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Field Hockey: LI's Top 10 teams
1. Sachem East (7-0)
The Flaming Arrows look unstoppable, and they very well could be. Sachem East won its three games last week and outscored opponents 15-0. The standout victory, of course, was the 5-0 drubbing of East Islip on Thursday.
Next game: Oct. 2 at Ward Melville
2. Garden City (5-0)
Garden City won its only game last week and looked quite Trojan-esque, beating Floral Park 8-0, with seven players contributing to goals.
Next game: Oct. 1 vs. Clarke
3. Miller Place (7-0)
The Panthers make the biggest jump this week, on the strength of victories over Sayville and Rocky Point, the two teams in last year's Suffolk Class B final. Dominique Soto had a goal and an assist and Carly Olsen had 13 saves in the 3-0 win over the Golden Flashes, and Heather Ercolano scored with 2:03 left in overtime as Miller Place edged Rocky Point, 1-0, on Friday. Right now, it looks as if the Panthers will be the team to beat in Suffolk "B."
Next game: Oct. 2 at Pierson/Bridgehampton
4. Manhasset (4-1)
The Indians have won four straight, and last week had two non-league victories. Maddy Molinari scored twice in a 3-1 win over Southampton and had a goal and an assist in a 4-0 victory over Friends Academy.
Next game: Oct. 1 vs. North Shore
5. Bay Shore (5-1)
The Marauders are riding high after beating Ward Melville, 3-1, on Tuesday. Liz Athing and Killeen Martin each had a goal and an assist in the win. Bay Shore will face another big test on Oct. 3, when they host Sayville.
Next game: Oct. 1 at Bayport-Blue Point
6. Rocky Point (6-1)
The Eagles beat Bayport-Blue Point, 2-0, on Monday but dropped their first game of the season in a 1-0 overtime loss to Miller Place. Megan Palasek made 16 saves in the loss. Rocky Point will have to shake the loss off quickly because it's got three games next week.
Next game: Oct. 2 at East Hampton
7. Sayville (5-2)
Zoe Norton had two goals and Maddie Mills had three assists as Sayville beat Lindenhurst, 4-1, on Friday and rebound from a 3-0 loss to Miller Place earlier in the week.
Next game: Oct. 1 at Babylon
8. East Islip (6-2)
Alexa Martino and Nicole Levy each scored as East Islip beat Babylon, 2-0, on Friday. The Redmen rebound from a 5-0 loss the day before to Sachem East.
Next game: Oct. 1 vs. Connetquot
9. Smithtown East (5-2)
The Bulls have won three straight 1-0 games, including victories over rivals Northport and Ward Melville. Emily Marklin scored in the first half and Ericka Parks made six saves as Smithtown East avenged last year's semifinals loss to the Patriots.
Next game: Oct. 2 at Harborfields
10. Ward Melville (5-2)
The Patriots took their lumps last week, losing two of their three games. They fell to Bay Shore, 3-1, on Tuesday and had a 1-0 loss to Smithtown East on Saturday. Ward Melville graduated key players in Vanessa Pryor, Kim Geiger and Lindsay McCulloch, and this new nucleus might still be getting settled. But it doesn't get easier for the Patriots. They've got games against Sachem East and Garden City upcoming.
Next game: Oct 2 vs. Sachem East