This is a unique Saturday in that many of the premier programs from the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region will be playing outside the area today.
More on that in a minute.
But if you are looking for a marquee matchup around these parts, we recommend a couple of games to check out.
For starters, West Islip, winners of three Class A state titles in the last four years and the preseason top-ranked team in the nation, squares off against New Jersey power Ridgewood, which picked up a 9-7 win over 2009 Bergen County champion Bergen Catholic, at Ridgewood’s Maple Field at 1 p.m.
Putnam Valley, which denied Rye in its bid for what would have been a fifth straight Section 1 Class C title last year, visits the Garnets in a 7:15 p.m. showdown at Nugent Stadium.
Walt Whitman, fresh off a stunning 11-10 win against nationally ranked Ward Melville, hosts Harborfields on its turf field at 7:15 p.m. Also under the lights, Plainedge hosts New Milford at 7:30 p.m. At 2 p.m., Sachem East visits Patchogue-Medford. Carey visits Wantagh at noon.In morning action on Long Island, Elmont visits Jericho and Cheshire Academy visits Lynbrook at 10 a.m. and Cold Spring Harbor hosts Mineola at 11 a.m.
In Connecticut, Staples, off to a 3-0 start that begin with an overtime win against defending FCIAC champion Ridgefield, faces a Greenwich team fresh off an OT win of its own — vs. Wilton. That game will be played at noon at Staples Stadium. Among other games on tap, New Canaan visits Norwalk at Testa Field at 1 p.m.
In addition to Put Valley-Rye in the Hudson Valley, defending Section 1 Class B champion Somers is in need of a win after losses to St. Anthony’s, Mahopac and most recently John Jay. The Tuskers host Iona Prep at 4 p.m. The teams have split their meetings the last two years.
Also at 4 p.m., Nanuet visits Ossining. Elsewhere, unbeaten Arlington hosts Nyack in a 7 p.m. game.
In another 7 p.m. game, Eastchester hosts Sleepy Hollow at Haindl Field in Eastchester. Proceeds of the event benefit Autism Speaks, a group dedicated to raising awareness of Autism as well as funding research.
Westlake, Peekskill and Pelham are joining the host Tigers in the Croton Tournament at Spencer Field, with action starting at noon. Hastings is also hosting its tournament. Briarcliff hosts Fox Lane at noon. John F. Kennedy Catholic, which picked up its first win under new co-coaches Nick and Vin Savastano in its last game, plays at Tappan Zee at 1 p.m. In a 2 p.m. game, Lakeland/Panas hosts Shaker at Lakeland High School.
Now, to today’s big event. If you’ve noticed your favorite team has not been mentioned yet, chances are it’s in Haverford, Pa., today.
That’s the site of the second annual Checking for Cancer Classic.
That’s the sight of a 12-team tournament in which one-third of the teams are ranked among the Top 25 in the nations. Pretty impressive.
Headlining the event are games between Yorktown and Garden City, Darien and Conestoga (Pa.), and Fairfield Prep and Delbarton (N.J.).
Here’s the complete schedule:
Haverford School (Pa.) vs. Chatham (NJ), Stadium field
Radnor (Pa.) vs. Hatboro-Horsham (Pa.), Class of 75 field
Georgetown Prep (Md.) vs. La Salle College High (Pa.), Stadium field
Yorktown vs. Garden City, Class of 75 field
Conestoga (Pa.) vs. Darien, Stadium field
Delbarton (NJ) vs. Fairfield Prep, Class of 75 field
As the name suggests, the tournament is for a good cause and is the brainchild of Haverford School coach and AD John Nostrant, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer a year and a half ago and is now considered cancer free.
For more on the event, check out this report from phillylacrosse.com.
It’s a busy Saturday, for sure. So be sure to not only weigh in with your thoughts on these matchups but post any info on the scores and game details.
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