Brandon Gamblin of Sachem North controls during yesterday’s 12-9 loss to West Islip.
Maybe the Suffolk County coaches were right, after all.
They voted West Islip as the top team in the county in the preseason even though the Lions were hit hard by the graduation of Long Island’s all-time leading scorer, Nicky Galasso, not to mention such other standouts as Andrew Hodgson.
The rankings by several media outlets of late did not agree with the coaches as Sachem North and Ward Melville, and in some cases, Smithtown West, were all ranked ahead of WI.
Well, score one for the standard bearer.
The Lions picked up an impressive 12-9 win over a Sachem North squad that’s stacked talent wise.
Is it possible to call a win by a team that has won four state titles the last five years an upset?
For more on the game, be sure to check out a story and video by Chris Vaccaro and AJ Voelpel of Patch.com by clicking here.
Meanwhile, the much-awaited Ward Melville-Smithtown West showdown was suspended midway through the fourth quarter because of lightning. Ward Melville is holding a 9-8 lead. Play resumes today at 4:30 p.m. at Smithtown West.
In the Hudson Valley yesterday, a resilient Somers squad, which started the season with back-to-back one-goal losses, picked up its second straight win, beating Rye 7-5.
Now, to today’s schedule.
In Rockland County, rivalries are renewed as Suffern hosts Nanuet, Tappan Zee visits Clarkstown South and Clarkstown North visits Pearl River.
Over in Westchester, Class C Pelham, which has a two-goal win over White Plains prominent on its resume, hopes to pick up another win against a Class A team when it visits Scarsdale.
Bronxville hopes to improve to 4-0. The Broncos host White Plains.
In the prep school ranks, Brunswick hosts Taft, Hotchkiss visits Loomis Chaffee and Salisbury visits Trinity Pawling.
Here’s a look at today’s schedule:
Westhampton at Sayville, 4 p.m.
Islip at Hauppauge, 4 p.m.
Bellport at Bayport-Blue Point, 4 p.m.
Stamford at Westhill at Westhill Front Field, 4 p.m.
Nanuet at Suffern, 4:15 p.m.
Clarkstown North at Pearl River, 4:15 p.m.
South Side at Carey, 4:15 p.m.
Great Neck South at Mepham, 4:15 p.m.
Salisbury at Trinity Pawling, 4:30 p.m.
Ward Melville at Smithtown West, 4:30 p.m. (Game, suspended from Tuesday, will be resumed with 6:03 remaining in regulation and Ward Melville leading 9-8)
Hotchkiss at Loomis Chaffee, 4:30 p.m.
Masters at Harvey, 4:30 p.m.
Kent at Millbrook, 4:30 p.m.
Taft at Brunswick, 4:30 p.m.
Long Beach at Plainview-JFK, 4:30 p.m.
Edgemont at Dobbs Ferry, 4:30 p.m.
New Paltz at Millbrook, 4:30 p.m.
Red Hook at Highland at Highland Middle School, 4:30 p.m.
Burke Catholic at Wallkill, 4:30 p.m.
Ardsley at New Rochelle, 4:30 p.m.
Saunders at Hastings, 4:30 p.m.
North Salem at Peekskill at Torpy Field, 4:30 p.m.
East Hampton at Kings Park, 4:30 p.m.
Harborfields at Southampton, 4:30 p.m.
Center Moriches at Huntington, 4:30 p.m.
Wantagh at Roslyn, 4:30 p.m.
New Hyde Park at Kennedy-Bellmore, 4:30 p.m.
Mount Sinai at Comsewogue, 4:30 p.m.
Babylon at Shoreham-Wading River, 4:30 p.m.
Hewlett at Glen Cove, 4:30 p.m.
Lawrence at Sewanhaka, 4:30 p.m.
Great Neck North at Wheatley, 4:30 p.m.
Cold Spring Harbor at Floral Park, 4:30 p.m.
Elmont at Jericho, 4:30 p.m.
Middletown at Warwick, 4:30 p.m.
Minisink Valley at Pine Bush, 4:30 p.m.
Eastchester at Mamaroneck, 4:30 p.m.
White Plains at Bronxville, 4:30 p.m.
Levittown Division at Garden Ciy, 4:45 p.m.
Bethpage at Plainedge, 5 p.m.
Pelham at Scarsdale, 5 p.m.
Tappan Zee at Clarkstown South, 5:15 p.m.
Lynbrook at Manhasset, 6 p.m.
Monroe Woodbury at Valley Central, 6:30 p.m.
Washingtonville at Kingston, 6:30 p.m.
Deer Park at Eastport/South Manor, 7 p.m.
Elwood/John Glenn at Rocky Point, 7 p.m.
There are also lots of big games on Saturday, including the battle of the nation’s top two teams, Haverford (Pa.) and Darien and Manhasset and John Jay.
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