We’re several months away from the start of the 2009 varsity lax season.
But it’s never too early to get a consensus on what teams will be the best.
So let’s hear your choices.
Be sure to weigh in on some teams that could have surprising seasons as well.
Here’s a quick look at the defending champs:
â€¢ Yorktown (Class A): The ‘Huskers, who won their 27th sectional title in the last 29 years this past season, seem well-equipped to win yet another. Yorktown returns Johns Hopkins-bound senior midfielder John Ranagan, attackman Kevin Interlicchio (ranked 12th among juniors nationally by Inside Lacrosse), Towson-bound defenseman John Fennessy and Michael Bonitatibus, who is now a senior after being the first freshman to start in goal for Yorktown since 1967 as a freshman. Yorktown is eligible to compete in Class B next season, though no formal decision has yet been announced.
â€¢ John Jay (Class B): The Indians’ 47-game win streak against Section 1 teams ended this past season in a double-overtime 9-8 loss at Rye. Will their run of four straight sectional titles come to an end next year? John Jay, after all, loses all-time leading scorer Chris Bocklet as well as fellow all-America Kevin Drew, who are both ranked among the top 10 incoming freshman in college lax this season. Also lost to graduation are Drexel-bound defenseman James Whalen and Binghamton-bound goalie Chris Latino. John Jay will rely on senior midfielder Will Stewart, its lone ESG representative, as well as defenseman Geoff Stearns, who is bound for Lafayette. John Jay also returns middie Harrison Silver, has a budding star in rising sophomore Mike Daniello and a promising goaltender in junior Robert Maher.
â€¢ Rye (Class C): ESG participant Cole McCormack could emerge as a big-time college prospect. The rising junior had 13 ground balls and won nine of 13 faceoffs in the state semifinals against Mount Sinai. The Garnets, who have won four straight sectional titles, also return one of the state’s top defenders in Donald Keough as well as attackman Rob Santangelo and midfielder Pat O’Callaghan.
â€¢ Iona Prep (CHSAA): The Gaels, coming off a breakthrough season, should be back for more, with the return of Drexel-bound Nick Trizano, who led the nation in scoring last season, as well as standouts Michael O’Hagan, Miles Gillespie and Gus Guido.
â€¢ “Recruiting updates for the Class of 2009”:http://boyslacrosse.lohudblogs.com/2008/06/21/daily-recruiting-updates-for-class-of-2009/
â€¢ “Recruiting updates for the Class of 2008”:http://boyslacrosse.lohudblogs.com/2007/08/12/late-summer-recruiting-update/
â€¢ “Recruiting 101: Some questions and answers”:http://boyslacrosse.lohudblogs.com/2007/08/22/recruiting-101-some-questions-and-answers/