Chaminade is among the eight teams in Division AA
of the newly formed 16-team New York Catholic League.
(File photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com)
There’s some pretty big news on the Catholic school front, folks.
Yesterday, the lacrosse teams representing the New York Archdiocese approved a merger to form a 16-team league with those teams now in the Long Island Archdiocese. Formal approval is expected in November.
What does this mean? A pretty impressive eight-team “Super Division” that will include such teams as St. Anthony’s, Chaminade, Iona Prep and Fordham Prep, with all those teams eventually playing one another home-and-home during the regular season.
This coming season, because the non-league schedules of St. Anthony’s and Chaminade are close to being finalized, some teams in the league will play St. Anthony’s twice and Chaminade once in 2010, and others will play Chaminade twice and St. Anthony’s once. Iona Prep, for instance, is expected to play St. Anthony’s home and home in 2010 and one game vs. Chaminade.
The combined New York Catholic League will include two divisions, with the most competitive teams in Division AA. Each division will have eight teams. The A Division will add Cardinal Spellman and Cardinal Hayes in 2011 when those schools field varsity teams for the first time.
Here’s a breakdown of the teams:
New York Catholic League
St John the Baptist
Mount St. Michael
St Joes by the Sea
Now that you’ve seen the league alignments, be sure to weigh in with your thoughts.
There’s also talk that more changes could be coming, including a Tri-State Catholic League playoff in 2011, in which teams such as Fairfield Prep, Delbarton and Bergen Catholic and Don Bosco could join teams in the New York Catholic League for a postseason event. Stay tuned.
Reach Joe Lombardi at email@example.com.
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