The #lohudglax watch list
Mikaila Cheeseman, Suffern: The senior All-America goalkeeper has a knack for coming up big when the Mounties need her most. An example: last season’s sectional title game against Mahopac. Cheeseman is committed to UPenn.
Kaitlyn Comerford, Yorktown: The senior midfielder was one of Yorktown’s top offensive players last year, scoring 57 goals and earning All-America honors despite battling injuries down the stretch. Comerford is committed to Villanova.
Alyssa Conklin, Suffern: With Suffern graduating several key pieces from last year’s team, the senior All-America defender will be more important than ever to the Mounties. Conklin is committed to UConn.
Casey Duff, Yorktown: One of the fastest players in the area, the senior midfielder stepped up when injuries hit Yorktown last year, finishing with 57 goals and 12 assists to go with All-America honors. Duff is committed to Syracuse.
Micheline DiNardo, Rye: The top returner for the Garnets, the senior goalkeeper earned All-America honors last season to cement her reputation as one of the area’s top stoppers. DiNardo is committed to Georgetown.
Lilly Grass, Bronxville: The senior attacker is the go-to offensive option for a loaded Bronxville squad, having put up 75 goals and 45 assists last year to go with All-America honors. Grass is committed to Michigan.
Kaitlyn Gutenberger, North Rockland: One of the top offensive options for the Red Raiders, the senior midfielder scored 62 goals last year and earned All-Section honors. Gutenberger is committed to St. Thomas Aquinas.
Allison Iodice, Suffern: The team’s primary draw-taker from last year, the junior midfielder will reprise that role this season, as well as being one of the team’s main offensive options. Iodice is committed to Villanova.
Sammy Mueller, Hackley: The senior midfielder, who scored an incredible 104 goals last season, is comfortably the top non-Section 1 player in the area. Mueller is committed to Virginia.
Gabby Rosenzweig, Somers: An All-American last year, the senior midfielder had 44 goals and 30 assists last season and was a key leader in the team’s run to the state final. Rosenzweig is committed to UPenn.
Livy Rosenzweig, Somers: Gabby’s younger sister was one of the area’s top scorers last season. The junior attacker had 82 goals and 32 assists as the second offensive option behind Nicole DeMase. Rosenzweig is committed to Loyola.
Mason Warble, Bronxville: The junior midfielder was excellent on draw controls for Bronxville last year, and was also one of the top offensive options with 58 goals and 13 assists. Warble is committed to Brown.
The next 12
Katie Bradbury, Lakeland/Panas, Sr., MF (Catholic University)
Lauren Craft, Brewster, So., MF (Penn State)
Jordan Drab, Suffern, Sr., A (Rutgers)
Jenna Fox, North Rockland, Sr., D (uncommitted)
Rilea Fusco, Yorktown, Jr., A (Syracuse)
Gianna Guerra, North Rockland, Sr., G (New Haven)
Talia Land, Mamaroneck, Sr., G (Amherst)
Ashley Stilo, Yorktown, Sr., D (Virginia)
Mallory Toolan, Irvington, Sr., A (High Point)
Liz Trojan, Suffern, Sr., A (Villanova)
Ellie Walsh, Bronxville, Jr., MF (Cornell)
Lindsay West, Fox Lane, Sr., A (Colgate)
Preseason #lohudglax power rankings
1. Suffern: The Mounties may have graduated several long-time starters, but they still have a lot of returning talent and are the three-time defending Class A section champions.
2. Somers: The Tuskers graduated Nicole DeMase, but the Rosenzweig sisters, along with All-Section selection Izzy LaRocca, are among several returners back to defend their Class B sectional title.
3. Yorktown: For the last three years, Yorktown’s season has come to an end in the sectional final. With quality talent all over the roster, will the fourth time be the charm?
4. North Rockland: The Red Raiders are returning nearly their entire roster from last year’s team that went 15-3. They stand as the biggest challengers to Suffern’s dominance in Class A.
5. Bronxville: The Broncos are the overwhelming favorites to win the Class C sectional title. In addition to Grass, they have a loaded junior class, including newcomer Olivia Jensen, a transfer from Mamaroneck.
6. Rye: The Garnets have one of the best goalkeepers in the area in DiNardo, and return a lot of last year’s team that lost to Somers by only three goals in the sectional semifinals.
7. Lakeland/Panas: The Rebels project to be a young team this upcoming season and will also be without field hockey star Dana Bozek, but they still have some solid talent in Gianna Napoli, Valerie Perkins and Bradbury.
8. Mamaroneck: The Tigers graduated a strong senior class and lost key attacker Jensen to Bronxville, but look to goalie Land, Katie Cotter and Julia Kwait to pick up the slack.
9. Rye Country Day: The Wildcats are coming off of an 18-0 season, which included winning the Fairchester League and NYSAIS titles. Julia Massaro is now at Stanford, but keep an eye on junior Taylor Regan.
10. Mahopac: With several graduations, including arguably the program’s best-ever player in Kim Harker, the Indians hope their numerous newcomers can continue the momentum from last year’s run to the sectional final.
Keep an eye on …
Hackley: The Hornets, led by Mueller, this season will look to regain their NYSAIS dominance, which has been derailed by Rye Country Day the past two years.
John Jay: Typically one of the best Class B programs in the area, the Indians graduated a lot of talent, like All-American Amanda Flayhan, but head coach Ali Steinberg likes what she has seen from her freshman class.
North Salem: Despite being one of the smallest schools in the section, don’t underestimate the Tigers. They managed to pull an upset win over Lakeland/Panas last season and figure to be in the Class C mix.
Tappan Zee: The Dutchies might be in the shadow of Suffern and North Rockland in terms of Rockland lacrosse, but they had a quality, 12-5 record last year.
2. North Rockland
4. John Jay
5. Tappan Zee
2. Pearl River
3. North Salem
4. Hen Hud
5. Putnam Valley