Last night, defending Section 1 Class B champion Somers overcame a seven-goal deficit to defeat defending FCIAC champion Ridgefield 14-13 in double overtime in what may have been the most entertaining game of the regular season in the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region.
Judging by the comments here before, during and after this “instant classic,” it’s been one of the most talked about games of the season as well.
The Tuskers won it in the opening minute of play of the second OT as Army-bound senior midfielder Greg Petre (pictured at right) scored his sixth goal of the game. Petre scored Somers’ first goal — and the 100th of his career — on a spectacular behind-the-back shot off a fastbreak with 5:32 remaining in the first quarter.
Early on, it looked like it was going to be all Ridgefield.
The Tigers jumped out to a 9-2 lead and Duncan Morrissey won seven of the game’s first 10 faceoffs. But Somers slowly chipped away, going on a 5-2 run to pull within 9-7 on a goal by Kevin Cousin with two minutes left in the second quarter. In the third quarter, Somers tied it at 11-11 when Brett Emanuel scored off a feed from Kieran Donohue.
Then, three players each scored their fifth goal of the game in succession (first time I’ve ever seen that) — Erik Pfiffner and Petre for Somers and Aaron Mathias for Ridgefield. Pfiffner’s fifth, with 4:14 left in regulation, gave Somers its first lead of the game at 12-11.
Down 13-12 in the closing minute of regulation, Ridgefield tied it on a goal by Ian Vazquez.
That set the stage for Petre’s game-winner, which gave him 105 goals for his career and a combined 13 goals in one-goal wins vs. regional powers Niskayuna, Montgomery (N.J.) and Ridgefield. Petre added two assists vs. Ridgefield.
It was Somers’ fifth straight win and sixth in its last seven games. Defending FCIAC champion Ridgefield (11-4) wound up 0-3 in games against Section 1 powers John Jay, Yorktown and Somers.
Somers now awaits its postseason seed, which will come officially on Thursday. The Tuskers could be seeded anywhere from 4 through 6 in Class B. A No. 4 or 5 seed would mean a likely semifinal-round game vs. John Jay, in a rematch of last year’s sectional final, won by Somers 14-9. A No. 6 seed would mean the Tuskers would avoid John Jay until the final, if both teams get that far. Stay tuned.
Now, to some news.
The teams for the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic set for July 3 at Towson University were announced yesterday, and seven Long Island standouts, including two from West Islip (some kid I hear is supposed to be good by the name of Nicky Galasso as well as Towson-bound Andrew Hodgson) and three from Chaminade standouts Will Himler (Princeton), Mike Ehrhardt (Maryland) and John Urbank (Georgetown). You can check out the complete rosters here.
OK, now, without further ado, we move to today’s action.
St. Anthony’s (15-2) hopes to complete a home-and-home sweep of Iona Prep when the Friars visit the Gaels at 4:30 p.m. St. Anthony’s is coming off big wins over Chaminade and Yorktown.
In Suffolk, Hauppauge (14-1) looks to win its 11th straight game when it visits Rocky Point (11-4). Also at 4:30 p.m., Shoreham-Wading River (10-5) visits Half Hollow Hills West (6-9), Huntington is at Greenport-Mattituck-SH, Southampton hosts Islip, Babylon visits Miller Place, Center Morris hosts Mount Sinai and Westhampton hosts East Hampton in the Battle of the Hamptons. East Hampton is coming off its first-ever win against Comsewogue, which had been unbeaten prior to that game, and which today plays at Harborfields at 4 p.m. Also at 4 p.m., Elwood/John Glenn hosts Sayville and Kings Park is at Bellport.
Fox Lane (11-4) plays at Pleasantville (14-1) in a game with major sectional seeding implications. Also at 4:30 p.m. in the Hudson Valley, Put Valley hosts Putnam County rival Brewster, Clarkstown North visits North Salem and Haldane is at Briarcliff.
The Connecticut slate is highlighted by a game between Fairfield Prep (12-2) and Cheshire (13-1), which is coming off an 8-7 win against Weston (13-2). Also at 4:30 p.m., Wilton visits Bridgeport Central.
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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