Cara Trombetta's field hockey resume is staggering. The senior midfielder for Sachem East is Newsday's reigning Long Island Player of the Year and earned Regional All-American honors last season, when she led her team to the Class A state final.
The four-time All-Long Island selection has won four Long Island championships and two state titles.
All this in a sport she isn't even going to play in college; Trombetta is committed to Florida for lacrosse. But the standout will be back to lead the Flaming Arrows one more time.
"With all the experience that she has, we can have fun with it," Sachem East coach Tina Moon said. "Cara's a competitor and she wants to do the best she can every time. She's got a fire about her and she's fierce. She's got quick hands and she moves well."
Trombetta, who had 19 goals and 12 assists last season, has plenty of skill and leadership around her. Defenders Kelly McKeveny, a junior who has been on varsity since eighth grade, and senior Kayla Caltabellotta, are key returnees.
Moon said the team has six seniors -- up from two last year -- and is hopeful their playoff experience will lead to continued success.
Across town at Sachem North, senior midfielder Gabby Lorenzo returns for a team that lost to Riverhead in the first round of the Suffolk Class A playoffs. Sachem North coach Amanda Hughes said her team was underestimated last year with a No. 9 seed and believes the senior-heavy club can make a deep playoff run this time around.
Northport and Ward Melville, respectively led by senior forward Noelle Peragine and senior defender Shawn Davenport, hope to be contenders at the top of the class. Northport is young, but upset Sachem East, 3-2, last Friday. Northport has freshman Kate Gilligan in net.
Senior midfielders and second team All-Long Island selections Rebecca Marklin of Smithtown East and Shannon Doherty of Newfield are standouts in Class A's Division II. West Islip and East Islip are other teams to watch.
Rocky Point's quest to defend its Suffolk Class B crown will not be made easy by Miller Place, which was eliminated by the Eagles, snapping a two-year county title run.
The reigning champions are relying on senior midfielder Taylor Brodsky, a captain who will play at LIU Post, and senior forward Nickie Sciulla after graduating 10 players.
Rocky Point coach Katie Bittner said her team is more skilled and offensive-minded than it was in the past, but inexperience could be a wild card.
Miller Place, however, knows what to expect with seven returning starters. Alyssa Parrella and Kristin Roberto will play major roles at midfield while defender Danielle Powers runs the backfield. All three are seniors and three-year starters.
Southampton, which was bumped up to Class B because of school population size, is hoping to make the playoffs coming off its Class C title win, coach Jessica Zukosky said. Shelby Pierson, a junior midfielder, leads the club in a class with Harborfields, Sayville, Comsewogue, Shoreham-Wading River, Bayport-Blue Point and East Hampton.
Pierson/Bridgehampton has a path to the Class C title now that Southampton, last year's county champion, is competing in Class B.
Pierson lost only two seniors since getting eliminated by Southampton last year and coach Shannon Judge believes there is enough leadership to bring home a Suffolk title.
Juniors Ana Sherwood, who had 37 points (26 goals) last year, and Allura Leggard bring skill and speed to a strong midfield.
Babylon, which lost to Pierson in the first round of the Class C playoffs, returns senior midfielder Erin Going. The team will be fighting to separate itself from Greenport and Port Jefferson.