Suffolk boys lacrosse preview

Smithtown West's Ryan Keenan circles behind the net Smithtown West's Ryan Keenan circles behind the net during the fourth period of a non-league varsity boys' lacrosse game against Garden City on Saturday, March 22, 2014. Photo Credit: James Escher

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SUFFOLK DIVISION I

1. SMITHTOWN WEST BULLS

Coach: Bobby Moltisanti Jr.

2013 record: 16-3

Key players: Ryan Keenan, A, Sr.; Logan Greco, D, Sr.; Christian Zawadzki, M, Sr.; Kyle Mathie, D, Sr.; Matt Smidt, G, Sr.

Outlook: Keenan and Zawadzki will lead more explosive offense.

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2. WARD MELVILLE PATRIOTS

Coach: Jay Negus

2013 record: 22-0

Key players: Danny Bucaro, A, Jr.; Patrick Roarty, A, Sr.; Jake McCullogh, A, Jr.; Conor McAvoy, M, Sr.;  Tom Reilly, D, Jr.

Outlook: Defending state champions are led by Georgetown-bound junior Bucaro.

3. SMITHTOWN EAST BULLS

Coach: Jason Lambert

2013 record: 14-4

Key players: Joe Saggese, A, Sr.; Brian Willetts, A, Jr.; John Daniggelis, M, Jr.; Dan Rooney, A, So.; Ryan Kenney, D, Sr.

Outlook: Attack is led by Willetts (51 goals, 12 assists), Saggese (23 goals, 36 assists) and Rooney (20 goals, 25 assists).

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4. SACHEM NORTH FLAMING ARROWS

Coach: Jay Mauro

2013 record: 10-8

Key players: Mike Aronow, D, Sr.; Mike Calvagna, FO, Sr.; Joe Caridi, A, Sr.; Jimmy Hoffman, M, Sr.; Jake Slater, M, Sr.

Outlook: Return nearly entire offense, including Caridi, who had 80 points.

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5. NORTHPORT TIGERS

Coach: George Searing

2013 record: 15-3

Key players: Brian Cannon, A, Sr.; Rocco Sutherland, A, Jr.; Austin Henningsen, M, Jr.; Mike Trainor, M, Jr.; Brett Hall, D, Sr.

Outlook: Three D-1 commits in Cannon (North Carolina), Sutherland and Henningsen (both Maryland).

6. WEST ISLIP LIONS

Coach: Scott Craig

2013 record: 12-6

Key players: Mike Moynihan, M, Sr.; Trevor Bovich, A, Sr.; A.J. Ilchert, D, Sr.; Collin Hitter, M, Sr.; Ian Prate, M/D, Sr.

Outlook: Moynihan (24 goals, 18 assists) will combine with Bovich (23 goals, 14 assists) to lead the offense.

7. BAY SHORE MARAUDERS

Coach: Tim Cox

2013 record: 10-7

Key players: Jake Sheets, A, Sr.; Aaron Lewis, G, Sr.; Luke Pacella, A, Sr.; Jason Brigagliano, M, Sr.; Ted Carroll, M, Sr.

Outlook: Sheets (65 points) will get help from Pacella to lead offense.

8. CONNETQUOT THUNDERBIRDS

Coach: Brett Jeffares

2013 record: 11-7

Key players: Tyler Nason, A, Sr.; Nick Bellinato, M, Sr.; Charlie Crowley, M, Sr.; Matt Oehl, A, So.; Chris Seeback, M, Sr.

Outlook: Bellinato, Crowley and Seeback form a midfield line that can play all over the field. Nason had 16 goals and 26 assists.

9. HALF HOLLOW HILLS WEST COLTS

Coach: Nils Haugen

2013 record: 8-6

Key players: Erik Mikelinich, G, Sr.; Malcolm Flynn, D, Jr.; Ryan Ozsvath, A, Jr.; Riley Forte, M, So.; Joe Cipoletti, D, Jr.

Outlook: Mikelinich is a returning all-County goalie who will help Flynn, a St. John's commit, anchor a tough defense.

10. SACHEM EAST FLAMING ARROWS

Coach: Rob Murphy

2013 record: 7-10

Key players: Jason DeBenedictis, A, Sr.; Joe Licata, M, Jr.; Mike Bollinger, G, So.; Tyler Alvarez, M, Jr.; Mike Dirienzo, D, Jr.

Outlook: Return only one senior in DeBenedicitis and will be counting on junior midfielders Licata and Alvarez for stability. Sophomore Bollinger will be a key in net.

11. RIVERHEAD BLUE WAVES

Coach: Vic Guadagnino

2013 record: 10-6

Key players: Blake Carrara, M, So.; Ryan Hubbard, A, Sr.; Dan Czelatka, M, Sr.; Jaron Greenidge, D, Sr.; Mike Van Bommell, D, Sr.

Outlook: Return most of the starting lineup from Riverhead's first ever playoff team. Carrara, a Maryland commit, and Czelatka will lead the midfield. Hubbard (60 goals) will lead attack.

12. MIDDLE COUNTRY WOLVERINES

Coach: Ken Budd

2013 record: 7-7

Key players: Dylan Harned, M, Sr.; Zach Harned, A, Sr.; Cole DeMaille, A, So.; Matt Tobias, A, Jr.; Joe Rende, D, Sr.

Outlook: Harned's will be counted on to carry the offense of a team that is shooting to make the County playoffs.

13. PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD RAIDERS

Coach: Frank Padolecchia

2013 record: 11-5

Key players: TJ Mikolich, M, Sr.; Hunter Deluca, A, Sr.; Mathew Deluca, G, Jr.; Patrick Clearly, D, Jr.; Robert Saporito, M, Sr.

Outlook: TJ Mikolich is a do it all midfielder who had 82 groundballs and 24 goals in 2012 as Pat-Med achieved its best record.

14. HAUPPAUGE EAGLES

Coach: Jim Konen

2013 record: 7-9

Key players: Justin Zelen, M, Sr.; Kyle Nawrocki, D, Sr.; C.J. Ciserano, M, Sr.; Mike Favaroso, A, Sr.; Danny Murphy, A, Jr.

Outlook: Zelen, Ciseerano and Nawrocki lead a physical and experienced midfield and defense. Favaroso and Murphy will be counted on to provide big offensive contributions.

15. WHITMAN WILDCATS

Coach: Bob Howell

2013 record: 8-8

Key players: Liam Brennan, A, Sr.; Jaron Batts, M, Jr.; Keith Morrissey, D, Sr.; Patric Harrington, M, Sr.; Alex Keane, M, Sr.

Outlook: Brennan (25 goals, 25 assists) despite missing four games, will lead offense.

16. HALF HOLLOW HILLS EAST THUNDERBIRDS

Coach: Gordon Hodgson

2013 record: 5-11

Key players: Dan Bockelman, A, Sr.; Nick Pelligrino, A, Sr.; Joe Tesoriero, A, So.; Justin Rothstein, M, Sr.; Nick Dipietro, D, So.

Outlook: Bockelman and Pelligrino form a talented and experienced pair on attack.

17. EAST ISLIP REDMEN

Coach: Joe Ancona

2013 record: 9-7

Key players: Troy Revello, M, Sr.; Brian Philbin, D, Jr.; Sean Sconone, G, Jr.; Jack Hannigan, A, So.; Harley Spinks, M, Jr.

Outlook: Revello, committed to Cornell, is a three-year player and captain. Sconone could emerge as one of the top goalies on Long Island.

18. LINDENHURST BULLDOGS

Coach: Thomas McCandless

2013 record: 11-6

Key players: Carl Palladino, G, Sr.; Joe Gigante, D, Sr.; Tim Steinman, A, Sr.; Brian Steiger, A, Jr.; Joe Palmeri, M, So.

Outlook: Won final seven games of regular season to make playoffs. Looking to carry that momentum with a young core. Palladino and Gigante will key the defense.

19. FLOYD COLONIALS

Coach: Desmond Megna

2013 record: 4-12

Key players: Eddie Hilkewicz, M, Sr.; Kevin Fox, D, Sr.; Victor Olivero, D, Sr.; AJ Alban, A, Jr.; Eric Brust, M, Sr.

Outlook: Hilkewicz (53 points) had led team in scoring last two seasons and is heading to Dowling. Fox and Olivero will lead the defense.

20. COMMACK COUGARS

Coach: James Montana

2013 record: 4-11

Key players: Kevin Snyder, M, Fr.; Jon Birke, A, Sr.; Sean McNierney, G, Jr.; Lou Palumbo, M, Sr.; CJ Trenkle, D, So.

Outlook: Dynamic freshman Snyder, a Maryland commit, will play in all areas. Birke (20 goals, 11 assists) and Palumbo (15 goals, eight assists) will carry the offense.

21. LONGWOOD LIONS

Coach: Herman Rohan

2013 record: 5-11

Key players: Josh Harman, A, Sr.; John Stanek, M, Jr.; Andrew Kacherski, D, So.; Adam Sivon, G, Jr.; Tyler Otto, M, So.

Outlook: Three-year starter Harman (20 goals, 15 assists) leads a group that has only six seniors that is looking to improve performance in close games.

22. NORTH BABYLON BULLDOGS

Coach: Stephen Costello

2013 record: 4-12

Key players: Ed Bisson, A, Sr.; Jack Shires, G, So.; Chris Heegan, M/FO, Sr.; Michael Hart, M/FO, Jr.; Will Davanzo, D, Sr.

Outlook: Heegan and Hart are midfielders who will contribute all over the field. Bisson is back from injury and will lead the offense.

23. WEST BABYLON EAGLES

Coach: Chris Kunzig

2013 record: 3-13

Key players: Mike Schneider, G, Sr.; Anthony Rowland, M, Sr.; Keith Maerki, A, Sr.; Joe Kolano, M, Jr.; John Salamone, D, Jr.

Outlook: Mike Schneider will anchor the defense along with junior John Salamone. Maerki is a big attack who will be counted on to put up points.

24. COPIAGUE EAGLES

Coach: George Zembrzycki

2013 record: 2-14

Key players: Javon Bunn, A, Sr.; Shaquille McDonald, M, Sr.; Adedayo Atimise, M, Sr.; Chioneso Conner, D, Sr.; Justin Wright, A, Jr.

Outlook: McDonald and Atimise will lead a midfield group that will be looking to score in transistion. Bunn had 20 goals last year.

25. DEER PARK FALCONS

Coach: Mike McLaughlin

2013 record: 3-13

26. BRENTWOOD INDIANS

Coach: Sean Crean

2013 record: 0-17

Key players: Jarrett Bosner, D, Fr.; Tyler Kearns, A, Sr.; Nick Salmon, A, Sr.; Peter Tortorici, M/FO, Jr.; Chris Tavella, M, Jr.

Outlook: Kearns and Salmon lead veteran attack.

SUFFOLK DIVISION II

1. SHOREHAM-WADING RIVER WILDCATS

Coach: Justin Arini

2013 record: 18-2

Key players: Mike Loscalzo, M, Sr.; Hunter Hayes, A, Sr.; Ryan Bray, M, Sr.; Brett Friedman, D, Sr.; Tyler Anderson, D, Sr.

Outlook: Bray (79 points) and Hayes (63 goals, 24 assists) will pace a talented offense. Loscalzo returns from injury at midfield and Anderson and Friedman will lead defense.

2. MILLER PLACE PANTHERS

Coach: Keith Lizzi

2013 record: 14-6

Key players: Jake Buonaiuto, A, Jr.; Liam Walsh, A/M, Sr.; Austin Yezarski, LSM, Sr.; Brett Osman, D, Sr.; Nicco Narbutas, M, Sr.

Outlook: County champs return a strong core by Osman and Yezarski. Buonaiuto (42 goals, 16 assists) leads offense.

3. COMSEWOGUE WARRIORS

Coach: Pete Mitchell

2013 record: 16-2

Key players: Brendan Donnelly, A, Sr.; Ryan Baker, D, Sr.; Andrew Seheres, M, Sr.; Jake MacGregor, G, Sr.; James Fox, D, Sr.

Outlook: Will depend on four year starter Donnelly, a big lefty, to lead offense.

4. EASTPORT-SOUTH MANOR SHARKS

Coach: Kevin Huff

2013 record: 10-7

Key players: Pat Kenneally, M, Sr.; Matt Ragimierski, A, Sr.; Tyler Weiss, A, Sr.; Austin Macchi, M, Sr.; Justin Pugal, D, Jr.

Outlook: Led by 25-goal scoreres Kenneally, Weiss and Boston-bound Ragimierski.

5. SAYVILLE GOLDEN FLASHES

Coach: Christian Doller

2013 record: 10-7

Key players: Spencer Andrews, M, Sr.; Matt Selts, M, Jr.; Justin Siracusa, M, Sr.; Chris Rupp, D, Jr.; Jack Coan, A Fr.

Outlook: Andrews, Selts and Siracusa form a talented and experienced midfield. Coan could be an X-factor on offense.

6. HUNTINGTON BLUE DEVILS

Coach: Paul McDermott

2013 record: 10-7

Key players: Ben Kocis, M, Sr.; Billy Martin, A, Sr.; Tim Mattiace, D, Jr.; Christian Fiordelisi, A, Jr.; Will Shivers, D, Sr.

Outlook: Kocis will contribute heavily. Fiordelisi and Martin lead the offense.

7. ISLIP BUCCANEERS

Coach: Keith Scheidel

2013 record: 10-7

Key players: Kieran Mullins, A, Sr.; Dom Sciara, D, Sr.; Luke Coughlin, A, Sr.; JT Uraro, M, Sr.; Joe Pannariello, M, Sr.

Outlook: Mullins (106 points) will key offense.

8. BABYLON PANTHERS

Coach: John Greaney

2013 record: 10-6

Key players: Nick Santorelli, A/M, Sr.; Eric Schweitzer, D, Sr.; Ray Wardell, M, Sr.; Luke Zappia, M, Sr.; Matt Pinto, G, Sr.

Outlook: Led by Santorelli (77 points), Wardell and Schweitzer.

9. MOUNT SINAI MUSTANGS

Coach: Harold Drumm

2013 record: 8-8

Key players: Zach Wolfe, M, Sr.; Dan Bullis, D, Jr.; Anthony Cesario, D, Jr.; Ross Dibetta, D, So.; Nick Cavalieri, A, Sr.

Outlook: Strong core led by Wolfe.

10. ROCKY POINT EAGLES

Coach: Mike Bowler

2013 record: 6-10

Key players: Tony Reh, D, Sr.; Justin Reh, A, Sr.; Pat Dallon, G, Sr.; Alex Borja, M, Jr.; Brendan McGovern, M, Sr.

Outlook: Dallon, Reh anchor strong defense.

11. WESTHAMPTON HURRICANES

Coach: Drew Peters

2013 record: 11-6

Key players: Evan Gagne, M, Sr.; Zach Rignola, A, Sr.; Henry Moreta, M, Jr.; Liam Culhane, D, Sr.; Pat Dean, G, Jr.

Outlook: A young team in 2013 that finished with eight straight league wins, Gagne (33 goals, 12 assists) will be looked at to carry the offense.

12. GLENN KNIGHTS

Coach: Kevin Lavey

2013 record: 10-7

Key players: Matt Borodin, G, Sr.; TJ Tiernan, M, Jr.; Joe DiRaimo, A, Sr.; David Wicks, D, Sr.; Stephen Orkiszewski, M, Sr.

Outlook: Goalie Borodin will be playing at Limestone and sophomores Wayne White and Chris Forsberg should make impacts.

13. BAYPORT-BLUE POINT PHANTOMS

Coach: Mike Luce

2013 record: 12-6

Key players: Kevin Ward, A, Sr.; Jake Weinman, A, So.; Vin Lombardi, D, So.; Robert Johnson, D, So.; George Ringer, M, Jr.

Outlook: Ward had 48 points last season. St. Anthony's transfer Kyle McClancy will lead a big and talented midfield group.

14. KINGS PARK KINGSMEN

Coach: Marcelo Sandoval

2013 record: 9-7

Key players: Roy Decker, M, Sr.; Anthony Gadaleta, M, Sr.; Matt Galioto, M, Sr.; Matt Santoli, LSM, Sr.; Matt Greco, G, Sr.

Outlook: Decker, Gadaleta and Santoli anchor a strong midfield unit.

15. HARBORFIELDS TORNADOES

Coach: Glenn Lavey

2013 record: 6-10

Key players: Terrence Haggerty, A, Jr.; Connor Bernardo, A, Jr.; Billy Moller, M, Sr.; Kyle Lumpe, G, Jr.; Liam Quinn, D, Sr.

Outlook: Haggerty is leading returning scorer with 32 goals and six assists.

16. BELLPORT CLIPPERS

Coach: Justin White

2013 record: 7-9

Key players: Matt Posch, A, Sr.; Ryan Schaeffer, A, So.; John Raymond, G, Sr.; Chris Augustin, M, Sr.; Chris Graniello, M, Sr.

Outlook: Return 19 seniors, including Matt Posch, who had 23 goals and 45 assists in 2013. Hope to improve in close games with returning senior goalie John Raymond.

17. EAST HAMPTON BONACKERS

Coach: Mike Vitulli

2013 record: 6-9

Key players: Drew Harvey, A/M, Sr.; Cortland Heneveld, M, Sr.; Jack Schleicher, M, So.; Regis O'Niel, A, So.; Max Grout, D, So.

Outlook: Two-time returning all-County attack/midfielder Drew Harvey had 34 goals and 25 assists in 2013.

18. CENTER MORICHES RED DEVILS

Coach: Kevin Scott

2013 record: 4-11

Key players: Andrew Zito, M, So.; Nicolas Brode, A, Fr.; Peter Connolly, A, Sr.; Cameron Stankelis, M, Jr.; Paul Leary, M, Sr.

Outlook: Won a program high four games in fourth year of varsity program and return all but two players.

19. MATTITUCK/GREENPORT/SOUTHOLD TUCKERS

Coach: John Amato

2013 record: 6-10

Key players: Pat Robbins, M, Sr.; Alec Durkin, G, So.; Zach Holmes, M, So.; Joe Bartolotto, D, Fr.; Dylan Holmes, D, Jr.

20. HAMPTON BAYS BAYMEN

Coach: John Grosse

2013 record: 1-15

Key players: Cody Nolan, G, Sr.; Joe Calamita, A, Sr.; Sean Grismir, A, Jr.; Robert Yates, D, Jr.; Johnny Nolan, M, Fr.

Outlook: Entering second season as a varsity program, led by senior goalie Cody Nolan who is the heart and soul of the team.

21. MERCY MONARCHS

Coach: Tom Palasek

2013 record: 1-15

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