We’re just a day away from the gold-medal game at the 32nd annual Empire State Games in Buffalo and we’re headed for what could be a classic rematch if the two teams who battled it out in yesterday’s nightcap meet again for the championship.
Central pulled out a dramatic 8-7 overtime win over four-time defending champion Long Island on a goal by Carthage High School’s Thomas Grimm.
Central is now the lone unbeaten team of the six regions competing at the Games. Long Island is 3-1. Hudson Valley is 1-3.
The gold-medal game is set for Sunday at 11 a.m. at Canisius College. Long Island can clinch a rematch against Central by winning its game today, against New York City. Even if Central drops its game today — against Hudson Valley — it has clinched a spot in the gold-medal game.
The bronze-medal game is set for 9 a.m. on Sunday at Canisius.
Before we get to today’s slate, let’s take a look at yesterday’s Day 2 scores:
Hudson Valley 5, New York City 2
Long Island 12, Adirondack 4
Central 12, Western 4
Adirondack 10, New York City 3
Western 10, Hudson Valley 7
Central 8, Long Island 7, OT
For recaps and stats of these games, click here.
Here are the standings:
Long Island 3-1
Hudson Valley 1-3
New York City 0-4
Now, to today’s schedule, with the games at Canisius:
Western vs. Adirondack, 3 p.m.
Long Island vs. New York City, 5 p.m.
Hudson Valley vs. Central, 7 p.m.
Also folks, be sure, as always, to weight in with any info/scores if you’re on hand for the action.
For a look at the complete schedule of games, click here.
To check out team rosters for all six regions, including Long Island and Hudson Valley, click here.
Also of note, the 21st annual Champ Camp is under way in Baltimore. It features teams from 21 states. For the complete schedule, click here.
Just as the Empire State Games end on Sunday, another showcase event will be starting. It marks the unofficial end of the live July evaluation period for Division I college programs.
It’s the Battle of the Hotbeds at the University of Delaware, and it ends on Wednesday.
For a look at the complete Hotbeds schedule, click here.
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