LI Spring Big 10: Friars start on top
1. ST. ANTHONY'S BOYS LACROSSE Brian Sherlock scored four goals in the Friars' season opening 9-2 victory over Holy Trinity. St. Anthony's was so potent offensively, Trinity goalie Sam Weiss had to make an astonishing 29 saves. Friars feature more than half a dozen major D-I prospects.
2. HOLY TRINITY BASEBALL The Titans have the best 1-2 senior pitching combo on Long Island. Lefthander Alex Robinson and righty Anthony Rosati could dominate the CHSAA wood bat league. Second baseman Jack Parenty, the CHSAA Player of the Year as a junior, is the offensive catalyst.
3. GARDEN CITY GIRLS LACROSSE The six-time defending state Class B champs graduated four All-Americans but, again, have an abundance of depth and talent. Their 17-9 win over Hewlett in the season opener extended their win streak to 49 games, dating back to 2010. The Trojans finished last season ranked No. 2 in the country by LaxPower.
4. COLD SPRING HARBOR BOYS TENNIS Cold Spring Harbor should definitely be in there in at least the top 5. They haven't lost a match in 3 years and are 5-time defending Long Island Champions. Coach Poschman claims to be one of the best programs in the country. On the roster is Josh Levine, going to Duke to play next year, defending NYS Singles Champion.
5. GARDEN CITY GIRLS TRACK The Lady Trojans are coming off a great indoor season where they won two state crowns and took All-American honors in three relays. They return most of their star runners for the spring.
6. MACARTHUR SOFTBALL The North Carolina-bound Kristen Brown, who can beat you with her arm and bat, puts the Generals in position to win their first county title since 2004. She leads a deep and talented team that includes Jena Cozza, Emily Lyons and Briana Lombardo.
7. GARDEN CITY BOYS LACROSSE The Trojans are off to a 3-0 start thanks to a six-goal performance from Liam Kennedy in a 13-8 season-opening win against Class A top seed Syosset. Garden City survived an early non-league test from Ward Melville, coming back to defeat the Patriots 12-9 with 13 saves from Dan Marino and Devin Dwyer's four goals and two assists.
8. ST. ANTHONY'S GIRLS LACROSSE The Friars won a third straight CHSAA Class AA title and, by season's end, were the third-ranked team in the country. Still, St. Anthony's aspires for more. They again have a loaded roster - led by Darcy Messina, Maggie Bill and Annie Heagerty - and will have to run the gauntlet with a challenging non-league schedule.
9. ST. ANTHONY'S BOYS TRACK St. Anthony's is looking to make a run at the elusive CHSAA triple crown--Intersectional titles in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track. They have more than enough pieces to do so, with Tom Diliberto, Mike Brunoforte, and Cameron Black, to name a few.
10. MACARTHUR BASEBALL The Generals have reached the Class AA finals in five of the past six years. They are loaded with pitchers, including staff ace Joe Chairamonte.
On the outside looking in -- Bay Shore softball, Northport girls lacrosse, East Islip baseball, Half Hollow Hills East boys tennis, West Islip boys lacrosse.