On the right panel of this page, you can find the poll question asking you to pill the top rivalry in the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region.
Among the leading vote-getters is the annual Lakeland/Panas vs. Yorktown Charlie Murphy Cup game.
One of the most memorable games in the history of that rivalry came in 1991 when Yorktown pulled out a dramatic 9-8 overtime win.
“There were about 20 future D-I stars,” said one of those who in played in the game, Ric Beardsley.
The fact that Beardsley, a defenseman, and former Yorktown midfielder Roy Colsey were among the key figures in the game adds to its aura. The two, of course, went on to become Syracuse University teammates and two of the game’s all-time greats.
“I was on Dave Marr most of the game,” Beardsley told me today, “and at the end (former Lakeland coach Frank) Vitolo locked off everyone and put me on the ball with Roy.”
Special thanks to Ric for e-mailing me the link to the clips from the game.
Before we get to the video, here’s a rundown of the year-by-year Murphy Cup results:
1990: 7-6 Yorktown
1991: 9-8 Yorktown
1992: 9-3 Yorktown
1993: 12-9 Yorktown
1994: 10-6 Lakeland/Panas
1995: 9-5 Yorktown
1996: 14-6 Yorktown
1997: 6-5 Yorktown
1998: 10-9 Yorktown
1999: 5-4 Yorktown
2000: 10-3 Yorktown
2001: 16-4 Yorktown
2002: 11-3 Yorktown
2003: 16-11 Yorktown
2004: 9-3 Yorktown
2005: 12-9 Yorktown
2006: 18-9 Yorktown
2007: 10-9 Lakeland/Panas
2008: 10-9 Yorktown
2009: 11-8 Yorktown
Total: Yorktown 18, Lakeland/Panas 2
Now that you’ve checked out the highlights of the game, be sure to weigh in with your remembrances and thoughts.