The Bayport Blue Point Phantoms are not only one of the best teams on the island and in the state, but one of the deepest teams as they enter our top 20 rankings at No. 3. They made history in 2021 winning their first ever Long Island Championship, and although they came up short in the LIC last year, they return the vast majority of their team that is hoping that this will be their year. They will be challenged this season in a loaded Class C that has a plethora of teams that are legitimate contenders, but it’s been shown the last two years that the Phantoms are the team to beat in Suffolk County.
Beginning at attack, they welcome back seniors Mikaela Mooney (Albany) and Haydin Eisfeld (Stony Brook). This duo is going to be in for big senior seasons and are on the heels of having strong performances in the high school winter league where they combined for 32 points as the top two leaders ion the team. With the departure of 2022 graduates Mairead Kelly and Natalee Frabizio, this could present a chance for increased roles for junior Shannon Kroog and sophomore Erika Kreuscher.
This returning midfield unit is likely the deepest of any public school on Long Island, with a first and second unit that is extremely productive. Beginning with Katie Claire, the senior will be one of the leaders on their team and has ability to kick her game into overdrive when she has the ball in her stick. Along side her is fellow senior Keira Rooney the future Florida Gator, another leader on this team that will be one of their top guns offensively. Transitioning to their underclassmen, they have two sensational talents in Aubrie Eisfeld and Ava Meyn. Eisfeld is a transcendent middie that has just about everything in her game. She’s a blur in transition, see’s the entire field at an extremely high level, and often times turns defense into offense. As for Meyn, she has quickly become one of the premier draw specialists that also has knack for scoring goals. Meyn is one where if there’s a possession Bayport has to have, more than likely she’s going to come away with it. This unbelievably deep midfield also see’s the returns of senior Maggie Kennedy (Quinnipiac), juniors Julia Fusco (Stony Brook), Kate Lemery (Hofstra), and Kayla Vazquez (Rider), as well as sophomore Emma Shanahan.
Highlighting some of their young guns, two freshmen that have put the island on notice are midfielders Kailey Bruckner and Sara Richardt. After a stellar winter league for both of them, they have shown that they can compete against the best of the best and they may have an opportunity to get a taste of the varsity stage this spring.
Defensively, it’s a challenge for opponents to have success against them in part because of their devastating ride. Outside of 2022 graduates Tessa Orgonas, Maura Kelly, and Skylar Fig, the team returns their defensive unit that will once again prove to be difficult to score on. Among their key defenders include Christine Dannenfelser (Hofstra), Madison Weybrecht (JMU), Julia Kroog, Shannon Jones, and Emma Brown. The sophomore Brown has already proven to be one of the best defenders on Long Island, bringing a high lax IQ to the table, and handles clearing the ball at a high level. Their goaltending will once again be a tremendous strength with Felcia Giglio, arguably Long Island’s best goaltender back for her senior season. Giglio the Navy commit has uncanny athleticism to make extremely difficult saves, and can be seen like an eighth defender with her ability to step out of the crease and intercept passes. The goalie depth continues with junior Shannon Alden the Quinnipiac commit also on varsity this season.
The many teams on their schedule that they will be battling in their conference for the playoffs include Sayville (3/28), Mt. Sinai (3/31), Rocky Point (4/15), Miller Place (4/17), Westhampton (4/25), and Shoreham Wading River (5/1). This gauntlet of a schedule also includes tow non-league games against Bishop Ireton (4/1), and Summit (4/29).