aerial photograph of William Floyd all-purpose athletic field at Lincoln Ave

An aerial photograph of the William Floyd all-purpose athletic field at Lincoln Avenue. 

Four William Floyd High School fall season athletic teams have advanced to postseason play, which is a little different this year due to the pandemic. The girls varsity cross country team and the varsity football team have been crowned league champions in their respective divisions, and along with boys varsity soccer and girls varsity tennis will continue on in postseason play in some form. They are listed below in the order of their postseason contests.

Girls Varsity Cross Country – Head Coach John Ryan
The girls varsity cross country team has been crowned League Champions (co-champs with Smithtown) and qualified for the Division I Championship race on Wednesday, April 14, which  consists of the best teams and runners from Leagues I and II. The top two teams from each league and the top 10 runners qualified individually. William Floyd will face off against Smithtown, Ward Melville and Sachem North in the championship race. Their performance in this race will determine if they qualify for the county race featuring all Class A schools on April 22. Zariel Macchia, who was named a top 25 runner in the county by Newsday during the pre-season and featured as one of an “Athlete of the Week,” along with Alanis Gonzalez and Alaysia Cobb were all named first-team All-League. Spectators are still limited to two per student-athlete competing in the game.

photo of girls varsity cross country team

Boys Varsity Soccer – Head Coach Paul Paniccia
Update: Thursday's home playoff game against Ward Melville has been canceled due to heavy rain. More information will be forthcoming as to when and how it will be rescheduled.

The Colonials defied the preseason predictions and finished third in the league with a 6-3-2 record (7-3-2 overall). They are ranked No. 7 and will host Ward Melville on Thursday, April 15 at 4 pm, a team they defeated 1-0 earlier in the season.

The team consists of just three returning starters from last year and included many juniors and sophomores. Coach Paniccia said that the returning seniors set the tone with hard work, hustle and grit, relying on a strong defensive system led by seniors T.J. Bernhard, Vinny Perez and Jared DiChiara. The Colonials held their opponents scoreless in six of the 12 games played. At one point, the Colonials played five games over a seven-day span and recorded a 4-1 record. That span also included winning three games in three days against Bay Shore, Walt Whitman and Ward Melville – all by one goal each. The turning point of the season was a hard-fought match against a talented Lindenhurst team in which the Colonials battled back from a 3-0 deficit to secure a 4-4 tie. Spectators are still limited to two per student-athlete competing in the game.

photo of boys varsity soccer team

Varsity Football – Head Coach Paul Longo
Update: Saturday's game has been canceled due to Lindenhurst varsity football being required to quarantine. The Colonials will play the winner of Walt Whitman and Longwood next week in the finals. 

Spring football and a restructured league but one thing remains the same – the William Floyd Colonials varsity football team qualified for the playoffs for the 21st consecutive year, a span that includes 12 Suffolk County championships and five Long Island titles. Due to the pandemic, this football season was restructured into eight leagues and saw the Colonials finish the regular season undefeated (3-0) in League I play (3-1 overall), and securing the regular season League I Championship in the process. They will now compete for the Conference I County Championship beginning with a semifinal playoff game this Saturday, April 17 at 2 pm as they host the No. 2 ranked Lindenhurst. Spectators are still limited to two per student-athlete competing in the game.

photo of varsity football team

Girls Varsity Tennis – Head Coach Dave Pia
The William Floyd Colonials girls varsity tennis team had another great year clinching second place in their division with a 8-2 league record (9-2 overall), which places the Colonials in the top eight teams in the league. This year, due to the pandemic, Section XI also restructured the tennis season and decided against team playoffs and opted to hold singles and individual tournaments instead. If playoffs were held, the Colonials would have easily qualified for the 18th consecutive year.

The Colonials are led by seniors Saskia Dasilva, Rachel Zummo, Chandni Patel, Sophia Johnson, Cassidy Conway and Alice Li. Juniors include Amanda Jones, Isabella Saladin and Casey Musselman. One sophomore, Hailey O'Connor, and two freshman, Adrianna Filippelli and Jacky Sutherland, round out the team. The Colonials excelled this year thanks to strong doubles play all year led by All-County players and first doubles Amanda Jones and Hailey O' Connor.  Second doubles, Saskia DaSilva and Rachel Zummo won most of their matches, and, third doubles, Chandni Patel and Isabella Saladin went undefeated. The team also saw strong singles play by Casey Musselman, Cassidy Conway, Adrianna Filippelli and Jacky Sutherland, who won key matches all season to help secure overall team victories. Individual tournaments will begin this upcoming weekend. Spectators are still limited to two per student-athlete competing in the game.

photo of girls varsity tennis team
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