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No. 5 Ranked Ward Melville Patriots Team Preview

Winding down the LILJ top 24 preseason rankings, we get to the top five and at number five it’s the Ward Melville Patriots. In Suffolk Class A the Patriots have been in contention to win the counties the last two seasons under Head Coach Stephanie Peragallo who now enters year three at the helm. Last year Ward Melville earned the one seed going into the playoffs and won in the quarterfinals before being defeated in the semifinals against Smithtown East. This year with much of their team returning, the Patriots have another great shot to capture the county and Long Island Championship they’ve been chasing.

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No. 6 Ranked Ward Melville Patriots Team Preview

One of Long Islands programs with a rich lacrosse history the Ward Melville Patriots come into the LILJ top 24 preseason rankings at number six. The Patriots are looking to get their way back to the county finals after being defeated in the semis the last two seasons. Led by Head Coach Jay Negus, Ward Melville returns with a large group of juniors and seniors that are fresh off of playing in the LILJ HSWL as they get set to hit the ground running this spring.

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No. 6 Ranked Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks Team Preview

Now up to number six in the LILJ top 24 preseason rankings, it’s the Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks of Nassau Class D. This program has been the team to beat on the island in Class D, winning the Long Island Championship the last three seasons. Last year they made the trip to Cortland but were defeated in the state semifinals by a goal against Skaneateles after a rally that came up just short. This year the mission remains the same which is to get back to Cortland and finish the job with a state championship. Leading the charge in her 18th season is Head Coach Danielle Castellane who shared her thoughts on her team going into the season.

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No. 7 Ranked Northport Tigers Team Preview

Staying in Suffolk Class A for number seven in the LILJ top 24 preseason rankings, it’s the Northport Tigers who have found themselves in the Long Island Championship the past three seasons. Last year they were defeated in the LIC in a narrow 5-3 loss against Farmingdale, but are looking to once again stake their claim as the best team in Suffolk Class A and play for a shot at another LIC and possibly a state championship. The Tigers did graduate a number of players in the class of 2023, but still have plenty of key returning players and are now led by new Head Coach Billy Cordts.

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No. 7 Ranked Sacred Heart Spartans Team Preview

Landing at number seven in the LILJ top 24 preseason rankings are the Sacred Heart Spartans who are a perennial Parochial contender. The Spartans were in battle up until the very end last year in the CHSAA Championship against St. Anthony’s were they were narrowly defeated in an 8-7 game. This season they are back with almost their entire team, led by Head Coach Danielle Etrasco as they look to win a lot of games with a very competitive schedule against some of Nassau County’s top public schools, as well as their annual matchups against nationally ranked St. Anthony’s. Coach Etrasco expressed the excitement going into the season with their returning core.

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No. 8 Half Hollow Hills Thunderbirds Team Preview

Hailing from Suffolk Class A at number eight in the top 24 preseason rankings are the Half Hollow Hills Thunderbirds. This team is squarely in contender status to potentially come out of Suffolk County with a lot of their talent having grown and developed the past few seasons on varsity and now return as upperclassmen. Last year they were defeated by Northport in the quarterfinals but return ready for a deep run in 2024. Led by Head Coach Connor Hagans, Hills has plenty to be excited about this season, and coach Hagans shared what the keys to their success will be.

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No. 8 Ranked Northport Tigers Team Preview

Rising up the ladder in the top 24 preseason rankings, at number eight it’s one of Long Island’s storied programs the Northport Tigers led by longtime head coach Carol Rose. The Tigers have been the team to beat in Suffolk Class A the past three seasons, appearing in the Long Island Championship three years in a row, but last season they were defeated in the LIC against Massapequa in what was a 9-8 overtime game. This year Northport comes back with another great team that will have a chance to go on another long playoff run as they look to make it four straight county titles and a third Long Island Championship in the last four seasons.

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No. 9 Ranked South Side Cyclones Team Preview

At number nine in the LILJ top 24 preseason rankings are the Cyclones of South Side in Nassau Class B. This Power Conference team returns an experienced bunch that has consistently found themselves in the playoffs and in contention for a county championship but have yet to get over the hump. This season they hope it will be their year with the amount of players that will graduating at seasons end. Head Coach Steve DiPietro has been leading this program for 18 years, and looks to get the Cyclones over the top this season. Continue Reading

 
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No. 9 Ranked Sayville Golden Flashes Team Preview

Staying in Suffolk Class C for number nine in the LILJ top 24 preseason rankings we have the Sayville Golden Flashes. This year they have a new head coach as Gary Jensen takes over the program and looks to take this team the next level after some great regular seasons but tough exits in the playoffs. Coach Jensen and the Golden Flashes utilized the offseason by taking part in the HSWL where they showcased why they could be a tough out this spring.  Continue Reading

 
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No. 10 Ranked Bayport Blue Point Phantoms Team Preview

The Bayport Blue Point Phantoms land at number 10 in the LILJ top 24 preseason rankings after a 14-2 regular season last year and a trip to the Suffolk Class C semifinals. They were defeated by the Wildcats in the semis, but they have a large number of returning players that keeps them in contender status as they look to compete for the county championship and possibly more. At the helm for Bayport is Doug Meehan who has been the head coach for the past six seasons and shared what excites him about his Phantoms team and what the keys to success will be this season.

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