Most schools are on break this week, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of games.
And some big ones.
One team that has a couple of big tests is Yorktown. The Huskers, coming off a 12-11 OT loss to Mahopac, face six-time Connecticut state champ Darien on Wednesday before hosting Suffolk Class A heavyweight Smithtown West on Saturday.
Today, there is a mixed bag of games at various times during the day, including an interesting interstate game between Montgomery (N.J.) and Rye.
Cardinal Hayes, in the midst of its first season of CHSAA competition, visits New Rochelle at 4:15 p.m. in a scrimmage that is emblematic of the growth of the sport.
New Ro, of course, is one of Section 1’s premier athletic programs, due in large part to its football, boys basketball and hockey programs. Can lax be next? Well, the Huguenots are off to a 7-1 start, including five straight wins.
New Ro’s rise has been sparked by a large senior class. One of them, midfielder Andrew Billups, is headed to Division III power Cortland State. Billups, an adept long-distance shooter with either hand, scored seven goals in a 14-7 win over Ardsley.
Attack/midfielder Joey Lopopolo, is considering C.W. Post, Catholic, Utica and New England College while classmate Daniel Lombroso, an attackman and three-year starter, is bound for McGill and lock-down, athletic and agile defenseman Willie Rutherford has narrowed his choices to C.W. Post and St. Joseph’s.
Another player worth watching is junior attackman Matt Junious, who may be New Ro’s best all-around athlete.
Speaking of athletes, 6-3 junior Johnathan Stokes, a defenseman, is being recruited by several college programs at various levels.
In other action today, West Islip is hoping to continue the momentum it gained last week in back-to-back wins over nationally ranked Sachem North and Chaminade. The Lions play at Smithtown East at 3:30 p.m.
The Bulls are 4-3, but all of those losses have been to top-notch teams in Ward Melville, Sachem North and Connetquot. The wins have been over Rocky Point, Miller Place, Commack and Half Hollow Hills East.
Here’s a rundown of what’s on tap for today:
Patchogue-Medford at Longwood, 10 a.m.
Commack at North Babylon, 10 a.m.
Copiague at Middle Country, 10 a.m.
Montgomery (N.J.) at Rye, 11 a.m.
East Islip at William Floyd, 11 a.m.
Sleepy Hollow at Tappan Zee, 11 a.m.
Smithtown West at Half Hollow Hills West, 11 a.m.
Huntington at Cold Spring Harbor, noon
Danbury at Staples, noon
Blind Brook at Pleasantville, noon
Plainedge at Baldwin, 12:30 p.m.
Ward Melville at Bay Shore, 1:30 p.m.
Minisink Valley at Clarkstown South, 1:30 p.m.
Lindenhurst at Connetquot, 2 p.m.
Foothill (Calif.) at Long Beach at Long Beach Middle School, 2 p.m.
West Islip at Smithtown East, 3:30 p.m.
Northport at West Babylon, 3:30 p.m.
Joel Barlow at Stratford, 4 p.m.
Cardinal Hayes at New Rochelle, 4:15 p.m.
Wappingers at North Salem, 4:30 p.m.
Haldane at Pelham, 4:30 p.m.
St. Joseph a Newtown at Blue and Gold Stadium, 6 p.m.
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