With the season almost halfway over, you’d expect things to be somewhat solidified. Yet, here we are, less than two weeks away from the last day of regular-season games and nothing seems definite.
All of this uncertainty leaves a lot of questions. I decided to post three big ones that have been nagging at me. I added my thoughts on what the potential answers are.
Feel free to leave a comment with your personal opinion.
For me, an all-American canidate’s team has to be successful. If your team isn’t going to at least make the sectional semifinals than you really have to have an exceptional season.
How did I come up with that benchmark? I did a little research and found that over the past four seasons only two players were named all-American when their team didn’t reach the sectional semifinals. The players? Nanuet’s Lauren Kahn in 2010 and John Jay’s Lauren Murray in 2012. Kahn went on to play at UConn where she was named All-Big East second team as a sophomore. Murray has played in 17 games for No. 4 Northwestern as a freshman.
I made this same argument regarding players’ teams’ success correlating with their individual accolades in the winter, when I was covering basketball, and got a lot of backlash.
‘But Dan, it’s not fair. What if there is a really strong player on a bad team?’
I have three responses to that statement:
1. A really good player makes the players around her better, therefore improving the team. Remember, this is all-American we are talking about, not all-Section. The absolute best of the best.
2.Look at any all-conference list in college athletics. The lion share of the honors go to the best teams in the conference. Don’t believe me? Look at the 12 Tewaaraton winners, the award giving to the best women’s college lacrosse player. Now compare that to the past 12 NCAA Division I national champions. Notice something? All of the Tewaaraton winners’ teams made the national final four and nine of the 12 won it all. I’m not making this stuff up, people.
3. It’s my opinion, not yours.
Kaitlyn Rau, North Rockland
Molly Fitzpatrick, Lakeland/Panas
Kristen Ohberg, Brewster
Emalee Mongno, Yorktown
Kate Leone, White Plains
Gretchen Richter, Bronxville
Lindsey Repp, Scarsdale
Sarah Lang, John Jay
This is far from a complete list. A lot can change between now and the end of the season. I know there are plenty of top candidates throughout the section that I missed. Also, I know there is a chance a team could have more than one all-American. I chose just to pick one player per team to make the list a little more diverse.
As you’ve probably noticed, one team missing from this list is the top squad in my latest rankings. Suffern is a bit of a mystery to me because I don’t believe they have a defined superstar like any of the above girls. If I had to pick a frontrunner, I’d say Caitlyn Leary.
2.Who is going to win Class C?
I think this is the million dollar question of the entire section. Every week it seems another team decides to make its case for being the team to beat among the small schools.
Bronxville jumped out to a hot start. Rye seemed to make a move towards the top pack after a few weeks. Putnam Valley’s big win over Somers put the Tigers on the map by midseason. Lately, Byram Hills has put together a nice run. And through it all, Pleasantville has flown quietly under the radar.
Last season saw a ninth seed (Pearl River) make it to the semifinals, a seventh seed (Byram Hills) make it to the final and a fourth seed (Rye) win it all. Bottom line: Expect the unexpected.
OK. This one is a bit absurd considering we don’t even know what teams are going to make the section. Lets play along though just for fun.
A good place to start is by looking at USA Today’s Super 25 girls lacrosse rankings. As expected, several New York teams made an appearance on the national poll.
Garden City (10-0) is the first New York team to check in at No. 3 on the poll. No surprise there. The seven-time reigning state champions have had a stranglehold on Class B for nearly a decade. The Trojans are followed by Manhasset (9-2) at No. 5. Lucky for Section 1, the Indians are in the same section as Garden City (8), so we’ll let them battle it out.
Next up is St. Anthony’s (9-1) at No. 6. No worries there as the Friars are a CHSAA school.
Section 11’s Bay Shore (11-1) is the first Class A school to make an appearance at No. 18, followed by large school rival West Genesee (10-0) of Section 3 at No. 20.
Section 8’s Farmingdale (9-1), a Class A school, rounds out the list at No. 25.
No Class C schools made that list. It appears the rest of the state is as wide open as Section 1. The two tops teams seem to be Section 11’s Mount Sinai (12-0) and Section 3’s Marcellus (9-1).
Ok. That should be enough to keep you all busy discussing for awhile. As I said up top, share your thoughts in the comments section.
Finally, here’s something to groove to…