Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/10/10
This week’s LaxGuys’ National Rankings, courtesy of LaxPower.
1. Manhasset (NY Sect Eight) (17-0) (#1 last week) • The Indians survived a challenge from rival Cold Spring Harbor, which nearly executed its game plan to perfection, in a 7-5 win in the Nassau Class C title game. Penn-bound midfielder Drew Belinsky scored three goals, including a crucial one that extended the lead to two in the late stages of the fourth quarter. Manhasset now moves on to the Long Island Championships, where they face the first-time Suffolk winner at John Glenn at Hofstra on Tuesday. Should they advance, they will face the winner of Putnam Valley and Red Hook on Thursday, also at Hofstra, for the right to advance to the state final, where they could meet #8 Skaneateles.
2. West Islip (NY Sect 11) (18-1) (2) • There was considerable discussion to jump the Lions past Manhasset and back into the top spot after their second half domination of then-#18 Ward Melville in the Suffolk A finals, a game which they won 16-9 for their seventh consecutive title. Nicky Galasso had four goals and four assists, and junior midfielder Mike Sagl, headed to Quinnipiac in the fall of 2011, had four goals, mostly off passes from Andrew Hodgson. West Islip will face Farmingdale in the Long Island Championship on Tuesday at Hofstra. If they prevail, they will take on the winner of Lakeland-Panas and Warwick Valley on Thursday, also at Hofstra. They could face either #12 Fairport or #16 Ithaca in the state final on Saturday at Stony Brook.
3. St. Paul’s School (MIAA) (15-4) (3) • Season complete.
4. Jamesville-DeWitt (NY Sect 3) (19-0) (4) • The Red Rams have been surviving just fine without Under Armour All-American Jake Bratek, but the road gets tougher this week if they want to claim their second state title. Jamesville-DeWitt defeated Auburn, 11-8, for the Section 3 Class B title on Wednesday night and then remained at Cicero-North Syracuse to demolish Section 10’s St. Lawrence Central in the outbracket game, 15-6, and advance to the quarterfinals. They will meet Corning West today in a quarterfinal game at Union-Endicott’s Ty Cobb Stadium, and, should they win, will play either Irondequoit or Hamburg in the Upstate championship game on Thursday, back at CNS. If all goes as expected, they could face #11 Garden City in the state finals on Saturday at Stony Brook.
5. Conestoga (PA) (22-2) (6) • The Pioneers advanced to Tuesday’s PIAA semifinals with a dominant 15-5 win over Emmaus of the Lehigh Valley Conference. Sophomore attackman Tyler Brooke, a phenomenal shooter, racked up five goals to continue his late-season success. At home two months ago, ‘Stoga pulled out an one-goal decision over the Green Hornets. The Pioneers will now meet Manheim Township today (W 13-4), a scrappy team that dismantled Garnet Valley, 11-4, in the first round of the playoffs.
6. Salisbury School (NE West) (13-1) (5) • Season complete.
7. La Salle (PA) (20-2) (8) • The Explorers move up a spot after topping a tough Springfield-Delco squad, 8-5, in Saturday’s quarterfinals. Senior Christian Cardinal, who has been on a tear all season after seeing just a handful minutes per game last year, netted 4 goals in the big win over the Cougars to avenge their loss earlier in the year. La Salle will now meet Seneca Valley in the semifinals, looking for another appearance in the state finals at Hershey Stadium.
8. Skaneateles (NY Sect 3) (20-0) (7) • The first ‘major’ team to 20 wins this year, the Lakers are looking for that elusive first state championship and are as well-positioned as ever to do it. Skaneateles defeated LaFayette, 18-11, in the Section 3 Class C championship behind five goals by heralded junior attackman Kevin Rice, then crushed Section 10’s previously undefeated Salmon River, 18-4, on Saturday at CNS to advance to the quarterfinals. They will meet Corning East on Tuesday at Ty Cobb Stadium, hoping to advance to the Upstate final against either Aquinas or Silver Creek, back at CNS. The Lakers, along with #1 Manhasset, are heavy favorites to reach Stony Brook and the state finals on Saturday.
9. Boys’ Latin (MIAA) (16-4) (9) • Season complete.
10. Deerfield Academy (NE West) (15-1) (10) • Season complete.
18. Haverford School
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