Anybody laughing now?
Reading the comments in this week’s LaxLessons Top 25 regional rankings thread, it became fairly clear that a lot of people weren’t too sure about our selection of Manhasset as the area’s No. 1 team. Nor did it feel like, despite its big win over Putnam Valley on Saturday, many of you were completely sold on White Plains.
After today, seriously, do you need any more proof?
Using another incredible performance from Connor English, Manhasset justified its position atop our poll with a 9-7 win over Chaminade today, and White Plains followed up arguably its biggest win in decades with yet another shocker, a 10-5 victory over perennial Section 1 Class A power Mahopac.
The UVa-bound English scored five goals for Manhasset (14-1), which has won 10 in a row since an 11-10 overtime defeat to Comsewogue back on April 7.
Chaminade (11-4) has dropped its last three, including a 13-7 loss to St. Anthony’s on May 5 and a 9-8 overtime setback at Yorktown on May 9.
White Plains fell behind 3-0 right out of the gate, but after a timeout completely turned things around. The Tigers (8-5) ripped off five straight goals to end the half and never looked back.
“This is a huge win,” White Plains coach Mark Armogida said. “Mahopac is always a top four team in the section and my assistant summed it up best. He said this is a program that has won a state championship. There aren’t too many of them out there. So to beat a program like that is something special.”
Norman Greenfield score three goals, Dan Broderick had two goals and two assists and Michael Trapp scored twice for White Plains, which with the win may end up securing the No. 3 seed in the upcoming Section 1 Class A tournament.
Armogida had nothing but praise for close defenders Chris Davis and Joe Freitas, and goaltender Austin Longfield.
Davis, long pole and all, had a goal and an assist and Freitas completely shut down one of Mahopac’s top scoring options, John Brandofino, who finished with just a man-up score. Longfield stopped 14 shots and stuffed high-scoring Tyler Perrelle on several occasions, according to Armogido.
Middies Trapp and James Bryant combined to win 15 of 19 faceoffs.
Perrelle went 2 and 1, and Brandofino 1 and 1 for Mahopac (8-6).