Another good week of games are in the book, and it left me with some tough decisions to make for this week’s power rankings. Lakeland and Mamaroneck have clearly established themselves as the top two programs in the area, but the next tier of schools have shown to be very competitive. Brackets after the team indicate their ranking in the previous week.
Top 10 power rankings:
1) Lakeland (1)
Lakeland is not only the top team in Section 1, but they could very well be the top program in the state. The Hornets beat another top Connecticut program in Wilton last night, and have won in blowouts in most of their other games.
2) Mamaroneck (2)
The Tigers continue to romp through their competition, picking up a 9-0 win against White Plains and then a 5-0 win at Scarsdale. In addition to the Seid twins, the likes of Elizabeth Clarke and Heather Gardiner have stepped up offensively.
3) Rye (4)
After last week’s brief shortage of offensive, the Garnets seem to be back on track, scoring a 5-0 win over a strong Byram Hills program. The well-balanced team got contributions from Mallory Lynch and Ellie O’Callaghan on the offensive end that game, as well as two assists from freshman Lotje Rogaar.
4) Mahopac (3)
Mahopac drops a spot this week thanks to a 0-0 draw at home against Carmel, but the Indians roared back with a 9-0 win over Ketcham.
5) Horace Greeley (7)
Horace Greeley continues to roll along, scoring 4-0 wins against Brewster and Somers this week. Olivia Green, Katie Jakacki and Sammy Attia continue to shine for the Quakers.
6) Suffern (9)
The Mounties scored a big 3-1 road win at Scarsdale this week, thanks to the efforts of Liz Trojan (2 goals) and goalie Alyssa Sanchez (12 saves).
7) Scarsdale (6)
The Raiders started off the week strong with a 5-1 win against Ursuline, but suffered home losses to Suffern and Mamaroneck.
8) Pearl River (5)
It was a very tough week for Pearl River, as the Pirates followed up a 1-1 tie against Nanuet on Monday before getting upset by Clarkstown South at home the next day. While the team has been battling illness, there was a lack of urgency at times when I watched them against Clarkstown South. With the team now rested, it’ll be interesting to see if they can bounce back on Wednesday against Clarkstown North.
9) Rye Country Day (8)
The Wildcats have only played five games so far this season, but have looked very strong when they have played. A loss to Canterbury, a program from Connecticut, is the only blemish on their record so far.
10) Byram Hills (10)
The Bobcats got hammered at Rye, but scored wins over Valhalla (4-1) and Harrison (2-1). Interesting fact: the six goals scored this week were all scored by six different players.
Top 5 teams by class:
3) Horace Greeley
3) Pearl River
4) Byram Hills
2) Rye Neck
5) North Salem