As usual, the talent level on Long Island is pretty impressive. And national powers West Islip, Syosset, Manhasset, St. Anthony’s and Garden City are all a big reason for that.
Before we get to the players’ list, I’d like to pass along a quick programming note. The high school season will start off with a bang on Wednesday as LI powers Garden City and Syosset start the season at 4:30 p.m. at Syosset. Garden City is ranked No. 18 nationally by Inside Lacrosse. Syosset is No. 6.
Though my schedule is always subject to change (an unfortunate reality, my friends), I plan on attending this heavyweight showdown.
Here’s a rundown of some of the top players. Be sure to post your thoughts/additions. Please keep in mind, we view lists like this as the start of the discussion not the end of it. So be sure to add as many names as you think are deserving.
Dominique Alexander, Baldwin: The multi-talented midfielder, whose game continues to grow each season, is headed to Ohio State.
Ryan Alexander, South Side: The standout goalie is bound for Dartmouth.
Drew Belinsky, Manhasset: The midfielder is one of UPenns top junior recruits.
Pierce Bradley, Garden City: The Sacred Heart-bound senior provides experience to the Trojans’ defense.
Bradley Cappellini, Manhasset: The Harvard-bound senior has been a fixture on defense for the Indians.
Connor English, Manhasset: If it seems like English has been with Indians forever, it’s because, well, he has. Well, not exactly, but close. This marks the fourth year on the varsity for the 5-foot-10, 170-pound UVa-bound senior attackman whose lefty crank takes a backseat to no one. (It’s been clocked at 92 mph.)
Jeff Froccaro, Port Washington: The Princeton-bound midfielder combines toughness and aggressiveness with skills.
Will Fuller, Garden City: The senior is arguably the Trojans’ top offensive threat. He will attend Albany.
Kevin Heenan, Manhasset: The UPenn-bound senior is one of the Indians’ top threats on offense.
Nick Isnardi, Massapequa: Also a standout in football and wrestling, the midfielder is bound for Army.
Thomas Keith, Syosset: The Cornell-bound senior, who leads the Braves’ defense, has exceptional stick skills that he helped acquire by playing hockey.
Christian Kennedy, Cold Spring Harbor: The junior midfielder has committed to Cornell.
Eddie Loftus, Syosset: The Duke-bound standout will see action at both midfield and attack, where he started last season.
Robert Lucas, Chaminade: The versatile midfielder is headed to Princeton.
Jeff Molinari, Manhasset: The Harvard-bound midfielder is a standout on faceoffs.
Nick O’Reilly, South Side: The University of Virginia-bound attackman/midfielder is one of the most complete players in the region.
Reid Rosello, Garden City: The defensive standout is headed for Hobart.
Matt Rubertone, Manhasset: The defensive standout has committed to Fairfield.
Eric Schneider, Massapequa: The goaltender is bound for Hopkins.
Doug Tesoriero, Syosset: The junior midfielder is a three-year starter.
John Urbank, Chaminade: A defenseman, Urbank was one of Georgetowns top junior recruits.
Jarred Bowe, East Hampton: Though he just started playing lax three years ago, the three-sport standout, a defenseman, has landed a scholarship from Delaware.
Ian Braddish, West Islip: The 6-foot-2, 175-pound midfielder is an athletic dodger adept at creating scoring opportunities. Hes a big reason the Lions won their fifth straight county title last season.
Pat Day, Ward Melville: The long-stick midfielder has the potential to be an impact player at Army.
Ryan Fumai, St. Anthony’s: The short-stick midfielder has committed to UMass.
Nicky Galasso, West Islip: He’s the No. 1-rated junior from sea to shining sea (and you can even throw in Alaska and Hawaii), according to Inside Lacrosse. The attackmans commitment to North Carolina (where he will join teammate Braddish) is a huge coup for new coach Joe Breschi.
Andrew Hodgson, West Islip: You get the idea the Lions are pretty loaded by now, dont you? This attackman is a classic finisher.
Michael Keane, St. Anthony’s: The fundamentally sound defense, who has a large upside, committed to Towson over Hofstra and Ohio State.
Will Manny, St. Anthony’s: The left-handed attackman will join teammate Ryan Fumai at UMass.
Maxx Meyer, Half Hollow Hills: The defenseman is tough and quick who makes up for a lack of size (hes 5-foot-10, 185) with great technique.
Matt Palasek, Rocky Point: The senior star will join his brother Tom at Johns Hopkins next season.
Tom Schreiber, St. Anthonys: The midfielder is smart, skilled and athletic.
Brendan Schroeder, St. Anthonys: The attackman/midfielder was one of Navys top junior recruits.
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