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Nassau boys lax top 10
With just a little over a week before the Nassau playoffs begin, big shakeups in the top 10, including a new No. 1 -- Garden City.
Chaminade's 3-2 loss at Manhasset on Saturday night allows Garden City to reclaim the top spot for the first time since late March. As for Chaminade, things don't get any easier, as it will take a trip to St. Anthony's for a rematch with the Friars this afternoon.
The Trojans have won seven straight, and in that time have outscored their opponents 82-15. They have two shutouts and two other games of allowing just one goal. To say their defense has been impressive would be a vast understatement.
Garden City will play a pair of tune-ups this coming week and then open the Class B playoffs at home next Thursday.
Despite the loss, the Flyers remain in Gregg Sarra's weekly Big 10. They fell six spots to No. 10 and are the only Nassau boys lax team in the Big 10.
In MSG Varsity's tri-state top 14, Garden City and Manhasset each move up a spot to Nos. 3 and 4, respectively. Chaminade is fifth.
And in this week's ESPN RISE Fab 50 rankings, Manhasset moves up three spots to No. 8, Garden City moves down a spot to No. 10, and Chaminade slids five notches to No. 12.
Now that you're caught up, let's get to this week's Nassau top 10...
Two big Conference I matchups this afternoon could shake up next week's rankings, including: No. 7 Hicksville at No. 6 Farmingdale and Syosset at No. 9 Long Beach. Four of the last five teams in this week's top 10 all reside in Conference I.
1. Garden City (11-2, 6-0 Conference B-I) — The Trojans breezed past two conference foes this past week. They beat visiting Mepham 15-1 last Wednesday behind five goals from Liam Kennedy (pictured above). Devin Dwyer had three goals and two assists in a 10-1 win at South Side yesterday afternoon; he has 18 goals and 35 assists on the season.
Up next: The Trojans, who have won seven straight, will finish the regular season with a pair of Conference B-I games -- at Bellmore JFK at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and at home against Roslyn at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.
2. Manhasset (12-1, 6-0 Conference B-II) — Since the Indians' 45-game winning streak ended in the Woodstick, they have won three straight. On Saturday, they scored one goal in each of the final three quarters, including Quinn Moroney's winner on an assist from Ryan Matthews with 2:56 to play, to earn a 3-2 win over No. 3 Chaminade in the annual Reg's Rock game. Moroney leads the team with 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists). Frank Morelli made nine saves, while Moroney had a goal and an assist. On Monday, Matt Tompkins had three goals and two assists in a 10-4 win over visiting Hewlett in a conference matchup. To watch MSG Varsity highlights of the Chaminade game, click here.
Up next: The Indians will close out the regular season with Conference B-II games at Sewanhaka, at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, and at home against Glen Cove, at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.
3. Chaminade (11-2, 8-0 CHSAA) — Walter Rooney and Brendan DeTommaso scored the Flyers' goals in the 3-2, non-league loss at No. 2 Manhasset. Matt Kavanagh added an assist, and now has 25 goals and 13 assists on the season. The loss snapped Chaminade's five-game winning streak. Two days prior, the Flyers earned an 11-4 victory at St. John the Baptist to remain perfect in Catholic League play.
Up next: The Flyers will end their five-game road trip ths afternoon at St. Anthony's. Chaminade beat their fiercest CHSAA rival 10-5 on April 5. They play host to Kellenberg on Thursday before traveling to Jersey to play powerhouse Delbarton on Saturday.
4. Holy Trinity (11-5, 8-3 CHSAA) — After a 13-5 loss to St. Anthony's on Thursday, their second to the Friars' this season, the Titans earned a 12-4 win at Kellenberg on yesterday. Mike Plaia scored six goals, and Pat Candon added three goals and three assists. The loss to St. Anthony's snapped a six-game winning streak.
Up next: The Titans will play host to CHSAA rival St. Anthony's tomorrow afternoon, and then travel to Kellenberg on Tuesday.
5. Wantagh (10-3, 5-1 Conference B-I) — The Warriors rolled over No. 7 Hicksville, 18-6, on Saturday behind three goals and one assist from both Matt Balzano and James Bonanno. Jake Gambitsky, who has 120 saves on the season, made 10 stops for fifth time this season. Yesterday, Ryan Walsh had three goals and two assists in an 18-3 win at Great Neck South. The Warriors have won four straight.
Up next: The Warriors will finish off the regular season with two Conference B-I home games, against Carey at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Bellmore JFK at 4:30 p.m. on Monday.
6. Farmingdale (8-4, 6-1 Conference I) — In their only game last week, the Dalers earned an 8-3 win at home over Syosset last Wednesday. Korey Hendrickson scored four goals, and Sal Tuttle added four assists. Tuttle has 19 goals and 30 assists on the season.
Up next: After today's 4:30 p.m. game at home against No. 7 Hicksville, the Dalers will play at another conference rival, Baldwin, at 10 a.m. on Saturday. They'll close out the regular season against No. 9 Long Beach at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
7. Hicksville (10-3, 6-2 Conference I) — Player of the Week Sal Geneva scored the winner, his third goal of the game, on an assist from Joey Leonard with 3:14 into overtime in the Comets' 8-7 win at Massapequa last Wednesday night. It gave Hicksville possession of the Walker Cup for the first time in the six-year history of the trophy. Leonard, who has 29 goals and 30 assists on the season, finished with two goals and two assists, and Anthony Lomangino made 13 saves. It was the Comets' sixth straight win. That streak was snapped on Saturday with an 18-6 drubbing from visiting Wantagh. Leonard had four goals and one assist in the loss.
Up next: The Comets will finish off the regular season with two Conference I games, at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon at No. 6 Farmingdale and at home against Uniondale at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
8. Massapequa (10-3, 7-1 Conference I) — Ian Lukaszewicz had two goals and one assist and Joe Danaher made 16 saves in the 8-7 overtime loss to No. 7 Hicksville last Wednesday. It was the Chiefs' second straight overtime game, and third in four games. On Saturday, Dylan Sheehan had three goals and two assists and Jamie Shand added six assists in an 11-5 win over John Jay of Section I. Shand has 22 goals and 24 assists on the season.
Up next: The Chiefs will finish off the regular season with two Conference I games, at 4:45 p.m. this afternoon at home against Port Washington, and at East Meadow at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
9. Long Beach (9-3, 6-2 Conference I) — In their only game this past week, the Marines recorded a 17-12 win at Oceanside last Wednesday. Joe Radin scored six goals, and Tom Hamlet added three goals and two assists. Radin has 44 goals and 18 assists on the season.
Up next: After today's 4:15 p.m. game at home against conference rival Syosset, the Marines will play a non-leaguer at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Valley Stream Central. They close out the regular season at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday when they visit No. 6 Farmingdale.
10. Cold Spring Harbor (7-4, 5-0 Conference IV) — After Rob D'Agostino and Chris Moriarty each had two goals and one assist in a 9-1 win at conference rival Island Trees last Wednesday, the Seahawks earned a 10-8 victory at Syosset on Friday beind three goals and two assists from Sean Doyle. Moriarty has 32 goals and 14 assists on the season. The Seahawks have won five straight.
Up next: The Seahawks will finish off the regular season with two Conference IV home games, at 4:45 p.m. this afternoon against Seaford, and at 7 p.m. on Monday against Clarke.
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