(Yes, I've taken to titling my blog posts "The one on/with/about..." Why? Because it saves me from having come up with snappy subject lines and I've made "The one" a thing. It's creative in its un-creativeness.)
It's here already, folks. The postseason. <Jim Mora voice> Playoffs? </Jim Mora voice> Yeah, playoffs. Time sure does fly like a G6.
No. 4 East Meadow (6-8) vs. No. 1 Massapequa (10-4) – Nov. 2, 4 p.m.
East Meadow had its struggles this season, falling short of the 9-5 record they posted last year. Regardless, the Jets are in the position they were in a year ago: in the playoffs with a talented roster capable of doing damage. Toni Turrisi and Maria Minutoli (six goals each) can score and goalie Ariana Ovadia has been through tough postseason games before. On the other side, Massapequa's top seeding was well-earned. The Chiefs, defending county champs, started the season 1-3 but fought back, clawing their way to the top of Conference II. They've got a relatively young team, but there is “veteran” leadership in Katie Cooney, Kelsey O'Brien (15 goals) and Nicole Scicutella (11 points) have emerged as scorers, and Jackie Harrison is a very good goalkeeper.
No. 3 New Hyde Park (10-4) vs. No. 2 Port Washington (9-5) – Nov. 2, 2:30 p.m.
New Hyde Park, which reached the Class B semifinals last year, proved immediately it could handle the new class with a season-opening win against Massapequa (now the top seed). They're a talented bunch, led by 10 seniors, and if everything clicks, they can go far. Port Washington got the #2 seed, in part, because of its 2-0 win over NHP on Oct. 18. They're a bit of a surprise team and, despite the high seeding, are somewhat of a dark horse in the race. They play swarming defense (gave up 1.5 goals per game), which allows them to hang in with any team, and Lauren Desimone (10 goals) and Danielle Rosmarin (9) are quality scorers. They've gone about it quietly, but that combination of tight defense and clutch scoring makes them a dangerous team in the playoffs.
No. 5 Clarke (7-4-2) vs. No. 4 Cold Spring Harbor (9-2-1) – Oct. 30, 10 a.m.
Clarke went about its business quietly, but had a strong season with good defense. They had 10 games in which they allows one or fewer goals. They're led by Evelyn Yeung and Demi Shanahan, who had a hat trick in their second to last game. Clarke did lose, 2-0, in their last meeting with CSH on Sept. 30, however. Cold Spring Harbor enters the postseason hot, on a four-game winning streak... with a tie mixed in. That draw came against Garden City on Oct. 14, when the Seahawks played them 1-1. Off that, they're very confident. Maggie Dischmann leads them with 10 points and Victoria Kotowksi is their version of Robert Horry: scoring in the clutch.
No. 6 Seaford (4-6-1) vs. No. 3 North Shore (5-5-1) – Oct. 30, 10 a.m.
Seaford went undefeated in the regular season last year and moved up to Conference I. They didn't have a great year, record-wise, but they're still dangerous with 12 seniors. They're led by Katherine Grebosz and Laura Murphy. North Shore ended the regular season on somewhat of a high note, finishing with a 1-0 overtime win against Carle Place. They had two losses before that, but one was 2-1 in overtime versus Manhasset and the other was 2-0 to Garden City. That they played those powerhouses close is a good sign for them.
* Top-seeded Garden City and No. 2 Manhasset have byes. They'll host the semifinals on Nov. 3 at 2:30 p.m.
No. 4 Wheatley (1-11) vs. No. 1 Friends Academy (11-3-1), Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m.
It'll be a rematch of last season's Class C semifinal, which Friends Academy won, 7-0. Bridie Gahan, then a freshman, had a breakout performance with five points in that game. The Quakers have won five straight county titles.
No. 3 Oyster Bay (0-12) vs. No. 2 Carle Place (6-7-1) – Nov. 1, 2:30 p.m.
Despite their record, the Lady Baymen aren't pushovers. They lost 2-1 to Carle Place the last time they faced each other on Oct. 18, and hung with Port Washington in a 2-0 loss the game before that. Carle Place, led by Taylor Martello and Deirdre Hickey, beat Oyster Bay in last year's semifinal, 6-0. Martello scored two goals in that contest.
/To Barabra Sullivan of Garden City: See, even in these I didn't make any predictions. Catch you on the sidelines.