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The Lax Guys' National Boys' Lacrosse Rankings: June 8

June 9, 2010
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1. Manhasset (NY Sect 8) (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.

11. Garden City (NY Sect 8) (16-3) (14) • The Trojans got four goals from sophomore midfielder Patric Berkery and shutdown defense by Harvard-bound junior Stephen Jahelka in an unexpected 13-4 rout of Wantagh in the Nassau B final on Wednesday. They avenged a 10-9 double overtime loss to the Warriors during the regular season and advanced to the Long Island Championship, where they'll face Comsewogue at Hofstra on Tuesday. Despite winning five consecutive Nassau titles, Garden City is in a slump against Suffolk and has not won the Long Island title since 2000. Should they emerge, they would likely meet last year's finalist, Niskayuna, in the Downstate finals on Thursday at Hofstra, provided the Silver Warriors advance past Section 9's Saugerties. The Trojans could be in for a meeting with #4 Jamesville-DeWitt on Saturday at Stony Brook if they win both games.

12. Fairport (NY Sect 5) (17-2) (13) • The Red Raiders won their first Section 5 title since 2002 with a 10-3 victory over Pittsford on Friday night and now move on to the state quarterfinals looking for their first state title in school history. They will take on Orchard Park, which advanced to the Class A state finals last year and has won six of the last 10 post-season games against Section 5, on Tuesday at Cansius. With a victory, they would advance to face the winner of West Genesee and Ithaca on Thursday at CNS. Second-ranked West Islip could be waiting in the wings if Fairport manages to get past those two challenges.

13. Springfield-Delco (PA) (20-3) (11) • The Cougars ended their season with a 8-5 loss to La Salle in the PIAA quarterfinals, a team they defeated earlier in the season. Springfield found themselves down 6-2 at halftime and were never able to recover, committing several turnovers despite winning their face share of face-offs. The Cougars have much to be proud of, however, as they won an astounding 20 games, including a Central League title.

14. McDonogh School (MIAA) (16-6) (15) • Season complete.

15. Summit (NJ) (24-0) (17) • Superb play by Penn-bound Dan Feeney (2 goals, 1 assist) and stifling defense, among other things, boosted the Hilltoppers in their 6-1 win over St. Joseph's Metuchen in the Tournament of Champions final at Rutgers. All-American goalie Brian Feeney was called upon to make only two saves on the day. The win gives Summit two straight state championships as well as the record of most consecutive wins (45), previously held by the 1990-1992 Ridgewood squads.

16. Ithaca (NY Sect 4) (17-0) (16) • The Little Red, who have not been challenged all season, easily defeated Binghamton, 17-6, in the default matchup for the Section 4 Class A title. They advanced to the state quarterfinals and will have a rematch with perennial powerhouse West Genesee at Ty Cobb Stadium on Tuesday. Ithaca shocked West Genny, 6-2, in this game last season behind the outstanding play of then-senior goalie A.J. Fiore, but enter this game as the favorite, the first time in over 30 years that the Wildcats have not been expected to defeat the Section 4 representative. Should they advance, they would face the winner of Fairport and Orchard Park, who defeated them in the Upstate final last season, on Thursday at CNS. A likely matchup with West Islip would await them on Saturday should they survive the Upstate bracket.

17. St. Anthony's (NY CHSAA) (18-2) (19) • Season complete.

18. Haverford School (PA) (20-4) (20) • Season complete.

19. Landon School (IAC) (17-4) (21) • Season complete.

20. Georgetown Prep (IAC) (18-4) (22) • Season complete.

21. Ward Melville (NY Sect 11) (16-3) (18) • The Patriots once again could not manage to get past West Islip, falling to the second-ranked Lions for the sixth consecutive season, 16-9, in the Suffolk A final on Thursday at Stony Brook despite a great performance from Bryant-bound midfielder Nick Giampaulo, who dominated the faceoff-x and had a goal and an assist. Ward Melville has not won a Suffolk title since 2000 and will hope to recapture their glory in a stacked Suffolk Division I in 2011.

22. Gonzaga (DC) (20-2) (23) • Season complete.

23. Canandaigua Academy (NY Sect 5) (16-2) (12) • Canandaigua's dreams of a second consecutive Class B state title were ended by rival Irondequoit, who upset the Braves, 11-10, in overtime last Tuesday in the Section 5 Class B semifinals. The Eagles were the five seed in the tournament but won consecutive games against the #4, #1, and #2 seeds to clinch the Sectional title. CA loses a large and productive senior class but can be expected to compete for another sectional title in 2011 along with Irondequoit.

24. Highland Park (TX) (15-2) (24) • Season complete.

25. Avon Old Farms (NE West 1) (15-3) (25) • Season complete.

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