Joe Costigan and New Canaan host Darien in the renewal of several big-time rivalry games today, including Lakeland/Panas and Yorktown as well as Chaminade and Manhasset.
Today is May 7.
It’s undoubtedly a date that has been on the minds of players from several of the premier program in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lax, the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region, for months.
Since we announced here shortly after the new year the dates for the renewal dates of these rivalries, they have been on the back of plenty of people’s minds.
Now, they are front and center, most notably Darien vs. New Canaan, Lakeland/Panas vs. Yorktown and Chaminade vs. Manhasset.
At 4 p.m. at New Canaan’s Dunning Stadium, the Rams host six-time Class M Connecticut state champion Darien.
New Canaan is looking to snap a six-game losing streak against the Blue Wave in what has been an epic rivalry.
In 2007, the Rams snapped Darien’s 54-game winning streak against Connecticut teams with a 5-4 win in the FCIAC semifinals. (Darien’s lone loss in 2006 was a 10-8 setback to John Jay.)
The Darien-New Canaan game will be shown live on MSG Varsity Channel 14 (Optimum).
Then, at 7 p.m. at Charlie Murphy Field in Yorktown Heights, is the 22nd edition of the Charlie Murphy Cup, which will be shown next week on MSG Varsity Channel 14 (Optimum) as well as msgvarsity.com and MSG Varsity On-Demand Channel 614.
The annual game — and field — honor Murphy, who co-founded the Yorktown program in the mid 1960s with Jim Turnbull (the first coach in program history, who guided the Huskers to six state titles). Murphy’s house in the west end of Yorktown served as a meeting place for up-and-coming players to work on their skills and seek input from older players.
Last night on MSG Varsity’s “High School SportsDesk,” we took a look at the man who pioneered the growth of lacrosse not only at Yorktown, but the entire Hudson Valley, Charlie Murphy, and the scores of current varsity coaches he influenced.
In case you missed that report, you can check it out by clicking here.
The segment runs four minutes.
You can check out all the interviews we did for the segment in their entirety, plus much more on the newly created “Murphy Cup Central” page at msgvarsity.com. Check out the page here.
The members of both current coaching staffs are very familiar with the rivalry.
To say the least.
Yorktown head coach Dave Marr was a member of the Husker team that beat Lakeland/Panas 7-6 in the first Murphy Cup back in 1990. Huskers assistant Sean Carney played on the first LP team to win a Cup, back in 1994.
As if that’s not enough, LP head coach Jim Lindsay scored four goals to lead Lakeland/Panas to a 7-4 win over Yorktown 7-4 in the 1997 Class A final at Mahopac, one of just three sectional final losses for Yorktown since 1979.
Though Yorktown holds a commanding 18-3 lead in the all-time Murphy Cup series, LP is actually looking for its third straight win over the Huskers. Last year, the Rebels beat Yorktown twice in the same season for the first time, including 8-7 in overtime in the sectional final.
Chaminade and Manhasset are not in the same league or conference, of course. Unlike Lakeland/Panas and Yorktown and Darien and New Canaan, there’s no chance the Flyers and Indians can play in the postseason.
But it’s always a battle when two of the top programs in Nassau County square off.
Case in point, last year, when Manhasset won 7-6 in OT, one of just two one-goal games for ‘Set in a 20-0 season. (The other was Garden City.)
Also of note, Brien McMahon plays at Norwalk under the lights in the “Battle of Norwalk.”
There are also some other noteworthy games in Section 1 besides the Murphy Cup.
Rockland rivals Clarkstown North and Clarkstown South square off at 6 p.m. at South.
The host Vikings will be holding events from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. to assist active duty deployed men and women in the Armed Forces. Players will be collecting personal items that are not accessible to military personal.
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Suffern, which dropped a one-goal decision to defending Section 1 Class A champ Lakeland/Panas, faces a Mahopac team that beat LP on Thursday in a 2 p.m. game at Suffern Middle School.
Fox Lane looks to knock Pleasantville from the unbeaten ranks when it hosts the Panthers at 7 p.m.
Rye and Rye Country Day have their annual “Battle of Rye” at 4 p.m. at RCDS.
In an interesting HV vs. LI battle, John Jay visits Massapequa.
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Now, to today’s slate:
FDR Hyde Park at Kingston at Dietz Stadium, 10 a.m.
Wantagh at Hicksville, 2 p.m.
North Babylon at Riverhead at Pulaski Sports Complex, 2 p.m.
Tappan Zee at Albertus Magnus, 2 p.m.
Pine Bush at Valley Central, 2 p.m.
Mahopac at Suffern at Suffern Middle School, 2 p.m.
Kennedy Catholic at North Salem, 2 p.m.
Red Hook at Walkill, 2 p.m.
St. Joseph at Danbury, 2 p.m.
Ardsley at Irvington, 2:30 p.m.
Nanuet at Carmel, 2:30 p.m.
Fairfield Warde at Staples, 2:30 p.m.
Harrison at Nyack, 2:30 p.m.
Somers at Greeley, 3 p.m.
Fairfield Ludlowe at Ridgefield at Tiger Hollow Stadium, 3 p.m.
Warwick at Newburgh Free Academy, 3 p.m.
Port Washington at North Shore, 3:30 p.m.
Darien at New Canaan, 4 p.m., TV – MSG Varsity (Live)
John Jay at Massapequa at Burns Park, 4 p.m.
Rye at Rye Country Day, 4 p.m.
Byram Hills at Seaford, 5 p.m.
Calhoun at Roslyn, 5 p.m.
Brewster at Hauppauge, 5:30 p.m.
Cheshire at Amity, 5:30 p.m.
Clarkstown North at Clarkstown South, 6 p.m.
Greenwich vs. Billerica (Mass.) at Bryant College, R.I., 6 p.m.
Joel Barlow at Guilford at Kavanugh Field, 6 p.m.
Chaminade at Manhasset 7 p.m.
Lakeland/Panas at Yorktown, 7 p.m., TV – MSG Varsity (Tape)
Brien McMahon at Norwalk at Testa Field, 7 p.m.
Dobbs Ferry at Pelham at Glover Field, 7 p.m.
Fordham Prep at Hen Hud, 7 p.m.
Pleasantville at Fox Lane, 7 p.m.
Briarcliff at Putnam Valley, 7 p.m.
Plainview JFK at Jericho at Robbins Lane Park, Syosset, 8 p.m.
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