Looking back, last week’s Top 25, our second edition of the season, wound up being the proverbial calm before the storm.
There were just a few cosmetic changes from our first rankings.
But wait till you see what’s happened this week.
Well first, let’s not forget what occurred last week.
St. Anthony’s, which had been No. 2, lost to rival Chaminade and then fell again at Yorktown.
And yesterday, our No. 6 team, Cold Spring Harbor, fell to Summit (N.J.).
So brace yourselves, gang. It’s a new-look Top 25.
Be sure to weigh in with your thoughts, analysis and insights.
1. West Islip: Amid a sea of turmoil with the rankings, Nicky Galasso and the Lions have been riding a steady ship. Interesting showdown Saturday vs. Chaminade at 12:30 p.m. (the MSG Game of the Week) looms. (Last week: No. 1)
2. Darien: Blue Wave has had more than its share of preseason injuries. (Last week: No. 3)
3. Yorktown: KI’s prolific goal scoring has drawn the attention, but ‘Husker defense has been as good as advertised. (Last week: No. 4)
4. Manhasset: Indians have a showdown against the Darien Blue Wave on Saturday at noon at the Battle of the Sound in Darien. (Last week: No. 5)
Check out a video interview with Manhasset’s Jeff Molinari, who is headed to Harvard, and Connor English, who has signed with Virginia, by clicking here.
5. Chaminade: We told you there’s no such thing as rebuilding when it comes to Flyers lax. Exhibit A: Chaminade 9, St. Anthony’s 6. (Last week: No. 7)
6. Ward Melville: Patriots displayed balanced scoring in a 9-5 season-opening win over Sayville. (Last week: No. 8 )
7. Ridgefield: New coach Roy Colsey, a midfield legend at Yorktown and Syracuse, makes his debut as Tigers coach tomorrow against Bridgeport Central. Expect the Tigers’ high-octane offense to make a noteworthy first impression as well. (Last week: No. 9)
8. St. Anthonys: An 0-2 start is not quite what most had in mind. (Last week: No. 2)
9. Fairfield Prep: Team set to start the season looking solid in all areas. (Last week: No. 10)
10. Cold Spring Harbor: An intriguing regional showdown against Joe Marasco and Somers looms on Saturday. (Last week: No. 6)
11. Greenwich: Cardinal want to show they are at the level of Darien and Ridgefield. (Last week: No. 12)
12. Rocky Point: Matt Palasek had six goals in a 16-8 win over Longwood that came after a closer than expected 6-5 season-opening win of Middle Country. (Last week: No. 11)
13. Garden City: Win streak is at five for the Trojans, who face New Canaan on Saturday at the Battle of the Sound at Darien. (Last week: No. 14 )
14. Massapequa: Sure ‘Pequa has two losses, but they were vs. West Islip and Chaminade. (Last week: No. 15)
15. John Jay: Young Indians should be battle-tested by a brutal schedule when it comes time for sectionals. (Last week: No. 16)
Check out a video interview with John Jay junior defenseman Jameson Pickel, who is bound for Hopkins, here.
Check out a video interview with John Jay senior midfielder Will Stewart, who will play at Williams, here.
16. Port Washington: A 15-6 win over Syosset (in which Jeff Froccaro won 16 of 24 faceoffs), has catapulted Port into the rankings. (Last week: Not ranked)
17. Lynbrook: A 5-0 start has this team climbing higher each week. (Last week: No. 20)
18. Iona Prep: Gaels have an intriguing showdown against a Rye team it lost to by a goal last year. This season, Iona Prep will enter as the favorite. (Last week: No. 18)
19. Somers: Back-to-back wins over Mahopac and Hen Hud have the Tuskers eyeing a possible upset against Yorktown tonight. If they get it, it would be their third win over Yorktown in the last four years. (Last week: No. 19)
Check out a video interview with Syracuse-bound Somers star Joe Marasco, the No. 8-ranked senior in the nation, by clicking here.
20. Mount Sinai: Mount outscored Connetquot 6-1 in the fourth quarter of an 11-6 season-opening win. (Last week: No. 17)
21. Lakeland/Panas: A 3-0 start including two wins over teams outside the region have the Rebels movin’ on up in the rankings. (Last week: No. 25)
22. Rye: Garnets’ game today at John Jay will tell a lot. (Last week: No. 23)
23. Wilton: The John Wiseman era officially starts tomorrow. (Last week: No. 24)
For a look at a special surprise alumni scrimmage held at Wilton, click here.
24. Baldwin: Dominique Alexander and company have won five straight. (Last week: Not ranked)
25. Plainedge: A 3-1 start lifts the Red Devils into the Top 25. (Last week: Not ranked)
Dropped out: Syosset (Last week: No. 13); New Canaan (Last week: No. 25), Mahopac: (Last week: No. 21)
BY REGION – Top 5
1. Yorktown, 2. John Jay, 3. Iona Prep, 4. Somers, 5. Lakeland/Panas
1. Manhasset, 2. Chaminade, 3. Cold Spring Harbor, 4. Garden City, 5. Port Washington
1. West Islip, 2. Ward Melville, 3. St. Anthonys, 4. Rocky Point, 5. Mount Sinai
1. Darien, 2. Ridgefield, 3. Fairfield Prep, 4. Greenwich, 5. Wilton
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Joe – Correction – Manhasset beat Darien in Darien in ’07. Lost last year.
Taz – Thanks.
We just posted our first scoring update for today’s action.
We have a partial from the Byram Hills-Bronxville game in the main body of this post: http://laxlessons.com/blog/2009/04/todays-top-5predictionsscore-updates/
Be sure to check back for Rye-JJ (2 p.m.), Somers-Yorktown (7 p.m.) as well as updates on other action throughout the region during the course of the day.
Good job with these. Baldwin is a nice call. Very underrated.
Wilton is right where they belong right now but in my unbiased (lol) opinion has the potential to move up a few spots and soon.
manhasset won in 2007 lost 2008
It’s sad not to see New Canaan in the top 5 for Fairfield County- however accurate. New Canaan lost arguably the greatest all-time lacrosse coach in the state of CT (Howard Benedict) who could take a team with mediocre talent and make it into a championship contender. He did this year after year. (He won something like 20 County and State Championships)
It is sad that in Benedict’d last season (2007), New Canaan beat Darien, Fairfield Prep, Ridgefield and Wilton. I do not see New Canaan being a top team anyime soon.
Town #2 , Somers #18, Jay and LP somewhere between #22-25, Rye drops out. IP #21
Somers #2, jay/Iona tied for #3, LP/Pac tied for #4
Yeah I know ties suck!
The Rye-IP game today may tell us a lot. But I agree, I think town is better than Darien and Somers and IP been very impressive thus far.
Westchester region at this point:
5. L/P or Pac
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plainedge beat baldwin, massapequa and john-jay how is it they are ranked below all those teams, i know that in the past we haven`t been there, but we are legit and watch us rise and conquer !!!!!
What was the score of the Plainedge- John Jay game? When was it played?