Lakeland/Panas returns high-scoring attackman Jack Doherty, left, but can the Rebels make up for some significant graduation losses and enjoy as strong a regular season next year as they did this past spring? Somers, meanwhile, welcomes back one of the area’s top defensemen in Chris Coppolecchia, right. (Dave Kennedy/Journal News file photo)
We have a while to go before the 2008 varsity lax season arrives, but I thought it would be interesting to get an early consensus on what team should be the best.
So be sure to not only cast your vote in our poll, but to explain your reason why here. We’ve added a new feature in our poll where you can write in a team that isn’t among our nominees. In fact, the poll just went up and someone already has Ã¢â‚¬â€ for Putnam Valley.
The top two contenders appear to be John Jay and Yorktown Ã¢â‚¬â€ and why not?
John Jay ended the 2007 season ranked seventh in the country. So that should easily put them No. 1 in the section for next year, right? Not so fast. John Jay lost its entire starting defense and a pair of all-America attackmen in Brian Douglass and Kevin Stockel. The Indians, of course, do return two of the top 15 ranked seniors in the country in Virginia-bound Chris Bocklet and Syracuse-bound Kevin Drew.
If Yorktown had not avenged for a loss to Lakeland/Panas in the Charlie Murphy Cup by beating the Rebels in the sectional final, the Cornhuskers would have ended a season with a loser record for the first time since 1979. But that’s just a distant memory now.
The ‘Huskers not only won the section for the 26th time in 28 years, but played the top-ranked team in the nation Ã¢â‚¬â€ West Islip Ã¢â‚¬â€ very tough in the Class A state semifinals. And most of Yorktown’s starting lineup returns intact, including midfielders Rocky Bonitatibus and John Froats, goaltender Michael Bonitatibus, defenseman Ethan Fox and attackmen Brendan Kurpis, John Ranagan and Kevin Interlicchio.
And let’s not forget about Lakeland/Panas, which enjoyed such a strong regular season, and which has plenty of talent coming back, including goaltender Mike McKay and attackman Jack Doherty.
Somers has perhaps the premier junior in Section 1 in attackman Joe Marasco and a polished defenseman in senior Chris Coppolecchia and three-time Class C sectional champ Rye returns Colgate-bound middie Kevin Gordon and high-scoring attackman Alex Prostano.
So there you have the contenders Ã¢â‚¬â€ at least some of them. Are there any others we didn’t mention, and who do you think should be at the top of the list? Be sure to weigh in with your thoughts.
And don’t forget:
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Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ For information, including a video report, on the two remaining major coaching vacancies in Section 1, “click here.”:http://boyslacrosse.lohudblogs.com/2007/09/04/coaching-news/
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Yorktown and John Jay players shake hands following the Indians’ 12-6 win last season Ã¢â‚¬â€ John Jay’s third straight against the ‘Huskers. (Dave Kennedy/Journal News file photo)