Random thoughts: Gosh, there a lot of teams called the Vikings... "Gone with the Wind" isn't bad. It's one of those movies that I tried watching once as a kid (because it came on TV so often), then I'd get bored and fall asleep five minutes into it. Last night I made it through 2 1/2 hours before falling asleep. Not from boredom, but because I'd decided for whatever reason to watch a four-hour movie at 3 a.m. Always assumed it was one of those overhyped "classic" movies I'd hate, but it's pretty well done. (I'm guessing at this point most people have either scrolled down to the rankings, fallen asleep reading this, or spat juice at the monitor laughing at me watching "Gone with the Wind" at 3 in the morning. But if you're still there, thanks for bearing with me, dedicated reader.) Without further ado...
1. Garden City (8-3)
The Trojans have lost three of their last four games, but those opponents were arguably the three best teams in the country (McDonogh, Bryn Mawr and St. Anthony's). Because of that, Garden City continues to hold the #1 spot. That could change this week, though. Farmingdale faces Garden City on Tuesday and has a chance to unseat them.
2. Farmingdale (9-0)
The Dalers have rolled along smoothly, dominating all but one of their opponents, and now have their shot at the belt. Farmingdale will be tested down the stretch of the regular season: Garden City on Tuesday; Port Washington on Thursday; Eastport-South Manor on Saturday in the Long Island Challenge; Manhasset on Monday; Massapequa on Wednesday. That there's a gauntlet of a schedule and it's several games in a short span. If the Dalers can get through that, they can't be denied.
3. Massapequa (10-0)
The Chiefs kept it moving last week with impressive wins over Oceanside and East Meadow. Kelsey O'Brien had four goals and three assists in both games. Since losing to West Islip in the season opener, Massapequa has run off 10 straight, showing an ability to overcome adversity along the way. They, too, could have a shot at the top spot, depending on how things shake out in the coming weeks. 'Pequa will wrap up its regular season against Farmingdale.
4. North Shore (11-1)
Carly Comitino scored the winner with 13 seconds left as North Shore edged Port Washington, 11-10, on Saturday. The Vikings had dominated their competition thus far in Conference C, and they've pulled out some close games in non-league. Before this one, they had managed one-goal wins over South Side and Wantagh. They'll face Locust Valley on Tuesday in a rematch of last year's county final.
5. Manhasset (8-3)
The Indians have won three straight blowouts and appear to hitting their stride at the right time. Julia Glynn has stood out, but the Indians have gotten balanced scoring and played complete games. That'll serve them well going into playoffs. As well, they've held the fort without Halle Majorana, who has been nursing a hamstring injury. The All-American is expected to return in time for Manhasset's games against Farmingdale and Garden City to finish out the regular season.
6. Wantagh (8-4)
They slide down a spot after falling to Bay Shore, 10-8, today. The Warriors fell behind 7-3 at halftime, fought back in the second half, but couldn't pull off the comeback. Colleen Lovett had five goals and an assist in the loss. Wantagh has beaten some of its tougher opponents (including West Babylon and Manhasset), but they've had their share of close losses in some of those games (including Farmingdale, North Shore and Massapequa).
7. Seaford (10-2)
They survived a close one with Island Trees last week, holding on for a 15-14 win. Emma Schait's goal had Seaford up by four with 8:39 left, and they clung to the lead as the Bulldogs rallied. The Vikings will have their work cut out for them again, facing Cold Spring Harbor on Tuesday. Seaford is 6-1 in league and CSH is 7-0, so they're wrasslin' for second place in Conference C. And first place is within reach for both, too.
8. Cold Spring Harbor (10-2)
The Seahawks also faced Island Trees last week, and they won 19-7. Another common opponent that could be used as a gauge is Locust Valley - Cold Spring Harbor and Seaford both beat them 17-12. An argument could be made for swapping CSH/Seaford in the ranking now, but we'd rather let tomorrow's game decide it.
9. Port Washington (9-2)
The Vikings have rebound from that loss to North Shore with wins over Islip and Syosset. Kaitlyn Brown scored four goals, and Christina Commons and Emily Rosenthal each added two in the 12-6 victory over the Braves. Also impressive was the number of shots they were able to get off - forcing Meg Gulmi to make 17 saves.
10. Plainege (9-4)
The Red Devils get some kudos for recent wins over Locust Valley, South Side and MacArthur. They did lose their last to Garden City, 17-5, but we're not holding that against them too much. Danielle Harrington and Melissa Karban have been solid at goal, and Kelly Curran and Jacqueline and Kathleen Kennedy have done well offensively. They'll face Manhasset on May 3.
On the cusp: Syosset, New Hyde Park, Floral Park