NJ boys lax preview: Top midfielders
Kyle Allegrini, Lakeland, Jr. He collected 23 goals and 23 assists and provided reliable faceoff work to send the Lancers to a 14-4 record and a semifinal-round appearance in the Passaic County Tournament.
Ryan Bohrod, Westfield, Sr. He scored 18 goals and had nine assists for the Blue Devils.
Ryan Bringewatt, Summit, Sr. He scored 11 goals, including two in the Hilltoppers' victory over Cranford for the Union County Tournament crown. Bringewatt will continue at Holy Cross.
Mike Buldo-Licciardi, Pascack Valley, Jr. He recorded 30 goals and 16 assists the steer the Indians to an 11-7 mark.
Mike Caposella, DePaul, Sr. He fired in 36 goals and also had 16 assists, blasting in a career-high seven goals in a 16-12 win over Hanover Regional.
Tom Celmer, Summit, Sr. He netted 11 goals, but was much more noted for his steady defensive play with the short stick. Celmer will attend Marist.
Jack Clarke, Delbarton, Sr. He won almost 60 percent of his faceoffs last season and gathered up 76 ground balls for the 17-5 Green Wave. Expect both numbers to climb in '12.
Vince Colatriano, Bridgewater-Raritan, Sr. He steps in this season as the Panthers' No. 1 faceoff man after working behind all-star Tyler Barbarich. Colatriano will attend Hofstra.
Griffin Connor, Bernards, Jr. He sank 17 goals and had nine assists for the Mountaineers.
Ryan Cook, Montclair, Sr. He scored 13 goals and had four assists and was solid in other aspects of the game. He is headed for Marist.
Raf Correa, Montville, Sr. The four-year starter has helped the Mustangs to 40 victories with solid, dependable play in just about all aspects of his position.
Anthony D'Aloia, Livingston, Sr. He scored 29 goals and had seven assists, giving him 90 points over the last two seasons.
Steven Delargy, Morristown, Sr. He banged in 51 goals and added 35 assists to help the Colonials to a 17-4 mark and a Group 3 semifinal-round appearance. Delargy scored 35 goals as a sophomore.
Jon Diamond, Bernards, Jr. His 75 percent success rate on faceoffs was an important factor behind the Mountaineers' 14-5 record.
Jeff George, Watchung Hills, Jr. He produced 51 points on 31 goals and 20 assists, connecting for a season-high four goals in a win over North Hunterdon.
Joe Gillis, Seton Hall Prep, Sr. He scored 11 goals last season, but was better known for his ability to snare ground balls and direct transition. He is headed for Syracuse.
Zach Hirsch, Ramapo, Sr. He collected 28 goals and 14 assists and also dug out 89 ground balls for 13-9 Ramapo. He will attend Navy.
Pierce Hyldahl, North Hunterdon, Sr. He was successful on 78 percent of his faceoffs and also struck for 37 goals and 17 assists last season. Hyldahl will continue at Fairfield.
David Kalin, Summit, Sr. The steady veteran expects to be more involved in the scoring this season with the graduation of middies Terry McKenna and Tim Yager. Kalin is headed for UPenn.
Brett Karpinos, Pascack Hills, Jr. He claimed 70 percent of his faceoffs and also provided solid defense for the Cowboys.
Dylan Key, Pingry, Sr. He scored nine goals last season, but is more widely regarded for his consistent work on faceoffs.
Mark Leonhard, Lawrenceville, Sr. He scored 18 goals for 18-3 Lawrenceville, sinking 11 in the final 10 games. He will continue at UPenn.
Paul Leonhauser, Hunterdon Central, Sr. He scored 32 goals and had eight assists, sinking three goals in four different games.
Shane Lilenthal, Pequannock, Sr. He contributed 18 goals and 23 assists and also scooped up 74 ground balls to steer the Golden Panthers to a 13-5 record.
John Longordo, Bridgewater-Raritan, Sr. He tossed in 11 of his 22 points during the state tournament to help the Panthers claim the T of C title. He will continue at Delaware.
Alex Martinelli, Moorestown, Sr. He scored 18 goals and was a strong ground ball guy for the 13-8 Quakers. He is committed to Delaware.
Ray Mastroianni, Bridgewater-Raritan, Sr. He was solid all season and outstanding in the final three weeks of the season to guide the Panthers to the T of C title. Mastroianni sank 18 of his 31 goals in the last nine games. He's headed for Lehigh.
Chris McArdle, Demarest, Sr. He struck for more than 50 points, including seven twice in wins over Dwight-Englewood and Paramus.
Brendon McGuire, Bergen Catholic, Sr. He netted 37 goals and added 16 assists and registered at least one point in all but one game last year. McGuire is committed to Providence.
Dylan Muti, Mountain Lakes, Sr. He collected 11 goals and nine assists and was outstanding on ground balls for the 14-6 Lakers. Muti is headed for Stevenson.
Brendan Newman, Lawrenceville, Sr. Harvard-bound standout, who stands 6-4 and can run, is one of the most versatile middies in New Jersey. As a junior, he dominated on faceoffs and produced 41 points with 27 goals and 14 assists.
Tom O'Neill, St. Augustine, Sr. He sank 32 goals and had 20 assists to aid the Non-Public A finalist. O'Neill will continue at Penn State.
Kirby Peck, Princeton, Sr. He blasted in 49 goals and added 10 assists and also excelled on faceoffs for the 15-5 Little Tigers.
Jamie Piluso, Bergen Catholic, Sr. He won over 200 faceoffs and reportedly has a shot that has been clocked at 102 mph. Piluso will continue at High Point University.
Steven Pontrello, St. Augustine, Sr. A member of the nation's U19 team that will play in the World Championship this summer, Pontrello uses speed and tremendous accuracy to inflict his damage. He scored 52 goals and had 23 assists for the 17-5 Hermits. He will continue at North Carolina.
Matt Proto, Chatham, Sr. He came up with 30 goals and 18 assists and played a key role in the Cougars' run to the Group 2 final, where they fell to Summit, 7-6.
Cole Ricciardi, Delbarton, Sr. He brings tremendous versatility to the midfield as both a sturdy shortstick defender and occasional offensive threat. Scored 11 goals as a junior. Will continue at Notre Dame.
Alex Roth, Christian Brothers, Sr. He is an outstanding shortstick defender who also has a nose for the cage when opportunity arises. He netted 12 goals in '11 to help the Colts finish 12-4.
Chris Sawyer, Hunterdon Central, Sr. He accumulated 47 points on 31 goals and 16 assists and helped the Red Devils to a 17-5 record. He will attend Tufts.
Eric Scott, Ridge, Sr. He scored 23 goals and had 14 assists to help the Red Devils to a 14-7 mark. Nine of his goals came in the last six games.
John Shaffer, Delbarton, Sr. He netted 17 goals last season, two of which came in the Green Waves' 5-4 win over Mountain Lakes for the Morris County Tournament crown. He is committed to Duke.
Teddy Sisco, Don Bosco Prep, Sr. He scored just six goals, but helped keep the offense going with his 88 ground balls.
Eric Smith, Randolph, Sr. He provided steady leadership and ground ball work and erupted for four goals twice to spark victories over Columbia and West Morris.
Jameson Smith, Glen Ridge, Sr. He collected 51 points on 27 goals and 24 assists to tie for the team lead and send the Ridgers to their first Group 1 championship. The rangy Smith, also a soccer star, will continue his lacrosse career at Gettysburg.
Don Stephan, Rutgers Prep, Jr. He netted 38 goals and had 19 assists to guide the Argonauts to an 11-5 record and to the finals of the state Prep B tournament.
Mike Toto, Monroe, Sr. He scored 59 points with 33 goals and 26 assists and has accumulated 125 points in his first three seasons.
Dom Violante, South Brunswick, Sr. He netted a team-high 44 goals and also had eight assists to lead the Vikings to a 12-6 record. He will attend Montclair State.
John Von Nessen, Hillsborough, Sr. He recorded 17 goals and 18 assists and connected on seven goals in the last four games of the season as the Raiders reached the Group 4 semifinals. He is committed to Penn State.
Paul Werner, Seton Hall Prep, Sr. He scored 16 goals, including a career-high four to orchestrate a near-upset, 14-12, over powerhouse Lawrenceville early last season. He will attend Gettysburg.
Doug Whitlock, Red Bank Catholic, Sr. He consistently brings his football toughness (a linebacker) to the game when he's digging down for ground balls or rolling to the cage. He will play football at Navy.
Reid Zak, Indian Hills, Jr. He scored 15 goals and contributed 54 assists for Braves.
Mike Kinney covers boys lacrosse for MSG Varsity. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeKinneyHS