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Final Long Island girls lacrosse top 10
For the second straight year, the Long Island teams were the kings — er, queens — of the New York state tournament.
Farmingdale repeated as the Class A champion, Garden City won its fifth straight Class B title (and 11th overall), and Shoreham-Wading River earned its fourth consecutive Class C crown.
So what's left? Awards. Our All Long Island team will be revealed in two weeks and All Americans will be selected by the end of the month.
For now, we've got final rankings. Ready? Let's go...
In the final Big 10 of the season, shockingly, only one girls lacrosse team made the cut — Garden City, which finished No. 2 behind West Islip boys lacrosse despite its perfect season. The overall Big 10 of the entire 2009-10 school year will be unveiled next week.
To hear Gregg Sarra discuss his reasoning for having Garden City No. 2 and West Islip No. 1, click here.
In this week's ESPN Rise FAB 50 , 13 Long Island teams finish in the top 50 in the country, including three in the top 15 and two in the top 10. Garden City ends the season at No. 2 (behind McDonogh of Maryland, whose season is complete), while Shoreham-Wading River jumps two spots to No. 8. Rocky Point finishes up at No. 15, Farmingdale leaps 10 spots to No. 18, St. Anthony's is 24th, Manhasset is 26th and Northport 27th. Hauppauge concludes the season at No. 35, Eastport-South Manor is 36th, Bay Shore is 38th, West Babylon is 40th, Wantagh 41st, and West Islip rounds things out at No. 45.
To hear MSG Varsity's breakdown of the Long Island title games, click here.
Here's this week's Long Island top 10...
1. Garden City (21-0, 8-0 Conference I) — The Trojans' run to the state title was an arduous one. Canandaigua, down seven in the second half, cut GC's lead to one with 5:00 left in the semifinal on Friday at SUNY Cortland. But Garden City burned the last 3:30 of the clock and got six goals, including the score to make it 16-13 with 7:04 to play, from Mikaela Rix in their 16-15 win.
The following day, the Trojans trailed 6-1 against Fox Lane early, but stormed back to take a 7-6 lead. They took the lead for good at 9-8 at the first-half buzzer on one of Caroline Tarzian's game-high seven goals in what turned into a 20-10 rout. Barbara Sullivan scored four goals with three assists and was named tournament MVP.
Garden City has won 27 straight games dating back to last season. The Trojans won 20+ games for the fourth time in the last five years and finished their first perfect season since 2006.
2. Shoreham-Wading River (19-2, 13-1 Division II) — The Wildcats (pictured) were in a dogfight with Carthage in the Class C title game on Saturday at SUNY Cortland. Chelsey Newman scored on a free position to make it 9-6 with 16:22 to play and then made it 10-8 with 2:56 to go. Carthage closed it to one but SWR held on for a 10-9 win. Jen DeVito led the way with three goals and three assists and was named tournament MVP. Kait Brosco added three goals and an assist.
On Friday, SWR was down 11-8 to Honeoye Falls-Lima, but DeVito scored the tying and winning goals and SWR closed the game on a 6-0 run to earn a 14-11 win.
The Wildcats, who won their record seventh straight Suffolk title and fifth consecutive Long Island championships, remain the only Suffolk team in any classification to win a state crown.
3. Farmingdale (15-4, 5-3 Conference I) — The Dalers broke out of an early funk with nine unanswered goals to close out their 17-6 win over Pittsford in the Class A semifinals. Kyra Ochwat scored two of her game-high five goals in the run.
The following day, Farmingdale had its lowest scoring output since the 2007 state final, but managed a 6-5 win over Lakeland/Panas. Maegan Meritz scored on a feed from Kelly McPartland with 11:24 left in the game to make it 6-4. Melanie Raso tied the game at 3 and again at 4 with her two goals.
Farmingdale won its second state title, and its sixth L.I. championship this season (including each of the last five).
4. Manhasset (16-2, 7-1 Conference I) — The Indians won their eighth straight Nassau title (the last six coming in the three-classification format) on June 3 with a 19-10 win over No. 3 Cold Spring Harbor at Hofstra. Halle Majorana led the offense with five goals and an assist. On June 6, Manhasset lost in the Long Island Class C championship game for the fifth straight year to Shoreham-Wading River, 11-9 at the Dowling Sports Complex. Majorana again led the Indians, who had won seven in a row, with five goals and one assist.
5. St. Anthony's (15-3, 9-0 CHSAA) — The Friars season ended on May 24 with a 16-5 win over Sacred Heart in the Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA final. It was their third straight title, and they ended the year on a six-game winning streak.
6. Bay Shore (16-4, 12-2 Division I) — The third-seeded Marauders upset No. 1 Northport 13-12 on June 2 at the Dowling Sports Complex to win their first Suffolk Class A title since 2005. Claire Healy's free-position goal with 13:44 left gave Bay Shore a 13-8 lead and proved to be the game-winner, while Alyssa Leonard led the team with four goals. On June 6, the Marauders were taken down by Farmingdale in the Long Island Class A championship game back at Dowling, 13-9, despite another four goals and two assists from Leonard, who was the girls Dellecave Award winner.
7. Rocky Point (18-2, 13-1 Division II) — The top-seeded Eagles' one-year hiatus from the Suffolk Class B winner's circle ended on June 2 at the Dowling Sports Complex with a 9-8 overtime win over No. 3 Hauppauge. Alexa Anzalone (three goals) tallied the game-tying goal with 2.5 seconds left in regulation, and then Kara Mupo's diving shot with 41 seconds left in the first overtime proved to be the game-winner. Rocky Point, which trailed 8-5, has won five of the last six Suffolk Class B titles. On June 6, the Eagles lost a 17-7 decision to Garden City back at Dowling in the Long Island Class B final.
8. Northport (17-2, 13-1 Division I) — The Tigers' two-year reign over Suffolk Class A ended on June 2 at the Dowling Sports Complex, as Bay Shore beat them 13-12 in the county final. Courtney Fortunato closed the lead to one with 59.9 seconds to play, but Northport couldn't tally the equalizer. Shannon Gilroy led Northport with a game-high six goals, and she finished the season with Suffolk County-leading 97 goals.
9. Wantagh (13-4, 6-2 Conference I) — The Warriors lost to Garden City for the sixth year in a row in the Nassau Class B final on June 1 at Hofstra, 20-13. Paula Schmidt and Colleen Lovett each scored four goals in the loss.
10. Hauppauge (16-3, 12-2 Division II) — In their first county final appearance, the No. 3 Eagles had a game effort against top-seeded Rocky Point, losing a 9-8 overtime decision on June 2 at the Dowling Sports Complex. Samantha Losco scored three goals in the loss, including a score to make it 8-5 late in the game.
Athletes of the Week
Caroline Tarzian, Garden City: The junior amassed nine goals and four assists in the Trojans' two state tournament games, including a game-high seven in a 20-10 win over Fox Lane on Saturday in the Class B final.
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