Senior middie Michael Hirson controls against Eastchester during the Raiders’ 9-6 win yesterday.
Connecticut joined the rest of the region in starting its season yesterday.
Six-time defending Class M state champ Darien easily handled 2010 Class S finalist and 2009 Class S champ St. Joseph’s-Trumbull 18-4.
Third-year coach Roy Colsey’s Ridgefield team, which won the 2009 FCIAC crown, won a nailbiter in Northern Westchester, beating 2009 Section 1 Class B champ Somers 9-8.
It’s also been quite an opening week for a pair of upstart Section 1 Class C programs.
Bronxville beat Fox Lane and Mamaroneck back-to-back and sophomore Jack Grass was named LaxMagazine.com’s Northeast Region player of the week. (You can check out the article by clicking here.)
Pelham, meanwhile, is also 2-0 with its most recent win coming against White Plains.
Enough talk about the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lax, the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region.
As we all know, lax has been spreading like wildfire — from sea to shining to sea.
That growth will be on full display today as San Ramon Valley from Cali, whose coach, Garden City grad Barry Lindsey, visits the Trojans at 4:15 p.m.
SRV is off to a 6-0 start and regarded as one of the best squads on the West Coast. How will they fare against a GC team that last year reached the state finals and started this year ranked by some outlets as the top team in the tristate area?
It will be one of the more interesting storylines today. Among the others: Nassau rivals Bethpage and South Side square off as do Central Westchester County neighbors Pleasantville and Briarcliff.
Also in Section 1, Yorktown grad Donny Connolly and his Arlington team hope to play their fourth straight close game against an established power when the Admirals visit the Huskers at Charlie Murphy Field at 4:30 p.m.
As if that’s not enough, what will eventually be one of Section 1’s top rivalries in lax starts today as first-year varsity program Carmel visits Mahopac.
Also of note, Rye and Iona Prep, both coming off tough losses, square off in what has been an interesting series to watch the last couple of years, and Fordham Prep, fresh off the huge win over Iona, faces another rival in Archbishop Stepinac.
Here’s what’s on the schedule:
San Ramon (Calif.) at Garden City, 4:15 p.m.
South Side at Bethpage, 4:30 p.m.
St. John the Baptist at St. Anthony’s, 4:30 p.m.
St. Mary’s at Kellenberg, 4:30 p.m.
Fordham Prep at Stepinac, 4:30 p.m.
Kennedy Catholic at Wappingers, 4:30 p.m.
Shoreham-Wading River at Bayport-Blue Point, 4:30 p.m.
Croton-Harmon at Sleepy Hollow, 4:30 p.m.
Ossining at Westlake, 4:30 p.m.
Keio at Blind Brook, 4:30 p.m.
Pleasantville at Briarcliff, 4:30 p.m.
Fox Lane at Harrison, 4:30 p.m.
Byram Hills at Greeley, 4:30 p.m.
Arlington at Yorktown, 4:30 p.m.
Carmel at Mahopac, 4:30 p.m.
North Salem at Hen Hud, 4:30 p.m.
Highland at Clarkstown North, 4:45 p.m.
Rye at Iona Prep, 4:45 p.m.
Staples at Norwalk at Testa Field, 7 p.m.
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