Photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com
Senior goalie Alex Peyreigne and defending Connecticut Class S state champ Weston (9-3) take on a Staples team (10-3) that is also red-hot.
It was an emotional night at Somers long before the Tuskers pulled out a dramatic 9-8 win over John Jay in a rematch of the teams that have met in the last two years in the the Section 1 Class B title game and three times in the last four years.
In pregame Senior Night ceremonies, Johns Hopkins University-bound senior defenseman Eddie Schurr of Somers was greeted by his parents. It so happens his father, Tim, is the head coach at John Jay.
In addition to Schurr and his younger brother, Kevin, a junior defenseman, the game had special meaning for the entire Somers team.
After all, last year, Somers fell to John Jay three times, including a 9-6 decision in the sectional final.
In their first meeting since then, Somers rallied from a 6-2 second-quarter deficit to pull out the win on a goal by junior attackman Kevin Cousin with 1:33 remaining off a feed from senior attackman Kieran Donohue, who had tied it at 8-8 on a goal moments earlier. Mike Lupinacci had given John Jay an 8-7 lead earlier in the period.
It was the latest comeback for a Somers team that rallied to beat New Canaan 15-11 after trailing 11-3 in the third quarter. In a preseason interview, Donohue had told me that Somers is “a very blue-collar team living in a white-collar world.”
“We’re hard working,” he added. “We’re like a family.”
Also in that interview, he prophetically cited Kevin Cousin as a player “you will definitely be hearing from.” You can check out that interview by clicking here.
There is quite a bit more coverage on yesterday’s John Jay-Somers game on MSG Varsity and msgvarsity.com. You can catch highlights and post-game interviews tonight on “High School SportsDesk” at 6 p.m. om Channel 14. (The show reairs at 9 p.m.) To read an article on the John Jay-Somers game, click here. You can check out a photo gallery by clicking here. The highlights and postgame interviews will also be availble on msgvarsity.com.
Also of note yesterday, Ridgefield pulled out a 12-9 win over Brien McMahon in a matchup of two of the FCIAC’s hottest teams. McMahon (10-3) had won five straight. Ridgefield (11-3) has won six of its last eight. In other action, Smithtown West pulled out a 6-5 win against Connetquot, West Islip beat East Islip 11-7 and Iona Prep outlasted Bergen Catholic 13-12.
Now, to what’s on the slate for the final Friday of the regular season in downstate New York (Connecticut will have one more regular-season Friday to go after this one).
In Connecticut, defending Class S state champ Weston (9-3) plays at Staples (10-3).
In the Hudson Valley, Rockland rivals Clarkstown South and North Rockland square off and Bronxville looks to complete a regular-season series sweep of Scarsdale.
Here’s today’s complete rundown:
Fairfield Prep at Notre Dame-West Haven at Veteran’s Stadium, 3:45 p.m.
Sayville at Huntington, 4 p.m.
Islip at Westhampton, 4 p.m.
Burke Catholic vs. Monroe Woodbury at Torne Valley, 4 p.m.
Roslyn at South Side at Skelos Field, 4:15 p.m.
Oceanside at Freeport at Cleveland Avenue Field, 4:15 p.m.
North Rockland at Clarkstown South, 4:15 p.m.
Eastsport/South Manor at Bayport-Blue Point, 4:30 p.m.
Manhasset at Sewanhaka, 4:30 p.m.
Pelham at Eastchester, 4:30 p.m.
Scarsdale at Bronxville, 4:30 p.m.
Edgemont at Saunders, 4:30 p.m.
North Salem at Peekskill at Torpy Field, 4:30 p.m.
Garden City at Kennedy Bellmore, 4:30 p.m.
Washingtonville at New Paltz, 4:30 p.m.
O’Neill at Warwick, 4:30 p.m.
Carey at Wantagh, 4:30 p.m.
Syosset at Plainview JFK, 4:30 p.m.
Shoreham-Wading River at Hauppauge, 5 p.m.
Red Hook at Pine Bush, 5 p.m.
New Milford at Bethel at DeSantis Field, 5 p.m.
Weston at Staples at Staples Stadium, 5:30 p.m.
Comsewogue at Rocky Point, 6 p.m.
Saugerties at Valley Central, 6 p.m.
Mount Sinai at Southampton, 6:30 p.m.
Connetquot at West Babylon, 7 p.m.
Newtown at Bunnell, 7 p.m.
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