The last time a team other than Farmingdale or Massapequa won what we now call the Nassau Class A title, that distinction didn’t even exist. It was the year 2000 and Port Washington took home what was then called the Nassau Large School championship.
The decade that followed has been all about two local rivals from Nassau’s East Side. Farmingdale and Massapequa enter this decade as the favorites again, but one team that might make that road rockier is Port Washington.
It’s too early to start talking about playoffs, but the Vikings (4-0) have gotten off to a great start after dropping from Conference II to Conference III. Port Washington is one of only two undefeated teams in Nassau outside of Conference I. The Vikings haven’t played the top teams in the league yet, but Wednesday’s game against Locust Valley (3-1), another team off to a great start in Conference III should be one of their biggest tests.
The key to Port Washington’s early success starts with junior attack Alexa Frocaro, who was All-County in 2009, despite missing the final four games with an injury. Frocaro’s quick offensive skills have served her well thus far, according to Newsday.com’s stats her 31 points have her tied for fourth in the county. Helping Alexa up front is her cousin junior Jackie Frocaro, who controls the draws for the Vikings. Throw in All-Conference sophomore midfielder Chrissy Commons and All-County honorable-mention junior goalie Samantha Tilts and you see the Vikings are building on a solid core of underclassmen.
"The core group is finally coming into its own," said Vikings coach Raquel Piraino.
Right now the team’s just trying to re-install a winning culture. Piraino knows about that, she’s a Port graduate and was on the school’s first county championship team.
Even if Port Washington won’t overtake Massapequa or Farmingdale this year the Vikings can certainly count themselves among a handful of teams, along with Oceanside, Syosset, Hicksville and the like, who can expect to contend for a spot in the county Final Four.
Said Piriano: "That’s our long-term goal. The short-term is obviously to win games."
So far so good on that one.