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Top 25 Long Island field hockey players to watch

Meet the top 25 Long Island field hockey players to watch for the fall 2016 season, listed in alphabetical order.

Kiera Alventosa, Ward Melville, Midfield, Sr.

Alventosa has great vision and will lead a
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Alventosa has great vision and will lead a strong midfield.

Hannah Arkin, New Hyde Park, Forward, Sr.

Gladiators' lone returning player, Arkin had eight goals
Photo Credit: James Escher

Gladiators' lone returning player, Arkin had eight goals and two assists last season.

Emily Berlinghof, Cold Spring Harbor, Midfield, Soph.

A nationally-ranked player, who was a member of
Photo Credit: James Escher

A nationally-ranked player, who was a member of the 2016 silver-medal winning AAU Junior Olympic squad.

Haley Clark, Rocky Point, Forward, Sr.

Sees the field well and has very good
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Sees the field well and has very good stick skills.

Emily Clarke, Garden City, Forward, Sr.

Second in the county last season with 30
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Second in the county last season with 30 points (21 goals, 9 assists), she has committed to Villanova.

Celia Concannon, Garden City, Defense, Sr.

Anchors Trojans' lockdown defense, and utilizes great stick
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Anchors Trojans' lockdown defense, and utilizes great stick skills to move the ball upfield.

Frankie Conklin, North Shore, Goalie, Sr.

A varsity starter since eighth grade, the Richmond-bound
Photo Credit: James Escher

A varsity starter since eighth grade, the Richmond-bound Conklin was a Newsday All-Long Island pick last season.

Nadia Elcock, Baldwin, Forward, Sr.

A four-year varsity starter, she moves from midfield
Photo Credit: James Escher

A four-year varsity starter, she moves from midfield to forward and will be counted on to lead Bruins' offense.

Arianna Esposito, Miller Place, Forward, Sr.

Scored 20 points last season and will team
Photo Credit: Bob Sorensen

Scored 20 points last season and will team with her sister, Crystal, to lead a potent offense.

Crystal Esposito, Miller Place, Forward, Jr.

Scored 31 points as a sophomore and was
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Scored 31 points as a sophomore and was named to Newsday's All-Long Island Team.

Amanda Funaro, Smithtown East, Midfield, Jr.

Funaro is a strong passer, and was Smithtown
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Funaro is a strong passer, and was Smithtown East's leading goal scorer last season.

Kate Gilligan, Northport, Goalie, Soph.

Gilligan is agile and has excellent reaction in
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Gilligan is agile and has excellent reaction in goal.

Taylor Gladd, Garden City, Midfield, Sr.

The four-year starter and returning All-Long Island pick
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The four-year starter and returning All-Long Island pick was a member of the U.S. national under-16 team in 2014 and 2015.

Paeton Hartmann, Sachem North, Midfield, Soph.

Versatile player has great ball control and field
Photo Credit: James Escher

Versatile player has great ball control and field vision

Sawyer Kessler, Eastport-South Manor, Midfield, Sr.

Kessler will control the center of the field
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Kessler will control the center of the field for the Sharks.

Natalie Langella, Northport, Forward, Sr.

Talented passer and scorer registered 24 points last
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Talented passer and scorer registered 24 points last season.

Carina Lewandowski, Manhasset, Defense/Midfield, Sr.

The two-time captain earned 2015 All-Long Island second-team
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The two-time captain earned 2015 All-Long Island second-team honors.

Megan McGuinness, Carle Place, Goalie, Jr.

One of the top goalies on the Island,
Photo Credit: James Escher

One of the top goalies on the Island, she ranked sixth in Nassau a year ago with 95 saves.

Kelly McKeveny, Sachem East, Defense, Sr.

McKeveny, who has been a varsity defender since
Photo Credit: James Escher

McKeveny, who has been a varsity defender since eighth grade, will anchor Sachem's defense.

Bailey McNamara, Clarke, Midfield, Sr.

The Rams' do-everything player moved from forward to
Photo Credit: James Escher

The Rams' do-everything player moved from forward to midfield as a junior, and now anchors that position.

Caitlyn O’Connor, Massapequa, Forward, Sr.

Four-year varsity standout is the key to the
Photo Credit: James Escher

Four-year varsity standout is the key to the Chiefs' transition game.

Ana Sherwood, Pierson/Bridgehampton, Forward/Midfield, Sr.

Sherwood is a returning Newsday All-Long Island forward.
Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Sherwood is a returning Newsday All-Long Island forward.

Ally Tarantino, Miller Place, Goalie, Jr.

Tarantino had 69 saves last season and will
Photo Credit: Bob Sorensen

Tarantino had 69 saves last season and will look to help Miller Place go for its fourth Suffolk Class B title in the last five years.

Kerri Thornton, Ward Melville, Forward, Jr.

Thornton had 18 goals and six assists last
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Thornton had 18 goals and six assists last season and helped the Patriots capture the Long Island Class A title.

Sarah Weppler, Manhasset, Forward, Sr.

A fast, athletic scorer who tallied 22 goals
Photo Credit: James Escher

A fast, athletic scorer who tallied 22 goals and 10 assists in her sophomore and junior seasons combined.

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