Top: Can junior defenseman John Bello, first-year coach Lew Janavey and the Somers Tuskers show some “Red Rage” (the team’s rally cheer) by advancing to thesectional finals for the first time since 2007? Above: Matt Gorski and Darien face rival Wilton in the FCIAC semifinals.
(Photos by Ryan Rabidou/LaxLessons.com, top, and Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com/ above)
By the end of the day Friday, our final-round matchups will be set everywhere but Class A in Suffolk.
It’s semifinal-round time throughout the region.
Among the storylines to keep an eye on:
Can Wilton, which snapped Yorktown’s nine-game regular-season win streak last week, spring another upset against four-time state champ Darien in the FCIAC semis today?
Can first-year coach Lew Janavey and his Somers Tuskers show some “Red Rage” (the team’s rally cheer) by advancing to the sectional finals for the first time since 2007 by beating 2008 sectional semifinalist Brewster?
Can Lakeland/Panas and Yorktown advance to meet in the final for the third straight year?
Can four-time Class B sectional champ John Jay shake off its No. 3 seed and win at Greeley to return to the finals yet again?
Can the top two seeds, Comsewogue and Shoreham-Wading River, win to set up an intriguing Class B final in Suffolk next week?
Here’s the lineup, including some semis that were played yesterday.
Be sure to check back for score updates and weigh in with info/scores on the games you attend.
Section 1 (Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess) playoffs
Friday, Games at 4:30 p.m. (unless indicated)
Yorktown 21, North Rockland 5
Lakeland/Panas 9, Mahopac 6
Somers 11, Brewsteer 3
John Jay 16, Greeley 6
Putnam Valley 17, Byram Hills 3
Rye 10, Bronxville 6
Baldwin 7, Farmingdale 6
Friday at Hofstra
Hicksville 6, Syosset 5
Garden City 9, Plainedge 4
Friday at Hofstra
Lynbrook 10, South Side 8
Thursday, at Hofstra
Manhasset 14, Friends 6
Friday, at Hofstra
Cold Spring Harbor 9, Seaford 8, 2OT
Section 11 (Suffolk) playoffs
No. 5 Connetquot at No. 1 West Islip, 11 a.m.
No. 3 Whitman at No. 2 Ward Melville, 11 a.m.
Smithtown West 9, Comsewogue 1
Sayville 9, Shoreham-Wading River 8
Glenn 7, Bayport-Blue Point 6
No. 1 Mount Sinai, bye
Fairfield Prep 14, Guilford 6
Cheshire 15, Amity 12
Newtown 15, New Milford 14
No. 1 New Fairfield winner vs. No. 5 Weston, 7 p.m.
Note: The FCIAC finals, scheduled for today at Brien McMahon, have been postponed till Saturday. Wilton plays Darien at 3 p.m. and Ridgefield plays New Canaan immediately after.
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