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Suffolk Slant: The Rankings

There are two huge games in Suffolk this week that I am looking forward to covering. On Tuesday at 7 p.m., the county’s only unbeaten team, Comsewogue, hosts Shoreham-Wading River in a game that could decide the top seed for the Class B playoffs. On Wednesday, the top seed also could be on the line in Class A when West Islip puts its 11-game winning streak on the line against rival Ward Melville. The Patriots still will be missing six of the 15 players suspended last week for their involvement in an off-campus drinking incident.

Zog’s Top 10

1. West Islip (11-1). Andrew Hodgson scored four goals with five assists in a 16-9 victory over Connetquot on Tuesday. Then it was cruise control in a 13-1 romp over West Babylon on Monday. The Lions’ 10-game winning streak will be tested on Wednesday when they host Suffolk rival Ward Melville.
2. Ward Melville (10-1). Fifteen Patriots were suspended for their role in an off-campus drinking incident for Tuesday’s game against Smithtown West, but the substitutes did the job in a 13-8 victory. Nine of the 15 returned for Saturday’s 15-3 win over Northport. The other six will miss Wednesday’s showdown at West Islip.
3. St. Anthony’s (11-1). The Friars continue to win big. Their three victories this week were by scorers of 17-4, 14-4 and 15-4.
4. Sachem North (8-2). The Flaming Arrows move back into our Top 10 with a dramatic late rally and 7-6 overtime victory over East Islip on Tuesday. Michael Andreassi tied it with 1:55 left and Phil Schaefer won it with his overtime goal.
5. Connetquot (9-2). Kieran McArdle continues to cling to the overall scoring leadership on Long Island, but his three goals and three assists weren’t enough to stop West Islip on Tuesday.
6. Comsewogue (11-0). The Warriors, Suffolk’s only undefeated team, face their stiffest test on Tuesday night when they host Shoreham-Wading River.
7. East Islip (9-2). The Redmen lost a tough one in overtime to Sachem North on Tuesday.
8. Shoreham-Wading River (8-3). The Wildcats had a rough week, losing to Sayville, 11-8, in a Division II game then falling to Farmingdale, 7-5, in a non-league contest.
9. Hauppauge (10-1). The Eagles beat Deer Park and Hills West and are still in the hunt for the top seed if Comsewogue falters.
10. Eastport/South Manor (10-2). Won three games last week, including a tense 8-7 decision of Class C Glenn.

On the bubble: Bayport-Blue Point (10-1), East Hampton/Bridgehampton (10-2), Rocky Point (8-3), Smithtown West (7-4), Whitman (8-4)


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