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Suffolk League V Preview
ISLIP (Class A)
Last Season: 6-4-2 (6-7-2), lost 4-0 to Sayville in Class A county championship
Just like last season, Islip is a young team. Just like last season, their youth may not stop them from reaching counties. A perennial power that last season made it back to the county title game, familiar territory for the program, by surrounding first team all-state Katie Hyland and third team all-state Paige Costantino with a strong sophomore class. The departure of Hyland and Costantino leaves a huge void this season, but that strong sophomore class is now a strong junior class, led by all-county sweeper Amanda Buck (pictured) who will work the backfield and provide leadership as captain of the team. Longtime rival Sayville also features a strong junior class and the two may once again cross paths come mid-November.
Season Opener: Sept. 9, at West Babylon
Last Season: 6-6 (6-8-2), lost 3-0 to Connetquot in first round
Comsewogue coach James Bently calls his junior keeper Kim Comstock fearless and “as aggressive as any goalie I’ve ever played with myself, even in college.” Comsewogue may have lost nine seniors, many of which were defenders, but with a two-time all-county keeper in goal, there remains a sense of security in the backfield. Senior defender Francesca Dawes also remains, providing a veteran presence. They may be rebuilding defensively but Comsewogue is a solid possession team through the midfield led by juniors Sloane Lipshi and Machaela Friedman.
Season Opener: Sept. 10, at Byram Hills (then home for Mt. Sinai on Sept. 12)
Last Season: 5-5-2 (7-7-2) lost 4-0 to Sayville in Class A semifinals
After missing the playoffs for 13 seasons, Kings Park has qualified for the last two postseasons. They now face another challenge as they jump from Class A to Class AA but they have the personnel to compete with the bigger schools. Senior midfielders Michelle Yaniello and Katherine Corcoran lead a team that strives on possession and controlling the ball. Like any good possession team, it all starts in the backfield where junior defender Brittany Mueller will anchor the defense.Season Opener: Sept. 9, vs. Deer Park
Last Season: 5-7 (6-10)
After coming up one win short of the playoffs last season, Bellport features a nice blend of senior leadership and promising young players that may help get them that coveted sixth win this season. A possession team that likes to attack with senior center-mid Bianca Lastra, a four-year varsity starter who was named team MVP last season, outside left-mid Deana Garbarino and senior forward Christina Dutcher.
Season Opener: Sept. 10, vs. Newfield
HARBORFIELDS (Class A)
Last Season: 1-9-2 (2-9-3)
It was a rough season for Harborfields, who suffered far too many injuries and overtime losses (three). But they enter the season optimistic with 15 players returning, including eight starters. Harborfields has an experienced backfield led by seniors Tiana Bennardo and Holly Leone and hopes to generate some offense with midfielders Marisa Benson and Christina Turner.
Season Opener: Sept. 13, at Elwood/John Glenn
EASTPORT-SOUTH MANOR: 3-6-3 (6-6-3)…Season Opener: Sept. 12, vs. Longwood
HUNTINGTON: 5-6-1 (6-7-1)…Season Opener: Sept. 14, at Whitman
**COMING TUESDAY: SUFFOLK LEAGUE VI PREVIEW**
Tags: Islip , Comsewogue , Kings Park , Bellport , Harborfields , Eastport-South Manor , Huntington , Amanda Buck , Kim Comstock , Francesca Dawes , Sloane Lipshi , Machaela Friedman , Michelle Yaniello , Katherine Corcoran , Brittany Mueller , Bianca Lastra , Deana Garbarino , Christina Dutcher , Tiana Bennardo , Holly Leone , Marisa Benson , Christina Turner