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Field Hockey: LI's Top 10 Teams
1. Sachem East (9-0)
The defending Class A state champs are undefeated. 'Nuff said. The Flaming Arrows, of course, will face perhaps their greatest test Monday in a showdown (at high noon) with Garden City.
Next game: Oct. 8 vs. Garden City
2. Garden City (9-0)
The Trojans won their four games last week, but had to survive some close calls in the last two. Krista Dampman scored in overtime to lift the Trojans over North Shore, 2-1, on Friday. In Saturday's game against Ward Melville, Charlotte Castronovo scored the deciding goal as the Trojans held on to win, 2-1.
Next game: Oct. 8 at Sachem East
3. Miller Place (10-0)
The Panthers continued to dominate, outscoring opponents last week 17-1. Miller Place has been the breakthrough team thus far and has shown no signs of slowing down.
Next game: Oct. 9 at Shoreham-Wading River
4. Manhasset (7-1)
The Indians shook off a poor first half and came back to beat North Shore, 3-1, last Monday. They dominated in a 2-0 win over Locust Valley and then beat Seaford, 7-1, on Friday. Manhasset's only loss was to Garden City in their season opener.
Next game: Oct. 9 at Floral Park
5. Smithtown East (8-2)
The Bulls have gone about it quietly - and they've eked out some close games - but they have won seven straight games to earn a bump in the rankings. Sam Nizich scored the winner off a feed from Mackenzie Buckley with 2:45 remaining as Smithtown East topped Smithtown West, 2-1, on Friday.
Next game: Oct. 12 vs. Sachem East
6. East Islip (8-2)
The Redmen have won three in a row since a loss to Sachem East, including both of their games last week. For what it's worth, East Islip's 151.19 power points lead Division II and is second overall in Suffolk.
Next game: Oct. 9 vs. Sayville
7. Sayville (8-2)
The Golden Flashes have won four straight since losing to Miller Place. Sayville's offense hasn't exploded yet, but style points only count but for so much. They beat Bay Shore, 2-1, on Wednesday and edged Bayport-Blue Point in penalty strokes on Friday. Justine O'Reilly scored twice in their 3-0 win over Babylon on Saturday.
Next game: Oct. 9 at East Islip
8. Bay Shore (7-2)
The Marauders drop a few spots in the rankings after last week's 2-1 loss to Sayville. Bay Shore did rebound to beat Patchogue-Medford, 6-2, on Friday.
Next game: Oct. 9 at West Islip
9. Rocky Point (8-2)
The Eagles lose a few spots in the rankings because of Thursday's 2-0 loss to Pierson/Bridgehampton. Rocky Point did bounce back to beat Comsewogue, 4-0, behind Alyssa Milano's two goals on Saturday.
Next game: Oct. 9 vs. Southampton
10. Ward Melville (5-4)
The Patriots have dropped three straight, but those have been close losses against teams in our top 5 (Sachem East, Smithtown East and Garden City). We all know about "strength of victory," but I'll consider this strength of loss: defeats at the hands of teams that beat just about everyone.
On the verge... Pierson/Bridgehampton: The Whalers, at 8-2, are in contention for a top 10 spot and put everyone on notice with a 2-0 win over Rocky Point.