1. GARDEN CITY
Senior Michaela Bruno, Newsday's Nassau Player of the Year, and junior Taylor Gladd provide a 1-2 punch at midfield for the perennial powerhouse. Garden City lost to Lakeland in the state Class B final last year and has the skill to make it back to the state tournament title game.
2. SACHEM EAST
The Flaming Arrows have big expectations with 15 seniors, including Cara Trombetta, Newsday's returning Long Island Player of the Year, but the defending Suffolk Class A champions were upset 3-2 by Northport on Sept. 11.
3. MILLER PLACE
The team, which got off to a 2-0 start this season, returns seven starters from last year. Miller Place has speed and scoring ability.
4. ROCKY POINT
The Suffolk Class B champions started off the year strong thanks to a five-goal performance by forward Nickie Sciulla.
5. SMITHTOWN EAST
Smithtown East opened its season with seven goals and two shutouts. The team is a competitor in Suffolk's Division II.
6. CARLE PLACE,
Carle Place only lost 2-1 to Garden City and has the ability to beat teams from higher classes thanks to Elissa Frein.
Manhasset returns five starters from last year and is led by junior forward Sarah Weppler, the team's scoring leader last season.
8. C.S. HARBOR
Cold Spring Harbor has a high upside with 14 seniors, but the team will be tested by its tough schedule early this year.
An impressive 3-2 win over Sachem East earned Northport a spot on the list. Junior forward Natalie Langella had a goal and two assists in the victory.
10. WARD MELVILLE
The team had convincing shutouts over Connetquot and Sachem North to get off to a 2-0 start. Defender Shawn Davenport is one of six seniors.