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Long Island girls lacrosse top 10

Garden City's Caroline Tarzian fires a shot on

Garden City's Caroline Tarzian fires a shot on goal against Farmingdale. (Apr. 22, 2010) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

After big shakeups in last week's Big 10, not as much movement for girls lax teams in Week 4 of the spring edition, except for Northport. The Tigers' 19-11 win over West Islip on Tuesday in a rematch of the Suffolk Class A final vaulted them into the Big 10 for the first time this season at No. 10.

Garden City and St. Anthony's remain at No. 2 and 3, respectively (behind Bay Shore softball). Farmingdale was on the outside looking in last week, but the Dalers' 18-15 loss at Garden City on Thursday was their second defeat in three games and pushed them out of the Big 10 conversation (they were third two weeks ago).

To hear Gregg Sarra discuss the entire Big 10, click here.

In ESPN Rise's FAB 50, 10 Long Island teams are the top 50 in the country, including five in the top 20 and four in the top 10. Garden City moves up five spots to No. 2 (behind McDonogh of Maryland), Shoreham-Wading River moves up one spot to No. 5, Northport checks in at No. 7, and Manhasset is ninth. St. Anthony's is No. 11, Farmingdale is 22nd, West Babylon is 25th, Rocky Point is 32nd, Bay Shore 41st, and West Islip 42nd.

Here's this week's Long Island top 10...

1. Garden City (9-0, 6-0 Conference I) — The Trojans asserted their Nassau dominance with an 18-15 win over Farmingdale on Thursday. Caroline Tarzian (pictured) scored six goals with four assists and leads the team with 40 goals and 18 assists. On Saturday, Mikaela Rix scored six goals with two assists in an 18-8 route of Connecticut power Darien. Tarzian added four goals and two assists, as the Trojans scored 18 of more for the fifth straight game.

Next up for the Trojans: They'll travel to North Shore at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and then play host to Manhasset (No. 6 on this list) at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday in a pair of Conference I games.

2. St. Anthony's (7-1, 3-0 CHSAA) — In their only game last week, the Friars outscored CHSAA rival Our Lady of Mercy 10-1 in the second half on their way to a 15-4 victory at home on Wednesday. Darcy Messina scored four goals and Annie Heagerty added three goals and three assists.

Next up for the Friars: St. Anthony's, which was scheduled to play CHSAA rival Kellenberg on Monday (it was postponed due to rain), will visit Sacred Heart on Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. The Friars have scored 15 goals or more in six of their eight games this season.

3. Northport (9-0, 8-0 Division I) — In a rematch of last year's Suffolk Class A final, the Tigers took out West Islip 19-11 at home last Tuesday. Shannon Gilroy scored four of her game-high seven goals and Courtney Fortunato added five of her six goals in the second half, as Northport came back from a 9-7 halftime deficit. On Friday, Gilroy and Fortunato each had five goals and two assists in a 20-6 win over visiting Lindenhurst. It was the fifth time Northport hit the 20-goal mark this season. On Monday, sophomore Michaela Aymong made a season-high 13 saves and classmate Allie Breitfeller scored a season-high four goals Northport won in the rain at Bay Shore, 17-9.

Next up for the Tigers: The Bay Shore game was the first of three straight Division I matchups on the road for the Tigers, who will play at Sachem East at 5 p.m. on Wednesday before a 4:30 p.m. contest at West Babylon (the No. 9 team on this list) on Friday.

4. Shoreham-Wading River (9-0, 8-0 Division II) — The Wildcats earned three Division II wins last week — 19-6 over Kings Park on Monday, 15-9 at Eastport-South Manor on Wednesday night and 16-12 at home against Bayport-Blue Point on Friday. Jen DeVito scored 13 goals in the three games, including a score that broke a 9-9 tie with 13:19 to play against ESM, while Kait Brosco had nine goals and seven assists. SWR has won a Long Island-high 18 games in a row dating back to May 9 of last year.

*To read the inspirational story of SWR junior defender Kait Suarez, who battled back from Hodgkins's lymphoma, click here and here.

Next up for the Wildcats: A Division II home game against Sayville (5-2) at 4 p.m. on Tuesday is SWR's only contest in the next eight days.

5. Farmingdale (7-2, 5-1 Conference I) — The Dalers lost 18-15 to Garden City on Thursday, their second loss in three games. Melanie Raso led the team with six goals and one assist. Though the loss probably costs Farmingdale the Conference I title, it has no bearing on its quest to repeat as state champs. The Dalers are clearly the class of Nassau Class A.

Next up for the Dalers: They'll look to get back on the horse when they visit Wantagh (6-1) at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday in a Conference I matchup.

6.  Manhasset (8-0, 6-0 Conference I) — The Indians have been on fire, scoring 19 goals in their past three games and holding every Long Island opponent under 10 goals. Sophomore Halle Majorana had five goals and four assists in a 19-7 victory over North Shore on Friday in a rematch of the past two Class C county finals.

Next up for the Indians: They'll play two tough Conference I road games, at Cold Spring Harbor at 7 p.m. on Thursday night, and at Garden City (No. 1 on this list) at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. 

7. Rocky Point (8-0, 8-0 Division II) — The Eagles outscored three Division II opponents 52-15 last week, defeating Comsewogue, 18-4 at home on Monday, Sayville, 16-9 on the road on Wednesday, and Deer Park, 18-2 on Friday. Kara Mupo scored 13 goals with five assists in the three games, while Samantha Mazzeo, in her first game back from an ACL injury, scored three goals against Sayville — a game that was tied 5-5 at the half.

Next up for the Eagles: They play host to Eastport-South Manor (No. 9 on this list) at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday and then visit Kings Park at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in a pair of Division II games before a showdown with St. Anthony's (No. 2 on this list) at home at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

8. Bay Shore (7-2, 6-1 Division I) — Shelby Vaccaro scored her third goal unassisted with 13:54 left in the second half to give the Marauders a three-goal lead in their 10-9 upset win at West Babylon on Tuesday. Carly Cox added two goals and an assist. Bay Shore followed up the big win with home victories over Smithtown West, 17-8 on Friday, behind Alyssa Leonard's four goals and three assists, and Wantagh, 12-10 on Saturday, led by Caroline deLyra's four goals and four assists. On Monday, they lost their first Division I game of the season, 17-9 in the rain to visiting Northport. Vaccaro led the team with two goals and an assist.

Next up for the Marauders: Two more tough Division I games, at home against Floyd (5-2) at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, and at West Islip (No. 10 on this list) at 4:15 p.m. on Friday.

9. Eastport-South Manor (7-1, 6-1 Division II) — After a hard-fought 13-12 win over Bayport-Blue Point last Monday, the Sharks lost a 15-9 decision to Shoreham-Wading River at home on Wednesday night. The game was tied at 9, but SWR scored six unanswered goals to close it out. Tara Gerstacker led the Sharks with four goals, Dene DeMartino had three goals and one assist, and Samantha Giacolone made 10 saves. They bounced back with a 17-7 win at home over Kings Park led by Gerstacker's nine goals and two assists.

Next up for the Sharks: They'll visit Rocky Point (No. 7 on this list) at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday in their only game of the week.

10. West Islip (7-1, 6-1 Division I) — The Lions bounced back from a 19-11 loss at Northport last Tuesday with a 13-9 home win over West Babylon on Monday. Loren Ziegler scored a game-high six goals, as West Islip outscored West Babylon 8-3 in the second half.

Next up for the Lions: They'll play at East Islip at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday before a showdown at home with Bay Shore (No. 8 on this list) at 4:15 p.m. Friday afternoon.


Nassau players of the week

Alexa Frocaro, Port Washington: The junior scored eight goals with four assists for a career-high 12 points as Conference III’s Port Washington went up a league and defeated Conference II’s Division, 14-9 on Friday. Scored 16 goals in two games this week for the unbeaten Vikings.

Gabby Ford, Sewanhaka: Scored nine goals as Sewanhaka rallied to defeat Hewlett 11-10 on Thursday. Had 13 goals and two assists in two games this week.

Suffolk players of the week

Mary-Kate Sivilli, Glenn: The Princeton-bound senior scored a season-high nine goals in a 16-12 win at East Hampton on Wednesday, and two days later dished out a season-high 10 assists in an 18-4 win over Greenport/Southold/Mattituck. Sivilli is fourth on Long Island with 68 points (42 goals, 26 assists).

Taylor Reh, Miller Place: The senior scored five goals, including the game-winner with 49 seconds to play in the Panthers' 11-10 Division II win over Comsewogue on Wednesday. She leads the team with 33 goals and 10 assists.

Abby Beltrani, Ward Melville: The junior attack scored the game-winner with 2:26 left in the second overtime to give the Patriots a 14-13 Division I win over Smithtown East on Tuesday. Ward Melville trailed 8-5 at halftime, but fought back to tie the game at 13 on Rebecca Arent's fourth goal of the game with 13 seconds left in regulation.

Melani Lewis, Brentwood: The senior's career-high eighth goal with 42 seconds left in the second half gave the Indians a 14-13 win over Longwood at home on Tuesday. Lewis also had two assists.

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