Top 50 boys lacrosse players

Posted Tuesday, April 04, 2006 by Web Master

The skinny on Newsday's Top 50 boys lacrosse players, listed in alphabetical order.

Sal Barcia, West Islip, Sr., GK: Incredible poise at the doorstep allows him to make timely saves even though the talented defense keeps him from having to make too many. Signed with Robert Morris.

Corey Barkoff, Syosset, Sr., M: Solid on face-offs, great getting to ground balls and can also score. The transition game is his forte. Headed to Division III Skidmore.

Max Bartig, Northport, Sr., M: Tied for team lead with 36 goals and added 24 assists last year using a slashing, ambidextrous style that makes him unpredictable. Signed with Syracuse.

Chris Basler, Holy Trinity, Sr., M: Empire State team member is the main scoring threat for Holy Trinity who can single-handedly keep the Titans in games.

Zak Bates, Shoreham-Wading River, Sr., GK: Third-year starter is known for clearing the ball and making big saves in big games, as evidenced by Wildcats' 10-0 record in one-goal games last year.

Stephen Bentz, Massapequa, Jr., M: Soft-handed three-sport athlete. Lefty but can shoot accurately with both hands. Had 15 goals and 10 assists last year. Will take majority of face-offs until Michael Powers is 100 percent.

Peter Boucher, Oceanside, Sr., A: Led team in goals last year with 48 goals and also had 27 assists. Very accurate shooter with good speed. Signed with NYIT.

Rhamel and Shamel Bratton, Huntington, Jrs., M: Nobody gets up the field faster than these 6-1, 175-pound identical twin brothers. Rhamel, a righty, is more of a set-up man. Shamel, a lefty, is more of a scorer. Both can clear the ball and ride hard on 'D'.

Zack Brenneman, East Hampton, Jr., M: Utility player for a blossoming program. Can shoot on the run, play long pole and gobble ground balls.

Sean Burke, St. Anthony's, Sr., M: A face-off man with relentless defensive pursuit and a knack for leading the transition break, the 6-2, 195-pound Burke signed with North Carolina.

Travis Burr, Northport, Sr., A/M: Not a flashy player but one who has a high ratio of good plays to turnovers. Awareness and unselfishness, plus his trademark counter-spin move, allowed him to total 36 goals and 13 assists last season. Headed to Harvard.

Patrick Campbell, Massapequa, Sr., A: Quarterback of offense led Chiefs with 80 points last year but is also known for his riding ability. Signed with Navy prep.

Rob Camposa, Syosset, Sr., G: Great stopper who creates transition breaks with his outlet passes. Showed big-game potential with 28 saves in quarterfinal win over Oceanside last season and 16 saves in the fourth quarter of a win over Farmingdale March 31.

Austin Carino, Huntington, Sr., A: Had a program-record 83 goals last year. Superior finisher who is able to find creases on cuts to cage.

Max Chautin, Northport, Sr., M: Quick hands helped him total 30 goals and eight assists last season. "He's the kind of kid that could make a defender miss in a phone booth," Northport coach Bob Macaluso said. Signed with Johns Hopkins.

Matt Davie, Syosset, Jr., M: Had 28 goals and 17 assists last year despite constant long-pole coverage, but has more weapons to work with this year. Great clearer.

Jimmy Davis, Division, Sr., A/M: Uses smarts (he is the class valedictorian) and craftiness to both score and create goals. Singed with Princeton.

Sam DeVore, Ward Melville, Sr., D: DeVore, who signed with Johns Hopkins, might be the best-ever stickhandling defenseman for the storied Patriot program.

Thomas Dodge, Manhasset, Sr., D: Indians' lockdown defender came into his own on Empire State team, but has the unenviable task of taking on the role of the since-graduated Chris Peyser (Princeton).

Craig Dowd, Northport, Sr., M: Tigers' No. 1 playmaker had 30 goals and led team with 51 assists and 81 points last year. Signed with Duke.

Robert Engelke, Garden City, Sr., A: Dangerous threat to cradle out from behind the net and score or stay there and feed passes into the slot. Ambidextrous shooter. Headed to Princeton.

David Erdman, Mt. Sinai, Sr., GK: Four-year starter has over 600 career saves. Sees the ball well from all angles.

Kevin Federico, West Islip, Sr., A: Great shooter and relentless rider who had had 88 points each of last two seasons. Signed with North Carolina.

Adam Ghitelman, Cold Spring Harbor, Jr., G: That he was a first-team All-American as a sophomore last year says how good he is. Makes spectacular saves regularly and makes crisp passes to start Seahawks in transtion.

Dean Gibbons, Garden City, Jr., A: Scored 71 goals last year but might have outscored Jericho's Max Motschwiller last year had Trojans coach Doc Dougherty not taken him out of latter stages of lopsided wins.

Brendan Gibson, Chaminade, Sr., A: The 6-0, 180-pound Gibson, who led the CHSAA champs with 43 goals and 17 assists last year, headlines a potent offense that must carry a Flyers team which lost its entire starting defense to graduation. Signed with Yale.

Ryan Hantverk, Lynbrook, Sr., A/M: Strong player with good stick protection who rarely leaves the field. Good bull-dodger who is a threat to score even with his back to the goal.

Bobby Hayes, South Side, Sr., M: Has won close to 75 percent of his face-offs as a four-year starter. Physical presence. Headed to UMass.

Zach Howell, Huntington, Jr., A: Had 46 goals and team-leading 48 assists last year as part of an attack line that totaled 153 goals. Proven winner who led Huntington to first L.I. crown in football and state title in boys lacrosse.

Chris Hurst, Massapequa, Sr, M: All-around athlete who, along with Michael Powers, forms one of the top midfield lines on Long Island. Headed to Loyola (Md.).

Terry Kennedy, Garden City, Jr., M: Tremendous shooter with good speed. Coming off an ACL injury suffered in the football season. Scored overtime winner against Manhasset last season.

Brian Kirschner, Oceanside, Sr., M: Physical specimen (6-1, 225 pounds) with good speed. A dangerous outside-shooting threat with his 90-plus-mile-per-hour whip shot. Signed with NYIT.

Scott Kocis, Huntington, Sr., M: All-American won 80 percent of his face-offs and totaled 70 points (40 goals, 32 assists) last year. Trademark play is a dodge sweep followed by a rocket shot up top. Signed with Duke.

Al Kohart, Comsewogue, Jr., M: Had 36 goals, 18 assists and led Warriors in ground balls last year, a sign that he's a two-way player. First junior to be named captain in Pete Mitchell's 17 years as a coach at Comsewogue.

Matt Kresse, Ward Melville, Sr., D: Solid stickhandler who relies more on his physicality and forms the best defense in Suffolk and perhaps Long Island along with Sam Devore. Headed to UMBC.

Justin Lynch, Garden City, Sr., M: Won 88 percent of his face-offs last year, and is a threat to take it straight up the middle of the field and score. Signed with Penn.

Brian Mangan, Wantagh, Sr., M: Had 90 points as an attackman the last two seasons but moves back to his natural position. Plays long pole regularly but short stick on man-up situations. Headed to Towson.

Joe Marra, Smithtown West, Sr. G: Bulls depend on the 6-2, 220-pound Marra to keep them in games. Is the third straight three-year starter and eventual All-County goalie to be groomed by Greg Foster, the first-year coach at West and a former goalie at Smithtown East.

Mat Martinez, Babylon, Jr., GK: Arguably the best goalie in Suffolk. Can single-handedly keep Panthers in games with his ability to see through screens and stop shots.

Kerry McCormick, Garden City, Sr., D: Can shut down opposing team's top scorers and lead the Trojans on the transition break. Plays long pole and close defense. Headed to North Carolina.

Terrance Molinari, Manhasset, Sr., M: Wins large majority of face-offs he takes for Indians, plays tough defense and a good scorer driving to the cage. Signed with Duke.

Keenan Ochwat, Farmingdale, Soph., D: The 6-2, 170-pounder is so good with his stickwork that he faces off with a long pole. Also runs the field very well.

Danny Orlando, South Side, Sr., GK: Strong stopper, director of defense and transition-break starter who shared time in goal with Cold Spring Harbor's Adam Ghitelman for the gold-medal-winning Empire State team. Signed with Hofstra

Michael Powers, Massapequa, Sr., M: Working his way back to 100 percent after missing last season with Ewing's sarcoma. A physical force who can score, dish and, when healthy, face-off with the best of them. Signed with Johns Hopkins.

Chris Ritchie, Mt. Sinai, Sr., A: One-man wrecking crew with 39 goals and 82 assists last season, when he was named All-American for the Suffolk Class C runners-up. Four-year starter headed to Cornell.

Zach Rodgers, Baldwin, Jr., A: Fourth-year varsity player has been team's leading scorer each of past three years. Lefty beats man defense with quick first step to either score or set up open teammates after drawing help defense.

Christian Scuderi, West Islip, Sr., D: The takeaway leader for a Lions team that plays almost exclusively man-to-man defense. Stick-skilled long pole headed to UMass.

Dan Stein, Calhoun, Sr., A: Vision makes him a good feeder and shiftiness a good scorer, as he led Calhoun with 92 points (48 goals, 44 assists) last year. Headed to Hofstra.

Chris Trombino, St. Anthony's, Sr., A: Quick dodger, good finisher, aggressive rider and third-year starter back in lineup after missing most season with hand injury. Initially planned on attending Princeton with his older brother Peter but could go elsewhere.

Ryan Young, Chaminade, Jr., A: This season should be coming-out party for the nifty Young, who like all Chaminade juniors is playing his first varsity season. Made a splash with five goals and three assists in a non-league win over defending Nassau Class A champ Massapequa.