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Suffolk Top 10 (as of April 21)
We're heading into the home stretch and the picture is getting a lot clearer in Suffolk girls lacrosse. Hauppauge and Ward Melville continue to stand out in their respective divisions, while Mount Sinai wins a huge statement game against Shoreham-Wading River. It's the top 10, and things just got serious...
* All records are overall
1. Hauppauge (9-0) – Hauppauge defeated Maryland’s St. Paul, 15-9 in the New York/Maryland challenge and escaped with a narrow 8-6 win over Shoreham-Wading River. Shoreham was the first team to hold the Eagles to under 12 goals and most teams are having a real tough time stopping (or even slowing down) Taylor Ranftle. Hauppauge doesn’t have a terribly challenging schedule down the stretch, so the Eagles look primed to take this momentum well into the postseason.
2. Ward Melville (10-0) – The Patriots are here to stay. Ward Melville was dealt a monster of a week with three games, including matchups against Northport and Bay Shore. Their closest finish? A 10-9 win over Middle Country (shoutout here to MC’s Nikki Ortega with five goals and an assist). With the 11-9 win over Northport and a 10-8 win over a Bay Shore team that came in averaging nearly 17 goals per game, Melville proves it is the team to beat in Division I. And since we promised: Here’s another shoutout to Corinne Geiger, Ward Melville’s team manager.
3. Bay Shore (8-1) – I’m not dropping the Marauders for losing to Ward Melville, particularly because of the grit they showed in the second half. Bay Shore outscored Ward Melville 6-3 in the frame, led by Caroline deLyra and Kyra Harney, who took many a lickin’ and kept on ticking. That, along with a 15-6 win over Sachem East, proved that Bay Shore is more than just its ability to score (a lot). The Marauders have a little-talked about defense that can easily stymie unsuspecting teams. It won’t get much easier for Bay Shore, though – they face Northport on April 27.
4. Northport (7-2) – Northport walloped Smithtown East and Half Hollow Hills, 21-12 and 19-12. The Tigers so far have proven solid, but mercurial, and their game against Bay Shore should be a good indicator on how they’ll fare this postseason and whether they have it in them to stage a repeat of last year’s state championship season.
5. East Islip (8-2) – East Islip’s biggest competitors are just around the bend. After a 9-5 loss to Northport earlier in the season, games against Bay Shore and Ward Melville will be a great indicator of where the Red Men stand. They continued to do their thing this week, with wins against Commack and Floyd.
6. Sayville (7-2) – Two wins against teams in last week’s Top 10? I say that deserves a boost, don’t you? Sayville notched a 17-7 win over Kings Park and a 12-10 come-from-behind thriller against Eastport-South Manor to nestle into second place in Division II. Shoutout to Connie Nielsen who had three goals and one assist versus ESM and Emily Meier, with four and three against Kings Park.
7. Mount Sinai (5-2) – Welcome back, Mustangs! Mount Sinai makes its triumphant return to the Top 10 after an 8-5 win over Class C rival Shoreham and a 9-8 come-from-behind win over Rocky Point. Shayna Pirreca’s free-position with 4:01 left sealed the win for Mount Sinai.
8. Shoreham-Wading River (5-2) – Back-to-back losses to Mount Sinai and Hauppauge set Shoreham back this week, despite the fact that the Wildcats gave the LI Class B champs a run for their money. Still, Hauppauge’s 8-6 win was its slimmest margin of victory, so we can’t drop ‘em down too low.
9. West Babylon (6-3) – West Babylon is on a four-game win streak and earn power points for their early-season win against Northport. And check out Sam Apuzzo: six goals in a 17-14 win over West Islip.
10. Eastport-South Manor (6-2) – ESM bounced back after a 12-10 loss to Sayville with a 13-4 win over Bayport-Blue Point. Things won’t get easier for them, though, as they face Hauppauge, East Hampton and Babylon in the coming two weeks.