Nike/US Lacrosse Northeast Region Report
by Tom Peace | LaxMagazine.com
Top PerformersMolly Miller, Danbury (Conn.)
Miller scored the game-winning goal with 2. 6 seconds remaining in overtime to give Danbury an 8-7 FCIAC quarterfinal win over Wilton (Conn.) on May 17. The victory was Danbury's first over Wilton in program history and first win in the FCIAC tournament. Miller had three goals for the Hatters (13-3).
Sadie Cole, Waynflete (Maine)
Cole had a five-goal game against Cape Elizabeth (Maine) to help guide the Flyers to a 8-4 win on May 13. For the season the Waynflete senior has tallied 29 goals in nine games.
Kayla Dorrance, Cazenovia (N.Y.)
Dorrance has been an assist machine this season, as the senior has at the 82 on the season. The attacker averages 4.8 assists per game. The senior, who is committed to St. Leo, currently sits atop the assists and total points (102) lists in central New York.
Games to Watch
Farmingdale (N.Y.) vs. Massapequa (N.Y.)
The Nassau A championship will be on the line and Farmingdale will be entering the contest looking for its eighth title. These two teams have played each other for the county crown for nine-straight years. The Dalers just were dropped from the Top 10 and a Nassau Championship would be a case to put them back in. This would be a nice send off to for Nadine Hadnagy and Amanda Turturro. Massapequa played the Flyers in a close 6-5 loss this season and can see this game being close as well. Danielle Doherty and Hayley Burke will pose as scoring threats for the Chiefs.
1. St. Anthony's (N.Y.), 15-1
The Friars finished out the regular season with wins over Garden City (N.Y.) 11-6 and Manhasset (N.Y.) 11-9 in overtime. Maggie Bill stepped for St. Anthony's in both wins with nine combined goals.
2. Garden City (N.Y.), 16-1
The Trojans fall from the top perch after the loss to St. Anthony's. Though Garden City remains close with a talented group that has won every game since the loss. The Trojans defeated Shoreham-Wading River 8-7 on May 11. Look for Garden City to build off the St. Anthony's loss heading into the postseason.
3. Westwood (Mass.), 18-0
Westwood deserves the No. 3 spot this season as the best team out of Massachusetts. The Wolverines continue to plow through the competition within the state and are looking for another state title. Ela Hazar has been a force this season, scoring six goals in the Wolverines 18-5 win over Norwell on May 14.
4. Mt. Sinai (N.Y.), 15-0
The Mustangs look primed for the postseason after defeating Babylon in a close hard fought 6-5 battle on May 7. Shayna Pirreca scored the game-winning goal.
5. Bay Shore (N.Y.), 16-1
The only blemish on the Marauders schedule is a two-overtime loss to Ward Melville. Fifteen regular-season wins earned Bay Shore the No. 1 seed in the Suffolk Class A playoffs. Cynthia Del Core has been a scoring threat for Bay Shore with 16 goals in the last three games.
6. Manhasset (N.Y.), 13-3
On May 10 the Indians suffered their third loss on the season, to St. Anthony's, 11-9 in overtime. The Indians fall out of the top five, but will try to stay in the Top 10 with playoffs coming up.
7. West Genesee (N.Y.), 15-1
The Wildcats got stunned by Christian Brothers (N.Y.) 7-6 on May 9 and slides them down the Top 10 this week. Hannah Emmer and crew will bounce back and look to use the loss as fuel heading into the playoffs.
8. Darien (Conn.), 16-1
The Blue Wave meets rival New Canaan (Conn.) one more time and this time its for the FCIAC title on May 24. Darien defeated Danbury (Conn.) in the semifinal 21-9. Darien already defeated the Rams 14-7 this season. The Blue Wave will be aiming for their fifth FCIAC Championship since 2006.
9. Sayville (N.Y.), 14-2
The Golden Flash makes a case to be in the Top 10 with seven-straight wins to close out the season. Sayville defeated some tough teams this season in Shoreham-Wading River (N.Y.), Ward Melville (N.Y.), and Lindenhurst (N.Y.).
10. Northport (N.Y.), 13-5
The Tigers return to the Top 10 after an upset victory over West Islip (N.Y.) in the Suffolk County Class A quarterfinals on May 20. Northport's Dorrien Van Dyke scored four goals and had two assists in the Tigers 12-9 win over West Islip. Northport advances to the semifinals on May 22 and faces Ward Melville.
News and Notes
Playoff Races Heating Up
The regular season is coming to a close in New York and Connecticut. The playoffs will play a huge role in deciding the final Northeast Top 10 of 2013.
Here is a look at the Top 10 and the start of their hopeful championship runs.
No. 1 St. Anthony's begins the pursuit of their sixth-straight CHSAA Class AA title starting this week.
No. 2 Garden City is the top seed in the Nassau County Class B playoffs and advanced to the semifinals with a 17-2 win over Calhoun (N.Y.). The Trojans are defending seven-time Class B state champions.
No. 4 Mt. Sinai is the top seed in the Suffolk County Class C playoffs and faces Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) on Tuesday.
No. 5 Bay Shore is the top seed in the Suffolk County A playoffs, beat Middle Country (N.Y.) in the quarterfinals and faces fourth-seeed East Islip in the semifinals on Wednesday.
No. 9 Sayville earned the No. 1 seed in the Suffolk County Class B playoffs and faces Harborfields (N.Y.) in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
No. 10 Northport is the seventh Suffolk County Class A playoffs and outsted second-seeded West Islip in the quarterfinals. Northport faces third-seeded Ward Melville on Wednesday.
The FCIAC Final Four is set in Connecticut with No. 8 Darien facing Danbury (Conn.) and New Canaan (Conn.) facing Greenwich (Conn.).
Note: The Nike/US Lacrosse Regional rankings will not necessarily reflect the same order as the Nike/US Lacrosse National Top 25 poll, which is voted on by US Lacrosse area representatives and Lacrosse Magazine contributors. LM contributors compile the regional rankings.