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Forecast 2017-18: Long Island girls lacrosse

by Dylan Butler on
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 10:12 PM — @Dylan_Butler

Updated Mon, Jul 17, 2017 2:44 PM

The 2017 girls lacrosse season just ended a month ago, but it’s never too early to take a look ahead at the 2018 campaign.

Garden City was clearly the story of the 2017 season, finishing the year 20-1 and beating Fayetteville-Manlius, 16-8, to win the New York State Class B title for a second straight year. The Trojans proved they had no issues after graduating 17 seniors from the previous team.

Mount Sinai is also a dynasty, having won its third straight title and fourth in five years when the Mustangs defeated Honeoye Falls-Lima, 15-4, last month at SUNY Cortland to cap an 18-2 season.

And what a run for Middle Country, who forced overtime in its first-ever trip to the New York State Class A final before falling to Pittsford.

1) Is there any slowing down the Garden City train?

Sorry to say to their opponents this season, but with rising senior Jenn Medjid and rising juniors Liana McConnell and Caitlin Cook returning starters, it appears the Trojans train is full speed ahead and Garden City will again be a favorite to win a third straight – and 16th overall – New York State title.

2) Can Mount Sinai make it four in a row?

We’re not betting against it, especially with Meaghan Tyrrell back for her senior year. The Syracuse-bound senior paces the attack for a team known to be air-tight defensively. Beating Mount Sinai will be no small task.

3) Will St. Anthony’s consecutive championship run go to 11?

Some thought the Friars were ripe for a loss in the NSCHSAA final because they fell to Sacred Heart during the regular season. That didn’t happen. St. Anthony’s won 11-7 in the title game and will certainly be the favorite next May, though it does appear that Sacred Heart is closing the gap.

As for the top returning players on Long Island, there are three who will likely be vying for Long Island Player of the Year next June. There’s Garden City’s Jenn Medjid, a rising senior attack who verbally committed to Boston College. She had 62 goals and 28 assists a year ago and was the only underclassman to earn first team All-Metro honors by News 12 Varsity.

Also back is Mount Sinai’s Meaghan Tyrrell, a rising senior attack who verbally committed to Syracuse. She had 65 goals and 44 assists, including a combined nine goals and five assists in a pair of wins at the New York State semifinals and finals at SUNY Cortland. Tyrrell was a second team All-Metro pick by News 12 Varsity.

Northport’s Emerson Cabrera had a sensational junior season as the Boston College-bound midfielder had 34 goals and 12 assists, helping the Tigers to a run to the county final. She scored four goals, including the tying tally and the insurance goal with 5:13 left in an 8-6 win over Ward Melville in the Suffolk Class A semifinals.  

 

2018 Long Island Girls Lacrosse Players to Watch

KIRA ACCETTELLA, St. Anthony’s
Junior Midfield, verbally committed to Stony Brook

ALEX BEEBE, Mattituck
Senior Defense, verbally committed to Adelphi

CHRISTINA BELLISSIMO, Rocky Point
Senior Midfield, verbally committed to Stony Brook

KATIE BELLUCCI, Manhasset
Senior Midfield, verbally committed to UPenn

EMERSON CABRERA, Northport
Senior Midfield, verbally committed to Florida

BRIANNA CARRASQUILLO, Rocky Point
Junior Midfield, verbally committed to Yale

KASEY CHOMA, Eastport-South Manor
Junior Midfield, verbally committed to Notre Dame

LINDSEY DEAN, Our Lady of Mercy
Senior Midfield, verbally committed to Drexel

CAROLINE DEBELLIS, Cold Spring Harbor
Junior Midfield

LAUREN DISTEFANO, West Islip
Senior Goalie, verbally committed to Wagner  

HANNAH DORNEY, Comsewogue
Senior Midfield, verbally committed to Notre Dame

ALEXA GENTILE, Massapequa
Sophomore Midfield, verbally committed to North Carolina

ASHLEY GONZALEZ, Half Hollow Hills
Sophomore Attack, verbally committed to Florida

CASEY HEARNS, Commack
Senior Midfield, verbally committed to Brown

MACKENZIE HOEG, Mattituck
Sophomore Midfield

RILEY HOEG, Mattituck
Junior Midfield, verbally committed to Virginia

KRISTINA KALLANSRUDE, Jericho
Junior Midfield

KRISSY KOWALSKI, Manhasset
Senior Goalie, verbally committed to UPenn

SOPHIA LOCICERO, Lynbrook
Senior Midfield, verbally committed to East Carolina

ARIANNA MARCIANO, Portledge
Senior Midfield

CAROLINE MCCARTHY, Port Washington
Senior Defense, committed to North Carolina

LIANA MCDONNELL, Garden City
Junior Midfield, verbally committed to Stanford

KELLY-ANN MCGRATH, Carey
Sophomore Midfield

JENN MEDJID, Garden City
Senior Attack, verbally committed to Boston College

TAYLOR MENNELLA, Smithtown West
Junior Midfield, verbally committed to Hofstra

DANIELLE PAVINELLI, Northport
Sophomore Midfield, verbally committed to Florida

SARAH REZNICK, Long Beach
Senior Goalie, verbally committed to Florida

HAILEY RHATIGAN, Sachem North
Senior Midfield, verbally committed to Mercer

MADISON RIELLY, Manhasset
Senior Attack, verbally committed to Maryland  

MADISON SANCHEZ, Rocky Point
Senior Midfield, verbally committed to Maryland

MELISSA SCONONE, East Islip
Junior Attack, verbally committed to North Carolina

MEAGHAN SCUTARO, Mount Sinai
Senior Defense, verbally committed to Notre Dame

ISABELLE SMITH, Westhampton
Sophomore Midfield, verbally committed to Boston College

JESSICA SMITH, West Babylon
Senior Goalie, verbally committed to Hofstra

TAYLYN STADLER, Syosset
Senior Attack, verbally committed to UPenn

ARDEN TIERNEY, Sacred Heart
Junior Attack, verbally committed to Richmond

ERIN TIERNEY, Massapequa
Senior Defense, verbally committed to Hofstra

MEAGHAN TYRRELL, Mount Sinai
Senior Attack, verbally committed to Syracuse

EMMA WARD, Babylon
Sophomore Attack, verbally committed to Syracuse

CASSIDY WEEKS, Bayport-Blue Point
Senior Midfield, verbally committed to Boston College

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