In the debut of the Spring Big 10, three Long Island girls lacrosse teams found their way into the rankings — defending state Class A champion Farmingdale checks in at No. 3 (behind Bay Shore softball and St. Anthony's boys lacrosse), four-time defending state Class B champ Garden City is at No. 4, and West Babylon debuts at No. 8.
Onto the rankings...
1. Farmingdale (2-0, 0-0 Conference I) — The Dalers won their first state championship last season and finished the year ranked No. 1 in the country. Melanie Raso and Kelly McPartland lead a powerful offensive attack that has helped Farmingdale outscore its first two opponents of the season, Plainedge and Sayville, by a combined 18 goals. They won at Plainedge on March 22, 17-8, behind four first-half goals from Raso and then defeated host Sayville 16-7 two days later behind a goal and an assist from McPartland. Farmingdale has won 19 games in a row dating back to the 2008 state final.
Next up for the Dalers: They'll play at Massapequa at 4:15 p.m. in a rematch of last year's Nassau Class A final. It is the Conference I opener for both teams.
2. Garden City (1-0, 0-0 Conference I) — The Trojans won their fourth straight state Class B title last season and are the favorites to get No. 5. They're loaded with experience and have 12 seniors. Mikaela Rix had three goals and Caroline Tarzian added two goals and three assists in a season-opening 20-5 victory over Friends Academy on March 26.
Next up for the Trojans: They'll take on Mt. Hebron, one of the top teams from Maryland, on Friday.
3. West Babylon (3-0, 1-0 Division I) — Led by Alyssa Murray, who has 13 goals and 17 assists through three games, the Eagles are the favorites in Suffolk Division I. They defeated Nassau powers Massapequa, 15-2 on March 19, and Wantagh, 14-10 on March 22, before earning a 20-8 win at Half Hollow Hills on March 25. Samantha Rush has 14 goals and three assists in the first three outings.
Next up for the Eagles: They'll play host to Division I rival Ward Melville at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon and then play another league foe, East Islip, at 4 p.m. at home on Thursday.
4. Northport (1-0, 1-0 Division I) — The Tigers scored a staggering 26 goals in a 17-goal win at Smithtown West on March 25. Shannon Gilroy (pictured) led the way for the defending Suffolk Class A champs with nine goals and five assists, while Courtney Fortunato added six goals and two assists. Northport scored 19 first-half goals.
Next up for Northport: They'll play host to North Babylon in a Division I matchup at 4 p.m. this afternoon, and on Thursday, they'll welcome Floyd to town at 4 p.m.
5. Shoreham-Wading River (1-0, 1-0 Division II) — Jen DeVito scored four goals with three assists and Kait Brosco added three goals and three assists in the Wildcats' 17-10 season-opening win over visiting Islip on March 26. The three-time defending Class C state champs also got 11 saves from Erin McMullan.
Next up for the Wildcats: They'll travel to Westhampton for a Division II matchup at 4 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, and then play host to league foe Comsewogue at 4 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, they'll travel to Bay Shore for a non-league game at 11 a.m.
6. St. Anthony's (2-0, 1-0 CHSAA) — After a 15-6 drubbing of St. John the Baptist on March 25 in a game they lead 10-1 at the half, the Friars welcomed West Islip to town for a non-league game. They prevailed 15-7 behind two goals and a career-high six assists from senior Haley Bloom, and three goals apiece from Maggie Bill and Annie Heagerty.
Next up for the Friars: On Saturday, they'll travel to Virginia for games against some of the top Washington D.C. teams.
7. Manhasset (3-0, 1-0 Conference I) — The Indians went on the road to defeat Oceanside, 13-3 on March 23, and Masspequa, 12-7 on March 25, before taking out Maryland Notre Dame 11-10 at home last Thursday. Halle Majorana, who finished with four goals and two assists, scored the game-winner with 30 seconds to play. Kerri Fleishhacker has eight goals and an assist in the first three games.
Next up for the Indians: They'll play host to Mineola in a non-league matchup at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
8. Rocky Point (1-0, 1-0 Division II) — Kara Mupo scored three goals with one assist and Caitlin Gargan added two goals as the Eagles earned an 8-5 season-opening win over visiting Huntington on March 26.
Next up for the Eagles: They'll hit the road for Division II games against Harborfields, tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., and Islip, Friday at 4.
9. Bay Shore (1-0, 1-0 Division I) — The Marauders took out Sachem East 16-3 on March 25 behind four goals each from Alyssa Leonard and Caroline deLyra, who also had two assists.
Next up for the Marauders: They'll play host to Lindenhurst in a Division I matchup at 4 p.m. this afternoon, and then travel to league rival Ward Melville at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday. On Saturday, they'll welcome Shoreham-Wading River to town for a non-league game at 11 a.m.
10. Wantagh (2-1, 0-0 Conference I) — The Warriors bounced back from a 14-10 season-opening loss at West Babylon March 22 with a pair of 18-6 wins — over Mineola two days later and at Seaford last Wednesday. Paula Schmidt, who leads the team with 10 goals, scored five with one assist against Mineola, and Jackie Sileo had three goals and three assists in the Seaford game.
Next up for the Warriors: They'll visit South Side at 4:30 p.m. on Friday for a Conference I matchup.
Players of the Week
Halle Majorana, Manhasset: The sophomore scored her fourth goal of the game with 30 seconds remaining in the second half to give the Indians an 11-10 win over Maryland Notre Dame, which was a Maryland state finalist last season.
Candice Noakes, MacArthur: The senior scored her fourth goal of the game with 1:51 left in the second half to give the Generals a 15-14 win over Jericho on Saturday.