Johns Hopkins-bound senior midfielder Tom Gordon and Garden City hope to beat rival Manhasset, the two-time defending Class C state champ, in the 120th edition of the Woodstick Classic today at 7 p.m. at Manhasset. The host Indians have moved up this season to Class B, where Garden City made the state finals last year.
Well gang, it’s been quite a week.
It started with a showdown of perennial state champs between Darien and Manhasset.
It included a goaltender scoring the winning goal — in overtime, no less — in a battle between two of the nation’s consensus top five teams, West Islip and Ward Melville.
And now, it’s time for the granddaddy of them all when it comes to HS lax.
We’re talking about the Woodstick Classic, the nation’s longest uninterrupted boys lax annual affair. This year’s Garden City-Manhasset game will be the 120th edition of a rivalry that started in 1935.
But there are plenty of other big games today, as we’ll soon see.
First, let’s look way ahead for a moment. In case you missed it, we posted the outline for the New York State Tournament, including some new info on sites for the various rounds.
Most noteworthy – the downstate semifinals will be held at White Plains High School, not Hofstra this year. The Section 1 semis, which had been at White Plains the last two years, will be played at Suffern Middle School. For the complete report, including tournament brackets for all three classes, click here.
Let’s start with one of our popular quick programming notes.
If you can’t make it out to Manhasset for Woodstick mania, be sure to check out the game live on MSG Varsity Channel 14 (Optimum). The Woodstick Classic should be just that – a classic.
Keep in mind, the other showdowns we’ve spotlighted this week – Darien/Manhasset and West Islip/Ward Melville, both resulted in one-goal affairs. Will the Woodstick Classic, with Manhasset’s 45-game win streak on the line, be as well? Stay tuned.
Also of note today, Yorktown will get Charlie Murphy Field warmed up for a busy stretch of big games.
The Huskers look for their fourth straight win vs. rival Chaminade today at 1 p.m. Then, on Tuesday, Yorktown hosts Somers in what could be a preview of the Section 1 Class B final in a game that will be broadcast on MSG Varsity. Finally, a week from today, it’s the annual Murphy Cup game vs. defending Section 1 Class A champ Lakeland/Panas.
In an interstate border battle, 2009 FCIAC champ Ridgefield hosts 2010 Section 1 Class B champ John Jay at 1 p.m. at Tiger Hollow Stadium.
Ward Melville hosts defending FCIAC champ Greenwich at 2 p.m., Wilton hosts St. Anthony’s at noon, Lawrenceville (N.J.) host Greenwich at 2:30 p.m., Niskayuna visits Greenwich at 3 p.m. and Rye visits New Fairfield at 7 p.m. in other interstate affairs.
In a big Section 1 clash, Mamaroneck, coming off a one-goal OT win against previously unbeaten Bronxville, hosts a Byram Hills team that saw a five-game win streak snapped by Rye in its last outing. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Though outside the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region, Summit looks to extend its national-best 57-game win streak when it takes on Delbarton in a New Jersey clash of the titans.
Before we run down today’s schedule, a quick note about last night. As we usually do, we received info and scores on nearly all of the big games on our “Gameday Friday” thread. But there is one game we received late info on I will update here. Ward Melville, which has had a busy week and returns to action today as noted, beat Connetquot 11-3. Tyler Hegarty and Jim Coughlan each had three goals for the Patriots. Goalie C.J. Ryan, Zach Zanone, James Cashin, Andrew Aicher and Sean Finnigan were defensive standouts.
As always, coaches or team representatives may send final stats from games each day to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now, to today’s slate:
Southampton at Deer Park, 10 a.m.
Hauppauge at Rocky Point, 10 a.m.
East Hampton at Mount Sinai, 10 a.m.
Babylon at Harborfields, 10 a.m.
Kings Park at Elwood/John Glenn, 10 a.m.
Miller Place at Islip, 10 a.m.
Bayport-Blue Point at Huntington, 10 a.m.
Bellport at Center Moriches, 10 a.m.
Great Neck North at Malverne, 10 a.m.
Tottenville at Herricks at Herricks Community Center, 10 a.m.
Lawrence at West Hempstead, 10 a.m.
Mepham at Roslyn, 10 a.m.
North Babylon at Smithtown East, 11 a.m.
New Rochelle at Edgemont, 11 a.m.
Putnam Valley at North Salem, 11 a.m.
Kennedy Catholic at Albertus Magnus, 11 a.m.
Harrison at Fox Lane, 11 a.m.
Saunders at Dobbs Ferry, 11 a.m.
Peekskill at Hastings at New Burke Field, 11 a.m.
Lynbrook at Bethpage, 11 a.m.
Eastchester at Scarsdale, 11:30 a.m.
Pleasantville at Westlake, noon
St. Anthony’s at Wilton, noon
Brien McMahon at Fairfield Ludlowe at Taft Field, noon
Stamford at Staples, noon
Eastport/South Manor at Sayville, 12:30 p.m.
John Jay at Ridgefield, 1 p.m.
Danbury at Bethel at DeSantis Field, 1 p.m.
Sleepy Hollow at Blind Brook, 1 p.m.
Chaminade at Yorktown, 1 p.m.
White Plains at Mahopac, 1 p.m.
Keio at Blind Brook, 1:30 p.m.
Shaker at Lakeland/Panas at Panas High School, 2 p.m.
Greenwich at Ward Melville, 2 p.m.
Croton-Harmon at Irvington, 2 p.m.
Island Trees at Floral Park at Bellrose Elementary School, 2 p.m.
New Hyde Park at Elmont, 2 p.m.
Shoreham-Wading River at Comsewogue, 2 p.m.
New Canaan at Lawrenceville, 2:30 p.m.
Berkshire at Trinity-Pawling, 2:30 p.m.
Brunswick at Downington East, 3:30 p.m.
Half Hollow Hills East at Half Hollow Hills West, 4 p.m.
Loomis Chaffee at Phillips Exeter, 4 p.m.
Hotchkiss at Salisbury, 6:30 p.m.
Garden City at Manhasset, 7 p.m., TV – MSG Varsity (Channel 14, Optimum)
Holy Trinity at Hewlett, 7 p.m.
Rye at New Fairfield, 7 p.m.
Byram Hills at Mamaroneck, 7:30 p.m.
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