Well, here we are.
This week, we are conducting our balloting for LaxLessons.com regional coach of the year.
That voting lasts till midnight on Saturday.
Then, we will open voting for our regional player of the year, which will conclude July 19.
Now though, here is the 2009 LaxLessons.com all-region team. Be sure to check out the honorable mention selections as well.
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Here is the breakdown of the team by position.
Now, without further ado, here is your 2009 LaxLessons.com all-region team:
Nicky Galasso, West Islip: The rising senior, who has orally committed to North Carolina, played his best in the Lions’ biggest games. He had three goals and an assist in the Class A state semifinals against Yorktown after a five-goal, two-assist performance vs. Hicksville in the Long Island championship game. He then had four goals and four assists in the state finals against Orchard Park as West Islip won its third championship in the last four years.He ended the season with 71 goals and 65 assists.
Connor English, Manhasset: There may be no program as tradition-rich anywhere as Manhasset, and no player in that proud history has enjoyed as memorable a career, capped by his epic nine-goal outing in state finals vs. LaFayette. The University of Virginia-bound English tied a school record with 81 goals this season.
Matt White, Ridgefield: White scored the winning goals in the two biggest games of the season beating Darien during the regular season for Ridgfield’s first win over the Blue Wave since 1984 and again in the FCIAC final as the Tigers won their first-ever county title. Is he the best player in county history? A better question may be who’s better?
Kevin Interlicchio, Yorktown: The Hopkins-bound junior scored with just under a minute to go in regulation to avert a big upset and Yorktown went on to beat Lakeland/Panas for its 28th sectional title in 30 years. He enjoyed one of the most prolific starts to a season in area history, racking up 19 goals in Yorktown’s first three games, including eight against St. Anthonys.
JoJo Marasco, Somers: When it comes to athleticism, stick skills and shooting ability, the Syracuse-bound star and all-time leading scorer in Somers history is as good as it gets. Question Does he play attack or midfield at ‘Cuse? Will he wear No. 22 at ‘Cuse? Stay tuned for answers to both.
Ian Braddish, West Islip: He’s the whole package and as complete a player as you’ll find. Look for Braddish to make an immediate impact at North Carolina next season.
Nick O’Reilly, South Side: The Virginia-bound O’Reilly, the all-time leading scorer in school history, ended his varsity career with nearly 250 career points and had seven goals and five assists in an 18-10 win over Glen Cove in the first round of the Nassau Class B playoffs.
Brendan Walsh, Ridgefield: A clutch performer and big-game player, Walsh won’t have to travel far to continue his exploits. He’ll be playing at nearby Fairfield University..
Jeff Froccaro, Port Washington: As complete a midfielder as you’ll find. He scores (finishing the season with 55 goals and his career with 139), wins faceoffs and excels on defense. He could start right away at Princeton.
John Ranagan, Yorktown: A towering presence on the field, the Hopkins-bound Ranagan is a bull in a china shop whose presence on the field is felt at all times.
Thomas Schreiber, St. Anthony’s: You’d be hard-pressed to find a harder, more accurate shot from a midfielder anywhere. Though he still has another year of varsity competition, his college choice is sealed. Princeton.
John Bolton, Darien: The Lafayette-bound midfield carried the Blue Wave offensively during their run to a fifth straight state title a rare feat for a midfielder.
Thomas Keith, Syosset: Adept with superb stick skills and field vision, look for Keith to have an opportunity to step right in at Division I finalist Cornell.
John Fennessy, Yorktown: He’s got the athleticism, aggressiveness, size and strength to star at Towson. Not bad for someone who’s just been playing the game for four years.
Brad Cappellini, Manhasset: As good a takeaway defender as you’ll find. The technically sound Cappellini is headed to Harvard.
Matt Gorski, Darien: An agile and fundamentally sound defender, the Ohio State-bound Gorski provided senior leadership for the Blue Wave.
Ethan Fox, Yorktown: A savvy student of the game with superb stick skills, look for Fox to make a major impact for former Yorktown ‘Husker Scott Nelson, now starting his second year as the Red Foxes’ coach.
John Bello, Somers: The lone junior on the all-region defensive team, Bello could be the premier defender in Section 1 next season.
Luke Haggerty, Clarkstown South: A human highlight reel, Haggerty is an unrelentless stopper who has already mastered the other key aspects of the game.
Rob Bellairs, Plainedge: Agile and athletic, Bellairs is good enough to gain playing time for a Hofstra team that is already loaded at the goaltender position.
Dante Fantoni, St. Anthonys; Greg Petre, Somers; Ryan Fitzgerald, Putnam Valley; Rob Santangelo, Rye; Mike Daniello, John Jay; Tyler Perrelle, Mahopac; Colin Scott, Ridgefield; Peter McMahon, Wilton; Eddie Loftus, Syosset; Cody Ferraro, Ward Melville; Nick Trizano, Iona Prep.
Will Stewart, John Jay; Erik Pfiffner, Somers; Andrew Hodgson, West Islip;
Colin Tullgren, Somers; Forrest Walter, John Jay; Matt Baker, Ridgefield;
Cole McCormack, Rye; Jimmy van de Veerdonk, Putnam Valley; Jeff Molinari, Manhasset; Steven Murphy, Floyd; Dominique Alexander, Baldwin.
Geoff Stearns, John Jay; Derek Katchis, Greeley; Joey LaSala, Wilton; Eddie Schurr, Somers; Donald Keough, Rye; Jameson Pickel, John Jay; Mike McCormack, West Islip; Brendan Brunelle, Yorktown; Maxx Meyer, Half Hollows Hills East; Derek Katchis, Greeley; Ben Strauss, Lynbrook.
Michael Bonitatibus, Yorktown; Andrew West, Darien; Brendan McCrudden, Putnam Valley; James Fuller, Wilton; Johnny McGuigan, Mahopac; Kyle Feeney, Greenwich; Luke Robinson, Fox Lane; Chris Longo, Somers; Eric Schneider, Massapequa; Chris Moffa, Fordham Prep, Nick Longo, Shoreham-Wading River, Ryan Alexander, South Side.
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