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 girls 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.
- Bayport-Blue Point- The Bayport Blue Points Girls had an impressive 2019 campaign, ending with a 16-3 record. They finished first amongst Conference B/C/D teams and had yet another strong playoff go. This year, Head Coach Ryan Gick aims for similar success with his roster of talented players. This includes what is arguably the best offensive team on Long Island with players like Jacqueline Mason, Ailish Kelly, Maddigan Miller, Madison Waters, Maggie Clark, and Megan Brockbank on the front lines.
- St. Anthony’s remained the standard for Parochial teams in 2019. The team’s success was once again undeniable; they went 18-1 and finished second place in conference play. Head Coach Summer Ferraro has attributed greatly to the team’s victories, once again leading them to another playoff run. She will rely on her stacked offense like Katherine DeSimone, Victoria Goldrick, and Natalie Smith for strong showings in 2020.
- Manhasset – The Manhasset Indians truly led a flawless 2020. They finished second in Suffolk County and were undefeated in Nassau-1 play. With a 9-0 record, they went on to celebrate another playoff run to add to their long list of post season success. The Indian’s Head Coach Meghan Clarke looks to players like Grace Gately, Emma LoPinto, Maria Themelis, Ellie Taylor, and more for great campaigns in the new year.
- Garden City – Garden City went 12-6 in Suffolk County play in 2019. They finished second in Nassau-1 matchups going 8-1, leading the team to another strong finish to the season. Head Coach Diane Chapman is back and confident that her roster can get the job done. This includes Sydney Pappas, Alex Hopkins, and more.
- ESM– Eastport South Manor earned themselves a Top 10 spot after they went 19-1 in Suffolk County play. They finished first in Conference B/C/D Standings with a 13-1 record, and capped off another great 2020 season. Head Coach Becky Thorn that the girls can retain their dominance despite losing some key players. This will be likely in part to Ellie Masera, Katie McCorkick, Marisa Tancredi, Katie Vahle, and a talented group of third year players.
- Northport – The Northport Tigers went 21-1 last season. They led Conference-A with a sweltering 13-1 record, tying the Middle Country Mad Dogs. Legendary Head Coach Carol Rose lost a few great players last season including a key goal scorer and goalie. Now, she aims to continue their success with players like Kate McLam, Kaylie Mackiewicz, Danielle Pavanelli, Ella Cabrera, and Natalie Miller.
- Mount Sinai – The Mount Sinai Mustangs went 15-3 during regular season play and ended 12-2 in inter-conference play. This was in large part due to a group of seniors that brought upon continued success for the school. Now, Head Coach Al Bertolone looks to his younger talent for a strong 2020 campaign. This will most likely come from players like Jenny Markey, Christina Mastrorocco, and Emily Lamparter, who all had great 2019 seasons.
- CSH– Cold Spring Harbor led a fantastic campaign in 2019. The team went 19-2, which led all of Nassau County. They ended third in Nassau-1 play with a 7-2 record. Head Coach Danielle Castellane relied on a strong senior class for their successes last season. Now she will look to the next generation of talent including Isabelle Vitale, Maria Hudson, Alyssa Moran, and more.
- Riverhead – Riverhead earned their Top 10 spot after a going 11-7 in 2019. They went 10-4 in conference play, tying for fourth place. They come into the new season with a group of elite offensive players. This season, Head Coach Ashley Schandel looks to the likes of Emma Conroy, Lauren Kenny, Meghan Kielbasa, Christine Thomas, and others to lead the team into another productive year.
- Ward Melville – After an impressive 15-3 regular season in 2019, the Ward Melville Patriots look for similar success in 2020. Head Coach Kerri Kilkenny coached an impressive senior roster, featuring Midfielders Courtney Carollo (Syracuse), Alexis Reinhardt (Cornell), Defender Megan Lorenzen (Western Connecticut, and Goalie Samantha Tarpey (Hofstra). Following their departure, the team now puts their faith in strong senior leadership. Their midfield will be led heavily by Summer Agostino and Sydney Golini.