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25 boys lacrosse players to watch for 2017

Newsday's Bob Herzog picks 25 Long Island boys lacrosse players to watch in 2017. Players are listed in alphabetical order.

James Avanzato, Sachem North, A, Sr.: Scored 63
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James Avanzato, Sachem North, A, Sr.: Scored 63 goals with 27 assists. Will attend Maryland.

Matt Benus, Syosset, M, Sr.: Scored 32 goals
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Matt Benus, Syosset, M, Sr.: Scored 32 goals with 16 assists. Will attend Loyola.

Bobby Burns, Smithtown East, M, Sr.: Two-way middie
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Bobby Burns, Smithtown East, M, Sr.: Two-way middie scored 35 points. Will attend Penn State.

Matt Chmil, Chaminade, M, Sr.: Injuries limited him
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Matt Chmil, Chaminade, M, Sr.: Injuries limited him to 18 points (12 goals). Will attend Duke.

Ben Cirella, Manhasset, D, Sr.: Long-stick midfielder covers
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Ben Cirella, Manhasset, D, Sr.: Long-stick midfielder covers the field. Will attend Michigan.

Connor DeSimone, Smithtown East, A, Sr.: Scored 39
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Connor DeSimone, Smithtown East, A, Sr.: Scored 39 goals with 39 assists. Will attend Johns Hopkins.

Ryan Erler, Smithtown West, G, Sr.: One of
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Ryan Erler, Smithtown West, G, Sr.: One of the top goalies in Suffolk. Will attend Stony Brook.

Chris Gray, Shoreham-Wading River, A, Sr.: Led Long
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Chris Gray, Shoreham-Wading River, A, Sr.: Led Long Island with 79 goals and 101 points. Will attend Boston University.

Griffin Hawthorne, Massapequa, D, Jr.: Established himself as
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Griffin Hawthorne, Massapequa, D, Jr.: Established himself as a defensive leader as a sophomore.

Jack Keogh, Manhasset, A, Sr.: Johns Hopkins-bound playmaker
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Jack Keogh, Manhasset, A, Sr.: Johns Hopkins-bound playmaker had 53 assists plus 25 goals.

Ian Laviano, Cold Spring Harbor, A, Sr.: Scored
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Ian Laviano, Cold Spring Harbor, A, Sr.: Scored 38 goals with 44 assists. Will attend Virginia.

Matt Licciardi, Cold Spring Harbor, FO/M, Sr.: Faceoff
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Matt Licciardi, Cold Spring Harbor, FO/M, Sr.: Faceoff whiz scored 20 goals with 33 assists. Will attend Cornell.

Thomas Lingner, St. Anthony's, G, Sr.: Came up
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Thomas Lingner, St. Anthony's, G, Sr.: Came up big in three-game sweep of Chaminade last season. Will attend UMBC.

Andrew McKenna, Ward Melville, D, Sr.: Elite defender
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Andrew McKenna, Ward Melville, D, Sr.: Elite defender with lock-down skills. Will attend Navy.

Terrence Mooney, St. Anthony's, M, Sr.: Will have
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Terrence Mooney, St. Anthony's, M, Sr.: Will have more prominent role with most top scorers gone. Will attend Penn.

Cam Mulé, Half Hollow Hills West, A. Sr.:
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Cam Mulé, Half Hollow Hills West, A. Sr.: Scored 30 goals with 36 assists. Will attend Duke.

Eddie Munoz, Ward Melville, M, Sr.: Scored 26
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Eddie Munoz, Ward Melville, M, Sr.: Scored 26 goals with 11 assists. Will attend Stony Brook.

Brendan Nichtern, Massapequa, M/A, Sr.: Scored 17 goals
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Brendan Nichtern, Massapequa, M/A, Sr.: Scored 17 goals with 25 assists. Will attend Army.

Danny Ochs, Syosset, D, Jr.: Scooped 36 ground
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Danny Ochs, Syosset, D, Jr.: Scooped 36 ground balls and caused 12 turnovers.

Brennan O'Neill, St. Anthony's, A, Fr.: Bay Shore
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Brennan O'Neill, St. Anthony's, A, Fr.: Bay Shore transfer scored 98 points (60 goals) as an eighth-grader on varsity.

Dominic Pryor, Ward Melville, M, Sr.: Scored 35
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Dominic Pryor, Ward Melville, M, Sr.: Scored 35 goals with 15 assists. Will attend Hofstra.

Regan Quinn, Chaminade, A, Sr.: Scored 30 goals
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Regan Quinn, Chaminade, A, Sr.: Scored 30 goals with 20 assists. Will attend Virginia.

Kevin Snyder, Commack, FO/M, Sr.: Won 74 percent
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Kevin Snyder, Commack, FO/M, Sr.: Won 74 percent of faceoffs; scored 31 goals. Will attend Maryland.

Taylor Strough, Cold Spring Harbor, M, Sr.: Sniper
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Taylor Strough, Cold Spring Harbor, M, Sr.: Sniper scored 52 goals with just 10 assists. Will attend Fairfield.

George Wichelns, Connetquot, A, Jr.: Impressive as a
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George Wichelns, Connetquot, A, Jr.: Impressive as a sophomore with 39 goals and 25 assists.

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