As the challengers keep falling, the cream is rising to the top.
Garden City, the top girls lacrosse team for the entire spring season thus far, remains at No. 2 in Week 5 of the spring edition of the Big 10, behind a seemingly unstoppable Bay Shore softball team. On Saturday, the Trojans avenged an overtime loss to Manhasset last year with a 19-9 demolition of the Indians (more on this game below).
Last year's Suffolk Class A champ Northport went 3-0 last week and moved up two spots to No. 8, while three-time defending state Class C champion Shoreham-Wading River is on the outside looking in. A win tomorrow over Rocky Point, which knocked off St. Anthony's (No. 3 in the Big 10 last week) on Saturday night, would probably vault the Wildcats into the party for the first time this season. SWR has beaten Rocky Point each of the last two years.
As for the curious case of Farmingdale, the Dalers have gone from out of the Big 10 conversation last week to out of the girls lacrosse top 10 the next with losses in two of their last three games and three of their last five. Still, they seem to be the top team in Nassau Class A.
To hear Gregg Sarra discuss the entire Big 10, click here.
In this week's ESPN Rise FAB 50, 12 Long Island teams are in the top 50 in the country, including four in the top 20 and three in the top 10. Garden City remains at No. 2 (behind McDonogh of Maryland), and Shoreham-Wading River stays put at No. 5. Northport moves up a spot to No. 6, Manhasset drops seven spots to No. 16, and Rocky Point jumps up 11 spots to No. 21. St. Anthony's is No. 24 (down 13 spots), Farmingdale is 34th, West Islip 42nd, West Babylon 38th, Wantagh 43rd, Bay Shore 49th, and Hauppauge joins the party at No. 49.
Here's this week's Long Island top 10...
1. Garden City (11-0, 8-0 Conference I) — The Trojans kept rolling this week with Conference I wins on back-to-back days. On Friday, they won 16-9 at North Shore behind three goals apiece from Caroline Tarzian, Alex Bruno and Shannon Mangini. The following day, Tarzian, Mangini and Mikaela Rix (pictured covering Manhasset's Cathryn Avallone) each scored four goals in a 19-9 win over previously undefeated Manhasset to avenge an overtime loss last season. Garden City scored 11 straight second-half goals, and has held its last three opponents under 10 goals.
Next up for the Trojans: They'll travel to South Side this afternoon at 4:30 p.m., and Calhoun at the same time tomorrow for Conference I games. Then on Saturday, they'll face Shoreham-Wading River (No. 3 on this list) at the Mt. Sinai tournament.
2. Northport (11-0, 10-0 Division I) — The Tigers established themselves as the top team in Suffolk Division I with wins at Bay Shore, 17-9 in the rain last Monday, Sachem East, 24-4 on Wednesday, and West Babylon, 20-9 on Friday. Shannon Gilroy scored 16 goals with seven assists in the three games, while Courtney Fortunato had 14 goals and six assists. Michaela Aymong made 16 saves against West Babylon, as Northport reached the 20-goal mark for the seventh time this season.
Next up for the Tigers: They'll play host to East Islip at 4 p.m. on Thursday before heading to the Mt. Sinai tournament on Saturday.
3. Shoreham-Wading River (10-0, 9-0 Division II) — In their only game last week, the Wildcats were led by Kait Brosco's three goals and one assist, as they were held to a season-low nine goals in a 9-4 win over visiting Sayville last Tuesday. Jen DeVito and Chelsey Newman each added two goals, and Erin McMullan made nine saves. SWR has held seven teams under 10 goals this season.
Next up for the Wildcats: A very tough week, as a Division II showdown at Rocky Point (No. 4 on this list) looms Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. before a trip to Deer Park at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, they'll play the top team on the Island, Garden City, at the Mt. Sinai tournament.
4. Rocky Point (11-0, 10-0 Division II) — After a pair of Division II victories over Eastport-South Manor (21-19 at home last Tuesday) and Kings Park (16-6 on the road Thursday), the Eagles got their signature win of the season, a 7-5 decision over visiting St. Anthony's on Saturday night. Kara Mupo led the team with three goals and two assists, Caitlin Gargan added three goals and one assist, and Julie Nolan made 13 saves. Mupo scored 17 goals in the three games, including a season-high eight against ESM. Rocky Point has held eight opponents to less than 10 goals this season.
Next up for the Eagles: After the highly anticipated matchup against SWR (No. 3 on this list) tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m., they'll travel to Massapequa for another night game (7 p.m.) on Friday.
5. St. Anthony's (8-2, 4-0 CHSAA) — After a 16-9 CHSAA win at Sacred Heart in which Lauren Schwalje and Kerrin Maurer each scored three goals, the Friars suffered their first loss to a Long Island team this season, 7-5 at Rocky Point on Saturday night. Maurer scored another three goals, but St. Anthony's was held under 10 goals for the first time this season.
Next up for the Friars: They'll take a road trip to Mt. Sinai on Saturday for a meeting with Moorestown of New Jersey in their only game this week.
6. Manhasset (9-1, 6-1 Conference I) — Jenny Vlahos and Cathryn Avallone (pictured being guarded by GC's Mikaela Rix) each scored four goals for the Indians in a 12-6 win at Cold Spring Harbor on Thursday, but they suffered their first loss of the season on Saturday afternoon at Garden City, 19-9. Halle Majorana scored four goals in the losing effort despite spraining her left ankle in the second half. Manhasset was held under 10 goals for the first time this season.
Next up for the Indians: They'll visit MacArthur at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, and then welcome Section I power Yorktown to the Island at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
7. West Islip (9-2, 8-1 Division I): The Lions established themselves as the top challenger to Northport in Suffolk Division I with three league wins — 13-9 at home over West Babylon last Monday, 11-8 at East Islip on Wednesday, and 10-8 over Bay Shore on Friday. Stefani Jackson led the team with nine goals and three assists in the three games, while Loren Ziegler added nine goals (including six against West Babylon) and two assists, and Devan Crimi scored six goals for the Lions, who have held four of their last five opponents to under 10 goals.
Next up for the Lions: They'll visit Half Hollow Hills at 4 p.m. this afternoon and then play host to Floyd at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday in a pair of Division I games.
8. Bay Shore (9-3, 8-2 Division I) — The Marauders went 1-2 in three Division I games last week, falling 17-9 to visiting Northport last Monday before bouncing back with a 10-3 win over Floyd on Wednesday. On Friday, they led 6-2 at halftime, but inevitably dropped a 10-8 decision at West Islip. Caroline deLyra scored seven goals with three assists in the three games, while Shelby Vaccaro added five goals and two assists. Yesterday, they earned a 16-7 Division I win at Commack, as deLyra scored a season-high six goals with two assists.
Next up for the Marauders: They'll play host to Sachem North at 4 p.m. on Thursday in their only game the rest of the week.
9. Wantagh (8-3, 7-1 Conference I): The Warriors earned their biggest win of the season on Wednesday, rolling over defending state Class A champion Farmingdale, 23-15. Paula Schmidt scored five goals with two assists, while Kaleigh Craig added five goals and one assist in their only game last week.
Next up for the Warriors: The Warriors, which scored 20+ goals for the second time this season, have a non-league test at home against St. John the Baptist at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon before hosting Conference I foe North Shore at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday. On Saturday, they'll visit Calhoun at 10 a.m.
10. Eastport-South Manor (9-2, 8-2 Division II) — In their only game last week, the Sharks dropped a 21-19 decision at streaking Rocky Point. Caitlyn Webber and Lisa Terry each scored five goals for ESM, and Tara Gerstacker had four goals and two assists. Yesterday, Gerstacker, who finished with four goals and one assist, scored the game-winner with 30 seconds to play in a 13-12 win over visiting Hauppauge (8-2). Seventh-grader Samantha Giacolone tied her season-high with 16 saves.
Next up for the Sharks: They'll play three Division II road game this week — at Sayville at 4:30 p.m. tomorrow, at Comsewogue at the same time on Friday, and at Westhampton at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
Nassau players of the week
Kerri Medlock, Mineola: The sophomore scored a school-record nine goals, including the eventual-game winner in overtime, as the Mustangs defeated Conference II foe Friends Academy 19-18 on Tuesday.
Heather Russell, Our Lady of Mercy: Had back-to-back eight goal games as OLMA defeated Conference rivals St. John the Baptist 24-23 in overtime and Holy Trinity 19-10.
Suffolk player of the week
Rachel Dillion, Mt. Sinai: The junior scored her second goal with 1:44 remaining in the second half to give the Mustangs a 9-8 win over Miller Place on Saturday.