What better way to usher in what promises to be an eventful month of May on the lax scene than with a special day that includes three of the most tradition-rich rivalries not only in the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region, but in the nation as well?
Welcome to Super Saturday, gang.
Headlining today’s festivities are three Rivalry Weekend games we’ve spent quite a bit of time talking about.
While we’ve discussed the players, the matchups, the momentum and oh so much more, here’s an overview of the history, along with the times and sites of today’s games:
* Woodstick Classic: Manhasset (10-0) at Garden City (7-2), 2 p.m.: The 119th edition of the nation’s longest public school rivalry, a series that dates back to 1935. Prior to last year’s 8-2 Manhasset win, Garden City had dominated for quite a stretch, having won 11 of 12 meetings entering last year’s game. Manhasset leads the all-time series 65-52.
* New Canaan (5-2) at Darien (7-2), 3 p.m.: This Connecticut tradition has been dominated by Darien of late. The Blue Wave have won four straight in the series.
* Murphy Cup: Yorktown (7-3) at Lakeland/Panas (9-3), 4 p.m. at Lakeland High School: In 1990, this annual event was named in honor of Charlie Murphy, the co-founder of Yorktown’s program, when current Yorktown coach Dave Marr was a Husker sophomore. The Huskers won the first game 7-6 in 1990. In 1997, Lakeland/Panas fell 6-5 in the Murphy Cup but came back to beat Yorktown 7-4 in the Section 1 Class A final that season, with current Lakeland/Panas coach Jim Lindsay scoring four goals. Yorktown leads the all-time Murphy Cup series 18-2, with the Rebels’ wins coming in 1994 and 2007.
But that’s not all.
John Jay, which is No. 13 in the latest Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse National Rankings, visits Syosset.
The Braves are 4-5, but losses have come against Garden City, Hicksville, Cold Spring Harbor, Farmingdale and Massepequa. Syosset also has a win to its credit against a Sachem North team that defeated the nation’s No. 2-ranked team, West Islip. Game-time is 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Field of Dreams in Syosset.
If John Jay wins, it would be just the second time the Indians have ever won a game on Long Island in program history. (The other time was a double overtime win against Huntington, then the top-ranked team in the nation, in the 2007 Class B state semifinals, leading to John Jay’s lone state final appearance.)
In other games today in the Hudson Valley, Arlington hopes to bounce back from its first loss (9-3 vs. Yorktown) with a 1 p.m. game at Coppiague (2-9). In the Battle of Rye, Rye hosts Rye Country Day at 4 p.m. White Plains faces a big test when it plays New Jersey power Kinnelon at 4 p.m. at Kinnelon (8-2). Red-hot Fox Lane visits Westlake, North Rockland hosts Mamaroneck and Harrison visits Briarcliff at 3 p.m., Clarkstown South hosts Pleasantville at 6:30 p.m., Nyack hosts Pine Bush and Croton visits Ossining at 7 p.m.
Elsewhere today in Connecticut, Wilton hosts Westhill at 3 p.m. at Fujitani Field. Danbury visits St. Joseph-Trumbull at 4 p.m. Ridgefield, which has won seven straight, visits Fairfield Ludlowe in a 6 p.m. game at Taft Field. In the Battle of Norwalk, Brien McMahon hosts Norwalk at 7:15 p.m.
In Suffolk, Ward Melville faces Northport in a 4 p.m. game at Stony Brook University. Smithtown East hosts Sachem East at 2 p.m. Rivals Half Hollow Hills East and Half Hollow Hills West meet at 4 p.m. at HHH West.
Elsewhere in Nassau, West Hempstead and Island Trees meet in a 6:30 p.m. game at Seaford High School. Holy Trinity plays at Calhoun at 2 p.m. Great Neck South plays Mineola in a 5 p.m. game at Hampton Stadium. North Shore hosts Mac Arthur at 3 p.m.
In the CHSAA, Iona Prep hosts St. John the Baptist at 1 p.m. At 4 p.m., Fordham Prep meets Monsignor Farrell and Stepinac and Xaverian square off.
Be sure to post your thoughts and predictions on these matchups, and while you’re at your game or games today, be sure to check in here with info on the scores and game details throughout the course of the day and night.
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