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West Islip midfielder Vanessa Costantino controls the ball

West Islip midfielder Vanessa Costantino controls the ball around a host of West Genesee defenders during the NYSPHSAA Class A final at SUNY Cortland on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Photo Credit: Rich Barnes

SUFFOLK I

1. WEST ISLIP LIONS

Coach: Joe Nicolosi

2014 record: 22-1

Key players:

Vanessa Costantino M Jr.

Lena Riportella A Sr.

Emily Piciullo A Jr.

Emily Beier A So.

Alyssa Gillespie M Jr.

Outlook: The defending Long Island "A" champs return seven starters, with Costantino as the driving force.

 

2. MIDDLE COUNTRY

Coach: Lindsay Dolson

2014 record: 12-6

Key players:

Nikki Ortega M Sr.

Jamie Ortega M So.

Ashley Miller G Sr.

Jordynn Aiello D/M Jr.

Ava Barry A So.

Outlook: Sophomore sisters Amanda and Rachel Masullo provide a boost in the middle, and the Ortega sisters are keys to the offense.

 

3. NORTHPORT TIGERS

Coach: Carol Rose

2014 record: 11-7

Key players:

Gabbi Labuskes A Sr.

Courtney Orella A Jr.

Noelle Peragine M Jr.

Kristen Brunoforte G Sr.

Brenna Farrington D/M So.

Outlook: Returns most of its attack, including Navy-bound Labuskes and Orella, who has exceptional speed and potential.

 

4. BAY SHORE MARAUDERS

Coach: Natasha Fuchs

2014 record: 10-6

Key players:

Kendra Cronin M Sr.

Cara O'Meally D Sr.

Lizzy Volavka A Sr.

Annie Cosgrave M Sr.

Annie Casey G So.

Outlook: Reached Suffolk "A" quarterfinals but returns only one starter (O'Meally). Athletic group includes Florida-bound Cronin.

 

5. WARD MELVILLE PATRIOTS

Coach: Kerri Kilkenny

2014 record: 9-7

Key players:

Katie Koester D Sr.

Samantha Nemirov A Sr.

Holly Regan A Jr.

Catherine Smith M Sr.

Alex Vignona A Sr.

Outlook: Vignona and Koester return to lead the Patriots.

6. SACHEM EAST

FLAMING ARROWS

Coach: Ali Macchio

2014 record: 11-6

Key players:

Cara Trombetta M Jr.

Kaitlyn Shanahan M Sr.

Jess Vigh A Jr.

Lori Engelken A Jr.

Jackie Albanese G Jr.

Outlook: Trombetta and Shanahan will be major contributors on both offense and defense.

 

7. SMITHTOWN WEST BULLS

Coach: Carie Bodo

2014 record: 16-2

Key players:

Madison Stapleton D Sr.

Kaitlin Unser A Sr.

Mackenzie Heldberg M Jr.

Natalie Lynch M Jr.

Chelsea Witteck A So.

Outlook: Stapleton and Unser, committed to Quinnipiac, will provide the impetus for a team that takes advantage of its speed in transition.

 

8. BRENTWOOD INDIANS

Coach: Danielle Lillis

2014 record: 1-14

Key players:

Alissa Ramos M Sr.

Leah Moody M Sr.

Alexis Siegel M Jr.

Shyla Murray M So.

Keydy Espinoza M So.

Outlook: Returning all-league selection Ramos will play an important role in Brentwood's poised attack and solid defensive unit.

 

9. COMMACK COUGARS

Coach: Melissa Read

2014 record: 9-7

Key players:

Brianna Cook D Jr.

Amy Hauser A Jr.

Diana Johnston M Jr.

Julia Manetta A Jr.

Julia Bradley D Jr.

Outlook: Attacker Victoria Varone and midfielder Megan Quinan round out a strong group of juniors set to lead the Cougars.

 

10. CONNETQUOT

THUNDERBIRDS

Coach: Sal Piscitelli

2014 record: 8-8

Key players:

Alexandra Lopez A Sr.

Samantha Rifice D Sr.

Nicole Arceri M Jr.

Megan McLoughlin D Fr.

Nicole Migliozzi D Fr.

Outlook: With a young defense, Connetquot will count on leadership on attack. Lopez will be an offensive spark.

 

11. COPIAGUE EAGLES

Coach: Christie Layden

2014 record: 0-15

Key players:

Nicolette Vassuer M Sr.

Anna Zaborowska M So.

Alicia Zaborowska M So.

Ashley Hudson A So.

Shannon Corr A Fr.

Outlook: Now a senior, Vassuer will be called upon to lead a younger group of Eagles.

 

12. HALF HOLLOW HILLS

THUNDERCOLTS

Coach: Lori Horbach

2014 record: 4-12

Key players:

Jennifer Casadonte M Sr.

Danielle Lully M Sr.

Paulina DiFatta G Jr.

Casie Caiazza A Sr.

Kelly Sullivan M Fr.

Outlook: Casadonte, who is committed to Notre Dame, will pace Half Hollow Hills on both sides of the field.

 

13. LINDENHURST BULLDOGS

Coach: Paul DiGiulio

2014 record: 5-11

Key players:

Ashley Claud M Sr.

Nicole Stoppell A Sr.

Samantha Donovan D Sr.

Victoria Raimondi G Jr.

Senna Tadfie M Jr.

Outlook: Defensive-minded Bulldogs are led by returning All-County selection Claud.

 

14. LONGWOOD LIONS

Coach: Randall

Grossman

2014 record: 10-7

Key players:

Alison Johnson A Jr.

Patriece Ausili D/M Sr.

Summer Henriksen D Sr.

Tori Staker M So.

Angelica Lopz, A, Jr.

Outlook: Fresh off its first playoff appearance in more than a decade, Longwood aims to return to the postseason with a younger team this year.

 

15. NORTH BABYLON

BULLDOGS

Coach: Michelle Ceraso

2014 record: 3-13

Key players:

Aly Kennedy M Jr.

Jasmine Perkins M Sr.

Jayde Sains M Sr.

Alexis Ferro D Sr.

Alyssa Chetti G Sr.

Outlook: Juniors Barbara Orsini and Alayna Heegan will serve as focal points on offense.

 

16. PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD RAIDERS

Coach: Emily Armstrong

2014 record: 9-6

Key players:

Mackenzie Reh M Sr.

Madison Ostrick M Jr.

Riley Reh M So.

Talia Stagnitta D Sr.

Miranda Kilanowski A Sr.

Outlook: After just missing the playoffs last year, Ostrick and the Reh sisters will try to guide the Raiders back to the postseason.

 

17. RIVERHEAD BLUE WAVES

Coach: Ashley King

2014 record: 5-10

Key players:

Courtney Troyan M Jr.

Amanda Dickerson M Sr.

Amanda Baron D Sr.

Alyssa Romer A So.

Jessica Purick G Sr.

Outlook: Troyan and Dickerson are versatile players who will control many of Riverhead's transition situations.

 

18. SACHEM NORTH

FLAMING ARROWS

Coach: Alexis Curcio

2014 record: 9-8

Key players:

Brooke Basso M Sr.

Emily Belino D Sr.

Madison Hoffer M Jr.

Eve Calabria A So.

Brittani Sergio M Jr.

Outlook: Biggest strength is persistence and work ethic in practice and on game days. Seniors Basso and Belino lead by example.

 

19. SMITHTOWN EAST

BULLS

Coach: Ann Naughton

2014 record: 12-6

Key players:

Shannon Kavanagh M So.

Jackie Cuccurullo M Jr.

Annie Collins M Sr.

Julia Smith A So.

Ashley Stoessel G Sr.

Outlook: A season removed from a second-round postseason loss, sophomores Kavanagh and Smith return to pace the attack.

 

20. WHITMAN WILDCATS

Coach: Lisa Christiansen

2014 record: 3-13

Key players:

Kate Manson M Sr.

Paige Gladstone D Sr.

Katelyn Neuman M Sr.

Emma Manson A Sr.

Colleen Harrington M Sr.

Outlook: Senior midfielders Manson, Neuman and Harrington are versatile options for the Wildcats.

 

21. FLOYD COLONIALS

Coach: Brian Midwinter

2014 record: 4-11

Key players:

Colleen Conn A Sr.

Allison Conn M Jr.

Leah Kelly M Jr.

Jenna Hart D Jr.

Veandra Selby G Jr.

Outlook: With only four seniors and an especially young attack, Floyd will count on Hart and the defense to lead.

 

SUFFOLK II

1. SAYVILLE

GOLDEN FLASHES

Coach: Adam Sznitken2014 record: 14-5

Key players:

Molly Andrews G Sr.

Erin MacDevitt D Sr.

Erin Koehler D Sr.

Mackenzie Burns M Sr.

Katy Wandelt M Sr.

Outlook: Midfielder Julianne Johnson rounds out a senior core that returns from last year's Suffolk "B" championship team.

 

2. BAYPORT-BLUE POINT

PHANTOMS

Coach: Ryan Gick

2014 record: 14-4

Key players:

Kerrigan Miller M Jr.

Nicole Copping M Sr.

Jill Rall G Jr.

Julia Imbo A So.

Hannah Meyers D Jr.

Outlook: Miller epitomizes the defending Suffolk "C" champs' strengths with her speed and athleticism.

 

3. MOUNT SINAI MUSTANGS

Coach: Al Bertolone

2014 record: 18-1

Key players:

Sydney Pirreca M Sr.

Kasey Mitchell A/M Sr.

MaryEllen Carron M Sr.

Jess Demeo M Sr.

Morgan McGrath, D, Sr.

Outlook: Pirreca, Mitchell and Carron lead a team that has balance between young and veteran players, 11 of whom are committed to play lacrosse at Division I schools.

 

4. EAST HAMPTON

BONACKERS

Coach: Caitlin King

2014 record: 8-7

Key players:

Carley Seekamp A Sr.

Jenna Budd A Sr.

Lydia Budd D Sr.

Bronte Marino D Sr.

Jacqui Thorsen M So.

Outlook: A dynamic defensive unit, led by Lydia Budd and Marino, will be responsible for much of the team's success.

 

5. HAUPPAUGE EAGLES

Coach: Diana Lopez

2014 record: 14-5

Key players:

Keri McCarthy M Sr.

Casey Cummo M Sr.

Sydney Nino A Sr.

Carly Tellekamp A Sr.

Tori Johnston, G, Sr.

Outlook: Hauppauge, which lost in Suffolk "A" final last year, will lean upon the experience of a roster that includes 15 seniors.

 

6. HUNTINGTON BLUE DEVILS

Coach: Kathy Wright

2014 record: 15-3

Key players:

Samantha Lynch M Sr.

Katie Reilly M/A Sr.

Alyssa Amorison A Sr.

Emma DeGennaro A/M Jr.

Anna Tesoriero G Sr.

Outlook: Reached Suffolk "B" semifinals last year. Title contender with high-powered offense featuring Reilly (134 points) and Lynch (104).

 

7. WEST BABYLON EAGLES

Coach: Colleen Kilgus

2014 record: 11-7

Key players:

Samantha Apuzzo M Sr.

Samantha Geiersbach M Jr.

Kelsey O'Connor D Sr.

Samantha Ruic A Sr.

Kali Benvenuto M Jr.

Outlook: All-American Apuzzo, who is committed to Boston College, is a matchup nightmare for the opposition. Geiersbach is also an offensive threat.

 

8. ISLIP BUCCANEERS

Coach: Masina Longo

2014 record: 11-5

Key players:

Taryn Ohlmiller M Jr.

Cheyenne Coughlin A Jr.

Cassidy Hock G Jr.

Brooke Skahan D Sr.

Kiersten Gray D Sr.

Outlook: With nine returnees, the athletic Bucs will look to build for future. Juniors Ohlmiller, Coughlin and Hock will lead.

 

9. BABYLON PANTHERS

Coach: Timothy Harrison

2014 record: 9-8

Key players:

Rachel Gregory D Sr.

Shayne Antolini M Jr.

Shannon Hartigan M Jr.

Nicole Holder M Jr.

Megan Nerney M/D Jr.

Outlook: Gregory returns for her senior year to guide a defensive-minded Babylon squad.

 

10. BELLPORT CLIPPERS

Coach: Kasey Krol

2014 record: 9-7

Key players:

Hailey Wagner M Sr.

Mary Mackie M Jr.

Courtney Pabst M Sr.

Kiara Burke M Jr.

Annika Johnsen A Sr.

Outlook: A young squad, Bellport will look to the likes of Marist-bound Wagner and Pace-bound Pabst for leadership.

 

11. CENTER MORICHES

RED DEVILS

Coach: Samantha

Mazzeo

2014 record: 5-10

Key players:

Alyssa Forssell M Jr.

Lydia Nelson G Jr.

Janine Ratti M Jr.

Paige Volkmann A So.

Sarah Volkmann M Sr.

Outlook: A trio of juniors -- Forssell, Nelson and Ratti -- will anchor a Center Moriches team seeking a postseason appearance.

 

12. COMSEWOGUE

WARRIORS

Coach: James

Fernandes

2014 record: 4-10

Key players:

Brianna Blatter G Fr.

Marissa Spinazzola D Sr.

Hannah Dorney M Fr.

Haley Lochren A Sr.

Jamie Fischer M So.

Outlook: Sophomore midfielder Kellie Znaniecki rounds out a hungry group of 11 underclassmen.

 

13. DEER PARK

FALCONS

Coach: Nina Ragone

2014 record: 4-12

Key players:

Hailey Leitch M Sr.

Kasey Dorney M Fr.

Lauren Gentile M/A Sr.

Catherine Pfundstein D Sr.

Kellee Washington A Jr.

Outlook: Captains Leitch, Dorney and Pfundstein will be called upon to lead in Ragone's first year as coach.

 

14. EAST ISLIP REDMEN

Coach: Steven Levy

2014 record: 7-9

Key players:

Nicole Levy A Sr.

Valerie Pelling M Sr.

Alexa Materra M Jr.

Sabrina Kelly D Sr.

Alix Salim G Jr.

Outlook: Syracuse-bound Nicole Levy commands a team whose strength will be its ability to control the tempo with its disciplined offense.

 

15. EASTPORT-SOUTH MANOR SHARKS

Coach: Becky Thorn

2014 record: 16-3

Key players:

Samantha Giacolone G Sr.

Kaeli Huff M Jr.

Kelsey Huff M So.

Natalie Fuccilo D Sr.

Hannah Kenneally A Fr.

Outlook: With the USC-bound Huff sisters patrolling the middle and Notre-Dame bound Giacolone anchoring the defense, the Sharks seek a return to the Suffolk "B" final.

 

16. GLENN KNIGHTS

Coach: Janine Bright

2014 record: 6-10

Key players:

Monika Sivilli M Sr.

Christina Torzill, D/A Sr.

Amelia Biancardi M Jr.

Lauren Rincon D/M Jr.

Victoria Tsangaris A/M Jr.

Outlook: Sivilli will lead a team that possesses a strong ability to move the ball up the field.

 

17. HAMPTON BAYS BAYMEN

Coach: Teresa Strano

2014 record: 0-13

Key players:

Nikki Nolan M Sr.

Alex Maitland-Ward M Sr.

Gabby Morea M Jr.

McCaila Grismer D/M So.

Colette Levine G Fr.

Outlook: Nolan will have a crucial role on a Hampton Bays squad that relies on its resiliency and scrappiness.

18. HARBORFIELDS

TORNADOES

Coach: Kerri McGinty

2014 record: 6-9

Key players:

Ella Simkins M Jr.

Nicole Bifulco A Sr.

Chelsea Abreu M Sr.

Grace Zagaja M So.

Caitlin Schafer A Jr.

Outlook: Harborfields' strength is its attack, and Syracuse-bound Simkins is at the forefront.

 

19. KINGS PARK KINGSMEN

Coach: Sally Ayres

2014 record: 7-9

Key players:

Jill Winwood M So.

Rachel Slagle A Jr.

Kristin Frizol M Jr.

Kayla Buell D Jr.

Shannon Donovan A Jr.

Outlook: Strong midfield with good speed, led by versatile Winwood. Slagle is a solid pass-or-shoot threat on attack.

 

20. MATTITUCK/

SOUTHOLD/GREENPORT TUCKERS

Coach: Matt Maloney

2014 record: 9-7

Key players:

Trish Brisotti M Sr.

Katie Hoeg M/A Jr.

Audrey Hoeg M Jr.

Alex Beebe, D, Fr.

Liz Dwyer, D, Fr.

Outlook: With virtually all of its offensive players returning, Mattituck will look to freshmen Beebe, Dwyer and midfielder Chelsea Marborugh to step up on defense.

 

21. MERCY MONARCHS

Coaches: Brittany Degennaro, Melina Mezzanotte

2014 record: 0-10

Key players:

Savanah Connors, M, Jr.

Savannah Hauser, A, So.

Siobhan Merrill, M, So.

Megan Kuehhas, D, So.

Mia Behrens, D, So.

Outlook: A new coaching regime has the Monarchs marching to the motto, "New year, new goals."

 

22. MILLER PLACE PANTHERS

Coach: Kerri Kaszubski

2014 record: 8-9

Key players:

Alyssa Parrella M Jr.

Kristin Roberto M Jr.

Gabby Mongno A Sr.

Monica Cortes M Sr.

Jillian Babinsky D Sr.

Outlook: In her fifth season on varsity, Cortes seeks one more crack at the postseason, where the Panthers fell short in the first round last year.

 

23. ROCKY POINT EAGLES

Coach: Dan Spallina

2014 record: 7-8

Key players:

Madison Sanchez M Fr.

Brittany Rinaldi D Sr.

Adriana Greco A Sr.

Jillian LoManto, A, Jr.

Shannon McGreevy M Jr.

Outlook: Attackers Greco and LoManto will try to generate enough offense to propel the Eagles into the postseason.

 

24. SHOREHAM-WADING RIVER WILDCATS

Coach: Rachel Feirstein

2014 record: 7-9

Key players:

Lauren Daly G Sr.

Manuela Cortes M Sr.

Sophia Triandafils M So.

Isabella Cortes M Jr.

Samantha Higgins M So.

Outlook: Daly's intuition and ability in net is a bright spot.

 

25. WESTHAMPTON

HURRICANES

Coach: Mary Bergmann

2014 record: 11-7

Key players:

Sarah Culver D Sr.

Katelyn Pary D Sr.

Belle Recchion M Jr.

Caitlin Smith A Jr.

Kathleen Mensch M Sr.

Outlook: With nine new players joining the roster, experienced defenders Culver and Pary will have important roles.

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