When sports fans discuss the importance of rankings, I have always maintained that, though they are hardly scientific, they serve an important purpose.
They get people talking — and even arguing.
I mean, isn’t conflict what sports is all about? Without it, there would be no sports of any sort to speak of.
Which brings us to a couple of the biggest games on tap involving teams from the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region on what is an unusually busy Friday.
Rankings very much come into play when talking about what’s on tap for today.
John Jay, coming off a 10-9 season, is No. 7 in the nation by Inside Lacrosse in its latest National Power Rankings.
Manhasset, coming off a state championship season, is nowhere to be found in the Top 25.
What does that mean? Well, for starters that was then, and this is now. Last season is just that. Last season.
For another, Inside Lacrosse will look very good if John Jay pulls out a win in its 7 p.m. game tonight at Manhasset.
But consider this. John Jay has only won a game on Long Island once in its history. And it was the biggest win in school history — a double-overtime victory against the top-ranked team in the nation and two-time defending state champ Huntington in 2007.
That’s hardly the only showdown on tap for tonight.
In an intriguing intra-state battle, five-time defending Connecticut state champ Darien visits 2009 Class B state finalist Niskayuna at 7 p.m.
In Section 1 4:30 p.m. games, Mamaroneck hosts Pelham, New Rochelle hosts Sleepy Hollow, Arlington visits North Salem, Hastings is at White Plains, Edgemont is at Scarsdale and Tappan Zee visits Eastchester.
Also on Long Island, Locust Valley plays at Roslyn at 4:15 p.m., Hewlett hosts Holy Trinity and Mepham visits Glen Cove at 4:30 p.m. and MacArthur visits Bethpage at 7 p.m.
?In Connecticut, defending FCIAC champ Ridgefield looks to bounce back from its season-opening overtime loss at Staples when it plays at Fairfield Warde at 4:30 p.m.
Greenwich hosts New Fairfield at Cardinal Stadium at 4:30 p.m.
As always, be sure to post your thoughts on these matchups during the morning and throughout the day and provide any any info on the scores and game details. in the afternoon and evening.
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