Meet the players on Newsday's 2013 All-Long Island boys lacrosse team.
TIM ROTANZ, Long Island Player of the Year
Shoreham-Wading River, Attack, Sr.
With a Long Island-best 141 points this season, Rotanz finished a magnificent five-year varsity career with 450 points (245 goals), third best in Long Island history. He'll take his talents to Maryland, which will find a place in its lineup for his hard shot, accurate passes and ability to dodge in traffic. Rotanz is a three-time Newsday All-Long Island choice and also a three-time All-American. |
JUSTIN GUTERDING, Nassau Player of the Year
Garden City, Attack, Sr.
Guterding constantly drew the toughest defenders but still scored 56 goals and added 46 assists to finish No. 5 on Long Island in points (92). He had 41 points (22 goals) during Garden City's run to a second consecutive Class B state championship in seven playoff games. |
Smithtown East, Goalie, Sr.
Led Smithtown East into the Suffolk A semifinals for the first time since 2007. Made 19 saves in a 12-4 quarterfinal victory over West Islip that eliminated the nine-time defending county champions. Aggressive goalie will attend North Carolina. |
Massapequa, Midfield, Sr.
Lethal scorer with solid shooting and passing ability, Bentz had 45 goals and 20 assists to help lead Massapequa to a county championship and spotless Conference I record. The senior Stony Brook-commit had 10 points in four playoff games. |
Garden City, Defense, Sr.
Blatz consistently drew the toughest offensive player and had few - if any - bad outings. His ability to create turnovers and scoop up groundballs was vital to Garden City winning another state title. He will play at Georgetown. |
Ward Melville, Attack/Midfield
The leading scorer (89 points, 53 goals) for the No. 1 team in the country and state Class A champs. Scored five goals with two assists against Shenendehowa in state semifinal. Also was a force on faceoffs. |
Port Washington, Midfield, Sr.
One of the strongest leaders on all of Long Island, Crawley could often be seen - and heard - side by side with coaches in team huddles. The Johns Hopkins-commit led Port Washington to a county championship game with 45 goals. |
Long Beach, Midfield, Sr.
Despite playing most of the season with a nagging hamstring injury, Forkin was able to consistently dodge and weave out of double-teams. Forkin, who is headed to Syracuse, had 57 goals, which was good for fourth on Long Island. |
Chaminade, Goalie, Sr.
A true stopper, Fowler excelled in the Flyers' three-game sweep of rival St. Anthony's that brought them the CHSAA championship. The Duke-bound Fowler made 33 saves against the Friars, including 10 in a 7-5 victory in the title finale. |
Smithtown West, Attack, Jr.
The early Penn State commit scored 97 points (53 assists), No. 6 on Long Island and No. 3 in Suffolk. The only junior on this squad scored seven points (four goals) in the Bulls' Suffolk A semifinal victory over Northport. |
Chaminade, Attack, Sr.
Virginia is getting a superb dodger and scorer (71 points, 37 goals) who can dominate from behind the cage or maneuver in traffic. In the Flyers' 7-5 title-winner over rival St. Anthony's Lukacovic had four assists and a goal. |
Ward Melville, Attack Sr.
Part of the Patriots' awesome foursome on offense (with Jack Bruckner, Danny Bucaro and Brendan Hegarty), he scored 83 points, with 53 goals. The Rutgers-bound attack contributed two goals with three assists in the state title game victory. |
St. Anthony's, Attack, Sr.
With 34 goals and 23 assists, Molloy was St. Anthony's top scorer and led the Friars to another impressive season. The Brown-bound senior had two goals and an assist in the AAA final, a tough 7-5 loss to Chaminade. |
Chaminade, Defense, Sr.
The Flyers had an impenetrable defense in front of All-Long Island goalie Dan Fowler, led by Muller (Maryland) a man-to-man and ground-ball specialist. The unit boasted two other Division I players - Brian Dunne (Duke) and Jack Carrigan (Loyola). |
JACK MORAN, Nassau Coach of the Year
He guided the Flyers to their first CHSAA AAA title since 2008, when they made it a clean sweep over rival St. Anthony's with a 7-5 victory at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium on May 23. Moran is second among active Long Island coaches with 487 career victories. |
MIKE HOPPEY, Suffolk Coach of the Year
In his eighth and final season as the Patriots' head coach, Hoppey, a long-time assistant to Joe Cuozzo, finally got his first county, state and Long Island championship with a 22-0 season. As an added bonus, Ward Melville was ranked No. 1 in the nation by Inside Lacrosse. |
2013 All-Long Island Boys Lacrosse First Team
(front row, from left): Dylan Molloy, St. Anthony's; Brian Balkam, Smithtown East; John Crawley, Port Washington; Ed Blatz, Garden City; Danny Fowler, Chaminade. (second row, from left): Justin Gutterding, Garden City; Ryan Lukacovic, Chaminade; Tim Rotanz, Shoreham-Wading River; Tim Muller, Chaminade; Paul Bentz, Massapequa; Jack Bruckner, Ward Melville. (back row, from left): Suffolk Coach of the Year Mike Hoppey, Ward Melville; Ryan Keenan, Smithown West; Christian Mazzone, Ward Melville; Nassau Coach of the Year, Jack Moran, Chaminade. |
All-Long Island Boys Lacrosse Second Team
Nick Aponte, West Islip, Midfield, Senior; Craig Berge, Massapequa, Midfield, Junior; Jake Brown, Long Beach, Defense, Senior; Danny Bucaro, Ward Melville, Sophomore; Brian Cannon, Northport, Attack, Junior (pictured); Scott D'Antonio, Garden City, Defense, Senior; Brian Dunne, Chaminade, Defense, Senior; Ryan Feit, Syosset, Goalie, Senior; Dan Grabher, North Shore, Attack, Senior; Logan Greco, Smithtown West, Defense, Junior; Jake Kiernan, St. Dominic, Defense, Senior; Kieran Mullins, Islip, Attack, Senior; Dan Nemirov, Goalie, Ward Melville; Zach Sirico, Sayville, Midfield, Senior; Brian Ward, Bayport-BP, Attack, Senior; Tom Zenker, Chaminade, Midfield, Senior.