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Suffolk Top 10 (as of April 8)
‘Twas a short week and hey, this is my second day off in a row (this rarely happens, give me a moment to bask)…so I present to you, the Suffolk Top 10, with an abridged introduction. No worries. I’ll overwrite next week, when I have more games to look at. The top of the rankings hold steady, while the bottom half goes through some seismic shifts. Check it out, laxers.
* All records overall
1. Hauppauge (4-0) – I got to see Hauppauge up close this week and they look exactly as dominant as their record indicates. Taylor Ranftle notched seven goals and an assist in an easy 17-7 win over Class C champion Mount Sinai. Their upcoming game against Sayville this week should be a good litmus test of where the Eagles stand.
2. Ward Melville (6-0) – Beware all ye who enter here. One of the stingiest defenses on the Island has, after four games, turned on the scoring. After averaging a touch more than 10 goals per game (and an admittedly very rough early season schedule), the Patriots scored 14 against Yorktown and 17 against Whitman.
3. Northport (3-1) – Uh oh. Someone woke up the giant. Notre Dame bound junior Cortney Fortunato went off for a career-high 10 goals in a win over Commack and seven against Smithtown West. She had two assists in each game. Northport is essentially tied with Ward Melville here (and, indeed, in tomorrow’s Long Island rankings, you’ll see them stationed above the Patriots). The April 16 game against Ward Melville is gonna be big.
4. Bay Shore (4-0) – It was a quiet week for the Marauders, who defeated Smithtown West, 17-4, behind Caroline deLyra, who had four goals and three assists. After a fairly unstressful first few weeks, Bay Shore comes up against some major competition this week in West Islip (April 10) and Wantagh (April 14).
5. Sayville (4-1) – Sayville didn’t play this week, but no doubt prepped to face Hauppauge in what could easily be a preview of the Class B final on April 13.
6. Shoreham-Wading River (4-0) – Like Northport and Ward Melville, Shoreham-Wading River and Eastport-South Manor are essentially tied. SWR gets precedence for now because of, well, precedent (Class B semis last year and all that). They stayed strong this week, defeating Miller Place 17-6.
7. Eastport-South Manor (4-0) – You wanna know how close ESM and SWR really are? Eastport-South Manor defeated Rocky Point 13-9 this week, while SWR defeated them 10-7. No worries: an April 13 showdown between the two teams should put most questions to rest.
8. Half Hollow Hills (4-1) – Hills moves up a spot after sure-handed wins against Floyd and North Babylon. Alexis Maffucci has been the go-to scorer for the Thundercolts and it may just be that their loss to West Islip was a glitch…
9. West Islip (4-2) - …or maybe we really need to all be paying more attention to West Islip. The Lions are turning into giant slayers – defeating Hills on March 30 and knocking off Sachem East, 14-12 and kicking them out of the rankings for now. That type of fanciness means a sparkly new spot in the Suffolk Top 10. Welcome!
10. East Hampton (5-1) – It was fairly difficult deciding who gets the last spot, but, after two straight losses (to, yes, very strong opponents), Mount Sinai gets shelved for now. Meanwhile, East Hampton, despite not playing much strong competition, is having what’s shaping up to be a very solid season. Carley Seekamp and Maggie Pizzo lead the way. Jenna Budd’s last-second goal to win it against Bayport-Blue Point this week gets them the Top 10 nod.