We start what should be a busy — and eventful — weekend with an eye on the weather.
The fast-moving Nor’easter that is sweeping its way through the region through Thursday night and Friday morning has already resulted in several postponements.
The showdown between New Jersey power Delbarton and two-time New York CHSAA champ St. Anthony’s, scheduled for 7 p.m. today, has been moved to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. It will be broadcast live on MSG Varsity Channel 14 (Optimum).
A Rockland County clash between Clarkstown North and Albertus Magnus scheduled for today has also been postponed, along with the Section 1 Mamaroneck vs. Hastings and Scarsdale vs. Tappan Zee games.
The good news is that the storm will have moved out to sea well before the start of many of the big games that are scheduled for Saturday, which is expected to be partly cloudy with temperatures topping out around a balmy 50 degrees in some parts of the nation’s No. 1 lacrosse hotbed, the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region.
Now, before we get to what’s scheduled for today — and we emphasize the word “scheduled” (check back frequently for updates on the status of the games, of course) — a quick word about yesterday’s games.
As most of us know, those of you who read these “Gameday” posts are looking forward, not behind, but one score from yesterday is worthy of highlighting.
I’m referring to Arlington’s 9-8 win over two-time Section 1 Class C champion Putnam Valley.
Some seemed surprised when I ranked the Admirals among the Top 10 teams in the Hudson Valley/Westchester region. That ranking came after I boldly (some may say mistakenly) stated that coach Donny Connolly’s Arlington squad has the potential to eventually be an emerging power in Section 1 lacrosse. (You can catch that comment by watching the MSG Varsity “High School SportsDesk” video clip by clicking here.)
Now, two games does not a season make. I get that. (After all, Arlington started off 8-0 last year before finishing 10-7.)
But wins over Brewster and Put Valley back to back to start the season would be a great way to start for anyone.
Especially noteworthy has been the play of an Arlington defense that features four college committed players.
Now, to today’s scheduled slate of games.
At the top of another long list of scheduled contests is the one between longtime rivals Manhasset and Cold Spring Harbor, who have met six straight years in the Section 8 Class C title game.
Now, we can guarantee it won’t be seven years in a row. (Manhasset, of course, has moved up to Class B.) And with the Seahawks coming off a 6-1 loss to Hicksville and Set having beaten Bethpage 13-5, the Indians are big favorites, but it always seems to be interesting when the teams meet.
Also of note – Syosset faces a Sachem North squad expected to contend for the Suffolk Class A crown and Somers visits Iona Prep in the latest round of what has been a highly contested series the last few years.
Riverhead at Brentwood, 4 p.m.
Freeport at East Meadow, 4:15 p.m.
Clarkstown South at Nanuet, 4:15 p.m.
Nyack at North Rockland, 4:15 p.m.
Hewlett at South Side, 4:15 p.m.
Massapequa at Long Beach at Long Beach Middle School, 4:15 p.m.
Elmont at West Hempstead, 4:30 p.m.
Lawrence at Mepham, 4:30 p.m.
Smithtown West at Sachem East, 4:30 p.m.
Eastchester at Saunders, 4:30 p.m.
Hicksville at Baldwin, 4:30 p.m.
Valley Stream at Calhoun, 4:30 p.m.
Friends Academy at Lynbrook, 4:30 p.m.
Great Neck North at New Hyde Park, 4:30 p.m.
Islip at Half Hollow Hills West, 4:30 p.m.
East Hampton at William Floyd, 4:30 p.m.
Glen Cove at Clarke, 4:30 p.m.
Syosset at Sachem North, 5 p.m.
Somers at Iona Prep, 5 p.m.
New Rochelle at Scarsdale, 5 p.m.
Manhasset at Cold Spring Harbor, 7 p.m.
Plainedge at Levittown Division, 7 p.m.
Oceanside at MacArthur, 7 p.m.
Lindenhurst at Middle Country, 7 p.m.
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Be sure, as always, to weigh in with info/thoughts/scores on games you attend. And don’t forget to put those mobile phones to good use in providing in-game updates, gang.
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 (and results of games already played) for this week, click here.
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MSG Varsity coverage
New Jersey preview: Tune in Friday at 6 p.m. on “High School SportsDesk” on Channel 14 (Optimum)