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Connor Kelly and Fairfield Prep renew their rivalry with Chaminade today.
It’s the busiest day of the season, folks.
We’ve reached about the halfway point and schools have returned from break, and, after a day back of practice, they’re all playing today.
Well, almost all.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a varsity team from the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lax, the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region, not in action today.
The Indians, fresh off their huge 10-7 win over Darien last night, are right back at it today as they visit Plainedge.
All told, 70 — count ’em, 70 — games are on today’s slate.
OK, OK. So Ward Melville and West Islip aren’t in action today. Ditto Darien and St. Anthony’s. They’re all in action in much-awaited games tomorrow, of course.
Which reminds me. Don’t forget, gang, we are rotating our poll question, asking for your vote on who will win some of the big showdowns this week. For a rundown of those games, click here.
To vote, go to the right panel of this page. Then, just scroll past the “New Comments” and “Popular” tabs and click on “Poll,” and then cast your vote from the choices available, or write in your choice if it’s not listed.
As far as today, among the more interesting matchups:
* John Jay visits Lakeland/Panas in a meeting of defending Section 1 champions.
* Yorktown hosts defending Section 1 Class C champ Put Valley, coached by former Husker All-American Brian Kuczma.
* Chaminade and Fairfield Prep renew their rivalry.
* Weston, the defending state Class S champions, last lost to a Connecticut team on May 28 of last season when it fell to New Fairfield 4-3 in double OT. The Trojans have won nine straight vs. Connecticut-based teams. Today, they meet the Rebels meet for the first time since that game.
* Suffolk rivals Rocky Point and Huntington square off.
* Rye, eyeing a much-needed win, takes on red-hot Byram Hills.
Should be an interesting day.
If you’re a Connecticut lax fan, be sure to join us on a special link on the New Haven Register’s website, nhregister.com, at 7 p.m. I’ll be joining Dan Nowak of the Register sports staff for a live chat. You can access that chat by clicking here.
Here’s a rundown of what’s on today’s schedule:
East Meadow at Syosset, 11 a.m.
Elmont at Mepham, noon
Plainview-JFK at Hicksville, 2 p.m.
Fairfield Prep at Chaminade, 4 p.m.
Staples at Trumbull, 4 p.m.
Immaculate at Stratford at Wooster Middle School Field, 4 p.m.
Bay Shore at Half Hollow Hills East, 4 p.m.
Comsewogue at Sayville, 4 p.m.
Hauppauge at Bayport-Blue Point, 4 p.m.
Islip at Babylon, 4 p.m.
Glastonburg at Northwest Catholic, 4 p.m.
Tolland at Newington, 4 p.m.
East Catholic at Rockville at Legion Field, 4 p.m.
Hall at Granby Memorial, 4 p.m.
Stonington at St. Bernard at Delaporta Field, 4 p.m.
Kingston vs. Monroe-Woodbury at Torne Valley, 4 p.m.
Deer Park at Bellport, 4 p.m.
Wheeler at Woodstock Academy at Stonebridge Field, 4:15 p.m.
Croton-Harmon at Pleasantville, 4:30 p.m.
Housatonic Regional at Lewis Mills, 4:30 p.m.
Old Lyme at Southington, 4:30 p.m.
Wooster at Harvey, 4:30 p.m.
Somers at Morgan at Eliot Middle School, 4:30 p.m.
Keio at Ossining, 4:30 p.m.
Blind Brook at Briarcliff, 4:30 p.m.
FDR-Hyde Park at Minisink Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Shoreham-Wading River at Eastport/South Manor, 4:30 p.m.
Oceanside at Massapequa, 4:30 p.m.
Locust Valley at Floral Park, 4:30 p.m.
Mineola at Seaford, 4:30 p.m.
Cold Spring Harbor at North Shore at Glenwood Landing, 4:30 p.m.
Calhoun at Long Beach at Long Beach Middle School, 4:30 p.m.
Hempstead at Uniondale, 4:30 p.m.
Rocky Point at Huntington, 4:30 p.m.
Manhasset at Plainedge, 4:30 p.m.
Harborfields at Westhampton, 4:30 p.m.
Newburgh Free Academy at Pine Bush, 4:30 p.m.
Farmingdale at Port Washington, 4:30 p.m.
Herricks at Freeport at Cleveland Avenue Field, 4:30 p.m.
Irvington at Nanuet, 4:30 p.m.
Center Moriches at Kings Park, 4:30 p.m.
John Jay at Lakeland/Panas at Panas High School, 4:30 p.m.
Putnam Valley at Yorktown, 4:30 p.m.
Peekskill at Haldane, 4:30 p.m.
Wappingers at Carmel, 4:30 p.m.
Patchogue-Medford at Commack, 4:30 p.m.
Edgemont at Dobbs Ferry, 4:30 p.m.
O’Neill at Burke Catholic, 4:30 p.m.
Wallkill at New Paltz, 4:30 p.m.
Millbrook at Red Hook, 4:30 p.m.
Lansingburgh at Saugerties, 4:30 p.m.
Valley Central at Washingtonville at Washingtonville Middle School, 4:30 p.m.
Sleepy Hollow at Westlake, 4:45 p.m.
Rye at Byram Hills, 4:45 p.m.
East Islip at Walt Whitman, 4:45 p.m.
MacArthur at Valley Stream Central at Fireman’s Field, 4:45 p.m.
Newtown at Bethel at DeSantis Field, 5 p.m.
Delaware Valley (Pa.) at Warwick at Sanfordville Elementary, 5:30 p.m.
Ledyard at Bacon Academy, 5:30 p.m.
Greenwich at Danbury, 6 p.m.
Horace Greeley at Harrison, 6:30 p.m.
Wilton at Brien McMahon, 7 p.m.
Weston at New Fairfield at Rebel Turf, 7 p.m.
Elwood/John Glenn at Mount Sinai, 7 p.m.
Regional Hebron, Andover and Marlborough at Windsor, 7 p.m.
Fitch at East Lyme, 7 p.m.
Xavier at Daniel Hand, 7 p.m.
Hen Hud at Mahopac, 7:15 p.m.
Brewster at Somers, 7:15 p.m.
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