We're coming down the home stretch in the high school lacrosse season. Only six teams in each county remain — the Nassau finals are Tuesday at Hofstra and the Suffolk finals are on Wednesday at the Dowling Sports Complex.
There are two rematches from last season — Farmingdale and Massapequa in Nassau Class A, and Garden City and Wantagh in Nassau Class B. Also, all six No. 1 seeds advanced to the finals.
In Week 9 of Gregg Sarra's Big 10, Garden City, winner of 23 straight, moves up one spot to No. 2 (behind West Islip boys lacrosse, which took over for Bay Shore softball at No. 1 after the Marauders slipped after eight straight weeks on top), and Northport moves up one spot to No. 9.
In our own rankings, the top six teams remain the same, but Eastport-South Manor got tripped up by Hauppauge in the Nassau Class B semis. So Bay Shore, Hauppauge and Wantagh all moved up and Farmingdale slipped back into the rankings at No. 10.
In private school news, Portledge, the No. 2 seed, behind five goals and two assists from its standout midfielder Addie Reilly, knocked off No. 1 Hackley 10-6 to win its first NYSAIS title on Wednesday at Randall's Island.
Before we get to those rankings, here is the remaining playoff schedule:
Nassau (all three games are on Tuesday at Hofstra)
Class A final: No. 1 Farmingdale (11-4) vs. No. 2 Massapequa (7-9), 4 p.m.
Class B final: No. 1 Garden City (17-0) vs. No. 2 Wantagh (12-4), 6 p.m.
Class C final: No. 1 Manhasset (15-1) vs. No. 3 Cold Spring Harbor (10-7), 8 p.m.
Suffolk (all three games are on Wednesday at the Dowling Sports Complex)
Class A final: No. 1 Northport (17-1) vs. No. 3 Bay Shore (15-3), 3 p.m.
Class B final: No. 1 Rocky Point (17-1) vs. No. 3 Hauppauge (16-2), 5:30 p.m.
Class C final: No. 1 Shoreham-Wading River (15-2) vs. No. 2 Bayport-Blue Point (9-7), 8 p.m.
The Long Island Championships are on June 6 at the Dowling Sports Complex. Class A is at noon, Class B is at 2:30 p.m., and Class C is at 5 p.m. The state tournament is June 11-12 at SUNY Cortland.
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 15 and two in the top 10. Garden City remains at No. 2 (behind McDonogh of Maryland, whose season is complete), and Manhasset stays at No. 10. Northport moves up one spot to No. 14, and Rocky Point stays at No. 21. St. Anthony's is 24th (down one spot), Hauppauge is 27th, Shoreham-Wading River is 28th, Farmingdale is 33rd (up three spots), and Bay Shore is 36th (up four spots). Eastport-South Manor, which lost its semifinal matchup to Hauppauge, slips 11 spots to 37, Wantagh is 39th, West Babylon is 41st (down six spots), and West Islip is 45th (down eight spots).
Finally, onto this week's Long Island top 10...
1. Garden City (17-0, 8-0 Conference I) — The Trojans reached the Nassau Class B final with a 17-5 win at home over No. 5 Plainedge behind three goals each from Katie D'Antonio and Caroline Tarzian. Eleven girls tallied a goal for Garden City, which has won a Long Island-high 23 games in a row and has outscored its two playoff opponents 35-7. Garden City defeated Wantagh 15-11 in the regular-season meeting on May 11, and has defeated Wantagh the last five seasons in the title game.
Next up for the Trojans: It comes as no surprise that the top-seed will be playing for their sixth straight Nassau Class B title at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Hofstra against No. 2 Wantagh.
2. Northport (17-1, 13-1 Division I) — Shannon Gilroy, Suffolk's leading scorer, returned from a hamstring injury with a bang, as she had matching six-goal, one-assist performances in playoff victories over No. 9 Ward Melville (19-13 on Monday in the quarterfinals) and No. 4 West Babylon (18-12 on Wednesday in the semis). Allie Breitfeller added six goals in the two games, and Michaela Aymong made 20 saves.
Next up for the Tigers: The Tigers will try for their third straight Suffolk Class A title when they face No. 3 Bay Shore at 3 p.m. on Wednesday at the Dowling Sports Complex. Northport defeated Bay Shore 17-9 on April 26.
3. Manhasset (15-1, 7-1 Conference I) — The Indians, the top seed in Nassau Class C, downed No. 4 Mineola 18-10 at home on Thursday behind four goals and three assists from Halle Majorana and four goals and one assist from Cathryn Avallone.
Next up for the Indians: Winners of seven straight county titles (five in Class C), Manhasset will take on No. 3 Cold Spring Harbor at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Hofstra. The Indians defeated CSH 12-6 in their regular-season meeting on April 29.
*To read about Manhasset goalie Grace Morelli and her twin brother Frank, who plays goalie for the boys team, click here.
4. Shoreham-Wading River (15-2, 13-1 Division II) — The top-seeded Wildcats took out No. 4 Babylon 19-7 at home on Tuesday in the Suffolk Class C semifinals behind five goals and one assist from Kait Brosco and four goals and two assists from Jen DeVito.
Next up for the Wildcats: SWR will attempt to win its seventh straight county title against No. 2 Bayport-Blue Point at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Dowling Sports Complex. The Wildcats beat BBP 16-12 on April 23.
5. Rocky Point (17-1, 13-1 Division II) — Kara Mupo and Alexa Anzalone each scored three goals and Caitlin Gargan added two goals and four assists as the No. 1 Eagles knocked off No. 4 Sayville 11-4 at home on Tuesday in the Suffolk Class B semifinals. The game was a rematch of last year's Class B final, which Sayville won to break Rocky Point's streak of four straight county titles.
Next up for the Eagles: The Eagles will look to get back on top at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday as they match up with No. 3 Hauppauge at the Dowling Sports Complex. Rocky Point defeated Hauppauge 11-4 on April 15.
6. St. Anthony's (15-3, 9-0 CHSAA) — The Friars capped their season with a 16-5 win over Sacred Heart in the Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA final at C.W. Post. Kerrin Maurer (pictured, right), who was named CHSAA player of the year, scored four goals with one assist, and Chrissy Schreiber had two goals and two assists. It was St. Anthony's third straight title. All three came against Sacred Heart.
Next up for the Friars: Their season is complete.
7. Bay Shore (15-3, 12-2 Division I) — After knocking off No. 6 Middle Country 12-9 at home on Monday in the Suffolk Class A quarterfinals, Shelby Vaccaro scored the game-winner unassisted with 3:44 remaining in the No. 3 Marauders' 10-9 upset of No. 2 West Islip on Wednesday. Bay Shore had lost to West Islip four straight games, including once during the regular season.
Next up for the Marauders: Bay Shore, which last made a county final in 2006 and last won it in 2005, will play for the Class A title at 8 p.m. on Wednesday against No. 1 Northport, the two-time defending champs, at the Dowling Sports Complex.
8. Hauppauge (16-2, 12-2 Division II): Taylor Ranftle scored three goals with an assist to lead the No. 3 Eagles to an 11-9 upset win at No. 2 Eastport-South Manor to avenge a one-goal regular-season loss. Jennifer Porretto added two goals and three assists.
Next up for the Eagles: Hauppauge will play in its first ever county title game at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Dowling Sports Complex against top-seeded Rocky Point.
9. Wantagh (13-4, 6-2 Conference I) — The Warriors knocked off No. 3 South Side 17-7 in the Nassau Class B semifinals on Wednesday behind senior Jackie Sileo's career-high 14 points (six goals, eight assists) and Paula Schmidt's three goals and one assist.
Next up for the Warriors: Wantagh will play top-seeded Garden City, the five-time defending champs, in the final at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Hofstra.
10. Farmingdale (11-4, 5-3 Conference I): The Dalers, the top seed in Nassau Class A, cruised past No. 5 Port Washington 20-8 at home on Wednesday behind senior Melanie Raso's season-high 15 points (six goals, seven assists) and Kyra Ochwat's seven goals.
Next up for Farmingdale: The Dalers will try for their fifth straight county title and eighth in the last nine years against No. 2 Massapequa at 4 p.m. on Tuesday at Hofstra. They have beaten Massapequa in the previous four title games, and also won 16-5 at Massapequa on April 6.
Athletes of the Week
Jackie Sileo, Wantagh: The senior attack had a career-high 14 points on six goals and eight assists as the No. 2 Warriors beat No. 3 South Side 17-7 in the Nassau Class B semifinals on Wednesday.
Melanie Raso, Farmingdale: The senior midfielder had a season-high 15 points on six goals and seven assists as the top-seeded Dalers defeated No. 5 Port Washington 20-8 in the Nassau Class A semifinals on Wednesday.
Shelby Vaccaro, Bay Shore: The senior attack scored the game-winner with 3:44 to play in the No. 3 Marauders' upset of No. 2 West Islip in the Suffolk Class A semifinals on Wednesday. She had two goals and an assist in the game.