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Fordham Prep ranked 22nd in Tri State Pre season poll

Posted Tuesday, February 18, 2014 by Joe Lombardi

And we’re off.

At least, rankings-wise, that is.

Once the 2014 varsity season gets under way just over a month from now, we’ll be posting updated rankings each Sunday.

Now, to get things started, here are our preseason rankings.

Feel free to post any questions or comments about the selections here.

LLTRISTATETOP25Without further ado, we present our inaugural LaxLessons.com Tristate Top 25 preseason team rankings.

1. Garden City (NY): If the two-time defending Class B state champions are to pull a three-peat possession will be the key and with UMass-bound goaltender Danny Dolan and star midfielder James Sullivan, the Trojans have two key weapons who should help them hold on to the ball.

2. Smithtown West (NY): The Bulls’ climb to national prominence may reach its peak in 2014, with led by an array of major D-I returning starters: Christian Zawadzki (Maryland) at midfield, Ryan Keenan (Penn State) at attack, Logan Greco (Cornell) and Kyle Mathie (North Carolina) on defense and Matt Smidt (Ohio State) in goal.

3. Delbarton (NJ): The Green Wave are coming off a season in which they came away with wins against such national powers as St. Anthony’s, Summit, Fairfield Prep and Chaminade. The Green Wave will scrimmage Seton Hall Prep, the team that ended Delby’s season in the T of C, as well as two-time New York state champion Garden City on March 15 at GC.

4. Chaminade (NY): The defending CHSAA AAA champions must replace their entire defense, but the Flyers have some talented offensive weapons, including speedy Princeton-bound midfielder Sam Bonafede and attackman James Roberts.

5. Ward Melville (NY): The Patriots won the consensus national championship in 2013, finishing 22-0. But they’ve lost three of the key catalysts to that run, in goaltender Dan Nemirov (Cornell) and midfielders Jack Bruckner (Duke) and Christian Mazzone (Rutgers). A strong nucleus does return, led by attackman Daniel Bucaro (Georgetown), midfielder Jake McCulloch (Cornell) and defender Tom O’Reilly (Cornell), and the Patriots welcome a new coach in Jay Negus.

6. Yorktown (NY): Yorktown had the misfortune of being on the same side of the state postseason bracket as Niskayuna. Despite seeing their season end in the state quarterfinals, Yorktown restablished itself as a national power in 2013. This year should be no different. Yorktown’s returning trio of All-Americans (attackman Connor Vercruysse, midfielder Luke Palmadesso and defender Austin Fusco) are the anchors, but this team has a lot more talent beyond those three, including talented midfielders Ryan Baker, Tomas Rodriguez, Eric Meyreles, Kris Alvarado, Nick Del Bene and Billy Strassman, attackman Nicky Bonitatibus, defender Dan Del Bene and goaltender Austin Graham.

7. St. Anthony’s (NY): The Friars enter 2014 in an unfamiliar position. After St. A’s failed to win the CHSAA AAA title for the first time since 2008 last season. The Friars may lack a Tom Schreiber-caliber star, but do have depth and a strong offense core that features JT Caputo,Greg Galligan, Tom Laupas and Mike Laviano and a defense anchored by goalie Jack Concannon that includes Dan O’Brien and Brian McDonald.

8. Manhasset (NY): The Indians will be looking to make it to the Nassau County finals for the 14th time in the last 15 years. Manhasset has one of the top midfielders on Long Island, in Penn-bound senior James Farrell, one of its top attackmen in Duke-bound Matt Gavin and one of its top defenders in Fairfield-bound Benny Borgognone.

9. New Canaan (CT): The Rams appear to be fully loaded as they pursue a third straight title in one of the country’s most competitive conferences, the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference. Attackmen Harry Stanton and Michael Kraus are two of the state’s best at their positions and the team’s entire defense, including goaltender Trent Nader, returns. Sophomore Kyle Smith is a rising star.

10. Don Bosco Prep (NJ): The Ironmen are fresh off an 18-3 season that was highlighted by a 12-game win streak. A strong senior class includes North Carolina-bound midfielder Mike D’Alessandro. Syracuse-bound Riley O’Sullivan, a junior attackman, is one of the tristate’s top offensive weapons, , and UMass-bound senior Greg Pandise is a big physical defender.

11. Smithtown East (NY)

12. Fairfield Prep (CT)

13. Northport (NY)

14. Ridgefield (CT)

15. Mountain Lakes (NJ)

16. Massapequa (NY)

17. West Islip (NY)

18. Ridge (NJ)

19. Summit (CT)

20. Bronxville (NY)

21. Greenwich (CT)

22. Fordham Prep (NY)

23. Darien (CT)

24. Shoreham-Wading River (NY)

25. Wilton (CT)

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