Moving up the rankings we take a look at No. 14 in our preseason top 20 which leads us the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks. They enter this season as the defending New York State Class D Champions and only lost one game all season. At helm for 24 years is Head Coach Dennis Bonn who has guided this program to a long lasting run of success with 13 county titles, five Long Island championships, and five state championships. This season coach Bonn says his team is deep at both midfield and LSM which will be the strength of their team.
Leading this deep midfield unit that coach Bonn alluded to is Michigan bound senior CJ Reilly. Last season Reilly was a major focal point of their offense, leading the team with 32 goals. In addition to his scoring he’s a prototypical midfielder that will impact the game on both sides of the field. Reilly is the veteran of this midfield group, but two of their second line midfielders that saw the field as freshmen last year were Alex Bauers and Sam Bruno. Both got valuable experience last season and are sure to be factor in the success of the team in 2023. The glaring absence from this year’s midfield is Max Hawkinson who wasn’t just a midfielder but also was their face-off specialist which will make for some adjustments at the face-off X.
Looking at the Seahawk’s attack, it will be led by senior Hayden Calabretta who will be heading to MIT at the conclusion of the season. Calabretta was a very stout third scoring option, coming through with 18 goals while also adding 12 assists. This year he’ll now have a chance to become a primary goal scorer this season in the absence of 2022 graduates Luke Giraputo and Jake Rogers. One attackman that could be in for a big season is sophomore Roger Testa who was a member of last year’s team as a freshman.
Shifting over to the defense, this has historically been Cold Spring Harbor’s identify under coach Bonn. They are a team that grinds their opponents down, keeping most games low scoring. Last year the defense only allowed 4.4 goals per game which was the fewest goals allowed by any public school on Long Island. Although it won’t look quite the same without defensemen Patrick Pisano and Jesse Phelan and goalie Spencer Will, they always seem to have the personnel to build a great defense. One key returning defenseman is senior Kyle O’Grady the Hofstra commit. Replacing Spencer Will in the net will likely be the senior Carsen Kirchner who played a small sample size in 2022. Among the players who makeup the depth at LSM are two seniors Caden O’Connor and Theo Torres who both make a living in the caused turnover department.
Kicking off the 2023 season the Seahawks open up with a non-league game against their rivals from next door the Huntington Blue Devils on March 24th. Throughout the season they have plenty of high profile matchups against teams including Farmingdale (3/28), Port Washington (4/13), Manhasset (4/19), Syosset (4/21), South Side (5/5), Garden City, Rye, and Yorktown.