Mike McKnight and the Ridgefield Tigers check in at No. 5 in the latest LaxLessons.com Top 25 regional rankings. (Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com)
We’re just a few days away from Showdown Saturday, when there are no less than three marquee matchups featuring several of the leading teams in the LaxLessons.com Top 25 regional rankings.
Yorktown at Darien (1 p.m.), Garden City at Manhasset (7 p.m.) and Ridgefield at Somers (7:15 p.m.) will tell us plenty.
But let’s take a look now at how things look going into those games.
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1. West Islip: Is the gap between No. 1 and the rest of the Top 25 as wide as many think? The Lions’ play has sure supported that statement. (Last week: No. 1)
2. Chaminade: Flyers looked impressive in a big 11-7 win over Fairfield Prep on Saturday. Chaminade (7-1) has lost only to West Islip. (Last week: No. 6)
3. Manhasset: Indians hope to end Garden City’s recent dominance of the Woodstick Classic on Saturday night in a game that should be a classic. (Last week: No. 3)
4. Yorktown: ‘Huskers are eager to rebound after losing to Ward Melville a scenario Yorktown has become unhappily familiar with through the years. In the teams’ latest meeting, Hopkins-bound junior Kevin Interlicchio reached the 100 career goal mark. (Last week: No. 2)
5. Ridgefield: The Tigers, who unsuccessfully attempted to schedule matchups against Yorktown and John Jay, have been preparing extensively for their Saturday statement game against another Section 1 power: Somers. (Last week: No. 5)
6. St. Anthonys: A 9-8 win over previously unbeaten juggernaut Delbarton Prep was just what the Friars needed to re-established themselves among the region’s elite. The Friars are now looking like the team LaxLessons.com touted in the preseason. (Last week: No. 8 )
7. Darien: Blue Wave fans are all talking about Saturday showdown against Yorktown. Not so fast. Darien meets traditional rival Wilton before then on the road at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. (Last week: No. 3)
8. Garden City: Trojans played well in a tough 7-5 loss to Maryland power St. Paul’s that snapped their eight-game win streak. (Last week: No. 7)
9. Cold Spring Harbor: The Seahawks needed two OTs to beat Huntington 9-8, winning it on a goal by Christian Kennedy. (Last week: No. 10)
10. Ward Melville: Looks who’s back. After falling out of the rankings last week, a huge win over Yorktown gets the Patriots right back in it and in a big way. Talk about a quantum leap. (Last week: not ranked)
11. Fairfield Prep: Prep turned in a solid effort in setback to Chaminade. (Last week: No. 9)
12. Rocky Point: Picked up big 8-7 win over Comsewogue in Suffolk showdown. (Last week: No. 12)
13. Comsewogue: Led 3-0 after first quarter before falling to Rocky Point. (Last week: No. 11)
14. Lynbrook: Only loss came against Garden City 5-4. (Last week: No. 13)
15. Shoreham-Wading River: Joe Lustgarten had six goals in a 17-10 win at Farmingdale. (Last week: No. 16)
16. Somers: Tuskers racked up 40 goals in three games last week, including back-to-back wins over John Jay and Horace Greeley. Greg Petre (six goals vs. Clarkstown South) and Colin Tullgren (four vs. Greeley) were nice complements to Syracuse-bound attackman Joe Marasco. (Last week: No. 19)
17. Lakeland/Panas: Andy O’Mara suffered a pulled hamstring in an 8-6 win over Mahopac, but returned two days later to star on defense in a 10-9 victory at Iona Prep, holding Nick Trizano, who led the nation in scoring last season, to one goal and two assists. (Last week: No. 18)
18. John Jay: Indians remain minus senior standout midfielder Will Stewart (shoulder injury), but are coming off a 20-goal performance in win over Horace Greeley nevertheless. (Last week: No. 16)
19. Greenwich: Cardinals still eager to show they are in contention for the top spot in the FCIAC. Game tonight at rival Brunswick is crucial toward keeping the Cards in the Top 25. (Last week: No. 15)
20. William Floyd: Steven Murphy scored a school-record seven goals in a 16-7 win over Sachem North. He now has 27 for the season. (Last week: 22)
21. Plainedge: Kevin Kennedy had five goals and an assist in a 10-7 win over Baldwin. (Last week: No. 24)
22. Baldwin: (Last week: No. 23) Dominique Alexander and Kyle Rebman combined for eight goals in a 9-6 win over South Side. (Last week: No. 23)
23. Glenn: Lone loss was to Comsewogue. (Last week: Not ranked)
24. Hewlett: A 9-8 overtime setback to Baldwin is its only loss. (Last week: No. 13)
25. Hicksville: Lone loss was vs. Cold Spring Harbor. (Last week: Not ranked)
Dropped out: Rye, Iona Prep, Sachem North, Port Washington
BY REGION – Top 5
1. Yorktown, 2. Somers, 3. Lakeland/Panas, 4. John Jay, 5. Rye
1. Chaminade, 2. Manhasset, 3. Garden City, 4. Cold Spring Harbor, 5. Lynbrook
1. West Islip, 2. St. Anthonys, 3. Ward Melville, 4. Rocky Point, 5. Comsewogue.
1. Ridgefield, 2. Darien, 3. Fairfield Prep, 4. Greenwich, 5. Wilton
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