With the growth of the game, there have been plenty of stories of new programs, such as Carmel (shown above during its first-ever varsity game yesterday against visiting Hen Hud, a 17-5 loss for the host Rams), as well as existing programs on the rise.
One of them could be Bethpage.
The Golden Eagles have been more than competitive — hovering around the .500 mark — since going 13-6 in 2005.
Could 2011 be a breakthrough year for Bethpage?
The potential is there. The Golden Eagles are coming off an 8-7 overtime win against Friends Academy that improved their record to 2-0.
Friends is expected to contend for the Nassau Class C title.
Bethpage is in Class B, where two-time state champ Manhasset now resides.
The two teams square off today at Bethpage.
That game headlines today’s slate.
Also of note, West Islip, which has won four state titles the last four years, plays its season opener today against visiting Lindenhurst in what is a busy day in Suffolk.
In the Hudson Valley, six-time Section 1 Class C finalist Rye, which has moved up to Class B, and Class A contender White Plains square off in both teams’ season opener at 4 p.m. at White Plains, and Horace Greeley and Scarsdale open things up at 5 p.m. at Scarsdale.
Before we get to today’s slate, LaxMagazine.com and US Lacrosse Magazine’s Northeast Region Top 10 teams were published late last night. You can check out the rankings, along with the region’s player of the week, game of the week and news and notes, by clicking here.
Now, here’s the rundown of today’s schedule for the nation’s No. 1 lacrosse hotbed, the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region:
Rye at White Plains, 4 p.m.
Copiague at Northport, 4 p.m.
Bayshore at Brentwood, 4 p.m.
Sachem East at North Babylon, 4 p.m.
Patchogue-Medford at Ward Melville, 4:15 p.m.
Commack at West Babylon, 4:15 p.m.
Manhasset at Bethpage, 4:30 p.m.
Massapequa at Wantagh, 4:30 p.m.
North Rockland at Byram Hills, 4:30 p.m.
New Rochelle at Clarkstown North, 4:30 p.m.
Half Hollow Hills East at Riverhead at Pulaski Complex, 4:30 p.m.
Lawrence at Elmont, 4:30 p.m.
Locust Valley at Mepham, 4:30 p.m.
Half Hollow Hills West at East Islip, 4:30 p.m.
Pelham at Edgemont, 4:30 p.m.
Eastchester at Tappan Zee, 4:30 p.m.
Longwood at Walt Whitman, 4:45 p.m.
Seaford at Baldwin, 4:45 p.m.
Smithtown East at Connetquot, 5 p.m.
Greeley at Scarsdale, 5 p.m.
William Floyd at Smithtown West, 6 p.m.
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Big City Classic, college schedule
The college lax spotlight will be on the metro area on Sunday as the New Meadowlands Stadium serves as the host site once again for the Big City Classic tripleheader. A showdown between Syracuse and defending national champion Duke highlights the slate. For the schedule of games, and the entire D-I slate for this week, click here.
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