Here are some players to keep an eye on during the upcoming season:
Davis Allen (Pelham): Most teams are simply unable to match up with the 6-foot-6 specimen who already knows how to use that size to gain a major advantage. The sophomore attackman had 35 goals and 35 assists last season. Next level: Notre Dame.
Michael Dedvukaj (Yorktown): When he starts backing in, defenders are in trouble. The senior attackman/midfielder is a 200-pound force who can spin with quick feet and find a corner. He scored 36 goals a year ago. Next level: Monmouth.
Nick Del Bene (Yorktown): Goalies need to keep a close eye on the 6-foot-1 lefty no matter where he is because he’s got leverage and range. The senior midfielder/attackman finished with 32 goals and 18 assists last season. Next level: Towson.
Henry Grass (Bronxville): He will draw the best pole every game and still find a way to finish. The senior attackman had 55 goals and 27 assists last season and he’s coming back even stronger. Next level: Hopkins.
C.J. Greco (Suffern): A determined athlete whose improved skills made him a force by the end of last season. The junior midfielder routinely is slippery enough to win most 1-on-1 matchups and is quick to set up or score when the slide comes. Next level: Undecided.
Aidan Hynes (Mahopac): The very definition of the word feisty. Whether the junior long stick middie is chasing an opponent with the ball or using his legs to start a break, he’s a lot to deal with. Next level: Yale.
Ryan Lee (John Jay): When the Indians grab the lead, they have a habit of hanging on. The issue has been inconsistency on the offensive end, but the senior attackman could have a major impact. Next level: Richmond.
Reed Malas (Mamaroneck): He is the acrobatic midfielder/attackman the Tigers look for when they most need a goal. The senior had 63 goals and 27 assists last spring and will get more attention this season. Next level: Bucknell.
Kyle Michella (North Rockland): A true playmaker. The reigning player of the year in Rockland is an evasive attackman with breakdown ability. He finished with 34 goals and 51 assists as a sophomore. Next level: Undecided.
Kevin Prunty (Lakeland/Panas): The defending Class A champions will need a big season from the youngest of three lacrosse brothers. The junior attackman had 27 goals a year ago. Next level: Siena.
Charlie Tarry (Bronxville): After sparring with a string of Division I recruits in practice daily, the senior is perhaps the best pole in Section 1. He’s got the hands and feet to lock down most opponents. Next level: Princeton.
Top 10 teams
1. Yorktown: It’s only a matter of time before new stars emerge for the Huskers. Keep an eye on Tyler Makar and Kyle Casey.
2. Bronxville: Broncos lead Section 1 in Division I commits, but they have more holes to fill than usual.
3. Mamaroneck: How do you not consider this program a traditional power? Even so, there will be some early bumps in the road.
4. Iona Prep: Defense is the priority this season. The underclassmen will have to provide some needed scoring punch.
5. North Rockland: Write this down, Kyle Michella to Tyler Senatore. The Red Raiders need to find a third and fourth option, though.
6. John Jay: There are going to be some early-season obstacles. Ryan Lee and Matt Lupinacci are the only established threats.
7. Fox Lane: Foxes are hoping to do more than compete in a difficult league. Matt Magnan and Cullen Morgan rank among the top midfield tandems.
8. Lakeland/Panas: A youth movement always comes with a learning curve. The more faceoffs Nick Vazquez wins, the better.
9. Mahopac: Learned some lessons along the way last season. A hyperactive defense will create a good number of turnovers.
10. Fordham Prep: Plugging in new pieces and hoping they fit. Chris Hemsley is taking over as head coach, too.
Keep an eye on
Somers: In rebuilding mode with a new coach and plenty of unknowns.
Hen Hud: There’s enough firepower here to get the attention of traditional powers.
Pleasantville: Will the Panthers close the gap on Bronxville?
Hackley: Hornets appear to have taken ownership of the Fairchester League.
Suffern: Experienced growing pains last season and learned some lessons.
May 2: Murphy Cup. The annual showdown between Yorktown and Lakeland/Panas.
May 12: Seeding meeting for the Section 1 tournament.
May 21: White Plains High School again hosts the Section 1 championship games.
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