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Long Island girls lacrosse top 10

Oceanside High School senior Lauren Schlitt, center, enjoys

Oceanside High School senior Lauren Schlitt, center, enjoys varsity girls lacrosse senior day festivities alongside her parents Suzanne and Richie Schlitt before a game vs. Syosset. (May 13, 2010) Photo Credit: Freelance/Photo by James A. Escher

After wholesale changes in last week's girls lacrosse top 10, there are no changes in this week's rankings, because the 10 teams listed below went a combined 13-0 last week.

Sixteen teams remain in the postseason hunt in Suffolk, and another 12 in Nassau, but those numbers will be whittled down to six in both counties by Thursday evening. All 12 county finalists from last year (quick math: 3 classes [two teams each] x 2 counties = 12 teams) remain in the hunt this season.

One final from last year — Sayville vs. Rocky Point in Suffolk Class B — will be played a round sooner this season, as the No. 4 Golden Flashes, who defeated No. 5 Deer Park 16-6 on Saturday behind Heather Bonamico's 11 saves, visit top-seeded Rocky Point on Tuesday afternoon in the semifinals.

One of the teams already ousted is Oceanside, which lost to Port Washington 17-10 in the first round of the Nassau Class A playoffs on Wednesday. But here you can read the inspirational story of the Sailors' Lauren Schlitt, an attack/midfielder (pictured with her parents) who plays lacrosse despite being born deaf.

Schlitt uses a cochlear implant to help her hear in face-to-face conversations, but she cannot hear much, if anything, on the lacrosse field because of the distance.

As far as Gregg Sarra's Big 10, spots are becoming harder and harder to come by as the postseason progresses. Only Garden City, winner of 22 straight, and Northport represent girls lax in Week 8 of the Big 10. The Trojans check in at No. 3 behind Bay Shore softball and West Islip boys lacrosse, while Northport is at No. 10.

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

In this week's ESPN Rise FAB 50, 13 Long Island teams are in the top 50 in the country, including three in the top 20 and two in the top 10. Garden City remains at No. 2 (behind McDonogh of Maryland, whose season is now complete), and Manhasset stays at No. 10. Northport holds tight at No. 14, as does Rocky Point at No. 21. St. Anthony's is 23rd for a second straight week, and Eastport-South Manor moves up one spot to 26th. Hauppauge is 27th (up one spot), Shoreham-Wading River is No. 28, West Babylon is 35th, Farmingdale is 36th, West Islip is 37th, Bay Shore 40th, and Wantagh is 45th.

Finally, onto this week's Long Island top 10...

1. Garden City (16-0, 8-0 Conference I) — The top-seeded Trojans began their annual assault on Nassau Class B on Thursday with an 18-2 quarterfinal romp over No. 9 Jericho. Caroline Tarzian scored three goals, while Paige Logan, Shannon Mangini, Alex Bruno, Mikaela Rix, Catherine Dickinson and Krysta Cento each scored two. 

Next up for the Trojans: Garden City, which has held four opponents to five or less goals this season, takes on No. 5 Plainedge at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at Denton Avenue Field in the county semifinals.

2. Northport (15-1, 13-1 Division I) — The Tigers closed the regular season with an 11-4 win at Sachem North on Tuesday. Allie Breitfeller, Kiera McNally and Courtney Fortunato each scored three goals, while Michaela Aymong made nine saves, as Northport held its fourth opponent under five goals this season. 

Next up for the Tigers: The Division I champions and top seed in the Suffolk Class A playoffs, play host to No. 9 Ward Melville, which handed Northport its only loss (9-8) on May 14, Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Shannon Gilroy, who missed the last four games with a strained hamstring, is expected to play. You can read more on this game and all of the Suffolk playoffs here.

3.  Manhasset (14-1, 7-1 Conference I) — Not content to sit around and wait for their semifinal match Thursday afternoon, the Indians rolled past Sacred Heart 19-12 this past Thursday. Junior Kerri Fleishhacker scored a career-high eight goals in the win. The day before, the top seeds knocked No. 8 Island Trees out of the Class C playoffs with a 19-6 first-round victory. Stefanie Shapiro scored three goals with one assist, and Stephanie Gallo added two goals and four assists.

Next up for the Indians: They'll play host to No. 4 Mineola at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in a Nassau Class C semifinal.

4. Shoreham-Wading River (14-2, 13-1 Division II) — The Wildcats closed the regular season with a 19-8 win at Huntington last Monday behind Kait Brosco's six goals. Jen DeVito added four goals and two assists, and Chelsey Newman had three goals and six assists for SWR, which held its 12th opponent under 10 goals.

Next up for the Wildcats: The Division II champs, who have won six straight Suffolk Class C titles, kick off the postseason on Tuesday when they play host to No. 4 Babylon at 4 p.m.

5. Rocky Point (16-1, 13-1 Division II) — Caitlin Gargan scored three goals with seven assists and Kara Mupo scored five goals as the top-seeded Eagles cruised to an 18-5 win over No. 8 Harborfields on Saturday in the first round of the Suffolk Class B playoffs. Mupo, a senior, also scored a season-high nine goals last Monday as Rocky Point closed the regular season with a 16-6 win at Bayport-Blue Point.

Next up for the Eagles: They'll play host to No. 4 Sayville at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in a rematch of last year's Class B final, which the Eagles lost 8-7 to snap a streak of four straight county titles.

6. St. Anthony's (14-3, 9-0 CHSAA) — After an 18-7 win at St. John the Baptist on Monday in which Chrissy Schreiber and Annie Heagerty each had three goals and one assist, Kerrin Maurer scored seven goals in an 18-6 victory over visiting Kellenberg on Friday in the CHSAA Class AA semifinals.

Next up for the Friars: The top seed in the CHSAA Class AA playoffs will take on No. 2 Sacred Heart at 5 p.m. on Monday at C.W. Post looking for its third straight Catholic League title.

7. Eastport-South Manor (14-2, 12-2 Division II) — Samantha Giacolone made 15 saves as the No. 2 Sharks earned a 13-11 victory over visiting No. 4 Islip in the first round of the Suffolk Class B tournament on Sunday. Allison Gionta led the offense with three goals and one assist.

Next up for the Sharks: They'll play host to No. 3 Hauppauge (No. 8 on this list) at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in the semifinals. ESM handed Hauppauge a 13-12 loss on May 3 — it was one of the Sharks' five one-goal wins this season (they've also won five games by two goals).

8. Hauppauge (15-2, 12-2 Division II): The Eagles opened the postseason with an easy 11-2 win over No. 6 Miller Place on Saturday morning. Taylor Ranftle scored a game-high four goals for No. 3 Hauppauge, which has held its last four opponents under 10 goals.

Next up for the Eagles: They'll visit No. 2 Eastport-South Manor (No. 7 on this list) at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in the semifinals.

9. Bay Shore (13-3, 12-2 Division I) — The Marauders closed the regular season with a 16-5 demolition over North Babylon on Tuesday behind five goals and two assists from Shelby Vaccaro. Alyssa Leonard added four goals and two assists, while the Bay Shore defense held Bria Hartley to just two goals and one assist.

Next up for the Marauders: They'll play host to No. 6 Middle Country at 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon in the quarterfinals.

10. Wantagh (10-4, 6-2 Conference I) — April Ianetta (six goals, one assist) and Paula Schmidt (four goals, seven assists) led a 20-goal barrage for the No. 2 Warriors in a 13-goal, quarterfinal-round victory over No. 7 MacArthur on Thursday.

Next up for the Warriors: If they get past No. 3 South Side on Wednesday afternoon at Denton Avenue, a showdown with top-seeded Garden City for the Class B final is likely on the horizon.

Athletes of the Week

Nassau

Kerri Fleishhacker, Manhasset: The junior had a career-high eight goals in a 19-12 win over Sacred Heart on Thursday.

Alexa Froccaro, Port Washington: Had seven goals and one assist as No. 5 Port Washington knocked No. 4 Oceanside out of the Class A playoffs with a 17-10 win on Wednesday.

Victoria Kotowski, Cold Spring Harbor: The sophomore scored seven goals with three assists for a career-high 10 points in the No. 3 Seahawks' 22-15 victory over No. 6 Carle Place in the first round of the Nassau Class C playoffs.

Sami Stavish, Mineola: Had seven goals and one assist as the Mustangs advanced to the second round of the Class C playoffs with a 15-11 victory over No. 5 Friends Academy on Wednesday.

Shakoya Smith, Baldwin: Had three goals and one assist and scored 24 seconds into the second overtime to seal an 11-10 upset victory over No. 3 Hicksville for the No. 6 Bruins in the Class A first round on Wednesday.
 
Suffolk
 
Samantha Giacolone, Eastport-South Manor: The seventh-grade goalie made 15 saves as the No. 2 Sharks earned a 13-11 win over visiting No. 7 Islip in the first round of the Class B playoffs on Saturday.
 
Taylor Ranftle, Hauppauge: The senior scored four goals as No. 3 Hauppauge cruised to an 11-2 win over No. 6 Miller Place in the first round of the Class B playoffs on Saturday.

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