All righty, gang. First off, it’s good to be back with you folks. Fortunately, we weren’t apart for long, but I definitely missed you all nevertheless.
We will be bringing you up to date daily throughout the day with the latest news and developments in the lax world college, high school, youth as well as the latest recruiting updates.
When it comes to high schools, we will of course be focusing on Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess. And now, Fairfield, Nassau and Suffolk as well.
It’s a big area with many schools, but as we all know, when it comes to varsity lax, it’s really one community.
The word “community” often comes up when you talk about lax. Anyone involved in the game knows why. After all, I can honestly say there is no sport that has the community feel to it like lacrosse does.
I’ve enjoyed being part of that community. And now, I’m looking forward to contributing to a pretty cool site that has just added new, exciting and useful content for everyone involved in the game players, fans and coaches.
So now, let’s get it started. Today, we will be taking a look at preseason varsity players to watch in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Dutchess.
Next, we will check out Nassau and Suffolk before wrapping things up with Fairfield.
Be sure to weigh in with your thoughts on those selected and those who you think should have been.
Michael Bonitatibus, Yorktown: Where have all the years gone? After becoming the first freshman to start in goal for the Huskers since John Martino 1967 in 2006, the Loyola-bound Bonitatibus is now a senior.
John Brandofino, Mahopac: The three-year varsity standout is one of the areas most potent scorers.
Connor Brown, Fordham Prep: A versatile player, the Colgate-bound Brown is one of the areas top athletes on the lax field.
Jack Doherty, Lakeland/Panas: The Binghamton-bound lefty attackman was an all-America selection last year.
John Felix, Scarsdale: The Marist-bound Felix has emerged as one of the top all-around players in the area.
John Fennessy, Yorktown: Routinely assigned to defend the opposing teams top offensive threat, the physical hard-hitter came through time and again, including Yorktowns regular-season win over John Jay that snapped a three-game losing streak against the Indians.
Ethan Fox, Yorktown: A veteran Husker, the Marist-bound Fox brings experience, savvy and poise to the areas top defensive unit.
J.P. Garry, Rye Country Day: The attackman/midfielder is a well-rounded skilled player who should excel at the next level at Dartmouth.
Myles Gillespie, Iona Prep: The attackman, who had 75 goals and 110 points last season, helped the Gaels enjoy a groundbreaking 22-4 season in which they picked up wins against traditional Section 1 powers Lakeland/Panas and Somers.
Gus Guido, Iona Prep: One of four Gaels in this springs senior class bound for Division I schools, the Yonkers resident is headed to Hartford.
Luke Haggerty, Clarkstown South: A member of the Hudson Valley ESG team, Haggerty is an experienced and at times exceptional stopper.
Kevin Interlicchio, Yorktown: A poised and polished lefty, Interlicchio has been an impact player for the Huskers since the first game of his varsity career as a freshman in 2007. After a strong showing at the summer showcase run by Yorktown grads Paul Carcaterra and Joe Ceglia at Western Connecticut State last summer, the junior attackman became a target recruit of many of the nations top programs before settling on Hopkins, where he will join best friend, teammate and next-door neighbor Ranagan.
Donald Keough, Rye: A polished presence on defense, Keough is an athletic and aggressive presence at all times he is near the ball.
Joe Marasco, Somers: Combine tremendous stick skills, a booming left-handed cannon with great speed and strength, and what do you get? The No. 8-ranked senior in the nation by Inside Lacrosse. The Syracuse-bound Marasco, an all-American who originally committed to Ohio State, may also be the areas most exciting player to watch.
Cole McCormack, Rye: There is no glitz or glamour to McCormacks game and that may be the best part about it. Hes a ground-ball machine who may be the premier faceoff man in the region.
Chris Moffa, Fordham Prep: A strong stopper, Moffa also adds experience and resiliency.
Patrick OCallaghan, Rye: A three-sport standout for the Garnets, the Middlebury-bound OCallaghan is a versatile midfielder.
Michael OHagan, Iona Prep: The athletic midfielder was a big recruit for first-year Marist coach and Yorktown native Scott Nelson.
Tyler Perrelle, Mahopac: A three-sport standout who also excelled in football and hockey, Perrelle is preparing for the final season of a standout varsity career. The attackman, who has strong stick skills, is bound for Binghamton.
Erik Pfiffner, Somers: A rangy, athletic midfielder with prototypical Division I size, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Pfiffner, a junior who has committed to Colgate, should have a huge season if he can avoid the nagging injuries that have hampered him in the past, including a shoulder injury suffered in the preseason that he has now fully recovered from.
Jameson Pickel, John Jay: After being moved to defense from midfield, Pickel not only earned a starting spot, but wound up drawing interest from and eventually committing to Johns Hopkins as one of the Blue Jays junior recruits. He is a fundamentally sound player adept at scooping up ground balls, similar to the only other player in school history to play for the Blue Jays: 2005 graduate Matt Bocklet.
John Ranagan, Yorktown: The Hopkins-bound midfielders style of play may best resemble a bull in a China shop. There is simply no other player in the area who is equipped with his size, stamina and reckless abandon. He is ranked 25th nationally among seniors by Inside Lacrosse.
Rob Santangelo, Rye: With a hard-nosed and aggressive style of play, Santangelo’s style of play is reminiscent more of a midfielder or defenseman more than an attackman.
Scott Sorillo, Suffern: This senior standout is one of the areas top takeaway defenders.
Will Stewart, John Jay: The senior, who was a member of the Empire State Games this season, will lead the Indians’ offense. He will attend Williams.
Nick Trizano, Iona Prep: The attackman, who is bound for Drexel, hopes to cap a prolific varsity career by helping the Gaels return to the CHSAA metro championship. Individually, he has a chance to lead the nation (yes, nation) in scoring for back-to-back seasons.
Shane Warner, North Rockland: The Binghamton-bound attackman is an outstanding all-around player.
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