players: Brian Delay, M, Sr.; Tom Guinta, A, Sr.; Luis Costa, M, Jr.; Tyler Eckhoff, G, Jr.; Craig Mazzeo, D, Jr.

Outlook: A young squad that seeks improvement.

8. CLARKE RAMS

Coach: Tom Meigel

2013 record: 2-13

Key players: Pablo Villacorta, M, Jr.; Vince Caputo, A/M, Jr.; Daniel Cornell, M, Jr.; Kevin Mejia, M, Jr.; Francis Tabisola, G, Sr.

Outlook: Villacorta could be in for a big season after scoring 10 goals as an underclassman.

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