Tomorrow, Long Island will take center stage with some colossal confrontations on tap.
But today, Section 1 is in the spotlight.
Let’s call it Super Tuesday.
Headlining the day is the 4:30 p.m. showdown between a pair of unbeatens Horace Greeley (3-0) and Yorktown (4-0).
Then, at 7 p.m., Class A title contenders and longtime rivals Mahopac and Lakeland/Panas square off at Mahopac.
And finally, there’s a 7:15 p.m. game between two teams who happen to be 2-2 John Jay and host Somers but who are regarded as the favorites to meet in the Class B sectional final. (Greeley may have something to say about that.)
So let’s get to ’em and an intriguing Fairfield vs. Long Island showdown.
Fairfield County heavyweight Ridgefield has been pouring on the points early on this spring. But the Tigers will take on their toughest foe yet and one of their most challenging of the season when they meet Massapequa.
In other action, Comsewogue (2-0) visits John Glenn (3-0).
Let’s get to the predictions. We will be back at 4:30 p.m. for live scoring updates.
Yorktown 10, Greeley 4
Lakeland/Panas 8, Mahopac 6
John Jay 9, Somers 7
Ridgefield 9, Massapequa 7
Comsewogue 11, John Glenn 5
Update 1: Yorktown leads Greeley 7-1 after one quarter.
Update 2: Greeley has battled back to pull within 8-6 at the half. Clever off-ball play and shot placement has gotten the Quakers back in it.
Update 3: Yorktown leads 11-7 after three. John Ranagan has five goals and Remy Lieberman has three goals. Derek Katchis has limited Kevin Interlicchio to one goal.
Final: Yorktown 16, Greeley 11
Ranagan finishes with 8 goals, including one Ill let Joe describe later. Katchis does good job on KI, who scored just once. Joe disputes the notion of face-guarding and excessive double-teaming by Greeley. Lieberman had 3 goals. Kerstein for Greeley helped turn the tide a bit in the second quarter with fantastic faceoff work. Leventhal apparently had great game for Greeley. Yorktown coaches very upset with how the team played defensively, said to be very slow a-foot Joe will have full recap later.
Update 1: Somers leads 2-1 after one. After Jimmy Morris gave John Jay a 1-0 lead, Somers got back-to-back goals from Dylan Haas and Colin Tullgren.
Update 2: Potentially devastating news for John Jay. After Will Stewart scored to make it 3-2 Jay, he severely injured his shoulder celebrating the goal and is likely done for the game. He’s in an ice pack on the sideline.
Update 3: Somers up 6-4 at the half. Morris scores second of game with 1 second left to end Tuskers’ 4-0 run.
Update 4: Haas’ third goal of game makes it 7-4 Somers 1:42 into third quarter.
Update 5: Marasco’s lefty rip makes it 8-4 Somers with seven minutes left in third. Daniello answers for Jay. It’s 8-5.
Update 6: Cole Partenza scores off fastbreak feed from Matt Deiana. Somers leads 9-5 with five minutes left in the third.
Update 7: Jake Weil answers for JJ, making it 9-7 . Fletcher Franklin replaced Robert Maher in goal for JJ earlier in the period. Somers’ Chris Longo has come up with some big saves.
Update 8: Somers up 9-6 after three.
Update 9: Forrest Walter scores to pull JJ within 9-7 with 4:14 left in regulation.
Update 10: Greg Petre scoops up a loose ball and fires it in. Somers leads 10-7 with 3 minutes to go.
Update 11: Longo has 25 saves for Somers.
Final: Somers 10, John Jay 7
In the other big showdown of tonight:
Final: Lakeland/Panas 8, Mahopac 6
Section 1, NYC, Long Island & Connecticut scores:
Ridgefield 12, Massapequa 5
St. Anthony’s 16, Fairfield Prep 7
Greenwich 5, Fairfield-Ludlowe 4
St. Joseph-Trumbull 12, Stamford 3
New Canaan 8, Staples 2
Darien 19, Trinity Catholic 2
Westhill 14, Bridgeport Central 0
Wilton 16, Fairfield-Warde 4
Chaminade 13, Holy Trinity 7
Comsewogue 9, John Glenn – Elwood 4
Fordham Prep 10, Xaverian 1
Huntington 10, Kings Park 8
Iona Prep 20, Mount St Michael 0
Islip 15, Greenport-Mattituck-SH 1
Kellenberg 13, St Dominic 0
Longwood 15, Brentwood 13
Mount Sinai 8, Eastport/South Manor 5
Rocky Point 16, Bellport 9
Shoreham-Wading River 11, Babylon 8
Smithtown West 11, Hauppauge 8
St Francis Prep 10, St Joseph By-The-Sea 6
Be sure to weigh in with your predictions, analysis and comments.
You can also reach Joe Lombardi at email@example.com.
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