The season is rushing to a close and we're getting a much clearer picture of what the playoffs are going to be like. And me? Well, I'm just trying to keep up with all the upsets. My poor, bedraggled coworkers have all left, but here I am, doing the top 10. Why? Because I care. But mostly because I forgot to post this on Sunday. My bad, guys. My bad. Drop me down a few rankings. Also, they're vacuuming. I've worked here for five years, often very late into the night, and I have never seen anyone vacuum. In fact, I have proof that no one vacuums. It's a strange new world, y'all, and one that includes a brand spanking new No. 1.....
* All records are overall
1. Ward Melville (12-0) – All hail the new queens of the Suffolk top 10. The Patriots have done everything right this year, including a win against Division I rival Bay Shore, but they needed a little help the clinch the most important title of them all (shhhhh, humor me). After Hauppauge’s rough week and with wins against Half Hollow Hills (15-6) and Sachem East (12-9), the Patriots proved that the postseason will run through Ward Melville this year. Or, possibly…
2. Bay Shore (10-1) – The Marauders really didn’t like losing to their biggest competition on April 20. So how do they react? By going ahead and beating their other biggest competition. Bay Shore defeated Northport 10-7 behind Caroline deLyra, who had four goals and an assist in the effort.
3. Hauppauge (11-2) – The loss against Maryland’s McDonough (now the top team in the nation) wasn’t enough to boot the Eagles down to three, but a loss to Eastport-South Manor was. Hauppauge dropped its first league game of the season this week, 8-6 and were down 3-0 at the half. They have a relatively easy schedule down the stretch, though, so the Eagles look primed to recuperate.
4. West Babylon (8-3) – Well lookee here…West Babylon has only dropped a single league game all year and, after a 12-10 win over East Islip (who last week was at No. 5), the Eagle catapult a whopping five spots and right into the Top 10’s elite.
5. Northport (8-3) – It’s been a tough year, by Northport standards, and the loss to Bay Shore was the latest blow. As it stands, the Tigers will have something to prove when they take on Wantagh in the Long Island Challenge on May 5.
6. Shoreham-Wading River (8-2) – SWR’s wins against Sayville andBabylon proved that, between them and Mount Sinai, it should be an absolute dogfight in Class C. The best part about Shoreham is their well-balanced attack, but it doesn’t hurt that their coach has shown she’s not afraid of an epic challenge. Check out their upcoming non-league schedule: a matchup against Bay Shore in the Long Island Challenge and another against Sacred Heart.
7. Eastport-South Manor (8-2) – Howdy there, only Long Island team to beat Hauppauge. I’d put ESM higher for that huge achievement if they hadn’t lost to SWR by such a large margin back in the day. But let’s be real here – that feels like forever ago. ESM made a big ole statement against Hauppauge, led by Allison Gionta (five goals, two assists) and Samantha Giacolone with 11 saves. That statement: the Class B title may just be there for the taking.
8. Mount Sinai (9-3) – The Mustangs are holding steady but get Garden City in the Long Island Challenge. Which is, indeed, a challenge. To put it lightly.
9. East Islip (9-3) – A rough 12-10 loss to West Babylon drops the Red Men down a few notches and it won’t get much easier with upcoming games against Ward Melville and Bay Shore. It’s make or break time for East Islip.
10. Sayville (8-4) – Dear Sayville, I know it’s been a rough week and that a three-game losing streak is nothing to sneeze at, but the worst of your schedule is over and you have a heady wins on your record. Let’s see what you can do in the playoffs.