Midfielder Frank Buffalino and Syosset square off against Cold Spring Harbor today.
The Suffolk Class A race has been even more interesting that we anticipated heading into this season.
That’s definitely the case today as West Islip, winners of four of the last five Class A state titles and off to a somewhat surprising 12-0 start, takes on a Smithtown West that has plenty of talent on both offense and defense and whose only losses in 11 games played have been to Garden City and Ward Melville.
Also of note on the Island today, today of Section 8’s premier programs square off when Syosset hosts Cold Spring Harbor.
Before we run down today’s slate, let’s take a sneak peek ahead to tomorrow.
The Charlie Murphy Cup has been an annual tradition in Northern Westchester. The Lakeland/Panas vs. Yorktown 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 today 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.
We also have a special page at msgvarsity.com devoted to the Charlie Murphy Cup and the preview segment. You can check it out by clicking here.
Here’s today’s rundown:
Wallkill at Saugerties, 3:30 p.m.
Bay Shore at Smithtown East, 4 p.m.
O’Neill at Nyack, 4 p.m.
Albertus Magnus at Nanuet, 4:15 p.m.
Wilton at Westhill, 4:30 p.m.
Smithtown West at West Islip, 4:30 p.m.
Connetquot at East Islip, 4:30 p.m.
Mepham at East Meadown, 4:30 p.m.
Carey at Oceanside, 4:30 p.m.
Levittown Division at Bethpage, 4:30 p.m.
Mamaroneck at Eastchester, 4:30 p.m.
Scarsdale at Pelham, 4:30 p.m.
Cold Spring Harbor at Syosset, 4:30 p.m.
Hastings at Irvington, 4:30 p.m.
Washingtonville at Clarkstown North, 4:30 p.m.
Smithtown East at Half Hollow Hills West, 4:30 p.m.
Northport at Walt Whitman, 4:45 p.m.
Seaford at Floral Park, 4:45 p.m.
Haldane at Peekskill at Torpy Field, 4:45 p.m.
New Rochelle at Ardsley, 5 p.m.
New Paltz at Red Hook, 5 p.m.
Burke Catholic at Highland at Highland Middle School, 5 p.m.
Westlake at Keio, 5 p.m.
Bronxville at White Plains, 7 p.m.
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