With a ton of teams in the top-10 going head to head this week, I chose to wait until Friday to release the rankings. As you’ll see, there was some movement from the preseason rankings, but nothing too drastic.
1. Suffern (3-1): This Mounties team isn’t perfect—draws are the first thing that come to mind, something that cost Suffern a win against Garden City—but they certainly seem to be in very good shape. The upcoming schedule features a slew of some of the tops teams in the region (Greenwich, Bay Shore, Moorestown).
2. North Rockland (5-0): Red Raiders have down all that you could ask of them so far. Two big games in a row at home against Nyack and then on the road at Yorktown. In the distance, a battle with Suffern is looming.
3. Somers (5-0): The Tuskers have been as good as advertised to start the season. Still, the trust test for Somers will come with the start of its league schedule. Until then, it’s still a bit tough to judge them.
4. John Jay (0-3): Don’t let the record fool you. Losses against North Rockland, Wantagh and North Shore are nothing to be ashamed of. All three were reasonably close games against talented teams. The schedule doesn’t get any easier, which could mean a lower seed for the Indians come sectionals, but the experience playing strong opponents should pay off.
5. Yorktown (2-2-1): An 11-goal loss to Suffern and a tie at White Plains aren’t what you’d expect from the Huskers. However, both did come without arguably their best player, Emily Concialdi, who suffered an ankle sprain Tuesday at Suffern. Things could get uglier for Yorktown with North Rockland and Rye both coming to town next week.
6. White Plains (3-0-1): Strong week for the Tigers with a 10-goal win over Brewster and a tie against Yorktown. They’ll need to keep that momentum going as they play at Fox Lane and host Lakeland/Panas in back-to-back games.
7. Nyack (3-1): Don’t be surprised to see the Indians give North Rockland all it can handle today on the road. The Indians kept things reasonably close with Suffern and are strong in the draw circle. With all eyes on a Class B favorite to emerge out of Westchester, don’t be shocked to see the kids from across the river make some noise.
8. Hackley (3-0): It’s really a shame the Hornets don’t play more crossover games with Section 1 (Not blaming them, just saying). We’re still two weeks away from Hackley’s game against Yorktown, so it’s difficult to gauge where they are at. But as long as they keep winning, there is no reason the Hornets shouldn’t be ranked.
9. Lakeland/Panas (5-0): The Hornets have had a bit of a resurgence this season after coming up short so many times last year. Next Wednesday’s game at White Plains seems to be setting up as a battle of new and old programs.
10. Mahopac (4-2): Indians will need to win their next four games, all leading up to a match up at Somers, to remain in the top 10 over some other teams just on the bubble.
Class A— The one and two spots seem pretty cut and dry. White Plains and Lakeland/Panas will sort themselves out next week. Mahopac holds on to the fifth spot over Scarsdale and Mamaroneck.
Class B— It’s possible to make a case for why each of the top five deserves the No. 1 spot, which makes this class an absolute mess. Brewster has been marred by injuries, so until they get healthy they’ll be on the outside looking in. Ursuline has had a nice start to the season, but not enough to get it in the top five yet.
Class C— The top two have emerged as the top contenders in the class with Pleasantville just a shade behind them. Putnam Valley and Albertus Magnus are still in the conversation.
4. Putnam Valley
Privates— Hackley and Holy Child do battle Saturday. Rye Country Day sits in the No. 2 spot for now. Harvey comes in at four, while Kennedy rounds things out at five.
2.Rye Country Day