While the 2020 lacrosse season is still in question, it’s interesting to compare long island’s top programs and see who would come out on top. Below is the LILJ pre-season top 10. Learn all you need to know about each program by clicking the button below and purchasing the LILJ Digital High School Preview 2020 Edition.
- St. Anthony’s – The St. Anthony’s Friars storied playoff history continued following a sweltering 16-1 regular season record.The Catholic AAA conference team is coming off a string of CHSAA title wins and hope to only get better during the 2020; Head Coach Keith Wieczorek will rely on a stacked roster including Brennan O’Neil, Andrew Macadorey, Aidan Danenza, Jack Walshe, Jake Naso, Dylan Dagastino, Alex Pazienza, Jaden Jernigan, Bobby Kittleberger and Chris Bardack to get the job done.
- Shoreham Wading River – The Shoreham Wading River Wildcats had an impeccable 2019. They led Suffolk County with a 18-3 record, and continued their recent history of playoff success. The team simply has some of the best players on Long Island; Coach Mike Taylor is confident that they will retain their dominance in 2020. This year, the Wildcats look to elite players like Xavier Arline, Alec Gregorek, Gavin Gregorek, and Jeffrey Lachenmeyer, Johnny Schwarz and Tyler Schwarz for continued dominance.
- Chaminade – Chaminade High School remains the household name in Long Island lacrosse. Their storied playoff history has continued for decades under Head Coach Jack Moran; the Parochial AA team went 12-2 last season. The team played hard until the end, ultimately losing to St. Anthony’s in the finals. They look to bounce back with a group of stellar talent in 2020. This includes Kevin Kuttin, Christopher Kavanagh, Michael O’Connell, James Ball, and Matthew Devino.
- Mt. Sinai – Mount Sinai had a near-flawless 2019, ending their regular season with a 16-1 record. Head Coach Harold Drumm once again coached the team to a playoff appearance, continuing their Suffolk County dominance. This year, the team will look to win it all with a stacked roster of talent. This includes Russell Maher, Tyler Gatz, Joey Spallina, Kevin Sweeny, and Brendan Ventorola, and many more.
- Manhasset– The Manhasset Indians remain a standard for Nassau County. The team went 16-3 during the regular season and continued to yet another playoff run. The Conference B-1 team will once again be coached by Keith Cromwell and will look to finish first in standings in 2020. He will look to his stellar roster including Peter LaPina, Aiden Mulholland, Joseph Terenzi, and Marc Psyllos to get the job done.
- Ward Melville – Ward Melville continues to impress after another dominant season. The team finished fourth place in the Sullolk County Conference A Division and went 15-5 in regular season play. Head Coach Jay Negus his confident that his great group of talent will get the job done. In 2020, he’ll rely on the likes of Jack Gillen, Robert Kratochvil, and Rocco Barbero to continue their spectacular play.
- CSH– The Cold Spring Harbor went 14-5 last season, a record that led the team to another playoff run. The team had some stellar games including a 13-1 victory against Friends Academy. Head Coach Dennis Bann hopes the Conference C-1 squad will keep up their strong play in 2020. This will be in large part through players like Brady Strough, Alex Moynihan, Will Giarraputo, Andrew DeGennaro, and Harry Carswell.
- Farmingdale – The Farmingdale Dalers went 13-4 during the regular season while finishing Top 3 in Conference-A play. The team’s young roster led an impressive offensive front to earn themselves a spot in the Top 10. Head Coach Mike Hungerford is confident that his group of talent can make 2020 an even better year for the Dalers. He looks to players including Jack Cavaioli, Dominic Ciaccio, Anthony Matalone, John Pisciotta, Lorenzo Ramos, and Sean Gillman to get the job done.
- Smithtown West – Smithtown West was Suffolk County Conference-A Giant last year. The team went 16-3 during the regular season and topped the standings in conference play. Head Coach Bob Moltisanti had once again proven the team’s dominance, which was aided by a strong senior class. Now, he looks to players like Danny Caddigan, Ryan Bell, and Mike Simone and more to make it happen in 2020.
- Smithtown East – After an impressive 12-6 season, the Smithtown East Bulls look to continue their long history of success. Last season, Head Coach Rob Campbell relied on the likes of Attackers Keith Ditta (Western Connecticut State), Christian Marcello (Geneseo), Midfielder Matt Finn (Geneseo), and Defender James Peters (St. Josephs) for strong senior leadership. Following their departures, the team now looks to their remaining talent for offensive support. This in large part will come from Seniors Chris Arceri, Justin Carroll, and Eric Nicholson.