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The Ward Melville Patriots renew their rivalry with West Islip in a clash of unbeatens today at 6:30 p.m. at Ward Melville. The teams have met in the Suffolk Class A title game six straight years.
Saturday’s Woodstick Classic game between Garden City and Manhasset may wind up being Round 1, since two-time defending Class C state champ Manhasset has moved up to Class B this season and a postseason rematch seems inevitable.
The same can be said about today’s Suffolk showdown between defending Section 11 Class A champ West Islip, which has won four state titles the last five years, and resurgent — and tradition — rich Ward Melville.
Still, today’s game has the makings of an instant classic even before the opening faceoff. We’ll see if it lives up to its potential.
It should. After all, the teams have met in the Suffolk Class A title game an astonishing six straight years.
We previewed the WI-WM game last night on MSG Varsity’s “High School SportsDesk.” You can check it out, including our weekly “Under the Radar” segment, by clicking here.
Smithtown West and Sachem North are two other teams that easily could advance to the Suffolk Class A finals. They meet today at Sachem North.
The Patriots fell to WI 16-9 in the Suffolk title game after falling to the Lions 16-5 in the regular season. A year earlier, in 2009, WM beat WI 8-7 in OT in the regular season, only to fall 9-5 in the conference championship game.
Six-time Connecticut Class M state champ Darien looks to bounce back from Monday’s 10-7 loss at Manhasset by getting what would be a monumental win as the Blue Wave visit two-time defending New York CHSAA champ St. Anthony’s in a battle of national powers. Like the Manhasset game, it will be at 7 p.m.
Also today, Hackley looks for its eighth straight win against Poly Prep in a showdown of arguable the Ivy League’s top two teams. (Hackley has lost only to Colorado power Regis Jesuit. Poly Prep is 6-0.)
In Section 1, there are some interesting games, including first-year varsity program Dobbs Ferry, which is off to a quick start coach Greg Lewis, taking on red-hot New Rochelle in a key league showdown. Also of note, White Plains visits Scarsdale, and there are three big intra-county games in Rockland, including Suffern and Nyack.
Finally, Brunswick (7-3), which has a win over defending Western New England champ Salisbury, hosts New Jersey power Lawrenceville (8-1).
Before we get to today’s schedule rundown, a couple of quick programming notes.
You can watch the entire Darien-Manhasset and Darien-Yorktown games on msgvarsity.com by clicking here.
And if you’re a follower of the Connecticut lax scene, you can check out a replay of the live chat I had yesterday with Dan Nowak of the New Haven Register by clicking here.
Now, without further ado, here’s today’s Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut slate:
Sachem East at West Babylon, 4 p.m.
Longwood at North Babylon, 4 p.m.
Fairfield Warde at Stamford, 4 p.m.
Notre Dame-Fairfield at Joel Barlow, 4 p.m.
North Haven at St. Joseph, 4 p.m.
Middle Country at Riverhead at Pulaski Complex, 4 p.m.
Nanuet at North Rockland, 4:15 p.m.
Suffern at Nyack, 4:15 p.m.
Tappan Zee at Clarkstown North, 4:15 p.m.
Eastchester at Pelham at Glover Field, 4:30 p.m.
Poly Prep at Hackley, 4:30 p.m.
Lawrenceville (N.J.) at Brunswick, 4:30 p.m.
Garden City at Carey, 4:30 p.m.
Wantagh at Levittown Division, 4:30 p.m.
South Side at Kennedy Bellmore, 4:30 p.m.
Roslyn at Great Neck South, 4:30 p.m.
Hewlett at Lynbrook at South Middle School, 4:30 p.m.
Brentwood at Copiague, 4:30 p.m.
West Hempstead at Wheatley at Carle Place, 4:30 p.m.
Glen Cove at Great Neck North at Football Field, 4:30 p.m.
Smithtown East at William Floyd, 4:30 p.m.
White Plains at Scarsdale, 4:30 p.m.
Ardsley at Irvington, 4:30 p.m.
New Rochelle at Dobbs Ferry, 4:30 p.m.
Hastings at Pearl River, 4:30 p.m.
Saunders at Edgemont, 4:30 p.m.
Connetquot at Northport, 4:45 p.m.
Malverne at Lawrence, 4:45 p.m.
Jericho at New Hyde Park, 5 p.m.
Bethpage at Sewanhaka, 5 p.m.
Bronxville at Scarsdale, 5:15 p.m.
Albertus Magnus at Clarkstown North, 5:15 p.m.
Half Hollow Hists East at Lindenhurt at Lindenhurst Middle School, 6 p.m.
Smithtown West at Sachem North, 6:15 p.m.
West Islip at Ward Melville, 6:30 p.m.
Darien at St. Anthony’s, 7 p.m.
New Canaan at Fairfield Ludlowe at Taft Field, 7 p.m.
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