The Lax Guys' National Boys' Preseason Rankings

15. Manhasset (NY Sec. 8) (20-0) This tradition-filled program will be taking a step up into Class B in 2011 after winning back-to-back state championships in Class C. Last year's 19-6 pounding of Corning East at Stony Brook culminated a two-year stretch during which the Indians went 40-1. Manhasset still has quite a bit of talent this season, including perhaps the best defenseman in the country in junior Bobby Duvnjak (Harvard). Thomas Gavin (Penn) and John Maimone-Medwick (Williams) will also line up in front of second-year starting goalie Frank Morelli (Bucknell), giving the Indians a defense to contend with Garden City. On the other end of the field, midfielders Harry Kucharczyk (Yale) and junior Ryan Matthews (Hopkins) and attackmen Matt Tompkins and junior Quinn Moroney should score enough goals to win most games. But can they topple rival Garden City to win Nassau B?

Coach: Bill Cherry
Key Losses: Ricky Buhr, F/O, Syracuse; Drew Belinsky, M, Penn; Chris Cook, A, PG/Cornell; Pat Moroney, M, Amherst; Kevin Coleman, D, Amherst

16. Sachem North (NY Sec. 11) (11-7) Perhaps the most intriguing team in our top 25, the Flaming Arrows vaulted into national preseason discussions when Hicksville and Long Island Empire star midfielder Brandon Gamblin, along with his younger brother Corey, moved into the district. Gamblin will team with Mike Andreassi, another UMass commitment, to form one of the most potent 1-2 punches on Long Island. Sachem North has talent all over the field, with eight players committed to play at the next level. An improved defense will be led by Stony Brook commit Alex Harris, another LI Empire player. The Arrows are a legitimate pick to unseat WI and win the Suffolk Class A title.

Coach: Jay Mauro
Key Losses: Evan Bloom, D, Dartmouth; Will Murphy, G, Manhattan; Nick Loguirato, D, Dowling; James Kenny, D, Dowling

17. West Islip (NY Sec. 11) (21-1) Is this the year that the West Islip dynasty comes to an end? The Lions were still picked as the preseason top seed in the stacked Suffolk Class A, but it will be difficult to sustain the loss of the 2010 senior class, led by current UNC star freshman Nicky Galasso. This year's Lions should be led by their defense, including senior Kyle Carrick (Sacred Heart) and top goalie Kyle Turri (Duke). On offense, senior Drew Federico (Fairfield) will have to lead the attack and seniors Mike Sagl (Quinnipiac) and Conor Braddish (Colgate) must step up as well if West Islip is to win their eighth consecutive county championship.

Coach: Scott Craig
Key Losses: Nicky Galasso, A, North Carolina; Andrew Hodgson, M, Towson; Rob Moore, A/M, Jacksonville; Eddie Ryan, D, Ithaca

18. Gilman (MD) (9-10) The Greyhounds return a solid core of last year's underachieving team but have certainly the senior talent and coaching to make some noise in the MIAA. Conor Doyle (Notre Dame) is a tremendous asset at attack - he'll carry the load. The ACC-laden midfield is led by Ryan Tucker (Virginia) and flanked by Justin George (Duke) and IL's #9 junior Jake Matthai (UNC). Senior John Henrich (Navy) and junior Robby Haus boost the backline in front of Palmer Murray (Dickinson). The senior class will be key in propelling Gilman to where they're capable of going.

Coach: Brooks Matthews
Key Losses: Duncan Hutchins, M, North Carolina; Paul Danko, A, Denver; Jack Matthews, A, Rutgers; Dennis Foster, D, Dartmouth

19. Ward Melville (NY Sec. 11) (16-3) The Patriots are still looking for that elusive county title, which would be their first since 2000. This could be the year, as the Patriots return a strong core on offense led by senior attackman Will Mazzone (Army) and junior A/M John Edmonds (Cornell). Ward Melville's always strong defensive unit will be anchored by Cortland-bound senior Zach Zanone. They will look to avenge two losses at the hands of West Islip in 2010.

Coach: Mike Hoppey
Key Losses: Matt Kunkel, D, Duke; Jimmy Ryan, M, Colgate; Al DeStefano, M, Army, Nick Giampaolo, M, Bryant

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