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Long Island girls lacrosse top 10

St. Anthony's High School junior #29 Kerrin Maurer,

St. Anthony's High School junior #29 Kerrin Maurer, right, moves in for a shot on goal during a varsity girls lacrosse game at St. Anthony's High School. (April 17, 2010) Photo Credit: Freelance/Photo by James A. Escher

Big shakeups in Week 3 of the Spring Big 10, mostly due to St. Anthony's 16-12 home win over defending state Class A champ Farmingdale, which thrusted the Friars into the Big 10 for the first time at No. 3.

Garden City moves up two spots this week to No. 2 (behind Bay Shore softball), while West Babylon remains at No. 7 despite two Division I wins last week. Farmingdale, which was No. 3 last week, is on the outside looking in.

You can see Gregg Sarra discuss this week's Big 10 here.

ESPN Rise's FAB 50, as usual, has a different perspective. Eight Long Island teams are the top 50 in the country, including six in the top 20. Shoreham-Wading River leads the way at No. 6, down three spots from No. 3, Garden City checks in at No. 7, Northport is 10th, Manhasset 11th, and St. Anthony's 12th. Farmingdale slips 12 spots to No. 20, West Babylon is 22nd (up 12 spots), and West Islip is No. 30.

With that said, here's this week's top 10...

1. Garden City (6-0, 4-0 Conference I) — The Trojans defeated their first Conference I opponent of the season on Thursday (after two crossover wins), rolling past Cold Spring Harbor, 19-6. Caroline Tarzian led the way with six goals and four assists. Two days later, Mikaela Rix scored six goals with one assist and Tarzian added five goals and an assist in a 20-11 win over Massapequa. Eight different Trojans tallied at least one point.

Next up for the Trojans: Garden City has a huge week ahead of it. First up a date with Mineola this afternoon at 4:15 p.m., then a matchup against defending state Class A champion Farmingdale on Thursday at home at 4:15 p.m. Then, on Saturday, they'll host an interstate showdown against Connecticut power Darien (ranked 13th in the ESPN Rise rankings) at 1 p.m.

2. St. Anthony's (6-1, 2-0 CHSAA) — On Saturday, the Friars proved they are one of the nation's best teams and that there is no gap between the top public and private teams on Long Island, taking down previously-unbeaten Farmingdale 16-12 at home. Kerrin Maurer (pictured) led the Friars with five goals, while Chrissy Schreiber and Darcy Messina each scored three goals. Maurer has 25 goals since returning on April 3 from injuries sustained in a January car accident.

Next up for the Friars: They'll focus in on the CHSAA this week with a game at Our Lady of Mercy tomorrow at 4:15 in preparation for Kellenberg and Sacred Heart next week.

3. West Babylon (7-0, 5-0 Division I) — In an 18-4 win at Floyd on Friday, Alyssa Murray had a season-high nine assists and set a new state career assists mark with 278. The Eagles scored 18 goals in both of their wins last week, the other an 18-5 victory at Commack on Wednesday. They've outscored their opponents 120-37 this season. Samantha Rush scored 11 goals in the two games.

Next up for the Eagles: They'll play host to Bay Shore, No. 8 on this list, this afternoon at 4 p.m., and then welcome Sachem North to town at 4 p.m. on Thursday. A meeting with West Islip looms next week.

4. Northport (6-0, 5-0 Division I) — After a 14-8 victory over defending state Class C finalist Carthage last Monday, freshman Courtney Fortunato scored a career-high seven goals in a 22-7 victory over Smithtown East on Wednesday. Two days later, Fortunato tallied six goals and four assists in a 22-10 win at Commack. Shannon Gilroy scored 17 goals in the three games.

Next up for the Tigers: They'll play host to two teams this week — West Islip this afternoon and Lindenhurst on Thursday. Both Division I games begin at 4 p.m.

5. Farmingdale (7-1, 5-0 Conference I) — The Dalers lost on Saturday for the first time since the 2008 state championship, getting outscored 16-12 at St. Anthony's. Melanie Raso scored four goals with one assist in the loss. They bounced back yesterday with a 17-8 win over South Side behind five goals and two assists from Jamie Leone.

Next up for the Dalers: Things won't get any easier this week, as they face another tough test at four-time defending state Class B champion Garden City at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday. The Dalers defeated Garden City 15-9 last season. A matchup at Wantagh looms next week.

6. Shoreham-Wading River (7-0, 6-0 Division II) — Jen DeVito scored eight goals last week, four in a 17-3 over Harborfields last Tuesday and another four in a 14-9 victory at Mt. Sinai on Thursday. Then she scored another four, with two assists, in a 19-6 win over Kings Park yesterday afternoon. Chelsey Newman added eight goals and seven assists in the three games, while Kait Brosco had eight goals and four assists. The Wildcats have won 16 straight games dating back to May 9 of last year.

Next up for the Wildcats: A trip to undefeated Eastport-South Manor (7-0) at 7 p.m. tomorrow evening preceeds a home game against Bayport-Blue Point at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

7. Manhasset (6-0, 4-0 Conference I) — The Indians blew past a nationally-ranked Wantagh squad, 19-8 on the road Friday. Halle Majorana led the way with five goals and an assist. Jenny Vlahos had two goals and two assists in a 16-4 win over South Side two days earlier. Behind goalies Jen Levy and Grace Morelli, the seven-time defending Nassau Class C champions have not allowed a Long Island team to reach double figures and have outscored L.I. opponents 70-25.

Next up for the Indians: They play host to Calhoun this afternoon at 4:30 p.m., and North Shore at the same time on Friday.

8. Bay Shore (4-1, 4-0 Division I) — The Marauders bounced back from a loss to Shoreham-Wading River with an 18-15 Division I victory at Smithtown East on Friday. Kyra Harney had six goals and one assist, Shelby Vaccaro added five goals and two assists and Caroline deLyra dished out seven assists.

Next up for the Marauders: They'll travel to West Babylon (No. 3 on this list) at 4 p.m. this afternoon in a Division I matchup. On Thursday, they'll play host to Smithtown West at 4 p.m., and on Saturday, they'll welcome Wantagh at 11 a.m. for a non-league affair.

9. Rocky Point (6-0, 6-0 Division II) — The Eagles took down three more Division II opponents in the past week. Junior Caitlin Gargan scored two goals with a career-high nine assists in a 22-4 win over Westhampton on Tuesday (a game they lead 13-0 at the half). Gargan scored five goals with one assist two days later in an 11-4 win at Hauppauge, and then she scored four more times with six assists in an 18-4 win over Comsewogue yesterday afternoon. Kara Mupo scored 11 times in the three games.

Next up for the Eagles: They visit Sayville tomorrow at 4 p.m., and then play host to Deer Park on Friday at 4:30. ESM comes to town next week.

10. Eastport-South Manor (7-0, 6-0 Division II) — Tara Gerstacker scored nine goals with two assists in an 18-12 win over Glenn at home last Tuesday, then she and Dene DeMartino each had three goals and two assists in a 12-10 win at Huntington on Thursday. Yesterday, DeMartino had three goals and three assists and Gerstacker scored four goals with one assist in a 13-12 win over Bayport-Blue Point. It was the Sharks' sixth win by two goals or less this season. Seventh-grade goalie Samantha Giacolone made 42 saves in the three games and has 100 for the season.

Next up for the Sharks: They'll play host to Shoreham-Wading River tomorrow night at 7 p.m., and Kings Park on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.


Nassau players of the week

Caroline Tarzian, Garden City: Had six goals and four assists as Garden City downed Cold Spring Harbor 19-6 on Thursday. Tarzian led the Trojans in scoring for the fourth consecutive game and has 19 goals and seven assists during that span.
Alexa Frocarro, Port Washington:
Had seven goals and one assist in an 18-8 victory over Jericho on Friday, one game after scoring 10 goals in an 18-8 victory over Locust Valley on Wednesday. Scored 18 goals in three games this week as the Vikings have jumped out to a 7-0 record.
Suffolk players of the week

Alyssa Murray, West Babylon: The senior midfielder scored three goals with a game-high nine assists in an 18-4 win at Floyd on Friday. Murray now has 278 career assists, eclipsing the former state record of 275 held by Carolyn Davis, a 2005 graduate of Skaneateles. Murray has a Long Island-high 46 assists and 72 points through seven games for the 7-0 Eagles.  
Kerrin Maurer, St. Anthony's:
The senior attack had five goals as St. Anthony's handed Farmingdale its first loss since the 2008 state championship game, winning 16-12 on Saturday. Maurer has scored 25 goals in five starts since returning on April 3 from injuries sustained in a January car accident.

Danielle Jaycox, St. John the Baptist: The junior scored a career-high nine assists in a 21-9 win at St. Mary's on Wednesday. She followed that up with an eight-goal performance in an 18-16 loss at Carle Place. She has 27 goals in the last four games and 41 on the season, two behind Mepham's Lauren Johnson for the Long Island lead.

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