With the season now completely finished it seems like it’s appropriate to post my final rankings. A lot has changed since when my first rankings came out over two months ago, but a lot has stayed the same.
I’ll be honest, I really don’t see how anyone can argue over the first four teams. I could maybe see how you might disagree with the order, but I don’t see how another team could make a case over that quartet.
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1. Suffern (18-4): The Mounties were always in contention for the top spot throughout the season. They stayed strong down the stretch and came within a goal of playing in the state final. A late-season loss to North Rockland was Suffern’s only defeat against a Section 1 opponent.
2. John Jay (16-5-1): The Indians didn’t have a stellar end to their regular season, but were able to peak at the right time. John Jay’s 17-13 loss to Christian Brothers Academy, the eventual state champion, was the closest game the Brothers played during their playoff run.
3. Yorktown (16-3): The Huskers looked like a well-oiled machine heading into their sectional final against John Jay. Beating a team three times in a season is no easy task, though. Yorktown still had a stellar season with its only other in-section loss coming against Suffern.
4. North Rockland (16-3): The Red Raiders were the lone Section 1 team to beat Suffern this season. Unfortunately it came in the regular season and not the playoffs.
5. Scarsdale (12-4-2): The Raiders showed no signs of weakness this season after bumping up to Class A. A league championship and a trip to the sectional semifinals highlighted a strong season.
6. Somers (12-5-1): The Tuskers were able to post nine straight wins, including a victory against Class B sectional champ John Jay, to earn a spot in the sectional semifinals.
7. Mahopac (10-7-1): One of the hottest teams in the section down the stretch. Early season losses gave the Indians a higher seed, forcing an early tournament meeting between Suffern, a game they only lost by four.
8. White Plains (12-6-1): The Tigers took some bumps and bruises down the stretch, but were still able to make it to the sectional semifinals and play North Rockland to a three-goal game.
9. Lakeland/Panas (10-6-2): The Rebels lost three games by a goal each and tied another two during a season that didn’t seem to want to go their way.
10. Putnam Valley (19-4): The Tigers were the only team in Section 1 to go undefeated at home this season as they clawed their way all to the state semifinals thanks to several close wins.