Another week means another set of rankings. While spring break limited the amount of games played, that certainly didn’t stop plenty of shifts from occurring. As you’ll see, the top 10 looks quite different from last week.
1. Suffern (3-1): The Mounties continue to impress, with a blowout win over Greenwich, one of the better teams in Connecticut. Saturday’s game at Moorestown (N.J.), currently ranked the second in the country by Nike/USL, will be a great opportunity for Suffern to continue to climb the national ranks.
2. Somers (7-0): The win over Hen Hud might have been closer than some expected, but it was a victory nonetheless. Next week’s matchup against Yorktown will be a great measuring stick to see how strong this Tuskers team is.
3. Yorktown (3-2-1): A week ago I was really unsure of what to do with the Huskers after an 11-goal loss to Suffern and an 8-8 tie at White Plains. Yorktown seems to have gotten its groove back with an impressive win against North Rockland. It would have been nice to see the Huskers host Rye, but Tuesday’s game against Somers will show if the big win over the Red Raiders was a fluke or the real deal.
4. North Rockland (6-1-1): A tie at home against Nyack and a loss at Yorktown has the Red Raiders dropping a few spots. North Rockland’s biggest issue seems to be at the draw circle. Lack of possessions have kept games close for the Red Raiders.
5. John Jay (0-4): Again, an 0-4 team sitting at the No. 5 spot does look a bit odd, but the Indians have played arguably the toughest schedule. A 15-11 loss against Longmeadow, a talented New England team, is nothing to sneeze at. Things won’t get easier, as John Jay has a difficult road trip in the Capital region planned this weekend.
6. Lakeland/Panas (7-0-1): Lakeland/Panas continues to win, so the Rebels will continue to climb the ranks. Wednesday’s come-from-behind tie showed me how much Lakeland/Panas learned from last season, which featured plenty of close losses.
7. White Plains (3-0-2): The Tigers slide in right behind the Rebels at the No. 7 spot. Another tie against one of Section 1’s top programs shows how far White Plains has come. Now it’s on to a challenging league schedule that includes home and aways against Mamaroneck, Scarsdale, Edgemont and Bronxville.
8. Nyack (5-1-1): Two wins against Class C contenders (Pearl River, Pleasantville) this week. Nyack’s strength at the draw circle will keep them in every game. Next Saturday’s game against Lakeland/Panas will give the Indians another crack at toppling a Class A school.
9. Hackley (5-0): Finally, we’re only a week away from the Hornets’ annual game against a Section 1 team. How Hackley does against Yorktown will be a great opportunity to get a true feel for the strength of the team.
10. Rye (4-1): The Garnets make their first appearance in the top 10. We’ll learn a lot about Rye as they play four games next week, including a back-to-back-to-back stretch that features Yorktown, Fox Lane and Scarsdale.
Class A— The top spot seems pretty solidified, for now. North Rockland still has a hold on second, with Lakeland/Panas and White Plains creeping closer and closer. Scarsdale takes over the No. 5 spot, but Mamaroneck could also make a case to be in the conversation.
Class B— Yorktown jumps John Jay after beating North Rockland, who the Indians lost to. Nyack and Rye take the four and the five spots. Ursuline, having gone 6-0 to start the season, is starting to make a case to be considered.
Class C— No changes in Class C, where everything has remained status quo, for the time being. Things are still very much in the air,though, as no team has truly defined itself as the favorite.
4. Putnam Valley
Privates— More of the same in the privates. We’ll get a better idea on the top team when Hackley plays Rye Country Day, but that’s not until the middle of May.
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