If you’re a lax fan, you have quite a day in store.
For starters, there’s a full slate of Saturday games throughout the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region.
And don’t forget, today marks the start of the always entertaining and eventful NCAA tournament which will culminate, of course, with the semifinals and finals on Memorial Day Weekend.
Before we get to today, a quick word about last night. Two of the region’s remaining unbeaten teams both suffered their first losses. Comsewogue, which is No. 1 in the latest New York State Sportswriters Rankings in Class B, fell to upstart East Hampton 13-9. Division lost to Garden City 10-6. You can check the most recent state rankings by clicking here. Interestingly enough, though Comsewogue is No. 1 in the state and John Jay is No. 3, John Jay is ranked eighth in the nation and Comsewogue is not among the top 25 ranked teams. (More on that in a minute.)
Now, to today.
John Jay, which is coming off a 10-9 season, is two games away from finishing the regular season 15-1. To do it, the Indians must beat defending FCIAC champion Ridgefield and an Arlington team now coached by an assistant coach on last year’s Ridgefield team, Donny Connolly.
The Indians, ranked No. 8 in the latest Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse National High School Power Rankings, host Ridgefield today at 3 p.m.
Ridgefield is coming off a big one-goal win over Wilton but is expected to be minus Towson University-bound midfielder Kurt Mueller because of an injury. Lafayette-bound attackman Mike Galione is the Tigers’ leading returning scorer.
Ridgefield also has another Division I-bound player in junior defenseman Matt Shannon (North Carolina). Ridgefield also several players bound for elite Division III programs, including the Amherst College-bound duo of senior midfielders Aaron Mathias and Duncan Morrissey and attackman/midfielder Ian Vazquez, who will attend Wesleyan. Senior attackman Jack Philbin is bound for Division II Rollins.
Even minus Mueller, Ridgefield still has plenty of talent and depth at attack/midfield. But John Jay has the edge on defense and in goal, and that could be the difference.
Yorktown’s biggest win of the season was an 11-9 triumph against CHSAA power Chaminade. Since then, Yorktown has suffered a couple of tough losses — to Lakeland/Panas in the Murphy Cup and to Darien. Can Yorktown get another “statement” win today against a CHSAA heavyweight? The Huskers will have that opportunity at noon when they play at St. Anthony’s (14-2), which split its two regular-season games against Chaminade. The Friars are the nation’s 12th-ranked team.
Somers, which will play at Ridgefield on Monday night, hosts New Jersey’s Montgomery, which is 11-6, and has lost four games by one goal. The Cougars’ other two losses came by two goals each. The 3 p.m. game is part of Somers Fest, in which the school will be honoring its senior athletes in a full slate of games.
In another New York vs. New Jersey game, Chaminade hosts Delbarton (N.J.) at 1 p.m.
Horace Greeley, which has clinched a playoff berth, will celebrate senior day at 4:15 p.m. against visiting Harrison (the game begins at 4:30 p.m.), in a game that is a fundraiser for a good cause — the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center at Columbia University Medical Center.
Also in the Hudson Valley, Arlington (10-4) hopes to snap a three-game losing streak when it plays at Nanuet (8-4) at 1:30 p.m. Both teams have first-year coaches: the aforementioned Connolly for Arlington and John Esposito for Nanuet.
Mahopac, coming off a double-overtime loss to Lakeland/Panas, hosts defending Class C sectional champion Put Valley at 1 p.m.
The Ardsley tournament gets under way with games at 2 p.m. (Irvington vs. Ardsley) and 4 p.m. (Tappan Zee vs. Pleasantville). The championship and consolation games are set for tomorrow at noon and 2 p.m., respectively. Iona Prep hosts St. Peter’s Prep at 11 a.m.
In Connecticut, there is an intriguing prep showdown between the nation’s No. 14 team, Avon Old Farms, and Salisbury at 3 p.m. at Salisbury.
Fairfield Prep plays at Bergen County finalist Bergen Catholic at 1 p.m.
Also in Connecticut, Greenwich hosts Westhill at 11 a.m. at Cardinal Stadium, Wilton plays at Danbury and New Canaan hosts Bridgeport Central at 1 p.m., and Weston hosts Cheshire at 4 p.m.
In Suffolk, Deer Park hosts North Babylon at 10 a.m.
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 early and often.
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