LoHud Power Rankings: Tigers take over at No. 1

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Since I’ll be spending the day at Lakeland for the Westchester vs. Rockland Challenge on Monday, I’m releasing my latest LoHud Power Rankings a day early. I’ll have one more set of rankings coming right before sectionals begin…

TOP 10 OVERALL

1. Mamaroneck (12-0) – Some might say that I’m making too much of Arlington’s 0-0 tie with Mahopac on Saturday, but there are a lot of factors here. The Tigers have pummeled opponents by a ridiculous margin of 49-5 through 12 games, and they also have a huge win over Long Island power Massapequa – a team that was ranked top 10 in the state at the time. The duo of Nick Tunic and Juan Giraldo up top is as potent as they come, and Mamaroneck is now the only team in Section 1 with an unblemished record. That all added up to the decision to move the Tigers into the top spot. Previous ranking: 2 

2. Arlington (12-0-1) – A tie against Mahopac on Saturday makes the reigning state champs look a bit more vulnerable, but not by much. The Admirals remain nearly impossible to score on, but they don’t seem to be quite as explosive offensively as Mamaroneck. Still, they’ve beaten three of the top six teams in Class AA and remain a strong candidate to repeat as section champs. PR: 1

3. Byram Hills (12-0-1) – Like Arlington, the Bobcats now have a tie on their resume, yet no one has figured out how to beat them. Keio came close on Saturday when it had a lead on Byram with less than 15 minutes to play, but the Bobcats turned it on with two goals in seven minutes to avoid the upset. This is a top-notch defensive club and David Lachs is starting to come on as a go-to goal scorer. Byram remains the cream of the crop in Class A. PR: 3

4. Ketcham (9-3) – The third spot in the AA rankings is really up in the air, but with recent wins over John Jay-EF and Mahopac, the Indians have earned their way into the slot behind Mamaroneck and Arlington. Ketcham plays a brutal schedule in League 1-A and has proven to be up to the task. PR: 9

5. Scarsdale (8-3-2) – Wedged in between two losses to top-ranked Mamaroneck, the Raiders won five straight, including wins over John Jay-EF, White Plains, New Rochelle and Long Island power Chaminade. They’ve gone on the road to win some big games and look dangerous heading into the postseason. PR: Not ranked

6. John Jay-East Fishkill (9-4) – The Patriots slip a bit after losing two in a row to Scarsdale and Ketcham, but they have enough quality wins to warrant remaining in the top 10, such victories over Mahopac and Carmel. They have taken a few lumps, but I think I’ve made it pretty clear at this point that League 1-A deserves a lot of respect. PR: 4

7. Mahopac (7-4-1) – The tie against Arlington serves as evidence that the Indians will be in every game that they play because of their defense. Goalkeeper Mike Bernardi has been lights out, which makes Mahopac a team that no one will want to see in the playoffs. Finding consistent offense is the key for the Indians, and if they do, watch out. PR: 5

8. Spring Valley (10-3) – The Tigers slide a bit after back-to-back losses halted a 10-game winning streak, but they have the talent to play at a high level. The trio of Karlyl Simon, Rooben Michel and Kevin Quito has been lethal, as we’ve seen in a few of games in which they put up five goals or more. A win is needed to regain some of that swagger that Spring Valley had just a week ago. PR: 6

9. Pearl River (10-1-2) – The Pirates have been working their way towards a high seed in Class A, but their one nemesis has been TZ. They’ve tied with the rival Dutchmen twice now, but have beaten every other team in Rockland county. A big test is coming on Monday when Pearl River visits Lakeland for the nightcap of the Westchester vs. Rockland challenge. PR: 7

10. Tappan Zee (10-2-2) – It’s amazing how far the Dutchmen have come after missing out entirely on sectionals last season. Now, they’re likely going to be co-league champs and will almost certainly get a home playoff game. Goalkeeper Juan Umana has been TZ’s backbone. PR: NR

On the fringe: Edgemont (10-2), Horace Greeley (6-4-2), Lakeland (10-3), Port Chester (9-5-1), Yorktown (10-2)

CLASS AA
1. Mamaroneck (12-0) PR: 2
2. Arlington (12-0-1) PR: 1
3. Ketcham (9-3) PR: 6
4. Scarsdale (8-3-2) PR: NR
5. John Jay-East Fishkill (9-4) PR: 3
6. Mahopac (7-4-1) PR: 4
7. Spring Valley (10-3) PR: 5
8. Port Chester (9-5-1) PR: 7
9. Yorktown (10-2) PR: 10
10. Horace Greeley (6-4-2) PR: 9
On the fringe: Carmel (7-6), North Rockland (8-4-1), White Plains (6-5-1)
NOTES: Once again, Class AA was difficult to rank after the top two. There’s about a dozen teams that you could make a case for, but I went with RCK because of some really big wins of late. The Indians beat JJEF and Mahopac, so they had to leapfrog them. Scarsdale beat JJEF, and JJEF swept Mahopac, so that’s how everything fell into place… Two losses in a row against teams outside of the top 10 push Spring Valley back a bit… PC has had a few bad losses, but the Rams do have wins over Greeley, White Plains and Keio… Yorktown has racked up wins in a relatively weak league, but the Huskers justified a top 10 ranking with a recent win over Lakeland… For the record, I wouldn’t want to see any of those fringe teams in the playoffs. Class AA is looking pretty deep this year.

CLASS A
1. Byram Hills (12-0-1) PR: 1
2. Pearl River (10-1-2) PR: 2
3. Tappan Zee (10-2-2) PR: 6
4. Lakeland (10-3) PR: 3
5. Edgemont (10-2) PR: 8
6. Nyack (10-4) PR: 7
7. Keio (7-5) PR: 4
8. Brewster (8-4) PR: 5
9. Eastchester (7-6) PR: NR
10. Pelham (5-5-1) PR: 9
On the fringe: John Jay (5-7-1), Sleepy Hollow (8-5), Somers (3-9)
NOTES: The top two remain the same, but I had to move TZ into the top three after sweeping Nyack and tying with PR twice… Lakeland had been on a nice run before the loss to Yorktown, but the Hornets will have a chance to move up if they can beat Pearl River on Monday… Edgemont has forced its way into the top five by simply continuing to win. The Panthers have only lost to Class AA teams, and are a big wild card in their first season in Class A. I’d have them at No. 1 if they were still in Class B… Nyack has fallen into third place in League 4-B thanks to losses to PR and TZ, but the Indians are up to 10 wins and looking at a home playoff game… Keio’s record doesn’t jump off of the page, but the Unicorns have put a scare into Byram twice now. They’ll be the road team that no one wants to see in the playoffs after playing a very tough regular season schedule… Brewster has stumbled a bit of late after a hot start, losing to a couple of unranked teams… Eastchester makes its debut in the top 10 after beating league rival Pelham, which is still looking to find some consistency. Big game on Tuesday when the Pelicans travel to Edgemont.

CLASS B
1. Bronxville (9-2-1) PR: 1
2. Blind Brook (9-4-1) PR: 3
3. Valhalla (9-3-2) PR: 2
4. Briarcliff (9-4-1) PR: 4
5. Irvington (9-2-1) PR: 5
6. Westlake (9-3-1) PR: 8
7. Rye Neck (7-5-2) PR: 9
8. North Salem (7-4) PR: 10
9. Hastings (9-4) PR: 6
10. Woodlands (9-3) PR: 7
On the fringe: Albertus Magnus (3-10); Dobbs Ferry (7-6); Pleasantville (4-9)
NOTES: The same teams remain in the top five, but Blind Brook jumps ahead of Valhalla after a head-to-head win. Valhalla beat Briarcliff, and Briarcliff beat Irvington… Westlake moves up to No. 6 thanks to five straight wins. The Wildcats also beat Rye Neck head-to-head… Rye Neck has some nice wins of late, namely Irvington and Fox Lane, to move up a few spots… North Salem has won five in a row to get back on track. And the Tigers have a history of going deep in the playoffs recently… Hastings has stumbled a bit recently, with losses to Irvington, Pelham and Dobbs… Woodlands drops a bit after recent losses to Schechter and Keio.

CLASS C
1. Haldane (7-4-1) PR: 1
2. Solomon Schechter (6-4) PR: 2
3. Hamilton (2-11-1) PR: 5
4. YMA (6-7) PR: 3
5. Tuckahoe (2-11) PR: 4
NOTES: 
I considering moving Schechter back ahead of Haldane, but I’ll keep it this way for now because the Blue Devils have been a bit more consistent. But Schechter seems to be getting hot, with recent wins over Woodlands, YMA and Tuckahoe… Hamilton may only have two wins, but they came against YMA and Tuckahoe, which kind of forced my hand… YMA beat Tuckahoe on Friday.

Photo by Carucha L. Meuse/The Journal News

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VINCENT Z. MERCOGLIANO has been with The Journal News and LoHud.com since March 2010. He graduated from New Rochelle High School in 2005 and from Hofstra University in 2009 with a degree in broadcast journalism. He currently covers boys soccer, wrestling and baseball, while assisting with LoHud's Yankees coverage.

4 Comments

  1. Mamaroneck plays such a weak schedule against a bunch of nobody’s. Arlington’s schedule is rough plus being a defending state champion everyones been packing the box against them. In the end defense wins championships and giving up only two goals on the year speaks for itself…would be a hell of a game with them against mamaroneck

  2. We Beat Blind Brooke, lost a tough one to Rye Neck and tied Briarcliff. Wednesday we face Briarcliff, winner puts themselves to take league 3B.