Among the big games today: Christian Bonaventura and six-time Section 1 finalist Rye host defending Class A sectional champ Lakeland/Panas at 2:30 p.m.
Welcome to Crossover Saturday, gang.
Today’s slate features all sorts of interesting, intriguing and anticipated intersectional and interstate showdowns.
More on that, of course, in a moment.
There’s a reason for that.
The weather can have a huge impact even in a sport like lax that is usually played in rainy and sometimes extreme conditions — barring lightning and thunder, of course.
With a 100-percent certain powerhouse storm that is expected to bring heavy rain set to hit Saturday night, at least one of today’s much-awaited games, the annual John Jay-Manhasset rivalry, has been impacted, as we first reported here yesterday afternoon.
The teams acted proactively and wisely by moving up the scheduled starting time. The game, which will be played in Cross River, will now be at 2 p.m. today. (It had been set to be played at 7 p.m.)
The weather in Hanover, Pa., should be fine at starting time (11 a.m.) for the showdown of the consensus No. 1 Haverford Fords and No. 2 Darien Blue Wave in the third annual Checking for Cancer Classic at the Hanover School. Greenwich, Wilton and Fairfield Prep will also be competing in the event. (See their matchups below.)
Meanwhile, back here in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lax, the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region, there will be quite a few other highly anticipated games.
National powers and Long Island heavyweights Chaminade and West Islip will battle it out at 11 a.m. If you happen to be home, you can catch the game live on MSG Varsity Channel 14.
A game we’ve been highlighting all week will be played in Summit, N.J., as the unbeaten Ridgefield Tigers venture from Connecticut in hopes of ending the Hilltopers’ 51-game win streak.
Though Summit is 6-0, it was hit hard by graduation losses. I rate this game as a tossup and think Ridgefield could well end the streak. So needless to say, stay tuned for updates on that one.
We could go on for a while talking about that game and all of today’s slate, which includes the renewal of the Yorktown-Mahopac rivalry at 2 p.m. in Mahopac and an intriguing battle of two of the Hudson Valley’s best as defending Class A sectional champ Lakeland/Panas visits six-time sectional finalist Rye at 2:30 p.m. Somers and Niskayuna, who meet in the 2009 state quarterfinals, renew acquaintances at 4 p.m. today at Union College. Somers has won three straight after an 0-2 start. Nisky is 3-0.
Also of note, in a prep showdown, Brunswick, which started the season with a one-goal loss to Deerfield (Mass.), hosts Salisbury (Conn.) at 3 p.m. Salisbury, which is the nation’s fifth-ranked team.
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OK, now let’s get to the heart of the matter.
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Here’s today’s rundown of games:
North Babylon at Lindenhurst, 10 a.m.
Valley Stream at Port Washington, 10 a.m.
Hewlett vs. Fairfield Warde at Fairfield Ludlowe, 10 a.m.
Plainview JFK at Hempstead, 10 a.m.
Garden City vs. Duxbury (Mass.) at Harvard University, 10 a.m.
Malverne at Elmont, 10:30 a.m.
Sewanhaka at Kennedy-Bellmore, 10 a.m.
Carmel at Wappingers at Roy C. Ketcham High School, 11 a.m.
Trumbull at Danbury, 10 a.m.
Hastings Tournament, 10 a.m., noon
Horace Greeley at Brewster, 11 a.m.
Chaminade at West Islip, 11 a.m.
Ridgefield at Summit (N.J.), noon
Putnam Valley at Suffern, noon
Staples at St. John the Baptist, noon
Mamaroneck at Fairfield Ludlowe, noon
Hen Hud at Bronxville, 1 p.m.
Norwalk at New Canaan, 1 p.m.
Kinnelon (N.J.) at White Plains, 1 p.m.
Stamford at Bellport, 2 p.m.
Bayshore vs. Cheshire at Western Connecticut State University, 2 p.m.
Yorktown at Mahopac, 2 p.m.
Nyack at Fox Lane, 2 p.m.
Lakeland/Panas at Rye, 2:30 p.m.
Salisbury at Brunswick, 3 p.m.
Somers vs. Niskayuna at Union College, 4 p.m.
William Floyd vs. New Fairfield at Western Connecticut State University, 5 p.m.
Sachem North at Sachem East, 7 p.m.
Jericho at Locust Valley at Centre Island, 7 p.m.
Hicksville at Bethpage, 7 p.m.
Arlington at New Milford, 7 p.m.
Comsewogue at Springfield (N.J.) at Fairleigh Dickinson University, 7 p.m.
Checking for Cancer Classic, Hanover School, Hanover, Pa.:
Darien (Conn.) vs. Haverford (Pa.) at Sabol Field, 11 a.m.
Greenwich (Conn.) vs. Conestoga (Pa.) at Class of ’75 Field, 1 p.m.
Wilton (Conn.) vs. LaSalle (Pa.) at Sabol Field, 3 p.m.
Fairfield Prep (Conn.) vs. Chatham at Class of ’75 Field, 3 p.m.
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This week’s college schedule
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