Newsday's Stephen Haynes selects this year's best of the best for the All-Long Island field hockey team.
MADDY MOLINARIManhasset, Forward, Senior
Nassau player of the year
The Bucknell-bound senior was Nassau’s top scorer with 30 points, including a Long Island-best 18 assists, and led Manhasset to its first Nassau Class B title since 2002. Indians coach Steve Sproul said he “knew she would be this good” after watching Molinari’s performance in a European showcase in 2010. “She’s unselfish and a quiet leader,” he said. “She helped elevate everyone’s game and made her teammates better.”
Manhasset, Defense, Senior
Connors became a full-time starter this season — after backing up her older sister, Erin — and immediately emerged as the anchor of a defense that yielded 11 goals. Patience, smarts and timing are the defender’s best attributes, coach Steve Sproul said. Connors, an All-State selection, played a great role in Manhasset’s 1-0 win over Garden City in the Nassau title game.
Miller Place, Midfielder, Senior
The two-time All-Long Island pick was a key in Miller Place’s recent return to prominence. With “good game sense, body positioning and instincts,” coach Alana LaMorte said, the speedy midfielder had 16 points and led the Panthers to their first Long Island Class B title since 2005. Ercolano is also a champion equestrian rider.
Bay Shore, Midfielder, Junior
Helped lead the Marauders to a 16-3 season that culminated in a Suffolk Class A final appearance. Harney had 16 points (10 goals), controlled the action in Bay Shore’s two-midfielder formation, and contributed to a defense that held opponents to 0.73 goals per game. She is verbally committed to Duke.
Cold Spring Harbor, F/M/D, Senior
Holder of several school track and field records, her speed made her a constant threat. The Brown University-bound senior moved from defense to forward and, after an injury to a teammate, shifted to center-midfield. The All-State selection had 13 points and led the Seahawks to the Nassau Class B semifinals.
Rocky Point, Midfielder, Senior
A two-time All-Long Islander, Loscalzo (13 points) utilized her quickness and stick skills in becoming a deft two-way midfielder. She had two assists, including the pass on the winner in double-overtime of the Suffolk Class B semifinals.
Sachem East, Midfielder, Senior
Emerged as an elite scorer and one of Long Island’s most complete front-line players. Her 16 goals were fourth most in L.I., and her 10 assists ranked sixth. Her playmaking ability helped lead Sachem East to a second consecutive state Class A title.
Sachem North, Goalie, Senior
Palma’s 193 saves were the most in L.I. and her .880 save percentage was the best in a high-powered Suffolk Division I. Palma, who is headed to Cortland, has great quickness and instincts in the cage. “Even with all the pressure on her,” Sachem North coach Elizabeth O’Hara said, “she maintained a high level and always encouraged teammates.”
Miller Place, Defense, Senior
She led a stifling defense that allowed only nine goals in 20 games and made it difficult for opponents to get shots on goal. And when they did, Parrella often was there, contributing 26 defensive saves. She also showed some offensive prowess, scoring five goals.
Garden City, Midfielder, Senior
Had 13 points and led the Trojans to the Nassau Class B final. Piscopo, who is headed to Johns Hopkins, also was a member of three L.I. championship squads and made the 2011 state all-tournament team.
Sachem East, Forward, Freshman
Trombetta’s 27 points were second most in Suffolk, behind only her sister, Katie. She scored the deciding goal in the Suffolk Class A final, had two in the state semifinal, and assisted the deciding goal in the state final.
Southampton, Midfielder, Senior
She had 16 points to lead Mariners to the state Class C final. She assisted the winning goal in the Long Island championship and the tying goal in the state semifinal.
Massapequa, Forward, Senior
Yevoli, with her breakaway speed and nifty shots, had 15 points. Amid the upheaval of her home being flooded by superstorm Sandy, she scored the lone goal in the Nassau Class A final, giving the Chiefs their fourth straight title.
Suffolk field hockey coach of the year
Nassau field hockey coach of the year
Newsday's 2012 All-Long Island varsity field hockey first team: Front row, from left: Katie Connors - Manhasset, Heather Ercolano - Miller Place, Victoria Piscopo - Garden City, Katie Trombetta - Sachem East (LI Player of the Year), Jillian Lee - Cold Spring Harbor, Kyra Harney - Bay Shore, Emily Wesnofske - Southampton. Back row, from left: Tina Moon - Sachem East Head Coach, Cara Trombetta - Sachem East, Tiana Parrella - Miller Place, Kristine Loscalzo - Rocky Point, Maddy Molinari - Manhasset (Nassau Player of the Year), Kayla McKeveny - Sachem East, Kristin Yevoli - Massapequa, Chelsea Palma - Sachem North and Steve Sproul - Manhasset.