Because we know it's all you've thought about for the past nine months, it's the return of the weekly top 10! (Pauses to allow the top 10 to bask and enjoy its moment...) Here's a ranking of the top teams in Nassau over the fist couple games. Note: the rankings will be pretty fluid throughout the season. Teams will probably move up, drop down; other teams will enter as the season progresses. If your team didn't make the first version, feel free to let proving us wrong be a motivator (in addition to wanting to win and stuff).
Also, a warm welcome to Laura Albanese, the new Suffolk writer. James, who did a great job last year, will now be covering boys lacrosse. Laura shifts over to glax from... that other sport.
And here goes...
1. Garden City (1-0)
The defending state Class B champs opened the season victorious, extending their win streak to 49 games. Alexandra Bruno had four goals, and Jenna Fuchs and Tara DeAngelo each added three for the Trojans in a 17-9 win over Hewlett. Margot McTiernan (Catherine's little sister) scored a goal in her varsity debut and Megan McDonald, in her first start, made five saves in the win.
2. Farmingdale (2-0)
The Dalers got off to a rough start in their season-opener against Wantagh on March 19, but rallied from down four to win 12-10. In their second game, Kim Kolodny (four goals and two assists) led the offensive barrage in a 21-2 win over Plainview JFK.
3. Manhasset (1-0)
The Nassau Class B finalists opened with a dominant showing on Wednesday - 15-1 win over Calhoun. Julia Glynn scored four goals and Halle Majorana had two goals and three assists for the Indians.
4. Wantagh (1-1)
The Warriors were dominant in all but the final 10 or so minutes of their opener against Farmingdale on Monday. And they rebound quickly to beat Lynbrook, 19-2, on Wednesday, led by Colleen Lovett's four goals and three assists. Tara Basile and Kaleigh Craig each added three goals and an assist. (Apologies to Kaleigh for going short "a" on her name. It's pronounced Kay-lee.)
5. Massapequa (2-1)
The Chiefs lost their first game, 14-12, to West Islip, but bounced back last week with wins over Hicksville and East Islip. Kristin Yevoli and Danielle Doherty each scored four goals and Kelsey O'Brien added three in their 13-11 win against the Redmen.
6. South Side (2-0)
The Nassau Class B semifinalists have owned both their games, and Michaela Lynch went off in their 19-13 win over South Side on Friday. The junior midfielder had five goals and a career-high nine assists. Point guard numbers.
7. North Shore (1-0)
The defending Nassau Class C champs topped Wheatley, 13-3, in their opener. Amanda Johansen had six goals and three assists and freshman Carlee Janelli (Lauren's little sister) had three goals and two assists in her first varsity game.
8. Port Washington (1-0)
The Vikings began the post-Froccaros era in impressive fashion: a 14-7 win over Oceanside. Kaitlyn Brown (six goals) and Lauren DeSimone (four) picked up the offense.
9. Locust Valley (2-0)
The Falcons opened with a 10-8 win over Baldwin - a Class A semifinalist last season - and then beat Carle Place, 19-12, in their Conference C opener on Friday. Bairre Reilly had eight goals and four assists, and Julia Palermo added four goals in that game.
10. Cold Spring Harbor (2-1)
The Seahawks had impressive wins sandwiched around a non-league loss to Sacred Heart on Wednesday. They opened with a 16-5 win over Calhoun and, on Friday, beat Clarke 16-6. Kelly Ann Sherlook scored five goals and eighth-grader Charlotte Campbell, in her varsity debut, made six saves in the win.