A tumultuous week of upsets has resulted in some cataclysmic changes in our brand, spanking new LaxLessons.com Top 25 regional rankings.
Not the least of which comes at the No. 1 spot.
After all, since our preseason rankings, one team West Islip has held the top spot. But no more. After an upset loss to Ward Melville, the Lions have lost the No. 1 spot.
So … who’s the new No. 1?
1. Manhasset: Indians are a confident team that’ clicking in all key areas heading into the postseason. (Last week: No. 3)
2. Yorktown: After a 9-8 win over Chaminade in a clash of nationally ranked Titans, the ‘Huskers hope to beat rival John Jay for the second straight year. (Last week: No. 4)
3. West Islip: Could the Lions’ 8-7 OT loss to Ward Melville help them refocus for playoffs? Stay tuned. (Last week: No. 1)
4. St. Anthonys: Princeton-bound Thomas Schreiber, perhaps the best shooting midfielder in the state, had seven goals in a 12-4 win over New Canaan. (Last week: No. 6)
5. Ridgefield: Tigers are a bit banged up heading into Thursday’s 6:30 p.m. mega matchup against four-time state champ Darien at Tiger Hollow Stadium. (Last week: No. 5)
6. Chaminade: It was a rough week for the Flyers. After a surprisingly close 5-3 win over St. John the Baptist, they lost back-to-back games to rivals St. Anthony’s and Yorktown. (Last week: No. 2)
7. Ward Melville: Having secured wins over both the No. 2 and 3 ranked teams in the region, the Patriots take a quantum leap this week. (Last week: No. 14)
8. Garden City: After an 8-2 loss to Manhasset, Trojans have outscored their next three opponents 33-13. (Last week: No. 7 )
9. Lynbrook: Perhaps the most overlooked powerhouse team in the region has won seven straight since suffering its only loss, 5-4 to Garden City.Last week: No. 8 )
10. Brunswick: Lost showdown to Lawrenceville but still as well-rounded a team as you’ll find. (Last week: No. 10)
11. Darien: Young team has made great strides the last two weeks. Now, most are expecting a down-to-the-wire game Thursday at Ridgefield. (Last week: No. 15)
12. Shoreham-Wading River: The Wildcats have suffered back-to-back 9-8 losses (to Sayville and Kings Park). (Last week: No. 9)
13. Cold Spring Harbor: Christian Kennedy had four goals and one assist in an 11-7 win over North Shore. (Last week: No. 11)
14. Comsewogue:.Big 9-8 win over Smithtown West last week. (Last week: No. 13)
15. Greenwich: Cardinals overtaken by Darien in key contest last week. (Last week: No. 17)
16. Rocky Point: Outscored 4-0 in fourth quarter of 8-4 loss to Sayville. (Last week: No. 12)
17. Farmingdale: Mike Ferrigno had three goals in an 11-10 win at Baldwin. (Last week: No. 23)
18. Somers: Tuskers’ Eddie Schurr starred on defense paired against all-American Jack Doherty of Lakeland/Panas in an overtime win last week. (Last week: No. 20)
19. Fairfield Prep: Coming off tough loss to Bergen Catholic. (Last week: No. 18)
21. Baldwin: Max Malinowski and Ty Harper each had four goals in a 17-4 win at Valley Stream Central. (Last week: No. 19)
22. Lakeland/Panas: Rebels looking to bounce back after tough losses to Yorktown and Somers. (Last week: No. 16)
23. John Jay: Senior Geoff Stearns anchored a defense that came up big against Duke-bound EddieLucas and Syosset. (Last week: Not ranked)
24. Whitman: In midst of eight-game win streak. (Last week: Not ranked)
25. Sayville: Debuts here after 8-4 win over 2008 Class B finalist Rocky Point and 9-8 win over Shoreham-Wading River. (Last week: Not ranked)
Dropped out: Putnam Valley, Hicksville, Smithtown East, Glenn
BY REGION – Top 5
1. Yorktown, 2. Somers, 3. Lakeland/Panas, 4. John Jay, 5. Rye
1. Manhasset, 2. Chaminade, 3. Garden City, 4. Lynbrook, 5. Cold Spring Harbor
1. West Islip, 2. St. Anthonys, 3. Ward Melville, 4. Shoreham-Wading River, 5. Comsewogue
1. Ridgefield, 2. Brunswick, 3. Darien, 4. Greenwich, 5. Fairfield Prep
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