South Side is loaded once again and should win 18th state title
South Side won a 17th state championship last year and is favored to snag another with its fearsome forward tandem of Christina Klaum and Keri Cavallo. Katie Ford provides stability in the midfield and her twin sister, Allie, along with Kelsey Ford, anchors the defense.
Garden City led South Side in the final before a late rally, and the Trojans again have the talent to challenge them. Midfielders Haley O'Hanlon, Lauren Meismer and Katherine Malhame along with forward Kayla Murphy and defender Caroline Beaty have GC in contention. A competition for goalkeeper includes Taylor Carpentier, a star lacrosse goalkeeper.
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Clarke, a semifinalist, will excel again with star forward Hope Quinonez, midfielders Jennifer Wallach and Samantha Goodman, and defender Madeline Anderson.
Semifinalist Plainedge returns nine starters including stopper Kristen James, sweeper Allyson Baner and backs Erin Purack and RaeAnne Ioannou.
Defending Long Island Class B champ Cold Spring Harbor moved up to Class A and the Seahawks feature Teressa Fazio, midfielder Katie Hudson and defender Alicia Roy.
Wantagh is led by center-midfielder Brenna Connolly, forward Jordyn Klapper and defender Tori Flaherty. An enrollment dip shifts Bellmore JFK from Class AA, and it is dangerous with goalkeeper Nicole Liotta, back Franki Priore and scorer Krista Trinidad. Jericho, with Jamie Tils, Jillian Leibowitz and Marisa Joachim, will contend. Ariana Weingrad and Erica Bleimeyer spark Division. Island Trees, North Shore and Manhasset are also in the mix.
Massapequa won its ninth Nassau title in 10 years but graduated Rosie DiMartino, the program's top scorer. But the Chiefs still are elite with goalkeeper Katie Hatziyianis, backs Mackenzie Palmer and Nicole Mahin and midfielders Alyssa Ianuzzi and Olivia Stegner.
Calhoun has experience with 20 upperclassmen, led by Kalya Cappuzzo, defender Nora Charidah and middies Taylor Sipos and Jessica Foley.
Semifinalist Farmingdale lost 14 seniors but has key returners in Lauren Hill, midfielder Maddie Doller and forwards Laura Fullam and Annie Krpata. Mepham retained its core of midfielder Samantha Picinich, defender Emily Schmitt and twins Nadine and Toni Simpson.
MacArthur is led by twin midfielders Katie and Kelly Gerdes and forward Arianna Montefusco. East Meadow will be strong with athletic goalkeeper Jenna Borresen and forward Isabella Fuduli. Goalkeeper Michele Lammers and midfielder Lindsay Edwards lead Port Washington, and Oceanside is in the mix with midfielder/defender Marissa Colasacco and forwards Julia Duffy and Jules Sicker.
Syosset, with Ariana Fasano, Emily Rosen and Candace Butera, and Hicksville are also contenders.
The absence of Cold Spring Harbor, winner of the last four Nassau "B" titles, opens the door for the remaining three teams in this class.
Oyster Bay, last year's runner-up, is led by standout senior midfielders Cassie Iacono and Rebecca Layne.
Wheatley features versatile middies Alana Leahy, Adena Bernot and Jade Marcus, and defender Danielle Wasserman.
Carle Place will contend with midfield scoring threat Jessica Covas along with Maria Hyland, Sarah Pisani and Mackenzie Ehrling.
Friends Academy is coming off its third straight L.I. title and, as Nassau's lone "C" team, will automatically be named county champs. The Quakers will again challenge for a state championship with defender/midfielder Alexis Toles, Kristina Kim, Katarina Heffron and Kasey Katz.