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Long Island teams have gotten most of the acclaim thanks to some impressive out-of-section wins. (Speaking of which, be sure to check out the latest poll question.)
Hudson Valley, meanwhile, has struggled in its tests vs. Long Island teams, but within the region, the action has been as wild and wacky as ever. There’s been a lot to sort out, and blog poster “Route 35” did just that.
For the uninitiated, Route 35 is an East-West corridor in Northern Westchester that connects the Lewisboro area (John Jay) with the Yorktown region (Yorktown and Lakeland/Panas).
Here are his thoughts, originally posted on yesterday’s “Saturday Scoreboard” thread. Be sure to weigh in with your thoughts.
Comment by “Route 35”:
“With about 30% of the season concluded, here are a few observations and predictions for the lower Hudson Valley.
“Section 1 is not as strong as in the past 2 years. The section will improve as the season progresses but so will LI, Upstate and everywhere else. If any Section 1 team makes it to the state semis they will need a big game and big upset to move on. No need to panic, these things are cyclical. Good feeder systems and young teams equate to Section improving in 2011 and beyond keep the faith.
“Somers will figure it out. As we know, Jo Jo could end up being one of the best players in the history of Section 1. His 5 groundballs, 3-4 goals, aggressive rides, in each game are sorely missed. Somers 2010 is not unlike Jay the year after Bocklet departed. They need to adjust and will. Look for them to get hot late and win 5 in a row. According to the coach (article in the Journal News) they arent worried about the physical play resulting in 5-6 penalties a game. Physical is one thing, slashes to the head, trips from behind, and late hits are another. More lacrosse and less football and they will be fine.
“Yorktown, like Jay vs Set, did not show up for a statement game against GC. Even so, other than the Jay loss, Yorktown will not lose a game is Section 1. Many new players on the field and all will be tested and ready for the playoffs. They win the Murphy Cup by 2.
“Mahopac is better than expected but will lose to LP and Town. They are good but not that good. Beating Somers looked huge a week ago, not so much now. They will have a great W/L record but they are still not challenging themselves with difficult out of section games. They have 4-5 great players. You need 6-7 great players to win the section.
“Arlington will continue to beat teams that I was not aware had lacrosse programs. They will lose to the top section 1 teams and in some cases by double digits. Jay had to turn the scoreboard off in their pre-season scrimmage. They will be very good in 3 years. Props to the Admirals for scheduling a tough second half.
‘Ossining same as Arlington. Better than people expected but people werent expecting much. Program is building though. If they maintain interest and get a few of the football players to convert they will be a school to watch in 3 years.
“Rye has a lot of good athletes and strong midfield play. The incredible comeback and heartbreaking loss to Jay had lingering effects versus Byram Hills. Cole not playing was one of those effects. They will compete come playoff time. PV giving them trouble tonight.
“Byram Hills, I am not convinced they are for real yet. The Rye win was one of their biggest in along time. Time will tell and so will the Somers game this week. Somers will be out for blood coming of multiple losses.
“John Jay team and coach still working on systems, slides, and scoring. Bocklet joining the coaching staff will help with more offense. All teams improve as the season moves along but this team good improve further and faster then others due to talent and coaching. They will need some upsets to go deep in the state tourney assuming they get out of the section. First things first.
“Looking forward to seeing PV, B’ville, P’ville and others have solid seasons. More winning programs in the section is a good thing. The entire section needs to step it up a notch or two (possible three) to win against LI teams.”
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