Time for “Showdown Saturday,” one of the most eagerly anticipated early season slate of games in the history of Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut lacrosse.
By the time the day — and night — is over, we will have a clear indication as to who could be the teams to beat in Section 1’s two largest classes, in Suffolk Class A, in Nassau Class B and the CHSAA as well.
Today’s showdowns also have national implications. Just check the latest Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse High School National Power Rankings, which were released on Thursday.
Ready to get started?
Before we do, here’s a quick rundown of what’s on tap, when and where.
* Chaminade at West Islip, 1 p.m.: Chaminade is ranked No. 10 in the nation. West Islip, which had been No. 1 in last week’s rankings, slipped to No. 12 after starting the season with a 13-12 overtime loss to Sachem North.
* John Jay at Yorktown, 1 p.m.: John Jay, No. 20 in the preseason, has climbed to No. 17. Yorktown could earn a Top 25 ranking with a win in what is now regarded as the regular season game of the year in Section 1.
* Somers at St. Anthony’s, 2 p.m.: Somers, fresh off unseating four-time champion John Jay in last year’s sectional title game, could pick up what would arguably be its biggest regular-season win since defeating Yorktown for the first time back in 2002. St. Anthony’s, the defending CHSAA champs, is the No. 2-ranked team from sea to shining sea.
* Garden City at Smithtown West, 6 p.m.: The defending Nassau Class B champion Trojans have climbed to No. 3 nationally. Smithtown West, one of the most balanced teams offensively in the region, has not received much preseason buzz, yet is ranked 13th in the nation.
That’s not all.
Sachem North, fresh off its huge win over West Islip, visits Syosset at 7:30 p.m.
Among other games in Nassau today, Wantagh visits Farmingdale at 10:30 a.m., Bethpage hosts Hicksville and Half Hollow Hills West visits Baldwin at 1 p.m.
The ninth annual Louis Acampora Preseason Jamboree will be played at Northport. The event honors the late Louis Acampora, 14, who died in 2000 when a ball hit him in the chest in 2000.
Also in Suffolk, Floyd visits West Hampton at 10 a.m., Huntington hosts Freeport at 10:30 a.m. and Connetquot visits Oceanside at 1 p.m.
In Section 1, 2009 Class A finalist Lakeland/Panas visits Class B semfinalist Horace Greeley at 1 p.m. North Salem hosts Ardsley at 11 a.m. and Mahopac hosts East Islip at 1 p.m.
Fans in Fairfield County eager for the regular season to start in Connecticut may want to check out a 10 a.m. scrimmage between Fairfield Prep and Wilton at Wilton’s Fujitani Field.
One final note, gang. As we told you here on Monday, all proceeds of the John Jay-Yorktown game will once again support the battle against breast cancer.
Parents (led by Yorktown team captains parents Lisa Lieberman, Robyn Mabus, Lisa Porcelli and Jeanne Interlicchio) will be asking for a donation of any amount at the entrance to Charlie Murphy Field. They will also be having a 50/50 raffle to raise money for Support Connection, which is a Yorktown-based group that assists women with breast and ovarian cancer.
Enjoy the games.
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