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Suffolk Slant: Top 10
Spent an exciting weekend in Baltimore covering the men’s lacrosse NCAA championships so I failed to update my weekly top 10. So here’s the next-to-the-last set of rankings. We’re down to three teams still standing – Class A champion West Islip; Class B champion Comsewogue, and Class C champion Glenn. Long Island championships are Tuesday at Hofstra. Survivors advance to the state semifinals on Thursday at Hofstra. This year’s state championships will be played at Stony Brook on Saturday, June 13.
1. West Islip (17-1). The Lions, still ranked No. 1 in the nation by Inside Lacrosse, extended their winning streak to 17 with an impressive offensive display against Ward Melville. In capturing their sixth straight Class A county title on Thursday night, West Islip used a 5-0 third quarter to crush the Patriots, 16-9. Nick Galasso had four goals and four assists; Andrew Hodgson had three goals and two assists. The Lions will face Farmingdale on Tuesday night at Hofstra for the Long Island championship.
2. St. Anthony’s (17-2). There are no more games for the Class AAA CHSAA champions, so they can sit back and reflect on their classic contest against Chaminade that decided the title. The Friars survived, 9-8, in a game that took two days to complete because of lightning that suspended it with the score tied at 7 and six minutes remaining.
3. Ward Melville (15-3). Lost in Class A final to West Islip, 16-9.
4. Comsewogue (17-1). Won first Class B title since 2002 with 9-8 victory over Hauppauge.
5. Hauppauge (17-2). Lost in Class B final to Comsewogue.
6. Connetquot (13-4). Gave West Islip a tough battle in 13-9 Class A semifinal defeat.
7. Smithtown West (12-5). Lost tense defensive contest to Ward Melville, 4-3, in Class A semifinal.
8. East Islip (12-5). Lost to Connetquot, 14-12, in Class A quarterfinal.
9. Shoreham-WR (11-5). Lost to Hauppauge, 15-7, in Class B semifinal.
10. Glenn (11-6). Won first Class C title in program history with 11-6 victory over Bayport-Blue Point.