We’re now just a couple of days away from the most anticipated Saturday of the season since opening weekend.
But we have some big battles on tap today and tomorrow before that.
Let’s look at today.
In the Hudson Valley, Fox Lane is off to a surprising 6-2 start, including back-to-back 5-4 overtime wins against defending Section 1 Class C champ Put Valley as well as Pleasantville.
The Pleasantville win was a four-overtime affair — the Foxes’ fourth OT game of the year. (They have won three.) The Foxes won it on a goal by Conor Morris from 15 yards out with about a minute to go in the fourth extra period. Fox Lane goalie Cameron Stephens (who has a goal-against average of 4.4 this year) made five big saves after regulation, including a stop on a one-on-one in the third OT.
Today, the Foxes could be in store for another one-goal affair as they host Byram Hills in a 7 p.m. game at Fox Lane Memorial Stadium. Byram Hills (6-3) has wins over Rye and Horace Greeley to its credit.
Speaking of Rye, the Garnets visit John Jay in a 7 p.m. game. This rivalry has some history. In 2008, Rye snapped John Jay’s 47-game win streak vs. Section 1 teams with a 9-8 double-overtime win in 2008. It’s the teams’ second meeting of the season. Earlier this season, John Jay built a big lead before seeing Rye battle back before the Indians prevailed 11-10.
That was the scenario in the first meeting of the season between Horace Greeley and Somers, with Greeley leading big in the second half and Somers battling back to win a one-goal game, this one 10-9. The teams’ rematch is at 6:30 p.m. at Somers.
Arlington is off to an unbeaten start under former Yorktown standout Donny Connolly. If the Admirals remain unbeaten after their game today, it will be one of the biggest stories in Section 1 lax in a while. Arlington hosts Connolly’s alma mater, Yorktown, at 5:15 p.m.
At 7 p.m., Bronxville, which is off to an 8-2 start, hosts Iona Prep at 7 p.m. The Gaels are also 8-2, with a win over defending Section 1 Class B champs Somers on their resume.
In the CHSAA, Chaminade meets Holy Trinity, St. Anthony’s faces St. John the Baptist and Mount St. Michael faces Stepinac at 4:15 p.m.
In 4:30 p.m. Section 1 games, White Plains hosts Mahopac in a rematch of a game last year won by White Plains. Also, Harrison hosts Westlake, Hen Hud visits Haldane, Wappingers is at Brewster, Ossining is at Put Valley, Peekskill hosts Croton-Harmon and John F. Kennedy Catholic visits North Salem.
In a Westchester vs. Fairfield game, Mamaroneck visits Fairfield Ludlowe at 4:30 p.m.
A quick note for those gearing up for Saturday’s Murphy Cup, don’t forget about the annual Yorktown lacrosse fundraiser at Murphy’s in Yorktown. It will be on Friday (April 30) from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more info, click here.
Today’s Connecticut slate is highlighted by the crosstown showdown between Greenwich rivals Brunswick and host Greenwick at Cardinal Stadium. Game time is 4:30 p.m. Last year’s FCIAC finalists, Darien and Ridgefield, are also in action. Darien visits Westhill at 4:30 p.m. and Ridgefield plays at Norwalk in a 6 p.m. game at Testa Field.
On Long Island today, West Islip visits Babylon, Sachem North is at Longwood, Middle Country visits Copiague, Sachem East is at Brentwood and Half Hollow Hills East hosts East Islip in 4 p.m. games in Suffolk. At 4:30 p.m., Patchogue-Medford visits Bay Shore, Kings Park is at Portledge, North Babylon hosts Smithtown East and Lindenhurst is at Commack. Smithtown East visits North Babylon at 4:30 p.m., Walt Whitman hosts Riverhead at 4:45 p.m. and Northport visits Smithtown West at 6 p.m.
In Nassau, Bethpage hosts Great Neck South at 7 p.m. At 4:30 p.m. Herricks visits Malverine and at 4 p.m. Lawrence hosts Valley Stream Central.
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