Brandon Hickey and the Katonah, N.Y.-based Harvey School take a 4-3 record into today’s contest against the Forman School, located in Litchfield, Conn.
Before we get to the games, a quick word about the upcoming playoffs.
I’ve been asked a few times the last week or so if the playoff formula introduced in Section 1 last year will once again be used.
The answer is yes.
Under that formula, teams are assessed no points for a loss, two points for a tie and four points for a win.
In addition, they receive two bonus points for wins vs. teams with a winning percentage of .750 or more, and one bonus points for teams with a winning percentage between .500 and .749. (Bonus points are only given for games played in New York state.)
What’s been quite a week of games will be capped off by some big ones Saturday, including the Murphy Cup between Lakeland/Panas and Yorktown, and one of the FCIAC’s most heated rivalries, between Darien and New Canaan.
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Now, before we get to today’s slate, let’s talk briefly about yesterday.
After its impressive, season-opening 12-7 win against John Jay, I felt Yorktown was clearly the best team in the section and nothing has happened to change that opinion, including four losses in its previous five games entering its 10-6 win over Somers last night.
Losing by a goal to Smithtown West, by three goals to Darien and to a Top 10 team nationally in Chaminade is not exactly cause for concern. A double-OT loss to Mahopac, in which Yorktown was minus perhaps its team MVP to date, Ty Schuldt, was also among those four losses.
But the Huskers’ close defense of Tyler Fahey, Trevor Koelsch and Eric Cooley played exceptionally well against the Tuskers in front of first-year senior starting goalie Matt Sialiano.
Offensively, what impressed me most was similar to what I saw in the John Jay game when Yorktown had five players score two goals apiece in its 12-7 win. Last night, six different Huskers accounted for Yorktown’s first six goals, starting with freshman Conor Vercruysse. The fact that Vercruysse scored the game’s first goal is significant because he started in place of the injured Nick Mariano, more evidence of Yorktown’s depth.
For more on the game, including stats and photos, check out Isaac Cass’ article on msgvarsity.com by clicking here.
Next up for the Huskers is the Charlie Murphy Cup. It’s a rivalry game that honors a man who was the catalyst of the birth of Yorktown lacrosse, which in turn, spurred the start of lacrosse at programs like Lakeland/Panas, Mahopac and John Jay.
You wonder if Charlie Murphy had never moved to Yorktown and met a teacher at YHS who grew up in Long Island, the program’s first head coach, Jim Turnbull, where Section 1 lacrosse would be right now. Because clearly, Yorktown’s rise was the catalyst for the start of programs throughout the region.
It’s a fascinating story that we explore in depth this Friday at 6 p.m. on MSG Varsity’s “High School SportsDesk” at 6 p.m. on Channel 14 (Optimum). (The show reairs at 9 p.m.) In the meantime, you can check out the all-time scores in the 21-year history of the Murphy Cup by clicking here.
In Suffolk, Ward Melville pulled out a 14-11 win against Sachem North. What I came away from this game is the thought that if Sachem North can improve defensively the next few weeks, it may be able to pull an upset and possibly have a shot at advancing to the Suffolk Class A finals.
The WM attack was led by Tyler Hegarty had three goals, John Edmonds had two goals and one assist, Frank Lucatuorto and Jack Harvazinski scored twice, Will Mazzone had one goal, one assist and six ground balls. Lucatuorto and Bruckner excelled on faceoffs.
Now, without further ado, to today.
In Connecticut, resurgent Joel Barlow, off to a 9-0 start after going 10-9 last year, hosts traditional power Wilton at 6 p.m.
In Westchester, Bronxville, which is 10-1, faces a Pelham squad that hopes to narrow the gap after an 11-2 loss to the Broncos early in the season.
Also of note, first-year varsity program Dobbs Ferry, which is 9-0, takes on Irvington, which has won two of its last three. Both programs are coached by former Somers standouts – Greg Lewis for Dobbs; Drew Werney for Irvington.
On Long Island, Massapequa, whose losses have come against Chaminade and Connetquot, faces Hicksville, in a battle of 9-2 teams.
Now, here’s today’s slate:
Forman at Harvey, 3 p.m.
West Islip at William Floyd, 4 p.m.
Sachem East at Northport, 4 p.m.
Walt Whitman at Bay Shore, 4 p.m.
Cheshire at Amity, 4 p.m.
Commack at Longwood, 4:15 p.m.
Nyack at Albertus Magnus, 4:15 p.m.
Tappan Zee at Pearl River, 4:15 p.m.
Suffern at North Rockland, 4:15 p.m.
Sachem North at West Babylon, 4:30 p.m.
Westlake at Ossining, 4:30 p.m.
White Plains at Eastchester, 4:30 p.m.
Syosset at Farmingdale, 4:30 p.m.
Smithtown East at East Islip, 4:30 p.m.
Pelham at Bronxville, 4:30 p.m.
Saunders at New Rochelle, 4:30 p.m.
Irvington at Dobbs Ferry, 4:30 p.m.
Clarkstown North at North Salem, 4:30 p.m.
Clarkstown South at Harrison, 4:30 p.m.
Smithtown West at Lindenhurst, 4:30 p.m.
Scarsdale at Mamaroneck, 4:30 p.m.
Ward Melville at Half Hollows East, 4:30 p.m.
Plainview-JFK at Port Washington, 4:30 p.m.
Calhoun at Uniondale, 4:30 p.m.
Mepham at Garden City, 4:30 p.m.
East Meadow at Baldwin, 4:45 p.m.
Mineola at North Shore, 4:45 p.m.
Seaford at Floral Park, 4:45 p.m.
Half Hollow Hills West at Connetquot, 5 p.m.
Wilton at Joel Barlow at Field I, Stadium Field, 6 p.m.
Cold Spring Harbor at Island Trees, 6:15 p.m.
Hicksville at Massapequa at Burns Park, 7 p.m.
Long Beach at Oceanside, 7 p.m.
Freeport at MacArthur, 7 p.m.
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