Here’s a look at some of the best girls lacrosse games on Long Island for the coming week:
Wednesday April 21:
Rocky Point (6-0) at Sayville (5-2) 4 p.m.: Sayville ended Rocky Point’s run of four consecutive Suffolk Class B titles with an 8-7 victory in last June’s county final. The Eagles, led by Kara Mupo (25 goals), have picked up where they left off and won six straight to start the season. Sayville has won two straight and five of its last six. Golden Flash senior Jordan Lite had a career-high seven goals in Sayville’s 12-7 win over Deer Park on Monday.
Thursday April 22:
Farmingdale (6-1) at Garden City (7-0) 4:15 p.m.: This one should be great. Two defending state champions, two of the best teams on Long Island and two of the best teams in the country. Farmingdale defeated Garden City 15-9 last season, but it didn’t slow the Trojans too bad. Garden City still captured its fourth straight Class B state championship. This year the result could be flipped. Farmingdale is still clearly Nassau’s best Class A team, but after losing for the first time since the 2008 state championship, 16-12 to St. Anthony’s on Saturday, the Dalers will need a win to reclaim the title of Nassau’s best. For now that title belongs to Garden City. The Trojans rolled through some nationally-ranked teams in Maryland and have opened the season with six straight wins behind Caroline Tarzian (26 goals, 11 assists).
Friday April 23:
North Shore (6-1) at Manhasset (7-0) 4:30 p.m.: This is a re-match of the past two Nassau Class C finals. North Shore re-affirmed its status as the No. 1 contender in Class C with its 12-11 overtime victory over Cold Spring Harbor on April 9. The Vikings have continued their propensity for squeakers, slipping past Our Lady of Mercy 14-13, thanks to a last-minute goal from Amanda Johansen last Thursday. Johansen has 24 goals and seven assists and Kathleen Lennon has 22 goals and 12 assists for North Shore, which has proved once again to be one of Nassau’s best teams. Of course success for North Shore is all relative because Manhasset has won seven straight county titles and has shown no signs of slowing down in 2010. Manhasset scored its biggest Nassau victory of the year last week when it defeated Wantagh 19-8. Kerri Fleishhacker (17 goals) and Halle Majorana (15) have been the leading scorers for the Indians. Both are underclassman. That’s good news for Manhasset and bad news for the rest of the county.
Saturday April 24:
Darien (Conn.) at Garden City 1 p.m.: Laxpower currently has Darien ranked No. 1 in Connecticut. Newsday currently has Garden City ranked No. 1 on Long Island. ESPN has Darien No. 13 in the nation and Garden City No. 7. Needless to say, this one should be good. Garden City defeated Darien 19-12 last season.
Sacred Heart (4-1) at South Side (1-5) 11 a.m.: South Side has had some close losses (6-5 in overtime to Cold Spring Harbor, and 8-5 to North Shore) but has been competitive in its first season in Conference I. A win over a tough Sacred Heart team could give the team some momentum for the second half of the season. Sacred Heart is a perennial CHSAA finalist and has already played a couple of close games against Conference I squads (a 17-15 victory over North Shore and a 13-9 loss to Cold Spring Harbor). Sacred Heart defeated South Side 15-10 last year for its only victory over a public school team. Tough non-league games like this will help Sacred Heart against teams like Our Lady of Mercy and St. Anthony’s.
Wantagh (6-2) at Bay Shore (5-1): Two of Long Island’s best teams square off in an inter-county showdown. Paula Schmidt (24 goals, 16 assists) and Jackie Sileo (15 goals, 22 assists) lead the way for Wantagh. Alyssa Leonard (15 goals, five assists), pictured being guarded by SWR's Kait Brosco, and Shelby Vaccaro (15 goals, five assists) lead the way for Bay Shore. Bay Shore defeated Wantagh 15-8 last season. Bay Shore is No. 8 in the latest Newsday rankings, Wantagh’s just barely on the outside looking in.