Mahopac will be looking to advance to the Section 1 championship game for the first time since 2005 when it hosts White Plains in the semifinals today.
Championship Week continues in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region, gang.
Well, we should qualify that.
That’s because Long Island has a bye from the June 1 state regionals, with the LI champions advancing straight to the downstate semis on June 8 at White Plains High School.
So the Nassau and Suffolk title games won’t be till next week.
Sections 1 and 9 in the Hudson Valley, meanwhile, will crown its champions this Thursday.
What does this all mean?
Well, for starters, it allows college coaches to attend the Section 1 or Section 9 finals (Thursday, May 26 at Suffern and Middletown), Section 8 finals (Tuesday, May 31 at Hofstra) and Section 11 finals (Wednesday, June 1 at Stony Brook) — not to mention the FCIAC finals (Friday, May 27 at Brien McMahon in Norwalk) — without the scheduling conflicts that have occurred in years’ past.
It also allows the varsity coaches of the participating teams with more of an opportunity to personally scout possibly state semifinal opponents.
And that’s all a good thing.
Now, to what’s on tap for today.
There are four Section 1 semifinals set for today in classes A and B.
Lakeland/Panas, the defending sectional Class A champ, visits top-seeded Suffern in a rematch of an early season game won by LP 10-9. The Mounties, who are looking to make the final for the first time since 2003, have extra incentive since Thursday’s sectional championship tripleheader will be at Suffern.
In the other Class A semi, either Mahopac or White Plains will be back in the sectional title game for the first time in a while. Mahopac last appeared in 2005 (when it fell to Yorktown 10-9). White Plains last made it in when Jimmy Carter was U.S. president, back in 1979. (The Tigers beat Fox Lane 9-5 that season, which coincidentally happens to be the last year Yorktown did not make the sectional finals.) Mahopac beat White Plains 13-1 in the regular season on April 30.
Somers, the top seed in Class B, will host John Jay, the defending sectional champion, in a rematch of a game played May 12, also at Somers, in which the Tuskers got late goals from Kieran Donohue and then Kevin Cousin to prevail 9-8. Somers and John Jay have met in the last two sectional finals, and two of the last three.
Yorktown, looking to make its 32nd straight sectional title-game appearance, hosts Tappan Zee in the other Class B semifinal, that’s a doubleheader with Yorktown’s girls’ team’s semi at Charlie Murphy Field.
Round 1 of the Nassau County quarterfinals are set for today at Hofstra University.
Don’t forget, because of weather-related adjustments, the Section 1 Class C semifinals will be tomorrow — not today. But we are listing those games along with today’s slate.
Also today, top-seeded Hackley hosts No. 5 Dalton in the NYSAIS semifinals at 4:30 p.m.
There’s also a full state of SCC and SWC quarterfinals in Connecticut.
Before we get to today’s schedule rundown, just a quick reminder to check in here with score updates from the field today with your mobile devices.
Today’s Section 1 semifinals
No. 5 Lakeland/Panas at No. 1 Suffern, Tentative time 4:30 p.m.
No. 6 White Plains at No. 2 Mahopac, Tentative time 4:30 p.m.
No. 4 John Jay-Cross River at No. 1 Somers, 6 p.m.
No. 6 Tappan Zee at No. 2 Yorktown, 7 p.m.
Tomorrow’s Section 1 semifinals
No. 5 Byram Hills at No. 1 Pleasantville, 4:30 p.m.
No. 3 Dobbs Ferry at No. 2 Bronxville, 4:30 p.m.
Section 8 quarterfinals
at Hofstra University
No. 5 Long Beach vs. No. 4 Hicksville, 2 p.m.
No. 8 Oceanside vs. No. 1 Farmingdale, 4 p.m.
B1-3 South Side vs. B2-2 Lynbrook
B1-5 Roslyn vs. B1-1 Garden City, 8 p.m.
Today’s SCC quarterfinals
No. 8 Shelton at No. 1 Fairfield Prep, 4:30 p.m.
No. 6 Branford at No. 3 Guilford, 5 p.m.
No. 5 Xavier at No. 4 Hand, 7 p.m.
No. 7 Hamden at No. 2 Cheshire, 7 p.m.
Today’s SWC quarterfinals
Brookfield at Barlow, 5 p.m.
Masuk at Weston, 5:30 p.m.
New Milford at New Fairfield, 6 p.m.
Pomperaug at Newtown at Blue and Gold Stadium, 7 p.m.
In case you missed it yesterday, we previewed the postseason in the Hudson Valley/Connecticut/Long Island region in the latest installment of our weekly notebook for InsideLacrosse.com. You can check it out here.
In college lax, we now know what teams are heading to the Final Four in Maryland. To check scores from this past weekend’s action as well as the entire men’s and women’s upcoming schedule and brackets, click here.
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