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Suffolk Slant: Top 10 teams

West Islip attacker Drew Federico looks to pass

West Islip attacker Drew Federico looks to pass in front of a Chaminade defender in the Long Island high school boys lacrosse game. West Islip won 8 - 7. (April 16, 2011) (Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

The Suffolk public school playoffs are about to begin – Class A opens Thursday; Class B on Friday; Class C next week. So how about one final set of regular-season rankings. Then Zog’s Blog will take a hiatus from the rankings and let the playoffs unfold. I’ll post a final set of rankings when the state tournaments are over.

The top seeds in each class are West Islip (A), Comsewogue (B) and Bayport-Blue Point (C). The top-ranked Lions are seeking their third consecutive state championship and fifth in the last six years. They are riding a 37-game winning streak that dates back to a 2010 season-opening loss to Sachem North.

No. 2-ranked Ward Melville suffered its only Division I loss to West Islip, a 7-6 overtime thriller that ended on the goal of the year – goalie Kyle Turri’s spectacular coast-to-coast jaunt. Wouldn’t the Patriots just love a rematch in the county championship game at Stony Brook?

And speaking of rematches, Comsewogue is still seething over its heartbreaking overtime loss to Garden City in last season’s Class B Long Island Championship game. I know the Warriors, along with West Islip the only undefeated teams on the Island, have been focused since Day 1 on getting back to the LIC and earning a trip to the states.

So let the action begin and follow it all in Newsday, newsday.com, on my blog and, yes, you can even follow Zog on Twitter (@zogsport7).

Enjoy the playoffs!

Zog’s Top 10

1. West Islip (16-0)

2. Ward Melville (15-1)

3. Comsewogue (15-0)

4. Smithwest West (13-3)

5. St. Anthony’s (13-3)

6. Sachem North (13-3)

7. Shoreham-Wading River (13-2)

8. Connetquot (11-5)

9. Eastport-South Manor (12-3)

10. Islip (12-3)

Tags: West Islip , Ward Melville , Comsewogue , Smithtown West , St. Anthony’s , Sachem North , Shoreham-Wading River , Connetquot , Eastport-South Manor , Islip

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