Senior captain James Wilson, an attackman, hopes to help Kennedy Catholic get by Croton today at 4:30 p.m. at Kennedy Catholic. The Gaels, who are coming off a 10-9 loss to Haldane, have won five of their last seven.
Believe it or not, gang, state championships have already been awarded in three states.
But unlike Arizona, Florida and Texas, the postseason has not yet started in Connecticut and New York.
That changes this week.
Seedings will be unveiled tomorrow in downstate New York and Wednesday in Connecticut. Postseason action begins on Thursday in New York and next week in Connecticut.
College action is well immersed in the postseason, of course.
This past weekend featured wall-to-wall NCAA tournament action.
Among the highlights, Maryland effectively using the hidden-ball trick in a win over North Carolina — a play that fooled not only the Tar Heels but the ESPN announcers and cameramen.
If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s definitely must-see TV. And who knows what high school team from the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region, will be inspired by it and try to run it in the postseason?
You can check it out by clicking here.
Elsewhere, former Ridgefield star Matt White scored in OT to lift Virginia past Bucknell 13-12 in the opening round.
Bucknell, picked by many to pull the upset, probably would have had it not elected to take not one but two shots on goal leading 12-11 with first just over two minutes remaining and then, with 1:53 left, resulting in a change of possession. UVa then tied it at 12-12 and forced OT on a goal by Steele Stanwick.
As we start postseason play, many players and coaches undoubtedly now realize the importance of holding on to the ball with a lead in the closing minutes. After all, the only way the score can be tied if the team leading has possession is on a turnover, or change of possession after a shot on goal.
Be sure to check out all of the opening round college playoff scores, and this weekend’s matchups, by clicking here.
Now, back to high school action.
Defending FCIAC champion Greenwich, fresh off a 10-8 loss to Rye, visits defending Section 1 Class A champion Lakeland/Panas. Though the game has no meaning as far as postseason seedings, it’s a marquee matchup of two of the region’s premier programs.
Suffolk has a couple of interesting games as Smithtown West, whose only losses have been OT setbacks to Ward Melville and West Islip, as well as to Garden City, plays at Northport. Ward Melville, meanwhile, visits East Islip. West Islip takes a 36-game win streak into its game at Walt Whitman, and Sachem North visit Connetquot.
Also of note, Rye and Putnam Valley, the teams that have squared off the last six years in the Section 1 Class C title game, meet again. This will be the teams’ one and only meeting this year because the Garnets have moved up to Class B.
Here’s today’s rundown:
Smithtown West at Northport, 4 p.m.
Newburgh Free Academy at Washingtonville at Middle School, 4 p.m.
Warwick at Monroe-Woodbury at Torne Valley, 4 p.m.
Great Neck South at Elmont, 4:15 p.m.
Harrison at North Rockland, 4:15 p.m.
Commack at Half Hollow Hills East, 4:15 p.m.
Scarsdale at Byram Hills, 4:15 p.m.
Ward Melville at East Islip, 4:30 p.m.
Croton at Kennedy Catholic, 4:30 p.m.
Wappingers at Red Hook, 4:30 p.m.
Glen Cove at Manhasset, 4:30 p.m.
Pleasantville at Sleepy Hollow, 4:30 p.m.
Sewanhaka at Hewlett, 4:30 p.m.
Fox Lane at Horace Greeley, 4:30 p.m.
Brewster at North Salem, 4:30 p.m.
Huntington at Southampton, 4:30 p.m.
Roslyn at Garden City, 4:30 p.m.
Carmel at Peekskill, 4:30 p.m.
Kennedy-Bellmore at Wantagh, 4:30 p.m.
South Side at Jericho, 4:30 p.m.
Mamaroneck at White Plains, 4:30 p.m.
Carey at Levittown Division, 4:30 p.m.
Pelham at Dobbs Ferry, 4:30 p.m.
Mepham at New Hyde Park, 4:30 p.m.
Clarkstown South at Bronxville, 4:30 p.m.
Albertus Magnus at Haldane, 4:30 p.m.
Harvey at Cheshire Academy, 4:30 p.m.
Trinity-Pawling at Brunswick, 4:30 p.m.
Wallkill at Highland, 4:30 p.m.
Plainedge at Lynbrook, 4:30 p.m.
FDR-Hyde Park at Middletown at Faller Field Complex, 4:30 p.m.
William Floyd at Patchogue-Medford, 4:30 p.m.
Wappingers at Red Hook, 4:30 p.m.
West Islip at Walt Whitman, 4:45 p.m.
Bethpage at Malverne, 4:45 p.m.
Valley Central at Suffern, 5 p.m.
Sachem North at Connetquot, 5 p.m.
Rye at Putnam Valley, 5 p.m.
Stratford at Brookfield, 5:30 p.m.
Minisink Valley at Kingston at Dietz Stadium, 6 p.m.
Notre Dame-Fairfield at New Milford, 6 p.m.
Smithtown East at Longwood, 7 p.m.
Fairfield Prep at Daniel Hand, 7 p.m.
Clarke at Cold Spring Harbor, 7 p.m.
Half Hollow Hills West at Copiague, 7 p.m.
Greenwich at Lakeland/Panas at Walter Panas High School, 7 p.m.
Nanuet at O’Neill, 7 p.m.
Masuk at Brien McMahon, 7 p.m.
Norwalk at Newtown at Blue and Gold Stadium, 7 p.m.
New Fairfield at Pomperaug, 7 p.m.
Xavier at Cheshire, 7 p.m.
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