The top four teams in The Journal News high school field hockey rankings remained the same since all went unbeaten last week.
But the deck has been shuffled, with some teams moving up, some moving down and some moving out as a result of wins or losses.
Below are this week’s rankings.
- Lakeland: The Hornets’ unbeaten streak vs. New York teams since 2008 continues. They punished previously unbeaten Panas last week, beating the Panthers by the equivalent of a touchdown and an extra point. And here’s the thing: Panas is still a good team. The Hornets, of course, subsequently defeated a powerhouse in Wilton, Connecticut. (Previously ranked: 1)
- Scarsdale: The Raiders continued to do last week what they have done since the beginning of the season – win convincingly. Now 8-1, Scarsdale’s latest victim was previous No 5 Horace Greeley. (PR: 2)
- Mamaroneck: No one came close to taming the Tigers last week as the defending state Class A champions continued to look more and more like their old selves in increasing to 6-1-1. (PR: 3)
- Rye: Young or not, the Garnets look strong. They have six wins. Their only setback was to Lakeland. A better idea of who deserves what ranking behind Lakeland will occur when Rye hosts Mamaroneck Friday night. (PR: 4)
- Bronxville: The 7-2 Broncos’ only losses have come to No. 2 Scarsdale and No. 4 Rye. Kudos to Bronxville and coach Jacquelyn Frawley for continuing to schedule not just bigger schools but bigger schools with top-flight programs. A big test awaits Bronxville, though, as it plays No. 3 Mamaroneck Monday. (PR: 7)
- Clarkstown South: The Vikings are 6-0. If they can be competitive against Mamaroneck Tuesday they’ll show they fully belong in the top 10. (PR: 10)
- Panas: The Panthers’ unbeaten season crashed and burned against Lakeland. The loss was fully expected but not really the seven-goal differential. Saturday’s subsequent tie against Pearl River either means Panas isn’t quite as good as was thought or Pearl River is better than thought. Maybe both. (PR: 6)
- Somers: The Tuskers leapfrog into the top 10 both through their 7-1-1 record and the fact one of those wins was over John Jay-Cross River, which had just upset Horace Greeley. (PR: NR)
- Horace Greeley: The Quakers are coming off a rough week that included shutout losses to John Jay-Cross River and Scarsdale. They were a little banged up for the John Jay game but offensive production remains a concern. (PR: 5)
- Croton: There’s no shame in losing to Bronxville. But last week’s game raised the question of how well the Tigers can adjust to artificial turf. Still, this is a strong team in a grass league. (PR: 8)