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Section 1 Players to Watch

Posted Friday, March 29, 2013 by Isaac Cass. MSG Varsity

Sec 1 boys lax: Players to watch in 2013

Sec 1 boys lax: Players to watch in 2013

Isaac Cass

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Tommy Beck (John Jay-CR, Sr., MF) — Beck's versatility is what sets his apart. He has the skills and athleticism to play both attack and midfield, which creates mismatches all over the field. The four-year varsity player finished second on the Indians in scoring last year with 46 points (31G, 15A). Beck, who will play at Rutgers next season, was named all-section.

Joe Buzzetti Clarkstown South, Sr., A) — All-section performer recorded 55 points (26G, 29A) last year. Buzzetti has 101 points (64G, 47A) over the last two seasons.

J.D. Colarusso (Arlington, Sr., G) — Not surprisingly, Arlington's ascension as a legit Section 1 lacrosse school has coincided with Colarusso's arrival between the pipes. Colarusso, a starter since his freshman year, made 190 saves in 2012 and posted a goals against average of 6.72. He will play at Albany next year.

Peter Conley (Mamaroneck, Sr., MF/A) — Mamaroneck's miracle run to last year's Class A sectional title was a direct result of Conley's late-season resurgence. The Georgetown-bound middie, who sat out the first 10 games of the season due to injury, still managed to rack up 48 points (33G, 15A) in just 11 games. Conley enters the season as one of Section 1's best dodgers and is deadly shooting on the run. He will try and cap off his four-year career with an All-American nod in June.

Alex Corpolongo (Somers, Sr., MF) — At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, Corpolongo is one of the most imposing matchups in Section 1. The Stony Brook-bound senior had a breakout season in 2012, showcasing a powerful shot and the ability to unleash it on the run. He pumped in over 30 goals to earn all-section honors. Look for Corpolongo to build on last year's stellar campaign, as he concentrated on building leg strength in the offseason to improve his speed.

Tim Cousin (Somers, Jr., A) — Cousin follows in the footsteps of his brothers Kevin (Siena) and Chris (Holy Cross). According to senior defenseman Dan Campbell, Tim is the most talented of them all. He will start at attack this season and should turn some heads orchestrating Somers' offense.

Liam DaRos (Brewster, Jr., MF) — All-section talent has led the Bears in scoring the past two seasons. He totaled 55 points (37G, 18A) in 2012 to make the all-section team in 2012. DaRos shoots with deadly accuracy and is especially potent from the perimeter.

Cory Ekstrom (Greeley, Sr., A) — If you are looking for a player flying under the radar, look no further than Ekstrom. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound lefty is a load for opposing defensemen, using his power and speed to burn teams in isolation. He tailed 53 points (40G, 13A) in 2012 to earn all-section honors.

Austin Fusco (Yorktown, Jr., D) — Syracuse-bound talent was a magician with the stick last season, leading the team with 15 takeaways. Fusco, who also scooped up 43 ground balls and had six points (3G, 3A), will move from longstick middie to close defense in 2013.

Joe Fraietta (Hen Hud, Sr., LSM) — With so many talented long-stick middies in Section 1, Fraietta sometimes gets overlooked. The wildly athletic senior is a threat in transition and can frustrate the best midfielders around.

Jack Grass (Bronxville, Sr., A) — It's pretty rare for a junior to be named All-American, so that should tell you just how impressive Grass was last year. Bronxville's potent offense runs through through the Hopkins-bound star, who totaled a team-high 99 points (54G, 45A) in 2012. Grass, who spent his freshman year at prep school, has flourished in his two years with the Broncos, racking up an eye-popping 203 points (113G, 90A). Look for him to build on those numbers and try and lead Bronxville deep into the Class C playoffs in 2013.

Henry Grass (Bronxville, So., A) — It's a forgone conclusion that Grass will rewrite the record books at Bronxville. A starter since eighth grade, he has already amassed 152 points (95G, 57A). The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Grass will join his older brother at Hopkins. He was voted all-section in 2012.

Scott Greenberg (Mamaroneck, Sr., MF/A) — Like teammate Peter Conley, Greenberg was a main driving force behind Mamaroneck's epic 2012 season. The silky smooth junior combined quickness and ace shooting to amass a team-high 75 points (49G, 26A). Greenberg, who was named to the 2012 all-section team, scored four goals in the Tigers' upset of Mahopac in last year's Section 1 Class A final.

Brendan Hynes (Mahopac, Sr., LSM) — When it comes to Section 1 lacrosse, only John Jay-CR's Jack Lambert compares to Hynes in terms of pure athleticism. The two-sport star, who led the Indians' basketball team to the County Center this past winter, is a threat on both ends of the field. The 6-foot-3 Richmond-bound senior posted 20 points (11G, 9A) last year and scooped up 154 ground balls. Hynes is so potent on offense that coach Mike Haddeland has decided to use him on Mahopac's man-up unit — with the long pole. He was voted all-section in 2012.

Trevor Koelsch (Yorktown, Sr., D) — Koelsch, a four-year varsity player, will once again anchor Yorktown's defense. The Hopkins-bound talent boasts has a high lacrosse IQ and sharp stick skills. He scooped up 22 ground balls and had eight takeaways in 2012 to earn all-section honors.

Jack Lambert (John Jay-CR., Sr., D/LSM) — If there is one Section 1 player you must get around to watching this season, it is Lambert. The UNC-bound defenseman middie is always the most dangerous player on the field and is nearly untouchable in transition. Lambert, who earned All-American honors last year as a junior, tied for sixth on the team in points with 13 (8G, 5A).

Matt Ledwin (Hen Hud, Sr., MF) — Say hello to Section 1's premier faceoff man. Ledwin's lightning-quick instincts at the draw earned him a chance to play at Hopkins next season. He will be crucial to the Sailors' success in 2013.

Danny Manning (Yorktown, Sr., MF) — As Yorktown's No. 1 face-off man last year, Manning went 174/326 (65.7 percent) at the dot and vacuumed up a team-high 105 ground balls. The St. Joseph-bound senior also flashed an underrated offensive game, notching 10 goals and one assist in 2012. He did most of that damage on fast-break opportunities directly off faceoffs. Look for Manning — named all-section last year — to increase offensive production as he gets more chances in settled six-on-six situations.

Chris Marasco (Somers, Sr., A) — It could be a breakout year for the Western New England-bound senior. After playing mainly midfield last year, Marasco will move to attack in 2013. With a stellar shot and athleticism to spare, he should rack up the points.

Nick Mariano (Yorktown, Sr., A) — There isn't a better sniper in Section 1 than Mariano, who led Yorktown in goals last year with 49 and also dished out 16 assists. Mariano, a UMass commit, is also considered one of the best riding attackmen in Section 1. He had the most ground balls (32) on Yorktown's attack last year. Also a star on the gridiron, Mariano has athleticism and toughness to spare. He can dodge to the cage with the best of them and has a knack of getting off tough shots when defenders swarm. Mariano will look to close out his four-year career with an All-American nod.

Jake Marino (Harrison, Jr., MF) — Playing at Harrison High School, Marino's not exactly a household name in Section 1. Rest-assured, the kid can flat out ball. Marino, who is committed to UMass, possesses box-to-box athleticism and a rifle shot. He was named all-section last year as a sophomore.

Zach Mermelstein (Pelham, Sr., A) — Shifty attackman possesses quick hands and an accurate shot. Mermelstein, who was named to last year's all-section team, will play at The Hill Academy in Canada next season.

Luke Palmadesso (Yorktown, Jr., MF) — Villanova-bound junior will have an expanded role on offense this season. He made his bones last year at the dot, winning 63 of 95 face-offs (66.3 percent) and scooping up 55 ground balls. Palmadesso was named all-section honorable mention in 2012.

Eric Pass (Bronxville, Sr., G) — Pass returns as one of Section 1's top goalies. He posted a goals against average of 5.6 and a save percentage of 66 last year to earn all-section honors. Pass was especially impressive against elite competition, making 19 saves against Somers and 18 saves against Shoreham-Wading River.

Jack Phelan (Yorktown, Sr., D) — At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, the Rutgers-bound senior boasts good size and athleticism to go with sharp stick skills. He had 17 ground balls and three takeaways last season to earn all-section honorable mention honors.

Brian Prestreau (Yorktown, Sr., MF) — Stony Brook-bound middie will be Yorktown's No. 1 dodger from up top this season. He had a breakout year in 2012 with 30 points (27G, 3A) to earn all-section honors. Prestreau's strength is his box-to-box speed, which triggers the Huskers' potent transition offense.

Brian Prunty (Lakeland/Panas, Jr., A) — At 6-foot-3 with quickness to spare, Prunty's pretty much the total package. He has the size to overwhelm opposing defensemen, a rocket shot and the vision to hit cutting teammates when the slides comes. As a sophomore, the Siena-bound talent earned all-section honorable mention honors and led the Rebels in scoring with 41 points (25G, 16A).

Chris Santangelo (Rye, Jr., MF) — Entering his third year on varsity, Santangelo originally burst onto the scene as a freshman faceoff specialist. But he's grown into so much more over the past couple of seasons, becoming the Garnets' top offensive weapon. The UPenn-bound junior is dangerous dodging from up top and is willing to do the dirty work on both ends.

Joe Serrecchia (Brewster, Jr., LSM) — Serrecchia's another good one in a long line of talented Brewster defensemen. The Hofstra-bound junior, who was a receiver on the Bears' football team this past fall, can get up and down the field in transition and lock onto the opposition's top offensive threat from up top.

Mike Skluth (John Jay-CR, Sr., D) — Technically sound defenseman made a name for himself last season, becoming one of the Indians' most consistent players. Skluth will play at Albany next season.

Shawn Smith (John Jay-CR, Jr., MF) — If the hockey season was any sort of harbinger, this could be a breakout year for Smith on the lacrosse field. The Michigan-bound middie, who was named MSG Varsity's HV/WE Player of the Year in hockey this winter, posted 19 goals and eight assists last year as a sophomore. At 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, Smith is a mismatch waiting to happen. He was an all-section honorable mention selection in 2012.

Ross Thompson (Mahopac, Sr., A) — Crafty attackman led the Indians in points last year with 65 (25G, 40A). Thompson, who will play at Connecticut College next season, has a knack for creating offensive opportunities in tight spaces around the cage. He was voted all-section in 2012.

Johnny van de Veerdonk (Putnam Valley, Sr., A/MF) — If Put Valley hopes to dethrone Bronxville in Class C, the Tigers will need another monster year out of van de Veerdonk. The Georgetown-bound star led the team in scoring last season and earned all-section honors.

Connor Vercruysse (Yorktown, Jr., A) — Vercruysse played some middie in the beginning of last season, however, he was eventually moved back to his natural position at attack. Needless to say, it paid off big-time for the Huskers. The Rutgers-bound finisher buried 33 goals and added six assists to earn all-section honors. He did most of his damage off ball last season, using his 6-foot-2, 190-pound frame to create a prime target around the crease. Vercruysse increased his foot speed in the offseason, so look for him to carry the ball a bit more and take on defenders in 2013.

Brewster Warble (Bronxville, Sr., MF) — Few can get up and down the field as fast and frequently as Warble, who had a breakout 2012 season with a team-high 69 goals. The Brown-bound senior was always an electric athlete, but he sharpened his shooting and stick skills last year. Warble, who earned all-section honors, tallied Bronxville's only two goals in an 11-2 NYS Class C semifinal loss to eventual state champ Shoreham-Wading River.

Michael Zingaro (Lakeland/Panas, Jr., G) — It feels like Zingaro has been around forever. A starter since his freshman season, the L/P standout returns as Section 1's premier goalie in 2013. As a sophomore, Zingaro posted a goals against average of 6.5, a save percentage of 66 and stopped 176 shots overall to earn all-section honors. He leans on his athleticism in and out of the cage, making jaw-dropping saves and triggering fast-break opportunities the other way.

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