At left: Dylan Haas, John Bello (Somers). At right: Drew Beck, Andrew Masterson (John Jay). John Jay has won four straight titles. Somers is likely to be the top seed in the playoffs.
Photos by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com
I thought I had it all figured out on Friday night at about 9:20 p.m. when John Jay walked off the field with a 13-10 loss to Yorktown, but with a ton of respect.
After all, the Indians not only went toe to toe with the No. 2-ranked team in the LaxLessons.com Top 25 regional rankings and eighth-ranked team in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse national rankings, but did not at all look like the team that many questioned after losing to Lakeland/Panas and Putnam Valley in the middle of the season.
John Jay played with a plan and was poised and aggressive the whole way. The Indians and their 13 sophomores had clearly improved and come together as the start of the playoffs awaits.
So there it is, I thought. John Jay has to be the favorite to win it all once again.
Fast forward less than 24 hours later, and my thought process on the matter underwent a swift change. That’s because I had just seen Somers pull together after a rocky start to defeat one of the top programs in Connecticut, Cheshire 15-9.
There’s a lot to get to, and I have plenty more thoughts I will share. But first, let’s hear yours.
Question: Who will win the Section 1 Class B championship? John Jay? Somers? or are you going with someone else?
Reach Joe Lombardi at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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