A couple of Long Island vs. Westchester showdowns. A huge Section 1 rivalry game. A West Coast visitor coming to Westchester. A men’s college tripleheader, marking the first time lax has ever been played at Giants Stadium.
If you’re a lax fan, you probably wish you had a clone today to catch it all.
Welcome to Showdown Saturday.
For starters, if you’re up bright and early, head on over to Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor where the Lakeland/Panas Rebels will be facing Mercer Island from the state of Washington. The Rebels ventured out to Washington two years ago to play four games, including a 13-11 win over Mercer Island.
One of the most highly contested and heated rivalries in Section 1 is Hen Hud vs. Somers. I’ve stopped counting the number of times they have met in either the sectional semifinals or finals. Bottom line though is whenever they do play, playoffs or regular season, there’s plenty of emotion and intensity and usually a close game. Game-time is 2 p.m. at Somers.
Also of note, former Yorktown standout Vin DeGregorio makes his debut as Horace Greeley coach as the Quakers host Scarsdale at 3:30 p.m.
Headlining the day is the fact that Long Island powers St. Anthonys and Manhasset and Westchester heavyweights Yorktown and John Jay will all be in action within a span of seven miles and within a distance of about 10 miles.
Yorktown, No. 4 in the latest LaxLessons.com regional rankings, hosts No. 2 St. Anthonys at 2 p.m. at Charlie Murphy Field. These longtime rivals always wage heated battles, but this years should be especially so.
Both teams have the potential to have extraordinary seasons. So no matter who wins will get a big boost going forward. Between the two teams combined, there are 14 players who have already committed to Division I schools, including a pair of the nations top juniors St. Anthonys midfielder Thomas Schreiber and Yorktown attackman Kevin Interlicchio. Schreiber, ranked fifth by Inside Lacrosse, is likely to attend Princeton. Interlicchio has committed to Hopkins.
At 7 p.m. in Cross River (a hop, skip and jump down Route 35 from Yorktown), 17th-ranked John Jay will host No. 5 Manhasset.
This has emerged as one of the areas premier regional rivalries. Two years ago, John Jay picked up a dramatic 9-8 overtime win. Last year, Manhasset won 10-8.
This season, though, nationally ranked Manhasset, perhaps the leading contender to win the Class C state title, is a solid favorite.
The matchup of John Jays Hopkins-bound junior defenseman Jameson Pickel on UVA-bound Manhasset senior star Connor English should be fun to watch.
Finally, lax makes it Giants Stadium debut, gang. The Big City Classic a men’s tripleheader features plenty of players from the region. I’m told around 20,000 tickets have already been sold for the event, that will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Here’s the linup:
Noon: Virginia vs. North Carolina
2:30 p.m.: Syracuse vs. Princeton
5 p.m.: Hofstra vs. Delaware
Scores of note:
La Salle, Pa. 7, West Genny 3
Niskayuna 10, Schenectady 2
Other Section 1, Long Island, NYC scores:
Baldwin 11, West Babylon 2
Brentwood 10, Southampton 2
Floral Park 15, North Shore 13
Garden City 5, MacArthur-Levittown 2
Half Hollow Hills West 10, Lindenhurst 6
Hoosac 6, Harvey School 5
Plainedge 16, Lawrence 1
Saratoga Springs 11, Fox Lane 5
Wantagh 9, Sewanhaka 4
Smithtown East 9, Smithtown West 8
Iona Prep 10, St. John The Baptist 5
Bayshore 13, Madison, N.J. 7
ST. ANTHONY’S-YORKTOWN UPDATES
Update 1: We’re tied at 3-3 midway through the first period. Kevin Interlicchio just scored his second goal to tie it.
Update 2: Ytown leads 4-3 after one. John Ranagan scored from Tom Casey with three minutes left.
Halftime: Yorktown 8, St. A’s 5. Kevin Interlicchio has four goals.
Update 4: There’s been a long delay as St. A’s Sean Rooney is being taken to the hospital via ambulance with an apparent knee injury. Yorktown leads 9-5 with 10 minutes left in the third
Update 5: Yorktown leads 12-7 after three. Interlicchio just scored his seventh goal on a nice right hand shot. He now has 18 goals in three games.
Final: Yorktown 14-10. KI finishes with eight goals.
HEN HUD-SOMERS UPDATES
Update 1: Somers leads 4-0 after one. Joe Marasco and Greg Petre each have two goals.
Update 2: Somers leads 11-1 at halftime.
Update 3: Somers 15-4 after three quarters. Marasco and Petre have a combined 10 goals.
Final: Somers 16, Hen Hud 5
Final: Put Valley 12, Suffern 10
JOHN JAY-MANHASSET UPDATES:
Update 1: Jay ties it at 1 midway through first on goal by Daniello.
Update 2: Drew Belinsky, who is bound for UPenn, scores on a blast from 10 yards out to give Manhasset a 3-1 lead three minutes into the second quarter.
Update 3: Harvard-bound Jeff Molinari scores off a turnover. It’s 4-1.
Update 4: Will Stewart answers for Jay off an assist from Forrest Walter. Manhasset leads 4-2 with 5:45 left in the second quarter.
Update 5: It’s 4-2 at halftime. This has to be considered a bit of a surprise but Jay is running a patient ball control offense and goalie Robert Maher has played well.
Update 6: Strap yourselves in people. Do we have an upset developing? Stewart’s second goal cuts the deficit to 4-3.
Update 7: Drew Beck ties it for Jay off a Harrison Silver feed. It’s 4-4 with 4:17 left in the third period.
Update 8: Zac Koufakis scores for Manhasset after back to back saves by Maher. 5-4 ‘Sett late third.
Update 9: Belinsky scores to make it 6-4 Manhasset after three.
Update 10: Manhasset scores two quick goals to start the fourth. It’s 8-4.
Update 11: Belinsky scores and Manhasset gets its sixth straight goal. It’s 10-4 midway through the fourth.
Update 12: Jake Weil scores for Jay to end the run and make it 10-5.
Final: Manhasset 11, John Jay 5
BIG CITY CLASSIC UPDATES
Game 1: Virginia 11, UNC 10 (Final)
Game 2: Princeton 12, Syracuse 8 (Final)
Game 3: Hofstra 10, Delaware 8 (Final)
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