UMass-bound Michael Andreassi and Sachem North hope to beat West Islip for the second straight year.
The Suffolk County championships won’t be played for another month and a half.
But if you look at today’s schedule, you may get the idea that the calendar has somehow fast-forwarded.
Consider these matchups set for today:
* Ward Melville at Smithtown West
* Sachem North at West Islip
As if that’s not enough, there are a couple of more marquee matchups in Section 11:
* Whitman at Connetquot
* Northport vs. East Islip
We should know a lot more about what we can expect to see in late May after today.
Of course, of special interest is West Islip-Sachem North. Let’s not forget, SN beat WI in overtime to open the season last year. It was the Lions’ only loss in what proved to be their fourth state championship season in the last five years.
In Section 1, there are several interesting games as well. Defending Class A sectional champ Lakeland/Panas, off to a 2-0 start but having been tested in both games, plays at Arlington. Somers and Rye, teams that have played tight games while splitting the last two years, meet today in a game that has more meaning because of the Garnets’ move up to Class B.
Elsewhere, Byram Hills battles Fox Lane in a battle of standout goalies — Andrew Larrabee for the Bobcats and Cameron Stephens for the Fox Lane — and first-year varsity program Dobbs Ferry plays neighboring rival Irvington for the first time in a newfound lax rivalry that should grow as the years pass.
In the CHSAA, rivals Iona Prep at Archbishop Stepinac renew acquaintances and St. Anthony’s, which fell to Chaminade, hosts a Holy Trinity team that beat Farmingdale.
In Connecticut, 2010 FCIAC champ Greenwich and New Canaan meet at 7 p.m. at New Canaan’s Dunning Stadium in a rematch of last year’s FCIAC title game, won by the Cardinals 5-4.
Both teams are coming off rough losses. Greenwich lost at home to Darien 13-6 and New Canaan traveled to Northern Westchester and fell to Somers 15-11 after leading 11-3 in the third quarter.
Brien McMahon, off to a 2-0 start, plays Class S state finalist St. Joseph’s-Trumbull.
Traditional power Wilton, regarded as among the top contenders in the FCIAC this season, could be in for a battle when it plays upstart Joel Barlow off the Black Rock Turnpike in Redding.
Looking for another interesting matchup in Connecticut? How about Staples taking on host Ridgefield at Tiger Hollow Stadium at 6 p.m. That was easy. After all, both teams are 2-0, and, if you recall, Staples stunned Ridgefield, the 2009 FCIAC champs, to start last season by winning a wild and crazy, 11-10 overtime affair.
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Now, here’s a rundown of today’s “Super Tuesday” slate:
Half Hollow Hill East at Smithtown East, 4 p.m.
Longwood at Brentwood, 4 p.m.
Brien McMahon at St. Joseph’s-Trumbull, 4 p.m.
William Floyd at Bay Shore, 4 p.m.
Danbury at Darien at DHS Stadium Field, 4 p.m.
Weston at Notre Dame-Fairfield at McCarty Stadium, 4 p.m.
Masuk at New Fairfield at Rebel Turf, 4 p.m.
Notre Dame-West Haven at Old Saybrook, 4 p.m.
Clarkstown North at Albertus Magnus, 4:15 p.m.
Massapequa at Freeport at Cleveland Avenue Field, 4:15 p.m.
Sachem North at West Islip, 4:30 p.m.
Byram Hills at Fox Lane, 4:30 p.m.
Dobbs Ferry at Irvington, 4:30 p.m.
North Rockland at Brewster, 4:30 p.m.
Wilton at Joel Barlow, 4:30 p.m.
Northport vs. East Islip at Farmingdale College, 4:30 p.m.
West Babylon at Half Hollow Hills West, 4:30 p.m.
Croton at Keio, 4:30 p.m.
Westlake at Briarcliff, 4:30 p.m.
Pleasantville at Sleepy Hollow, 4:30 p.m.
Ossining at Blind Brook, 4:30 p.m.
Lindenhurst at Sachem East, 4:30 p.m.
Holy Trinity at St. Anthony’s, 4:30 p.m.
Riverhead at Patchogue-Medford, 4:30 p.m.
Syosset at Calhoun, 4:30 p.m.
Hicksville at Port Washington, 4:30 p.m.
Baldwin at Herricks at Herricks Community Center, 4:30 p.m.
West Hempstead at Malverne, 4:30 p.m.
Friends Academy at Mineola at Hampton Stadium, 4:30 p.m.
Locust Valley at Island Trees, 4:30 p.m.
Iona Prep at Stepinac, 4:30 p.m.
East Meadow at Valley Stream at Fireman’s Field, 4:45 p.m.
MacArthur at Hempstead, 4:45 p.m.
North Shore at Clarke, 4:45 p.m.
Somers at Rye, 5 p.m.
Lakeland/Panas at Arlington, 5:15 p.m.
Ward Melville at Smithtown West, 6 p.m.
Staples at Ridgefield at Tiger Hollow Stadium, 6 p.m.
Commack at Middle Country, 7 p.m.
North Babylon at Copiague, 7 p.m.
Norwalk at Fairfield Ludlowe at Taft Field, 7 p.m.
Greenwich at New Canaan at Dunning Stadium, 7 p.m.
Farmingdale at Oceanside, 7:30 p.m.
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