They’re the top two teams in the final Under Armour Inside Lacrosse National Rankings.
They both have won back-to-back state titles.
Manhasset ended the year 20-0. West Islip ended it with 21 straight wins after suffering a season-opening overtime loss to Sachem North.
But the teams did not play this season, which begins the question: What would have happened if they did?
Or, to put it another way: Who do you think is the best team in the nation?
Be sure to weigh in with your thoughts either here or on the “West Islip, Manhasset draw top two spots in final rankings” thread.
Here’s a sampling of some comments:
From “LI Lax”:
“Losing one game on March 26th is extremely irrelevant. If WI played Sachem North now, they would win by 10. They are a deserving #1, and would beat Manhasset 8 or 9 out of 10 times if they played.”
“WI SOS was far more challenging than Manhasset .especially in the playoffs
Looking at common opponents although not the best indicator .that too favors WI
The loss to SN, the first game of the season and in OT no less, was an anomially .something that WI wiped clean thereafter .the Lions appeared to get even better as the season wore on .by the end .they where dismantling the top teams in Class A .
And lets discuss the Lion Offense .they have five guys that can score and two that can assist from anywhere on the field ..may have been one of the best ever in Long Island Lax history .the only one that I have seen that rivals it (probably even a bit better) was the Huntington teams a few years back .”
“20-0 is 20-0. One loss doesnt go away because they looked so good late as lax novice said. You are what your record what your record said you are. Please, please stop with the WI would win by 5, WI would win 8 or 9 out of 10?, cmon LI Lax, expect more out of you. Set is 20-0. They WIN. Dont discount the will to win, especially when nobody beat them and certainly nobody in the allmighty Suffolk A would have either. Enough with that crap. Overrated. Please go outside your conference and prove it. Undefeated state champs. Enough said.”
And don’t forget to exercise your right to vote by making your choice in our latest poll.
For some background info, here are both teams’ starting lineups: