Meet the 2011 All-Long Island boys lacrosse team, as selected by Bob Herzog and Chris Mascaro.
Nassau Player of the Year
Garden City, Defense, Sr.
Playing with torn ligaments in his right ankle, the unanimous two-time All-American was still the heart and soul of a Trojans defense that allowed only 35 goals in seven playoff games. “That's the kind of leader he is,’’ Trojans coach Steve Finnell said of the 6-1, 205-pounder, who tallied a goal, five assists and 71 ground balls on the season. He anchored the defense for the two-time Long Island Class B champs, who this season came within a double-overtime goal of a state title. Also a first-team All-Long Island football player, he will play on the lacrosse field at Harvard next year.
Suffolk Player of the Year
West Islip, Goalie, Sr.
Turri took part in two of the season’s most memorable plays. First, he went coast-to-coast to score an overtime goal against Ward Melville in the regular season. Then, he made a spectacular stick save on the doorstep to rob Smithtown West’s James Pannell in OT of the Suffolk Class A championship game. Will attend Duke.
Manhasset, Defense, Jr.
The two-time All-American was the foundation of a defense that allowed 10 goals or more just twice en route to a county final appearance. The 6-0, 200-pounder consistently guarded the opposition's top offensive threat, and even scored two goals.
Garden City, Attack, Jr.
He was the Long Island champs' most productive offensive threat with 34 goals and an Island-high 61 assists. His 233 career points (91 goals, 142 assists) are seventh in school history, and he has another year remaining.
West Islip, Attack, Sr.
Led Lions with 75 points, including 43 goals. Helped team win 19 straight games – including league and county championships -- before loss to Farmingdale in Class A Long Island championship ended a two-year, 40-game winning streak. Very quick and skilled around the crease. Will attend Fairfield.
Garden City, Defense, Sr.
The All-American, who scooped up 72 ground balls, scored two goals and dished six assists and paired with Stephen Jahelka to form the Island's most stout defense (3.5 goals per game allowed). Next year he'll do the same at Harvard. In Fischer and Jahelka's four seasons, Garden City never allowed more than five goals per game.
Sachem North, Midfield, Sr.
Transfer from Hicksville had big impact on Flaming Arrows. Scored 72 points, including 50 goals. Has powerful shot and can score from all angles. Will attend Massachusetts.
Chaminade, Attack, Sr.
The Notre Dame-bound star, who also shines on the hockey rink, scored 30-plus goals with 20-plus assists in leading the CHSAA finalist Flyers in points for the second straight year. In Chaminade's two regular-season wins over St. Anthony's, he totaled seven goals and three assists.
Smithtown West, Attack, Sr.
Led Bulls with 77 points, including 40 goals. Missed several games with a concussion, but was terrific in playoffs. Had three goals and two assists in semifinal victory over Ward Melville and three goals with five assists in OT loss to West Islip in Suffolk A final. Will attend Duke.
Farmingdale, Defense, Sr.
This Towson-bound lock-down defender scored six goals with two assists, and had 80 ground balls for the state Class A champs. In addition to constantly forcing turnovers, he liked to scoop the ground ball and start the fast break.
Smithtown West, Midfield, Jr.
Switched between midfield and attack all season to create favorable matchups. Scored 75 points, including 50 goals. Excellent shooter. Brother of Cornell junior attack Rob, but despite being recruited by Big Red, has made verbal commitment to national champion Virginia.
Connetquot, Defense, Sr.
Shut-down long-stick defender who drew opponent’s top attack every game. Hansen Award winner last fall as running back/linebacker. Very athletic, especially in open field. Scored seven goals with three assists, an exceptional total for a defenseman. Will attend Johns Hopkins.
Connetquot, Goalie, Sr.
Vocal leader of Thunderbirds’ defense. Tough-minded with quick stick. His big saves helped Connetquot to an 11-5 season and kept the team in nearly every game. Will attend Massachusetts.
Shoreham-Wading River, Attack, Sophomore
Led Long Island in points (110) and goals (68). Great finisher around the cage. Teamed with his brother Tom, a senior, on first attack. Tom Sr., their father, is Wildcats coach.
Nassau Coach of the Year
His 652nd win finally delivered the 42-year head coach a state title. All year, he said it was about the kids, but for the kids, it was about him. After 27 conference, 13 county and three Long Island championships, the Dalers, after an improbable win over West Islip in the Long Island final, took down Ithaca for the state Class A crown.
Suffolk Coach of the Year
In his fifth season, Luce guided the Phantoms to the first county, Long Island and downstate championships in school history. Lost in state title game to finish 13-6. Has reached Class C playoffs for three consecutive seasons.
The 2011 Newsday All-Long Island high school boys lacrosse team
2011 ALL-LONG ISLAND BOYS LACROSSE SECOND TEAM
Sean Cleary, Ward Melville, Midfield, Sr. (pictured above)
John Connors, Chaminade, Goalie, Sr.
Greg Danseglio, St. Anthony’s, Defense, Sr.
Ryan Desimone, Smithtown East, Attack, Sr.
Connor Duddy, Comsewogue, Midfield, Sr.
Rob Enright, Massapequa, Defense, Sr.
Jake Gambitsky, Wantagh, Goalie, Sr.
Myles Jones, Whitman, Midfield, Sr.
Joe Leonard, Hicksville, Attack, Sr.
Joe Locascio, St. Anthony’s, Midfield, Sr.
Sean Mahon, Chaminade, Midfield, Sr.
Frank Morelli, Manhasset, Goalie, Sr.
Chris Moriarty, Cold Spring Harbor, Midfield, Sr.
Matt Scalera, Comsewogue, Defense, Sr.
Jordan Stevens, Smithtown West, Defense, Sr.
Sal Tuttle, Farmingdale, Attack, Sr.