My official season preview will be published in the paper Saturday, but I figured there is no point in waiting until then. That’s why I decided to compile a post about how I think each class will shape up. I’ll have more detail on Saturday, but hopefully this will keep you occupied until then.
First up is Class A.
Favorite: Suffern. Young and experienced. That might seem like a bit of an oxymoron, but both adjectives reign true for the Mounties. While Suffern’s roster only contains one upperclassman, junior defender Danielle Dgheim, five of their sophomores are entering their third year on varsity. The loss of two-time all-American Lely DeSimone will certainly leave a void, but the Mounties have plenty of firepower returning. Sophomore attackers Baley Parrott, an all-section pick last season after scoring 43 goals and 20 assists, and Caitlyn Leary will continue to develop. While the defense will take a bit longer to gel, Mountie coach John Callanan is confident in his two goalies, sophomore Mary Martin and freshman Mikaila Cheeseman.
Contenders: North Rockland. The Red Raiders have plenty of holes to fill, including Tara Monaghan,the Journal News Rockland player of the year. Despite the losses, North Rockland coach Greg Borchers doesn’t necessarily expect more out of anyone. Continued production from the likes of seniors Jeanie Peluso and Kelly Dowd and juniors Kaitlyn Rau, Lauren Mazza and Angela Kelly will keep the Red Raiders right in the thick of things.
Scarsdale. The Raiders bump up to Class A after making it to the sectional semifinals in Class B last season. How Scarsdale fairs will be an interesting story line throughout the season. Junior midfielder Lindsey Repp will be key for the Raiders. Repp, who is committed to Brown, finished with 79 goals, 30 assists and 32 ground balls. Fellow junior Julia Ross also returns after posting a .632 save percentage last season as a sophomore.
Mahopac. On paper, the Indians look to be in rough shape after losing five of their six leading scorers to graduation. Mahopac still returns Binghamton-bound senior Samantha Karner, who finished with 53 goals and 25 assists. Junior Carly Weiss, who is committed to LIU Brooklyn, will join Karner at attack this year. The Indians also have the benefit of Gabby Anderson in goal, who will start for the fourth-straight season. Playing Brewster, John Jay, Yorktown and Lakeland-Panas all twice in league play could prepare an inexperienced team for sectionals.
Dark horse: Lakeland-Panas. Say what you will about their losses to graduation, but at the end of the day the Rebels are still the Rebels. You don’t win 10 sectional titles and five straight on luck. The sky is the limit for sophomore midfielder Molly Fitzpatrick who had 50 goals last season. Counting Lakeland-Panas out before the season even starts could be a costly mistake.