Newsday's Stephen Haynes selects the top field hockey players from the fall season.
LI PLAYER OF THE YEAR: ALEXANDRA BRUNO
Garden City, Midfielder/Forward, Sr.
Bruno overcame back and ankle injuries to lead Garden City to a second straight Class B state final, scoring a Long Island-high 31 points (including 16 assists) along the way. The two-time All-Region selection has won four Long Island titles and was part of Garden City’s 2008 state championship team. Bruno, who’s committed to Princeton, was also Newsday’s 2010 Nassau Player of the Year.
SUFFOLK PLAYER OF THE YEAR: OLIVIA CABRAL
Sayville, Midfielder, Sr.
Cabral, already an elite passer, made a conscious effort to become even more of a facilitator this season. The result: 28 points, including a Long Island-best 19 assists, and Sayville (19-1) winning its first Suffolk Class B championship since 2006. Golden Flashes coach Patti Fedelem called the Louisville-bound star, "the ultimate leader." Cabral, a two-time All-Long Island and All-State selection, was a member of the USA Field Hockey Futures team.
Sachem East, Defender, Sr.
Defense won the Flaming Arrows a Class A state championship, and Caruana was the catalyst all season. A little offense helped, too. In addition to making a crucial defensive save, the lock-down defender also scored the winning penalty stroke in the state final.
Friends Academy, Midfielder, Sr.
Febesh showcased an array of slick moves and shots en route to 27 points (15 goals) and led the Quakers from an 0-5 start to their first Class C Long Island championship since 2006.
Rocky Point, goalie, Sr.
Heely led the Eagles to their first Suffolk Class B final and had the stats (.914 save percentage and nine shutouts) to support the assertion of some coaches that she was Long Island’s top goalie.
Cold Spring Harbor, Forward, Sr.
The All-State selection scored 21 points and led the Seahawks to their first Nassau Class B final. Kotowski, who earned a reputation for being clutch, had seven winning and three tying goals the last two seasons.
Garden City, Midfielder, Sr.
Mahon’s impact wasn’t often reflected in the box score, just in all the games. Disruptive on defense and a speedy playmaker on offense, she helped lead the Trojans to a seventh straight L.I. title.
Sayville, F, Jr.
Her teammates made the bold prediction that Mills would lead Long Island in goals. Eh-hem...Mills led L.I. with 21 goals and she won the Suffolk Class B final with a penalty stroke.
Manhasset, Forward, Jr.
A dual-threat forward with stellar stick skills and savvy, she had 14 goals and a county-high 16 assists in leading the Indians to the Nassau Class B semifinals.
Ward Melville, Midfielder, Sr.
Intangibles: “Her leadership, work ethic and passion were contagious,” Patriots coach Shannon Watson said. Some tangibles: 17 points, including five game-winning goals, leading Ward Melville to the Suffolk Class A final.
Smithtown East, Forward, Sr.
The two-time All-Long Islander has long been a terror in the circle, but she exploded this season with 28 points (14 goals) and led the Bulls to the Suffolk Class A semifinals.
Harborfields, Midfielder, Sr.
Playing half her games on a grass field and competing in a tough Suffolk Division I didn’t stop Stolba from dominating. She led Suffolk with 29 points and guided Harborfields to the Class B semifinals.
Sachem East, Midfielder, So.
Described by coaches as “a phenom” and “the total package,” Trombetta had 28 points and led Sachem East to its first Class A state title. The 10th-grader is already a two-time All-Long Island and All-Region selection.
NASSAU COACH OF THE YEAR: DIANE CHAPMAN
SUFFOLK COACH OF THE YEAR: TINA MOON
All-Long Island field hockey first team
Front row, from left: Tara Mahon (Garden City), Maddy Molinari (Manhasset), Taylor Mills (Sayville), Megan Rooney (Smithtown East), Olivia Cabral (Sayville), Kasey Stolba (Harborfields), Alexandra Bruno (Garden City).
Back row, from left: Coach Tina Moon (Sachem East), Casey Heely (Rocky Point), Victoria Kotowski (Cold Spring Harbor), Jessica Caruana (Sachem East), Katie Trombetta (Sachem East), Savannah Febesh (Friends Academy), Kelsey O'Brien (Massapequa), Vanessa Pryor (Ward Melville).
FIELD HOCKEY SECOND TEAM
Dottie Barker, Babylon, goalie, senior (pictured)
Catherine Dickinson, Garden City, defender, senior
Heather Ercolano, Miller Place, midfielder, junior
Kasey Gilbride, Pierson/Bridgehampton, defender, sophomore
Kyra Harney, Bay Shore, midfielder, sophomore
Jacqueline Harrison, Massapequa, goalie, senior
Leanne Iannucci, Carle Place, goalie, senior
Debi-Michelle Jantzen, Shoreham-Wading River, midfielder, senior
Rachel Lange, East Islip, midfielder, senior
Kristine Loscalzo, Rocky Point, midfielder, junior
Katie Paolano, Cold Spring Harbor, midfielder, senior
Olivia Parisi, Manhasset, defender, senior
Bairre Reilly, Locust Valley, forward/midfielder, junior
Nicole Scicutella, Massapequa, midfielder, senior
Demi Shanahan, Clarke, forward, senior
Erica Sklar, Friends Academy, forward, senior
Kaitlyn Taddeo, Shoreham-Wading River, midfielder, senior
Tara Watson, Southampton, defender, senior