Nassau girls lacrosse preview

Manhasset's Julia Glynn, left, avoids the pressure from Manhasset's Julia Glynn, left, avoids the pressure from Brighton's Meaghan Bowen during the Class B NYSPHSAA Girls Lacrosse Championships semifinal. (June 7, 2013) Photo Credit: Adrian Kraus

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NASSAU CONFERENCE I

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MANHASSET INDIANS

Coach: Danielle Gallagher

Key players: Julia Glynn, M, Sr.; Natalie Stefan, M, Sr.; Lindsey Ronbeck, A, Jr.; Emily Koufakis, M/D, Sr.; Jackie D'Alleva, M/D, Sr.; Kathryn Hallet, M, Jr.

Outlook: Defending L.I. Class B champ returns eight starters, including three All-Americans, and is ranked No. 2 in nation.

FARMINGDALE DALERS

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Coaches: Shari Campbell, Tracy Wiener

Key players: Olivia Kirk, G, Sr.; Samantha Brescia, D, Sr.; Emily Marlow, M, Sr.; Laura Fullam, M/D, Sr.; Chrissy Kelly, M/A, Sr.

Outlook: Defending state Class A champ returns seven Division-I commits, including attacks Tara Wahl and Bridget Weill.

GARDEN CITY TROJANS

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Coach: Diane Chapman

Key players: Haley O'Hanlon, A, Sr.; Tara DeAngelo, M, Sr.; Taylor Carpentier, G, Sr.; Kerry Defliese, M, So.; Kristen Adams, D, Jr.

Outlook: Had its run of seven consecutive state Class B championships ended last year in the county final, but remains elite.

WANTAGH WARRIORS

Coach: Jaclyn Coyne

Key players: Brenna Connolly, A, Sr.; Paige Craig, M, Sr.; Nikki Sliwak, M, So.; Stefanie Wenz, M, Sr.; Caitlyn Cerasi, M, So.

Outlook: Nassau Class B semifinalist is led by Florida-bound Connelly and Craig, who is headed to Cornell. Midfielder Hannah Cohen is poised for a breakout season.

NORTH SHORE VIKINGS

Coaches: Jeff Butt, Megan McCormack

Key players: Carly Comitino, A, Sr.; Meaghan Brennan, M, Sr.; Alexandra Cantwell, M, Jr.; Lauren Cristodero, M, Jr.; Carlee Janelli, M, Jr.

Outlook: Tara Kilderry and goalie Samantha Capobianco anchor solid defense.

COLD SPRING HARBOR SEAHAWKS

Coach: Danielle Skakandi

Key players: Holly Logan, M, Jr.; Haley Crosson, G, Jr.; Sam DeBelis, A, So.; Ashley Lynch, A, So.; Brooke Jensen, D/M, Jr.

Outlook: County "C" runner-up the last two seasons returns its key players and with a loaded roster, including freshman Kate Kotowski, they believe this is their year.

MASSAPEQUA CHIEFS

Coach: Megan Zimmer

Key players: Jamie Ahrens, D, Sr.; Charlotte Wright, G, Sr.; Colleen Bourgal, A, Sr.; Cassidy O'Brien, A, Sr.; Olivia Batista, M, Jr.

Outlook: Reached Nassau Class A final for an eighth straight year. Graduated offensive sparkplugs, but should remain a potent team.

LONG BEACH MARINES

Coach: Rachel Ray

Key players: Liz Rourke, M, Sr.; Melissa Rubin, M, Sr.; Catie Breglia, A, So.; Hope Henry, A, Sr.; Hannah Sofield, M, Jr.

Outlook: Nassau Class B semifinalist is led by the versatile Rourke, who is headed to San Diego State.

PLAINEDGE RED DEVILS

Coach: Anthony Giovanelli

Key players: Jacqueline Kennedy, M, Sr.; Danielle Harrington, G, Sr.; Jessica Fischetti, A, Sr.; Rebecca Luca, A, Sr.; Erica Carney, D, Sr.

Outlook: Roster returns intact, including attack Sara Stephens. new coach has installed uptempo style.

SOUTH SIDE CYCLONES

Coach: Meaghan Healey

Key players: Maggie Cifarelli, A, Sr.; Briar Rose Detomasso, A, Sr.; Allie Ford, D, Sr.; Katie Ford, M, Sr.; Tessa Considine, M, Jr.

Outlook: Returns nine starters, including goalie Alyssa Knab; moves up to "Power League" after dominating Conference II.

NASSAU CONFERENCE II

PORT WASHINGTON VIKINGS

Coach: Raquel Piraino

Key players: Natalie Ledwitz, M, Sr.; Mia Walker, M, Jr.; Diandre Burton, D, Jr.; Olivia Ressa, A, Jr.; Rachel Rosen, M, Fr.; Gabby Friedman, A, Jr.

Outlook: Led by Old Dominion-bound Ledwitz.

SYOSSET BRAVES

Coach: Lauren LoMonaco

Key players: Kim Presuto, G, Sr.; Emily Rosen, D, Sr.; Jacqueline Cuddy, M, Sr.; Morgan Lannig, A, Jr.; Kelly Siebert, D, So.

Outlook: Has most of its starters back, including the entire defense.

HICKSVILLE COMETS

Coach: Meri Schneider

Key players: Hunter Isnardi, A, Jr.; Keley Abbriano, M, Sr.; Courtney Locurcio, M/A, Sr.; Noelle Batista, M/D, Jr.

Victoria Lomangino, G, Sr.

Outlook: Senior-laden group; offense led by Isnardi (58 points).

SEAFORD VIKINGS

Coach: Kurt Dankenbrink

Key players: Emma Schait, A, Sr.; Jen Molnar, M, Sr.; Victoria Prodan, A, Sr.; Michelle Savino, A, Sr.; Desire Fowlkes, G, Jr.

Outlook: Led by high-scoring, Albany-bound Schait (89 points)

HEWLETT BULLDOGS

Coach: Pat Gormley

Key players: Sam DiSalvo, M, Sr.; Emily Cohen, A, Sr.; Gabby Korin, A, Jr.; Allie May, D, Sr.; Elyssa Barroso, G, Sr.

Outlook: Defense will be improved with three senior defenders, as will the offense with Stony Brook commit Cohen.

BALDWIN BRUINS

Coach: Nicole Lein

Key players: Jessica Markowitz, M, Sr.; Kelsey Cohen, M, Jr.; Nicole Shieltal, G, So.; Bridget Jules, M, So.; Morgan Rachlin, A, Jr.

Outlook: Will have to rebuild its defense after reaching "A" quarterfinals, but Markowitz is a gifted offensive weapon.

OCEANSIDE SAILORS

Coach: Ken Dwyer

Key players: Sydney Oshinsky, M, Sr.; Kelly Hannon, M, Sr.; Cassie Cesario, M, So.; Jenna Doherty, A, So.

Outlook: Young but with designs on making the playoffs for eighth time in nine years.

CALHOUN COLTS

Coach: James Raucci

Key players: Nora Charidah, M, Sr.; Jessica Foley, M, Sr.; Natasha Treuman, A, Jr.; Emily Dolan, M, Sr.; Alexandra Marcello, D, Sr.

Outlook: Balanced group led by Charidah, who could improve on her 65 points.

FRIENDS ACADEMY QUAKERS

Coach: Kelley Moritz

Key players: Alexa Landow, A, Sr.; Rose Mangiarotti, M, Sr.; Emily Mara, A, Sr.; Caroline Sgaglione, M, Jr.; Charlotte Gelfand, D, Sr.

Outlook: Return nine starters from last year's team and explosive offense includes Brown-bound Mangiarotti (43 goals).

OYSTER BAY BAYMEN

Coach: Charlie Rizzutto

Key players: Hannah Kaiser, A, Sr.; Nicole Hauser, A, Jr.; Rebecca Layne, M, Sr.; Vanessa Yu, M, So.; Danielle Maggi, D, Sr.

Outlook: Led by Cornell-bound Kaiser (70 points), Went 12-2 in Conference IV in program's inaugural season, returns its core and has jumped to Conference II.

NASSAU CONFERENCE III

HERRICKS HIGHLANDERS

Coach: Lauren Marra

Key players: Barbara Nictas, A, Sr.; Kristina Stacom, G, Sr.; Bridgit Stacom, M, Jr.; Stephanie Jozkowski, A, Sr.; Kaley Nictas, D, Jr.; Madison Marciano, M, So.

Outlook: Set a program record with 14 wins in a breakthrough season last year, and Katie Carmody adds to a potent offense that averaged 15.4 goals.

DIVISION BLUE DRAGONS

Coach: Sean Donnellan

Key players: Ariana Weingrad, M, Sr.; Jessica Minuto, A/M, Sr.; Brianna DeMilia, G, Sr.; Alex Sparrow, M, Jr.; Jamie Alvino, A, Fr.

Outlook: Reached the Nassau "B" quarterfinals and returns its top scorers; will contend for conference title.

ISLAND TREES BULLDOGS

Coach: Jamie Laudage

Key players: Natalie Sulmonte, M, Jr.; Brianna Wilson, M, Jr.; Michaela Siegler, A, Jr.; Bridget Lively, D, Jr.; Grace Kutzma, M, So.; Maggie Hastings, M, So.

Outlook: Only three seniors, but Towson-bound Sulmonte is a potential star (80 points) and addition of Siegler provides a boost.

EAST MEADOW JETS

Coach: Jamie Lago

Key players: Nicole Moniello, A, Sr.; Lindsey Hoffman, G, Sr.; Jenna Borresen, M, Sr.; Kelly Clarke, D, So.; Jaida Zabala, D, Sr.; Erin Fowler, M, So.

Outlook: Looks to build off 8-6 season and does so with a solid defense and Hoffman, an athletic goalie who made 159 saves last season.

LOCUST VALLEY FALCONS

Coach: Carolyn Sumcizk

Key players: Emily Schlicht, D, Sr.; Julia Vezza, D, Sr.; Lindsay Bleistein, M, Jr.; Kameron Palagonia, A, So.; Cassandra Vnook, G, Jr.

Outlook: Graduated its top scorers after reaching Nassau "C" semifinals, but returns most of its defense and has potential on offense.

LYNBROOK OWLS

Coach: Vincent Tetro

Key players: Chandley Borges, A, Sr.; Sarah Chyriwski, G, Sr.; Casey Strauss, D, Sr.; Ciara Gordon, M, Jr.; Gabrielle Patick, M, Jr.

Outlook: Made the Class B playoffs and returns a strong core, led by the Adelphi-bound Borges. Strauss and Gabrielle LoCicero fortify the defense.

MacARTHUR GENERALS

Coach: Janine Bridgewood

Key players: Sam Santeramo, G, Sr.; Kelly McQuail, M, Sr.; Alex Goodelman, A, Sr.; Kristen Politi, M, Sr.; Caitlyn Buckley, M, So.

Outlook: Bryant-bound Santeramo stared last season as Generals went 12-4 in Conference IV. MacArthur now moves up to Conference III.

CLARKE RAMS

Coach: Rick Aragona

Key players: Caileigh Berry, D, Sr.; Natalie Morano, M/D, Sr.; Karen Downes, G, Sr.; Maddie Anderson, M, Jr.; Diana Schmidt, M, Jr.

Outlook: Will look to capitalize on team speed with its roster full of athletic, multi-sport girls. Jen Wahlig's quickness in the crease adds offensive punch.

FLORAL PARK KNIGHTS

Coach: Kristen Freiermuth

Key players: Mary Beth Clancy, D, Sr.; Kiera Klaum, D, Sr.; Breanna McAllister, M, So.; Hannah Schmidd, D, So.; Nicole Choisez, D, So.; Katie O'Donnell, A, So.

Outlook: Competitive group with good speed.

CARLE PLACE FROGS

Coach: Harvey Allen

Key players: Jessica Vella, A, Sr.; Abby Pine, A, Sr.; Maria Hyland, M, Sr.; Elissa Frein, M, So.

Outlook: Led by an experienced attack line.

NASSAU CONFERENCE IV

BETHPAGE GOLDEN EAGLES

Coach: Kate Danowski-Wright

Key players: Luanna Barbuzano, M, Jr.; Isabella Bradley, M, Jr.; Alexa Ritchie, A, Fr.; Alyssa Gennaro, D, Jr.; Jessica Romano, D, Jr.

Outlook: Only one senior (goalie Alexa Giuliano) but seven juniors provide leadership; Ritchie is poised for breakout season.

ROSLYN BULLDOGS

Coach: Michelle Crennan

Key players: Allison Schneider, M, Sr.; Katy Ansel, D, Sr.; Arielle Mayourian, D, Sr.; Chloe Cecchini, D, Sr.; Nicole Korn, A, Sr.

Outlook: Return leading scorer Schneider; Lexi Singer and Lindsey Wolfe add firepower.

JERICHO JAYHAWKS

Coach: Jacqueline Marcel and Roxie Raab

Key players: Taylor Murphy, M, Sr.; Emily Mueller, M, Sr.; Sydney Adler, M, Jr.; Danielle Pestyner, D, Sr.; Brianna Sa, M, So.;

Outlook: Murphy and Adler lead the charge.

NEW HYDE PARK GLADIATORS

Coach: Dominic Gagnon

Key players: Ariana Bruschi, M, Sr.; Celeste Lyons, A, Sr.; Regina Siciliano, D, Sr.; Keeley McGrath, M, Jr.; Kirsten Rivers, M, Jr.; Chiara Bushati, G, So.

Outlook: Led by Bruschi on offense.

MEPHAM PIRATES

Coach: Jim Mulvey

Key players: Emily Schmitt, M, Sr.; Erin Gilroy, M, So.; Taylor Black, A/M, Jr.; Kellie Gilroy, D, Sr.; Brianna Caponi, A, Jr.

Outlook: Led by Rider-bound Schmitt, an athletic group with improving skills.

CAREY SEAHAWKS

Coach: Colleen Killoran

Key players: Christina Ryan, A, Sr.; Shannon Giddens, M, So.; Cheyenne Samson, D, Jr.; Dana Susse, D, Jr.; Brett Robison, M, So.

Outlook: Ryan leads a young team.

BELLMORE JFK COUGARS

Coach: Jayna Kyriacou

Key players: Lauren Kranis, M, Jr.; Sydney Wolke, D, Jr.; Jeeyoon Kang, D, Sr.; Ariel LoFaro, A/M, Jr.; Taylor Haiduk, G, Jr.

Outlook: Team's focus is developing chemistry and improving skills.

MINEOLA MUSTANGS

Coach: Frank Massaro

Key players: Courtney Capobiano, A, Sr.; Emily Carboine, G, Sr.; Sabrino Fererri, M, Jr.; Sera Levy, A, Jr.; Emma Fader, M, So.; Alexandra Iannelli, M, So.

Outlook: Capobianco and Carboine are proven talents.

PLAINVIEW JFK HAWKS

Coach: Jeff Salzman

Key players: Angela Bolletieri, M, Sr.; Katie Woodburn, A, Jr.; Taylor Vaca, M, Jr.; Jessica Steinhilber, M, Jr.; Lauren Healy, M, Fr.; Bailey Bravin, G, So.

Outlook: Bolletieri is a solid, defensive-minded midfielder who leads a program that is rebuilding from the PAL level on up.

SEWANHAKA INDIANS

Coach: Erica Brennan

Key players: Skylar Shimanski, A/M, Sr.; Cynthia Devendra, M, Sr.; Daniella Ford, D, Jr.; Michelle Niles, D, Jr.; Bianca Santana, M, Jr.

Outlook: Shimanski, with her quality stick skills, is a capable scorer and distributor.

NASSAU CONFERENCE V

GREAT NECK NORTH BLAZERS

Coach: Kristen Cornicello

Key players: Emily Nitzberg, M, Sr.; Taylor Nelson, M, Sr.; Gabrielle Berger, M, So.; Sabrina Damaghi, A, Sr.; Haley Nelson, D, Sr.

Outlook: Return most of their starters and have promising additions in sophomore goalie Kyra Charton and eighth-grade attack Ariella Lerner.

FREEPORT RED DEVILS

Coach: Danielle Torre

Key players: LaChaye Allen, M, Sr.; Jazmin Blackman, D, Sr.; Ngozi Douglas, M, Jr.; Melinda Malave, M, So.; Katherine Sanchez, M, So.

Outlook: Young team enters rebuilding phase with first-year coach:, but athleticism is a strength as Torre implements new scheme.

GREAT NECK SOUTH REBELS

Coach: Christine Eisenhauer

Key players: Jessica Kwong, M, Sr.; Sandy Lopez, M, Jr.; Sherry Yang, M, Jr.; Casey Li, M, Jr.; Mia Oginsky, M, So.

Outlook: The Rebels return six starters and expect to make strides with a more experienced and cohesive group.

VALLEY STREAM EAGLES

Coach: Jessie Zwicker

Key players: Kallie Demas, M, Sr.; Jessica D'Elia, D, Sr.; Brianna Ricotta, D, Sr.; Tanisha Verneus, M, Sr.; Nicole Cutrone, M, So.

Outlook: Demas and Verneus are proven skill players and will provide leadership for their talented underclassmen.

MALVERNE/EAST ROCKAWAY ROCKIN' MULES

Coach: Christine Connell

Key players: Melissa Barto, M, Sr.; Halle Johnson, A, Sr.; Emma Nicoletti, A, So.; Erin Foley, D, Sr.; Katherine Umana, M, Jr.

Outlook: Return most of last year's team, so familiarity and on-field rapport should be to their advantage.

WEST HEMPSTEAD RAMS

Coach: Tracy Hutt

Key players: Taylor Freiermuth, A, Sr.; Kara Lynch, A, Sr.; Angelique Jabouin, D, Sr.; Kayla Cleare, D, Sr.; Alicia Carelus, D, Sr.

Outlook: Its depth and quality will have to offset the inexperience at goalie.

GLEN COVE BIG RED

Coach: Justine Golloub

Key players: Samantha DiPaola, M, Sr.; Christina DelGrosso, M, Sr.; Natalie Tenke, A, Sr.; Gillian Farnan, G, Sr.; Selena Guastella, A, Jr.; Cat Hatala, M, So.

Outlook: Led by DiPaola, a skilled D-wing, and DelGrosso, who can score.

HEMPSTEAD TIGERS

Coach: Patti Ortmann

Key players: Erika Rivera, M/D, Sr.; Kayla Green, M, Jr.; Britney Underwood, D, Jr.; Ashley Sinclair, G, Jr.

Outlook: Graduated eight starters and will now rely on Green to control the midfield and Underwood to anchor its defense.

WHEATLEY WILDCATS

Coach: Terry Grace

Key players: Julia Balboni, M, Sr.; Dani Loel, D, Sr.; Brooke Goldfarb, D, Sr.; Morgan Hanel, M, Jr.; Gabby Leccese, M, Jr.

Outlook: Returns leading scorer in center-midfielder Balboni (56 goals) and should be competitive.

ELMONT SPARTANS

Coach: Anna Limitone

Key players: Courtnay Ihaza; Monique Joseph; Christelle Semed

Outlook: Returns Ihaza, a solid threat, and hopes to improve on three-win season.

ROOSEVELT ROUGH RIDERS

Coach: Joanie Buczkowski

Key players: Tatyanah Wright, M, Sr.; Sabrina Hall, M, Sr.; Corrine Felix, D, Sr.; Precious Hall, M, So.; Wura Ayo, M, So.

Outlook: Begins its inaugural season.

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