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NASSAU CONFERENCE I

MANHASSET INDIANS
Coach: Danielle Gallagher
Key players
Julia Glynn, M, Sr.
Natalie Stefan, M, Sr.
Lindsey Ronbeck, A, Jr.
Emily Koufakis, M/D, Sr.
Jackie D'Alleva, M/D, Sr.
Kathryn Hallet, M, Jr.
Outlook: Defending L.I. Class B champ returns eight starters, including three All-Americans, and is ranked No. 2 in nation.

FARMINGDALE DALERS
Coaches: Shari Campbell,Tracy Wiener
Key players
Olivia Kirk, G, Sr.
Samantha Brescia, D, Sr.
Emily Marlow, M, Sr.
Laura Fullam, M/D, Sr.
Chrissy Kelly, M/A, Sr.
Outlook: Defending state Class A champ returns seven Division-I commits, including attacks Tara Wahl and Bridget Weill.

GARDEN CITY TROJANS
Coach: Diane Chapman
Key players
Haley O'Hanlon, A, Sr.
Tara DeAngelo, M, Sr.
Taylor Carpentier, G, Sr.
Kerry Defliese, M, So.
Kristen Adams, D, Jr.
Outlook: Had its run of seven consecutive state Class B championships ended last year in the county final, but remains elite.

WANTAGH WARRIORS
Coach: Jaclyn Coyne
Key players
Brenna Connolly, A, Sr.
Paige Craig, M, Sr.
Nikki Sliwak, M, So.
Stefanie Wenz, M, Sr.
Caitlyn Cerasi, M, So.
Outlook: Nassau Class B semifinalist is led by Florida-bound Connelly and Craig, who is headed to Cornell. Midfielder Hannah Cohen is poised for a breakout season.

NORTH SHORE VIKINGS
Coaches: Jeff Butt, Megan McCormack
Key players
Carly Comitino, A, Sr.
Meaghan Brennan, M, Sr.
Alexandra Cantwell, M, Jr.
Lauren Cristodero, M, Jr.
Carlee Janelli, M, Jr.
Outlook: Tara Kilderry and goalie Samantha Capobianco anchor solid defense.

COLD SPRING HARBOR SEAHAWKS
Coach: Danielle Skakandi
Holly Logan, M, Jr.
Haley Crosson, G, Jr.
Sam DeBelis, A, So.
Ashley Lynch, A, So.
Brooke Jensen, D/M, Jr.
Outlook: County "C" runner-up the last two seasons returns its key players and with a loaded roster, including freshman Kate Kotowski, they believe this is their year.

MASSAPEQUA CHIEFS
Coach: Megan Zimmer
Key players
Jamie Ahrens, D, Sr.
Charlotte Wright, G, Sr.
Colleen Bourgal, A, Sr.
Cassidy O'Brien, A, Sr.
Olivia Batista, M, Jr.
Outlook: Reached Nassau Class A final for an eighth straight year. Graduated offensive sparkplugs, but should remain a potent team.

LONG BEACH MARINES
Coach: Rachel Ray
Key players
Liz Rourke, M, Sr.
Melissa Rubin, M, Sr.
Catie Breglia, A, So.
Hope Henry, A, Sr.
Hannah Sofield, M, Jr.
Outlook: Nassau Class B semifinalist is led by the versatile Rourke, who is headed to San Diego State.

PLAINEDGE RED DEVILS
Coach: Anthony Giovanelli
Key players
Jacqueline Kennedy, M, Sr.
Danielle Harrington, G, Sr.
Jessica Fischetti, A, Sr.
Rebecca Luca, A, Sr.
Erica Carney, D, Sr.
Outlook: Roster returns intact, including attack Sara Stephens. new coach has installed uptempo style.

SOUTH SIDE CYCLONES
Coach: Meaghan Healey
Key players
Maggie Cifarelli, A, Sr.
Briar Rose Detomasso, A, Sr.
Allie Ford, D, Sr.
Katie Ford, M, Sr.
Tessa Considine, M, Jr.
Outlook: Returns nine starters, including goalie Alyssa Knab; moves up to "Power League" after dominating Conference II.

NASSAU CONFERENCE II
PORT WASHINGTON VIKINGS
Coach: Raquel Piraino
Key players
Natalie Ledwitz, M, Sr.
Mia Walker, M, Jr.
Diandre Burton, D, Jr.
Olivia Ressa, A, Jr.
Rachel Rosen, M, Fr.
Gabby Friedman, A, Jr.
Outlook: Led by Old Dominion-bound Ledwitz.

SYOSSET BRAVES
Coach: Lauren LoMonaco
Key players
Kim Presuto, G, Sr.
Emily Rosen, D, Sr.
Jacqueline Cuddy, M, Sr.
Morgan Lannig, A, Jr.
Kelly Siebert, D, So.
Outlook: Has most of its starters back, including the entire defense.

HICKSVILLE COMETS
Coach: Meri Schneider
Key players
Hunter Isnardi, A, Jr.
Keley Abbriano, M, Sr.
Courtney Locurcio, M/A, Sr.
Noelle Batista, M/D, Jr.
Victoria Lomangino, G, Sr.
Outlook: Senior-laden group; offense led by Isnardi (58 points).

SEAFORD VIKINGS
Coach: Kurt Dankenbrink
Key players
Emma Schait, A, Sr.
Jen Molnar, M, Sr.
Victoria Prodan, A, Sr.
Michelle Savino, A, Sr.
Desire Fowlkes, G, Jr.
Outlook: Led by high-scoring, Albany-bound Schait (89 points)

HEWLETT BULLDOGS
Coach: Pat Gormley
Key players
Sam DiSalvo, M, Sr.
Emily Cohen, A, Sr.
Gabby Korin, A, Jr.
Allie May, D, Sr.
Elyssa Barroso, G, Sr.
Outlook: Defense will be improved with three senior defenders, as will the offense with Stony Brook commit Cohen.

BALDWIN BRUINS
Coach: Nicole Lein
Key players
Jessica Markowitz, M, Sr.
Kelsey Cohen, M, Jr.
Nicole Shieltal, G, So.
Bridget Jules, M, So.
Morgan Rachlin, A, Jr.
Outlook: Will have to rebuild its defense after reaching "A" quarterfinals, but Markowitz is a gifted offensive weapon.

OCEANSIDE SAILORS
Coach: Ken Dwyer
Key players
Sydney Oshinsky, M, Sr.
Kelly Hannon, M, Sr.
Cassie Cesario, M, So.
Jenna Doherty, A, So.
Outlook: Young but with designs on making the playoffs for eighth time in nine years.

CALHOUN COLTS
Coach: James Raucci
Key players
Nora Charidah, M, Sr.
Jessica Foley, M, Sr.
Natasha Treuman, A, Jr.
Emily Dolan, M, Sr.
Alexandra Marcello, D, Sr.
Outlook: Balanced group led by Charidah, who could improve on her 65 points.

FRIENDS ACADEMY QUAKERS
Coach: Kelley Moritz
Key players
Alexa Landow, A, Sr.
Rose Mangiarotti, M, Sr.
Emily Mara, A, Sr.
Caroline Sgaglione, M, Jr.
Charlotte Gelfand, D, Sr.
Outlook: Return nine starters from last year's team and explosive offense includes Brown-bound Mangiarotti (43 goals).

OYSTER BAY BAYMEN
Coach: Charlie Rizzutto
Key players
Hannah Kaiser, A, Sr.
Nicole Hauser, A, Jr.
Rebecca Layne, M, Sr.
Vanessa Yu, M, So.
Danielle Maggi, D, Sr.
Outlook: Led by Cornell-bound Kaiser (70 points), Went 12-2 in Conference IV in program's inaugural season, returns its core and has jumped to Conference II.

NASSAU CONFERENCE III

HERRICKS HIGHLANDERS
Coach: Lauren Marra
Key players
Barbara Nictas, A, Sr.
Kristina Stacom, G, Sr.
Bridgit Stacom, M, Jr.
Stephanie Jozkowski, A, sr.
Kaley Nictas, D, Jr.
Madison Marciano, M, So.
Outlook: Set a program record with 14 wins in a breakthrough season last year, and Katie Carmody adds to a potent offense that averaged 15.4 goals.

DIVISION BLUE DRAGONS
Coach: Sean Donnellan
Key players
Ariana Weingrad, M, Sr.
Jessica Minuto, A/M, Sr.
Brianna DeMilia, G, Sr.
Alex Sparrow, M, Jr.
Jamie Alvino, A, Fr.
Outlook: Reached the Nassau "B" quarterfinals and returns its top scorers; will contend for conference title.

ISLAND TREES BULLDOGS
Coach: Jamie Laudage
Key players
Natalie Sulmonte, M, Jr.
Brianna Wilson, M, Jr.
Michaela Siegler, A, Jr.
Bridget Lively, D, Jr.
Grace Kutzma, M, So.
Maggie Hastings, M, So.
Outlook: Only three seniors, but Towson-bound Sulmonte is a potential star (80 points) and addition of Siegler provides a boost.

EAST MEADOW JETS
Coach: Jamie Lago
Key players
Nicole Moniello, A, Sr.
Lindsey Hoffman, G, Sr.
Jenna Borresen, M, Sr.
Kelly Clarke, D, So.
Jaida Zabala, D, Sr.
Erin Fowler, M, So.
Outlook: Looks to build off 8-6 season and does so with a solid defense and Hoffman, an athletic goalie who made 159 saves last season.

LOCUST VALLEY FALCONS
Coach: Carolyn Sumcizk
Key players
Emily Schlicht, D, Sr.
Julia Vezza, D, Sr.
Lindsay Bleistein, M, Jr.
Kameron Palagonia, A, So.
Cassandra Vnook, G, Jr.
Outlook: Graduated its top scorers after reaching Nassau "C" semifinals, but returns most of its defense and has potential on offense.

LYNBROOK OWLS
Coach: Vincent Tetro
Key players
Chandley Borges, A, Sr.
Sarah Chyriwski, G, Sr.
Casey Strauss, D, Sr.
Ciara Gordon, M, Jr.
Gabrielle Patick, M, Jr.
Outlook: Made the Class B playoffs and returns a strong core, led by the Adelphi-bound Borges. Strauss and Gabrielle LoCicero fortify the defense.

MacARTHUR GENERALS
Coach: Janine Bridgewood
Key players
Sam Santeramo, G, Sr.
Kelly McQuail, M, Sr.
Alex Goodelman, A, Sr.
Kristen Politi, M, Sr.
Caitlyn Buckley, M, So.
Outlook: Bryant-bound Santeramo stared last season as Generals went 12-4 in Conference IV. MacArthur now moves up to Conference III.

CLARKE RAMS
Coach: Rick Aragona
Key players
Caileigh Berry, D, Sr.
Natalie Morano, M/D, Sr.
Karen Downes, G, Sr.
Maddie Anderson, M, Jr.
Diana Schmidt, M, Jr.
Outlook: Will look to capitalize on team speed with its roster full of athletic, multi-sport girls. Jen Wahlig's quickness in the crease adds offensive punch.

FLORAL PARK KNIGHTS
Coach: Kristen Freiermuth
Key players
Mary Beth Clancy, D, Sr.
Kiera Klaum, D, Sr.
Breanna McAllister, M, So.
Hannah Schmidd, D, So.
Nicole Choisez, D, So.
Katie O'Donnell, A, So.
Outlook: Competitive group with good speed.

CARLE PLACE FROGS
Coach: Harvey Allen
Key players
Jessica Vella, A, Sr.
Abby Pine, A, Sr.
Maria Hyland, M, Sr.
Elissa Frein, M, So.
Outlook: Led by an experienced attack line.

NASSAU CONFERENCE IV

BETHPAGE GOLDEN EAGLES
Coach: Kate Danowski-Wright
Key players
Luanna Barbuzano, M, Jr.
Isabella Bradley, M, Jr.
Alexa Ritchie, A, Fr.
Alyssa Gennaro, D, Jr.
Jessica Romano, D, Jr.
Outlook: Only one senior (goalie Alexa Giuliano) but seven juniors provide leadership; Ritchie is poised for breakout season.

ROSLYN BULLDOGS
Coach: Michelle Crennan
Key players
Allison Schneider, M, Sr.
Katy Ansel, D, Sr.
Arielle Mayourian, D, Sr.
Chloe Cecchini, D, Sr.
Nicole Korn, A, Sr.
Outlook: Return leading scorer Schneider; Lexi Singer and Lindsey Wolfe add firepower.

JERICHO JAYHAWKS
Coach: Jacqueline Marcel and Roxie Raab
Key players
Taylor Murphy, M, Sr.
Emily Mueller, M, Sr.
Sydney Adler, M, Jr.
Danielle Pestyner, D, Sr.
Brianna Sa, M, So.
Outlook: Murphy and Adler lead the charge.

NEW HYDE PARK GLADIATORS
Coach: Dominic Gagnon
Key players
Ariana Bruschi, M, Sr.
Celeste Lyons, A, Sr.
Regina Siciliano, D, Sr.
Keeley McGrath, M, Jr.
Kirsten Rivers, M, Jr.
Chiara Bushati, G, So.
Outlook: Led by Bruschi on offense.

MEPHAM PIRATES
Coach: Jim Mulvey
Key players
Emily Schmitt, M, Sr.
Erin Gilroy, M, So.
Taylor Black, A/M, Jr.
Kellie Gilroy, D, Sr.
Brianna Caponi, A, Jr.
Outlook: Led by Rider-bound Schmitt, an athletic group with improving skills.

CAREY SEAHAWKS
Coach: Colleen Killoran
Key players
Christina Ryan, A, Sr.
Shannon Giddens, M, So.
Cheyenne Samson, D, Jr.
Dana Susse, D, Jr.
Brett Robison, M, So.
Outlook: Ryan leads a young team.

BELLMORE JFK COUGARS
Coach: Jayna Kyriacou
Key players
Lauren Kranis, M, Jr.
Sydney Wolke, D, Jr.
Jeeyoon Kang, D, Sr.
Ariel LoFaro, A/M, Jr.
Taylor Haiduk, G, Jr.
Outlook: Team's focus is developing chemistry and improving skills.

MINEOLA MUSTANGS
Coach: Frank Massaro
Key players
Courtney Capobiano, A, Sr.
Emily Carboine, G, Sr.
Sabrino Fererri, M, Jr.
Sera Levy, A, Jr.
Emma Fader, M, So.
Alexandra Iannelli, M, So.
Outlook: Capobianco and Carboine are proven talents.

PLAINVIEW JFK HAWKS
Coach: Jeff Salzman
Key players
Angela Bolletieri, M, Sr.
Katie Woodburn, A, Jr.
Taylor Vaca, M, Jr.
Jessica Steinhilber, M, Jr.
Lauren Healy, M, Fr.
Bailey Bravin, G, So.
Outlook: Bolletieri is a solid, defensive-minded midfielder who leads a program that is rebuilding from the PAL level on up.

SEWANHAKA INDIANS
Coach: Erica Brennan
Key players
Skylar Shimanski, A/M, Sr.
Cynthia Devendra, M, Sr.
Daniella Ford, D, Jr.
Michelle Niles, D, Jr.
Bianca Santana, M, Jr.
Outlook: Shimanski, with her quality stick skills, is a capable scorer and distributor.

NASSAU CONFERENCE V

GREAT NECK NORTH BLAZERS
Coach: Kristen Cornicello
Key players
Emily Nitzberg, M, Sr.
Taylor Nelson, M, Sr.
Gabrielle Berger, M, So.
Sabrina Damaghi, A, Sr.
Haley Nelson, D, Sr.
Outlook: Return most of their starters and have promising additions in sophomore goalie Kyra Charton and eighth-grade attack Ariella Lerner.

FREEPORT RED DEVILS
Coach: Danielle Torre
Key players
LaChaye Allen, M, Sr.
Jazmin Blackman, D, Sr.
Ngozi Douglas, M, Jr.
Melinda Malave, M, So.
Katherine Sanchez, M, So.
Outlook: Young team enters rebuilding phase with first-year coach:, but athleticism is a strength as Torre implements new scheme.

GREAT NECK SOUTH REBELS
Coach: Christine Eisenhauer
Key players
Jessica Kwong, M, Sr.
Sandy Lopez, M, Jr.
Sherry Yang, M, Jr.
Casey Li, M, Jr.
Mia Oginsky, M, So.
Outlook: The Rebels return six starters and expect to make strides with a more experienced and cohesive group.

VALLEY STREAM EAGLES
Coach: Jessie Zwicker
Key players
Kallie Demas, M, Sr,
Jessica D'Elia, D, Sr.
Brianna Ricotta, D, Sr.
Tanisha Verneus, M, Sr.
Nicole Cutrone, M, So.
Outlook: Demas and Verneus are proven skill players and will provide leadership for their talented underclassmen.

MALVERNE/E. ROCK ROCKIN' MULES
Coach: Christine Connell
Key players
Melissa Barto, M, Sr.
Halle Johnson, A, Sr.
Emma Nicoletti, A, So.
Erin Foley, D, Sr.
Katherine Umana, M, Jr.
Outlook: Return most of last year's team, so familiarity and on-field rapport should be to their advantage.

WEST HEMPSTEAD RAMS
Coach: Tracy Hutt
Key players
Taylor Freiermuth, A, Sr.
Kara Lynch, A, Sr.
Angelique Jabouin, D, Sr.
Kayla Cleare, D, Sr.
Alicia Carelus, D, Sr.
Outlook: Its depth and quality will have to offset the inexperience at goalie.

GLEN COVE BIG RED
Coach: Justine Golloub
Key players
Samantha DiPaola, M, Sr.
Christina DelGrosso, M, Sr.
Natalie Tenke, A, Sr.
Gillian Farnan, G, Sr.
Selena Guastella, A, Jr.
Cat Hatala, M, So.
Outlook: Led by DiPaola, a skilled D-wing, and DelGrosso, who can score.

HEMPSTEAD TIGERS
Coach: Patti Ortmann
Key players
Erika Rivera, M/D, Sr.
Kayla Green, M, Jr.
Britney Underwood, D, Jr.
Ashley Sinclair, G, Jr.
Outlook: Graduated eight starters and will now rely on Green to control the midfield and Underwood to anchor its defense.

WHEATLEY WILDCATS
Coach: Terry Grace
Key players
Julia Balboni, M, Sr.
Dani Loel, D, Sr.
Brooke Goldfarb, D, Sr.
Morgan Hanel, M, Jr.
Gabby Leccese, M, Jr.
Outlook: Returns leading scorer in center-midfielder Balboni (56 goals) and should be competitive.

ELMONT SPARTANS
Coach: Anna Limitone
Key players
Courtnay Ihaza
Monique Joseph
Christelle Semed
Outlook: Returns Ihaza, a solid threat and Spartans hope to improve on three-win season.

ROOSEVELT ROUGH RIDERS
Coach: Joanie Buczkowski
Key players
Tatyanah Wright, M, Sr.
Sabrina Hall, M, Sr.
Corrine Felix, D, Sr.
Precious Hall, M, So.
Wura Ayo, M, So.
Outlook: Begins its inaugural season.







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