Almost as if to make sure we were paying attention came this result from yesterday.
Walt Whitman 11, Ward Melville 10.
Yes, Ward Melville as in ranked fifth in the nation. As in the only team to beat West Islip last season.
It could be almost anyone.
Actually, although it’s early in the season, almost everyone already has a loss, including all the national ranked powers from the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region.
St. Anthony’s. Check.
Garden City. Check.
John Jay. Check.
Bottom line. If you’re in the prediction business, be ready for a roller-coast ride.
Case in point. Somers and John Jay.
Last night, John Jay built a comfortable lead and held on for a 9-7 win against the Tuskers. (You can check scoring updates on the game by clicking here.)
It was the first meeting between the teams since Somers beat John Jay 14-9 to end John Jays run of four straight sectional titles in last year’s Class B final in White Plains.
Two areas where Somers may have had an edge on paper going in — goaltending and faceoffs — proved to be a wash. And, the Indians held Somers’ leading offensive weapons, Colgate-bound Erik Pfiffner and Army-bound Greg Petre, scoreless
John Jay also was penalized just twice. Somers was called for six penalties, with the Indians capitalizing on three of those extra-man opportunities.
So what does it all mean? That the teams’ regular-season rematch, on May 4 at Somers, is a tossup.
Not to mention a possible — or even likely — third meeting in the sectional playoffs.
In a nutshell, in this new age of parity, things are as uncertain as ever.
As for today’s schedule, it’s a light one, but here’s how it looks.
The marquee matchup de jour features a 6:30 p.m. game between tradition-rich Wilton of Connecticut and defending CHSAA champ St. Anthony’s at 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony’s in South Huntington.
Irvington, coming off a breakout season under first-year coach Drew Werney last year, faces a White Plains team that picked up wins last season over Mahopac, Putna Valley and North Rockland at 4:30 p.m. at Irvington.
Also at 4:30 p.m. in the Hudson Valley, Eastchester visits Edgemont, Bronxville hosts Mamaroneck and Harrison is at Ardsley. In 4:30 p.m. action, Nanuet hosts Clarkstown South and Albertus Magnus is at Clarkstown North.
In Suffolk, Happaugue hosts Comsewogue at 7 p.m. East Hampton visits Center Moriches at 6:30 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., Shoreham-Wading River plays at Eastport/South Manor, Rocky Point is at Half Hollows West and Babylon visits Southampton. At 4 p.m., Mount Sinai visits Westhampton.
In Nassau, Manhasset hosts Clarke at 4:45 p.m. Defending Class A county champ Hicksville visits East Meadow at 4:15 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., Baldwin plays at Massapequa, Oceanside visits Freeport, South Side hosts Roslyn and Uniondale is at Herricks.
Unbeaten Weston visits Bunnell at 4 p.m. on Bunnell’s turf field in Connecticut action.
As always, be sure to post your thoughts on these matchups as well as any info on the scores and game details.
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