It’s one of the most tradition-rich high school lacrosse rivalries in the nation.
And one of the most one-sided.
Since 1980, Ward Melville vs. Yorktown has been a heated annual affair.
It’s one of the marquee matchups in the region on tap for today.
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Though Yorktown has beaten the Patriots just twice in the last 13 years (and seven times in the 35 all-time meetings between the teams), there have been plenty of memorable moments.
Here are a couple:
The ‘Huskers dealt Ward Melville its only loss of the season back in 1974.
During Yorktown coach Dave Marrs junior year at YHS, the ‘Huskers fell to WM 10-9 in overtime. Todd Sauerbrun, the NFL punter, had four goals in the second half for the Patriots.
This year, the ‘Huskers have a clear edge in the matchup of programs that have combined for 13 state titles. Yorktown, after all, has climbed to the No. 2 in the LaxLessons.com Top 25 regional rankings. Ward Melville dropped out of the rankings.
There are plenty of other big games on Saturday that we will be bringing you updates on.
The Haverford School in Pennsylvania is hosting quite a day of lax that will feature two of the heavy hitters in the LaxLessons Top 25 (Darien and Garden City). Included in the Checking for Cancer tourney lineup of games on its two fields:
Georgetown Prep (Md.) vs. Duxbury (Mass.), 11 a.m.
Haverford vs. Downingtown East (Pa.), 11:30 p.m.
Garden City vs. St. Paul’s (Md.), 1 p.m.
Darien vs. Malverne Prep, 1:30 p.m.
Meanwhile, here at home, Northport hosts Manhasset at 11 a.m. and Shoreham-Wading River visits Farmingdale in a high noon showdown.
At 1 p.m., Mahopac visits Calhoun.
There’s also a big doubleader at St. Anthony’s. St Anthony’s meets Delbarton and Fairfield Prep takes on Chaminade.
Four-time defending Section 1 Class B champ John Jay faces a huge test at Horace Greeley at 1 p.m. John Jay will be minus its most established offensive weapon, Will Stewart, who is out with a shoulder injury until at least April 28. Greeley, which jumped out to a 3-0 start, has allowed 31 goals in its last two games losses to Yorktown and Somers, arguably the two best teams in the section.
After falling short against Rye in a bid to beat a traditional power, Iona Prep will try again today at 1:30 p.m. when it hosts Lakeland/Panas in what promises to be a very interest, down-to-the-wire affair.
Check out an in-depth breakdown of the L/P vs. Iona Prep, John Jay vs. Greeley and Ward Melville vs. Yorktown games by Isaac Cass of the North County News by clicking here.
Still plenty more big games in what has to be the most action-packed Saturday of the season so far.
There is a good mix of teams from throughout the region represented in the New Fairfield tournament.
Here’s the slate:
Noon: New Milford vs Willliam Floyd
3 p.m.: Plainedge vs Cheshire
7:30 p.m.: New Fairfield vs Rye
Under the lights tonight, Somers hosts Clarkstown South at 7:30 p.m. and Huntington plays at Cold Spring Harbor at 7:30 p.m.
Whew. It’s going to be quite a day. Keep on track of the action by checking the main body of this post (the portion you are reading right now) from the late morning to the late evening.
Along the way, be sure to post any info/scores you have as well.
LAKELAND/PANAS-IONA PREP UPDATES
Iona Prep leads 2-0 after the first quarter on a pair of goals by Gus Guido. Guido’s first goal came off a fastbreak feed from Nick Trizano.
Iona Prep leads 5-3 at halftime. Brendan Grogan scored to snap a 3-3 tie with 4:20 left in the second quarter. Gus Guido has two goals and three assists. Jack Doherty had one goal and one assist.
Iona Prep leads 7-6 after three. Guido’s third goal snapped a 5-5 tie with 5:20 left in the quarter. Iona has held Jack Doherty to 1-1. LP has held Nick Trizano to 0-2.Great defense by Andrew O’.eara on Trizano and Chris Jackson on Doherty.
LP wins 10-9 outscoring the ‘Huskers 4-2 in the fourth. Shawn Honovich had three goals’ including the winner. It gave LP an 8-7 lead with just under five minutes remaining.
YORKTOWN-WARD MELVILLE UPDATES
Melville up 1-0 with 3:47 left in 1st. Edmonds from Monteleone. Town has barely had the ball
Al Destefano makes it 2-0 Melville after 1. Yorktown has barely had the ball and when they have they have been sloppy. Town hit post at end of half
Tom Casey scores manup for Yorktown 1:11 into 2nd
Interlicchio scores 100th career goal unassisted 1:52 of second. its 2-2 Yorktown going manup
Ranagan lefty laser on manup from ethan Fox makes it 3-2 Yorktown. There is 7 minutes left in 2nd
Melville scores back to back unassisted goals. Mazzone and Giampolo. It’s 4-3 Melville. Melville is getting every GB. 4:42 left in second
It’s 4-3 Melville at the half. Yorktown has been very sloppy and disappointing. melville has been deliberate and good on slides and doubles
Cody Ferraro scores unassisted at 7:33. It’s 5-3 Melville
Timeout Melville with 45 seconds left in the 3rd still 5-3. Yorktwon has no answers for the aggressive doubling defense of melville
Longstick Tyler Brennan makes it 6-3 Melville with 28 seconds left in 3rd. Yorktown is all out of sorts. No emotion. Completely flabbergasted
KI scores unassisted at 2:10 of 4th. it’s 6-4 Melville
Ranagan steals clear, feeds casey who scores. it’s 6-5 Melville with 5:55 to play. Yorktown D huge in 4th so far. Town has ball
Cody Ferraro scores back to back. Joey Porcelli answers for town. It’s 8-6 with 41 seconds left
Melville wins 8-6
Final: John Jay 20, Greeley 11
Final: St. Paul’s 7, Garden City 5
Final: Mahopac 8, Calhoun 5
Final; Malverne 9, Darien 4
Baldwin 9, South Side 6
Bayport-Blue Point 13, Southampton 4
Byram Hills 6, Queensbury 3
Carey 10, Oceanside 6
Division-Levittown 7, East Meadow 6
Fieldston 13, Trinity School 7
Floral Park 13, West Hempstead 0
Friends Academy 14, St Francis Prep 0
Hempstead 9, Malverne 6
Herricks 7, Sewanhaka 6
John Glenn – Elwood 18, Pierson-SI-Ross 1
Lakeland/Panas 10, Iona Prep 9
Lynbrook 5, Seaford 4
Mahopac 8, Calhoun 5
Manhasset 13, Northport 3
Massapequa 11, Port Washington 10
Mount Sinai 8, Kings Park 7
Nanuet 7, Pelham 4
New York Mil Academy 11, Darrow School 10 (OT)
St John Baptist 10, Riverhead 8
St Joseph By-The-Sea 12, St Dominic 11 (OT)
Suffern 7, Saratoga Spgs 6
Wantagh 13, Hendrick Hudson 10
Brien McMahon-Norwalk 16, Danbury 9
Brunswick School 9, Hotchkiss 8
Greenwich HS 8, Amity Regional 7
Wilton 15, Staples-Westport 6
CLARKSTOWN SOUTH-SOMERS UPDATES
Clarkstown South takes a 1-0 lead on a goal by Sean Day.
Somers has scored four unanswered goals, two by Erik Pfiffner, and leads 4-1 after one.
Somers leads 10-1 at halftime. Greg Petre has five goals for the Tuskers, including a behind-the-back shot off a nice feed from Kieran Donohue. Joe Marasco has three goals and scored off a hidden-ball trick.
Final: Somers 15, Clarkstown South 3 – Petre scores a career-high six goals.
Somers improves to 4-2
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