The Somers Tuskers are off to a strong 2-1 start with their lone loss to Yorktown 11-6.
Now, Somers, which is unranked national and No. 19 in the LaxLessons.com rankings, will face the 17th-ranked team in the nation, Cold Spring Harbor, which checks in at No. 10 in the LaxLessons.com rankings.
It’s one of several huge regional showdowns on a day that includes “The Battle of the Sound” at Darien. You can read more about the Manhasset-Darien and Garden City-New Canaan games here.
In Nassau, Chaminade, No. 9 in the Under Armour/IL poll, hosts No. 2 West Islip at 12:30 p.m. West Islip is No. 1 in the LaxLessons.com regional rankings.
As for Somers-Cold Spring Harbor, this is potentially a statement game for the Tuskers. Though they won four straight sectional titles from 2000-03 and have registered three wins over Yorktown since 2003, Somers has not had many big wins against powerhouse teams outside Section 1 in its history. The last one that comes to mind is its overtime victory over Manhasset in the 2003 state semifinals.
CSH suffered a somewhat surprising one-goal loss to Summit (N.J.) earlier this week.
Like Somers, the Seahawks are an athletic team that is known for hard-nosed play and hustling after ground balls.
CSH is a midfield-oriented team, led by Christian Kennedy, one of the state’s top juniors. Kennedy has committed to Cornell.
Game-time is 3 p.m. at Somers.
There are plenty more games of note today. John Jay and Corning East renew their rivalry at noon at Corning East. Shoreham-Wading River faces a big test against Mountain Lakes.
And in Long Island, Rocky Point and Syosset square off at 11 a.m. in a meeting of 2008 state finalists. Suffolk powers Northport and Farmingdale also meet at the same time as do Port Washington and East Meadow.
In an intriguing Fairfield showdown, neighboring teams Ridgefield and Wilton both with first-year coaches (Roy Colsey for the Tigers, John Wiseman for the Warriors) collide.
Now, let’s get to today’s picks.
Be sure to weigh in with your picks and check back throughout the day for score updates.
Battle of the Sound:
Darien 11, Manhasset 9
Garden City 14, New Canaan 5
West Islip 11, Chaminade 8
Somers 10, Cold Spring Harbor 8
John Jay 9, Corning East 8
Rocky Point 8, Syosset 5
Ridgefield 14, Wilton 7
3-2 manhasset after 1. Darien was up 2-1.
4-4 begining of 2nd. English has 2
6-5 darien with 6:37 left in 2nd game of runs by both teams
7-7 at half
8-8 john Bolton has 4 goals for Darien. Freshman Case Matheis has 2
11-9 Manhasset after 3
11-10 begining of fourth
Bradley Cappellini defenseman puts manhasset up 12-10 with 8:20 to play
Freshman Matheis scores 4th of game. Pulls Darien within 12-11 with 6:21 to go
Chad Brickman makes it 12-12 unasisted. But manhasset about to go up 2 men with 5;45 left. Questionable late hit
Jeff Molinari manup makes it 13-12 Manhasset. 3:40 left
Matheis scores 5th , 13-13 2 min left
English scores his 5th with 1:51 left sett 14-13
Timeout Darien has ball 122 left
Manhasset wins 14-13
COLD SPRING HARBOR-SOMERS UPDATES
CSH jumps out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Cornell-bound Christian Kennedy in the first minute.
The Seahawks stretch the lead to 3-0 with 3:32 left in the first quarter. Timeout Somers.
CSH leads 3-0 after one quarter.
The Seahawks have been effectively shutting off JoJo Marasco.
Greg Petre rips one in off a feed from Dylan Haas to get Somers on the board. It’s 4-1 CSH with three minutes to go in the second quarter.
Marasco scores with 1:30 to go in the second quarter. It’s 4-2 94:
It’s 5-3 at halftime. Matt Deiana scored for Somers just before the end of the half.
CSH leads 6-3.with three minutes left in the third quarter. Six different players scored for CSH.
Matt Moynihan scores just before the end of the third period to stretch the CSH lead to 7-3.
Final: CSH 7, Somers 3
Seven players had goals for the Seahawks. Greg Hanley made nine saves in goal for CSH. Chris Longo of Somers made 11 saves.
Final: West Islip 10, Chaminade 4 (The Lions were led by Nicky Gallaso’s five goals)
Final: Corning East 11, John Jay 4
Final: Shoreham-Wading River 13, Mountain Lakes 5
Final: Westhampton Beach 13, North Babylon 11
Final: Farmingdale 4, Northport 1
Final: Garden City 11, New Canaan 4
Final: Ridgefield 15, Wilton 4
Final: Rocky Point 7, Syosset 5
Final: Wantagh 9, Mount Sinai 7
Final: Huntington 8, Massapequa 7
Final: Westhill 18, Norwalk 4
Final: Put Valley 9, Brewster 6
Final: Clarkstown South 7, Tappan Zee 4
Be sure to post your comments and weigh in with your picks.
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