Just check these scores, folks.
Lindenhurst 8, Ward Melville 5.
Comeswogue 11, Manhasset 10, OT.
John Jay 13, Rye 7.
Yorktown 11, Somers 6.
What a day. Where do we start?
First, Long Island. As if Ward Melville and Manhasset both going down is not enough, get this. West Islip, the No. 1 team in our LaxLessons.com Top 25 regional rankings, trailed 4-0 before rallying to beat William Floyd 12-8.
There’s lots to digest. So let’s get right to it.
First, Long Island. It seems apparent already that parity will be the word of the day, especially when you couple today’s surprising scores with Cold Spring Harbor’s one-goal loss to Summit, N.J., on Monday.
In Westchester, the question of the day is this:
What have we learned about the Section 1 Class B race in light of the day’s developments?
After all, a John Jay team many consider to be a rebuilding one beat Rye by just one goal less than Yorktown did and scored four more goals than the ‘Huskers did against the Garnets. Considering Rye’s defensive prowess, scoring 13 goals against them is no small feat. I don’t know the last Section 1 team that has, in fact. It’s been a while.
Throughout the preseason and into the opening weeks of the season, I have ranked John Jay second to Yorktown in the Westchester region. Many have questioned that selection. I’ve stated my reasons and I stand by them.
The main thing I’ve stated is that John Jay may not have an offensive player the caliber of Joe Marasco or Kevin Interlicchio, but the Indians do have many good players. Depth is a trademark for them. So too is inexperience. The Indians, after all, have 13 sophomores on their roster. One of them, Forrest Walter, enjoyed a breakout game with five goals.
His emergence may be emblematic of a team that has already appeared to grown and matured in a short time.
Against Rye, the Indians fell behind 2-0 in the opening 13 seconds as Cole McCormack won both faceoffs cleanly and fed Rob Santagelo for two quick goals.
But rather than getting rattled, John Jay calmly reeled off five straight goals, with Walker and seniors Will Stewart and Drew Beck highlighting the run.
Despite our ranking John Jay ahead of Somers at this point, many view the Tuskers as the favorite to win the Class B title.
Tonight, Somers did nothing to disprove those theories.
After all, back-to-back goals by Joe Marasco and Erik Pfiffner pulled the Tuskers to within a goal 7-6 over the top team in the Westchester region tonight. Though Somers wound up losing 11-6, the outcome wound up being closer than many thought.
So, who is the team to beat in Class B? Is it John Jay? Or is it Somers? Or could another team such as Horace Greeley sneak into the picture? Let’s hear your thoughts.
For its part, Yorktown had to be pleased with the way it closed the game outscoring Somers 4-0 over the final 17:03.
“We knew we just needed to come out and get possession of the ball,” senior midfielder John Ranagan said. “That and our defense was the key.”
Especially since the ‘Huskers were unable to play their preferred offensive style.
“We couldn’t get a lot of transition goals which is our game,” junior attackman Kevin Interlicchio said. “But we adjused. I think this game can be a big steppingstone for us.”
It was another one individually for Interlicchio. After netting eight goals in Yorktown’s previous game a 14-10 win over St. Anthony’s he scored seven against Somers. He now has 26 goals in four games.
Yorktown, meanwhile, did a good job holding the Syracuse-bound Marasco under wraps. Though he scored three goals, they prevented him from being more active in the game by assigning the team’s best defender, Towson-bound John Fennessy, to play him aggressively up top.
“I knew that if he got around me, there would be two quick slides, so I could take some chances,” Fennessy said. “I know from playing with him at Empires some of the things he likes to do, like quick roll, and I tried to take that away from him.”
Be sure to weigh in with your comments.
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