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2017 All-Metro Boys Lacrosse First Team

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Wed, Jun 14, 2017 1:15 AM — @News12Varsity

Updated Wed, Jun 14, 2017 6:48 PM

2017 All-Metro Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year

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Andrew McKenna
Andrew McKenna

Committed to:Navy

Grade:Senior
Position:Defense

Before defending the United States, the Navy-bound senior drew the toughest assignments game after game and won just about every battle. The three-year starter blanketed Smithtown East’s Connor DeSimone and Brendan Nichtern from Massapequa, limiting them to a combined three goals and one assist as the Patriots captured the Suffolk and Long Island Class A titles for a second straight year and a first state crown since 2013. 

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2017 All-Metro Boys Lacrosse Coach of the Year

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Dennis Bonn
Dennis Bonn

Grade:18th season
Position:Head coach

Barely on the bus home from a second straight New York State Class C title, Bonn told his team about the task at hand if they won again this June. He challenged his team throughout, in intense practices and a quality non-league schedule. Bonn, a math teacher, surely loves these numbers – three consecutive state titles (the first program on Long Island to do so) and a winning streak of 28 and counting. 

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2017 All-Metro Boys Lacrosse First Team

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Mac Bredahl
Mac Bredahl

Committed to:Villanova

Height:5-7
Weight:150

Grade:Junior
Position:Attack

The speedy junior produced 47 goals and 46 assists despite being constantly targeted as Chatham's must-stop offensive spark. Bredahl, with 197 points in the last two years, generated multiple points in all but two games this season to help the Cougars (16-3) reach the finals in North Jersey, Group 2 and the Morris County Tournament.

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Ian Laviano
Ian Laviano

Committed to:Virginia

Grade:Senior
Position:Attack

The Virginia-bound senior helped guide the Seahawks to a Long Island-record third consecutive state title. The five-year starter was not only one of the top scorers on Long Island with 68 goals and 39 assists, he was also aggressive on the ride. He led the Seahawks in penalties and coach Dennis Bonn didn’t mind one bit. 

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Chris Gray
Chris Gray

Committed to:Boston University

Grade:Senior
Position:Attack

Described by Shoreham-Wading River coach Mike Taylor as a “once-in-a-lifetime” player, the Boston University-bound senior found a way to have an impact on every game he played. Humble and driven, Gray led Long Island with 115 points on 90 goals and 25 assists, guiding the Wildcats to a second straight county title. Gray, who eclipsed 100 points for a second straight year, scored six times in the Suffolk ‘C’ final. 

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Kevin Lindley
Kevin Lindley

Committed to:Loyola

Grade:Senior
Position:Attack

A three-year starter, the Loyola-bound senior shattered Darien’s record books while leading the Blue Wave to yet another state title and undefeated season. He had 106 goals and 28 assists for 134 points, which set a Darien single-season record. He also finished with stellar career with 219 goals, surpassing the school’s all-time mark set by Case Matheis. 

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Connor DeSimone
Connor DeSimone

Committed to:Johns Hopkins

Grade:Senior
Position:Attack/Midfield

A four-year starter and two-time All-Metro first team selection, DeSimone finished as Long Island’s second leading scorer with 114 points from 60 goals and 44 assists.  A wizard with the ball in his stick, the Johns Hopkins-bound senior didn’t just show the glitz. In a 7-5 win over Smithtown West in the Suffolk ‘A’ semifinals, DeSimone also showed grit, picking up a key late groundball deep in his team’s defensive zone. 

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Colin Crowley
Colin Crowley

Committed to:Villanova

Height:6-0
Weight:180

Grade:Senior
Position:Midfield

Even though identified all season as Delbarton's biggest threat out of the midfield, Crowley was  able to generate nine of his 27 goals and 10 of his 25 assists to help send the Green Wave to their second consecutive Tournament of Champions title and third in the last four years.

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Matt Licciardi
Matt Licciardi

Committed to:Cornell

Grade:Senior
Position:Midfield

The quarterback of Cold Spring Harbor’s vaunted offense, the Cornell-bound senior was the heart and soul of one of the tri-state’s best teams. The four-year starter was arguably Cold Spring Harbor’s most valuable player because of his work at the faceoff X. A two-time All-Metro first team selection, Licciardi had 24 goals and 65 assists and 134 groundballs. 

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Taylor Strough
Taylor Strough

Committed to:Fairfield

Grade:Senior
Position:Midfield

The Fairfield-bound senior ended his vaunted Cold Spring Harbor career with a bang, scoring four goals in a come-from-behind win over Jamesville-DeWitt in the New York State Class C final. The three-year starter finished second on the Seahawks in scoring with 66 goals and 12 assists, but was also solid defensively and was on the wing for faceoffs, scooping up 75 groundballs. 

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Jamie Zusi
Jamie Zusi

Committed to:Denver

Height:5-8
Weight:190

Grade:Senior
Position:FOGO

He followed brother Thomas ('16 grad) onto all-state by winning 77 percent of his faceofffs to help Big Blue's young offense prosper as the season moved along. Zusi guided Pingry to a third straight Non-Public B title, but missed the Tournament of Champions semifinal against Moorestown with a concussion. Pingry lost, 8-4. 

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Jose Boyer
Jose Boyer

Committed to:Notre Dame

Grade:Senior
Position:Defense

Boyer missed a couple of early season games for the Huskers but that didn’t stop the defenseman from having yet another incredible season. The Notre Dame commit has the athleticism to stick with any attacker who comes his way and displays on-field leadership that keeps Yorktown in tact. Boyer has the ability to smother attackers in one-on-one situations, keeps the unit organized and is the only Section 1 player to repeat as All-American this year.
 

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Jared Reinson, Montgomery
Jared Reinson, Montgomery

Committed to:Johns Hopkins

Height:6-0
Weight:200

Grade:Senior
Position:Defense

This multi-year starter would have been a top candidate for this honor  based purely upon his tenacious coverage and  leadership for a defense that helped Group 4 Montgomery claim its first NJSIAA state title since 2007. Reinson, though, wears several hats and utilizes two different sticks during the course of each game. He alternates on faceoffs on both wing and at the X and his outstanding stick skills earned Reinson an offensive middie spot on the Cougars' extra-man unit. He was the team's sixth leading scorer with 12 goals and 13 assists.

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Arden Cohen
Arden Cohen

Committed to:Notre Dame

Grade:Senior
Position:Defense

Cohen was just a first-ever varsity player after moving into the district before his senior season, but what an impact he made. The Notre Dame-bound pole was relentless, aggressive and downright nasty in anchoring a defense that conceded a stingy 4.0 goals per game and didn’t allow double-digit goals all season. 

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Ryan Cornell
Ryan Cornell

Committed to:Vermont

Grade:Senior
Position:Goalie

The epitome of a big-time goalie, Cornell was in the cage for Darien’s entire 54-game winning streak, which includes three consecutive CIAC Class L state titles. The Vermont-bound senior is a two-time All-State selection and the MVP of the FCIAC title game. He led the Blue Wave to a perfect 23-0 season and the top spot again in News 12 Varsity’s Tri-State Top 20 poll. 

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