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Nassau boys lax top 10

Chaminade High School attack #6 Shane Thornton, center,

Chaminade High School attack #6 Shane Thornton, center, celebrates with teammates #11 Paul Urbank, left, and #3 Brendan DeTommaso after Urbank's goal tied the game 4-4 in the second period of a CHSAA varsity boys lacrosse game vs. St. Anthony's at Chaminade High School. (April 5, 2011) (Credit: James Escher)

So quickly things can change.

Garden City came into the season as the rightful owner of the Nassau throne, but has since been unseated by Chaminade, which is off to a phenomenal start.

The Trojans' 10-7 loss to Ward Melville, coupled with the Flyers' 10-5 win over rival St. Anthony's, did the trick.

Not only is Chaminade the top lacrosse team on the Island, it's also the top team in Gregg Sarra's weekly Big 10, which ranks the best squads across all spring sports.

Can the Flyers remain there? A win over West Islip on Saturday would certainly solidify their status. The Lions, however, are riding a 25-game winning streak.

Garden City remained in the Big 10 at No. 6, but undefeated Manhasset is still getting no love.

To hear more about the Long Island lax scene from Mr. Sarra and our very own Bob Herzog, click here. And for a look at the Island's scoring leaders, click here.

Chaminade is also the top team in MSG Varsity's tri-state top 14. Manhasset checks in at No. 5, and Garden City is No. 9.

In the ESPN RISE Fab 50 rankings, Manhasset is No. 3, Chaminade No. 5, Garden City No. 16, and Massapequa No. 44.

Okay, without any further delay, let's get to this week's rankings...

1. Chaminade (5-0, 4-0 CHSAA)Matt Kavanagh scored three goals with one assist and John Connors made 16 saves in a 10-5 win over visiting St. Anthony's last Tuesday. To watch MSG Varsity highlights of the game, click here.

Up next: The Flyers are in the midst of an eight-day break between the St. Anthony's game and Thursday's matchup at home against Iona Prep. Saturday's showdown at West Islip will be aired live on MSG Varsity at 11 a.m.

2. Garden City (4-2, 1-0 Conference B-I) — The Trojans lost for the second time in three games in a 7-5 decision against Maryland power St. Paul's at home on Saturday. Patric Berkery scored two goals with one assist in the loss. Junior Devin Dwyer had a career high eight assists in a 14-7 home win over San Ramon Valley (Calif.) on Thursday. To see MSG Varsity highlights of the St. Paul's game, click here, and to see the San Ramon Valley game, hit it here.

Up next: The Trojans will play host to Division at 4:45 p.m. this afternoon before traveling up to Harvard for Saturday's matchup against Massachusetts power Duxbury. They will play after the Harvard-Penn game at Harvard Stadium.

3. Manhasset (3-0, 2-0 Conference B-II) — Thomas Lavelle, Jack Ruggiero, Christian Zanetis and Tommy Wenk each scored two goals for the Indians in a 14-1 win at Malverne/East Rockaway on Friday. It was their first game since a one-goal win at Cold Spring Harbor one week prior. They have now won 39 straight games, which is the second longest active streak in the country. To watch MSG Varsity highlights of the CSH game, click here.

Up next: The Indians will play host to Lynbrook at 4:15 p.m. this afternoon and then play at Section I's John Jay-Cross River on Saturday.

4. Massapequa (6-1, 4-0 Conference I) — After a season-opening loss to Chaminade, the Chiefs have rattled off six straight wins, including a 18-4 trouncing of host Freeport on Tuesday. Dylan Sheehan scored three goals, and Ryan Kirby had two goals and four assists.

Up next: The Chiefs will visit Syosset, No. 7 on this list, at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, and then play one of Suffolk's best, Connetquot, at 11 a.m. next Wednesday.

5. Holy Trinity (4-3, 2-2 CHSAA) The Titans lost their second CHSAA game in three tries on Tuesday, an 11-4 decision at St. Anthony's. Mike Plaia scored two goals in the loss. Plaia had four goals and three assists in a 14-1 win over visiting St. John the Baptist last Tuesday. Nick Susko added four goals and one assist.

Up next: The Titans will play host to Fordham Prep on Friday and St. Dominic on Monday.

6. Wantagh (5-2, 1-0 Conference B-I) The Warriors cruised to a pair of easy wins this past week, a 16-0 blanking of visiting Mepham on Friday in the conference opener and a 17-8 win at Seaford, in which senior John Ingrilli had a career high 10 points (five goals, five assists). Ryan Walsh added eight goals and three assists in the two games. To see MSG Varsity highlights of the Mepham game, click here.

Up next: After this afternoon's game at Roslyn, the Warriors will have a week off before a showdown with No. 2 Garden City, on the road next Thursday at 11 a.m. Today's game is the second of a four-game road swing for them.

7. Syosset (4-2, 3-0 Conference I) — The Braves followed up their 8-7 double-overtime win at Hicksville on Friday with a 13-7 victory at Calhoun on Tuesday. Ryan Hunter scored four goals with one assist, as Syosset built an 11-1 halftime lead. John Diaz scored the game-winner with 2:48 to go in the second overtime against Hicksville and Ryan Feit made 12 saves.

Up next: The Braves will play host to Massapequa, No. 4 on this list, at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday before traveling to Maryland to face Chesapeake on Saturday.

8. Farmingdale (3-2, 2-0 Conference I) — In the Dalers' only game thus far this month, last Wednesday at home against East Meadow, they earned a 12-0 win behind Brian Prendergast's four goals and one assist. They have won three straight after an 0-2 start.

Up next: The Dalers face a tough test tonight at conference rival Oceanside in a game that was postponed from last night due to the weather. They'll also play host to MacArthur at 7 p.m. on Friday.

9. Long Beach (4-1, 2-1 Conference I) —  The Marines bounced back from their only loss of the season, 13-7 to Massapequa on April 1, with a 16-11 win over visiting Port Washington on Friday. James Forkin led the way with four goals and two assists, while Joe Radin and Jake Shapiro each added three goals and two assists. To see MSG Varsity highlights of the game, click here

Up next: The Marines will visit Plainview JFK this afternoon before playing host to Uniondale at 4:30 p.m. on Friday in a pair of conference matchups.

10. Hicksville (5-2, 2-2 Conference I) — After having three games decided by one goal (going 1-2 in the stretch, with losses to Baldwin and Syosset sandwiching a win over Oceanside), the Comets cruised to an easy 13-4 win at Port Washington on Tuesday. Joey Leonard had four goals and three assists. To see MSG Varsity highlights of the game, click here.

Up next: The Comets will play the rare games on back-to-back days with a visit from Calhoun at 4:30 p.m. on Friday followed by a trip to Bethpage Saturday night.

On the bubble: Cold Spring Harbor (2-2, 1-0 Conference IV); Jericho (4-1, 0-1 Conference B-I); Oceanside (4-2, 3-1 Conference I); South Side (4-3, 1-0 Conference B-I).