Championship Week is really just getting started.
But it will have to go a long way to top what happened yesterday.
In what were undoubtedly two of the most memorable Section 1 semifinals in history, defending champions Lakeland/Panas (Class A) and John Jay (Class B) advanced to the finals in the most dramatic fashion possible as top-seeded Suffern and Somers both fell, respectively.
Lakeland/Panas overcame a late three-goal deficit to pick up its second one-goal win of the season against Suffern, beating Suffern 13-12 in triple — yes, triple — overtime on a goal by junior Tony Laguerre.
John Jay, which had led by three goals late in the game only to fall behind, rallied back from a two-goal deficit with a minute and a half remaining in regulation to outlast Somers on a goal with four seconds left in overtime by Mike Lupinacci (pictured at left in the photo by Jim Stout/MaxPreps.com.)
I haven’t seen the footage of the games yet. I’m going to check it out today at our Long Island studio. Then, we will break down the highlights, have post-game interviews and previews of the finals on MSG Varsity’s “SportsDesk” at 6 p.m. on Channel 14. (The show reairs at 9 p.m.) Between JJ-Somers and LP-Suffern, that’s definitely “must-see TV.”
You can check out Isaac Cass’ story on the John Jay-Somers game at msgvarsity.com now by clicking here. There’s also a photo gallery and video highlights.
For the story, highlights and photos from the LP-Suffern game from Justin Mintzes, check this link.
In the meantime, you can relive all of yesterday’s amazing action now, by checking out yesterday’s “Gameday” post by clicking here, and reading the real-time score updates, coupled with the reaction.
In the other sectional semis yesterday, Yorktown easily handled Tappan Zee 18-4 in Class B and Mahopac beat White Plains 9-3 in Class A.
So Thursday’s Section 1 Class A and B finals at Suffern Middle School are set. Lakeland/Panas, making its fifth straight title-game appearance, takes on Mahopac, making its first appearance in the finals since 2005, at 3 p.m. Yorktown, making its 32nd straight sectional final, faces John Jay for the Class B final at 5:30 p.m.
We’ll know later today what teams will be playing in Thursday’s 8 p.m. Section 1 Class C title game at Suffern following the conclusion of today’s semifinals between Pleasantville and Byram Hills and Dobbs Ferry and Pleasantville.
We’ll also know what teams will be squaring off for the FCIAC crown on Friday night at Brien McMahon in Norwalk in short order.
That’s because Ridgefield and defending FCIAC champion Greenwich meet in one semi at 5 p.m. today at McMahon, in a rematch of a quarterfinal-round game last year won by the Cardinals.
Then, in the nightcap at McMahon, traditional rivals Darien, the top seed, and red-hot Wilton collide at 7:30 p.m., or 45 minutes after the first game ends.
As if all that’s not enough — and my goodness, don’t you think it ought to be — there’s a full slate of quarterfinal-round action in Section 8 (Nassau County) and Section 11 (Suffolk County).
The matchup we’re flagging is the Suffolk Class A contest between fifth-seeded Connetquot and No. 4 Sachem North.
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.
Now, without further ado, here’s today rundown:
at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk:
No. 3 Ridgefield vs. No. 2 Greenwich, 5 p.m.
No. 5 Wilton vs. No. 1 Darien, 7:30 p.m.
Section 1 Class C semifinals:
No. 5 Byram Hills at No. 1 Pleasantville, 4:30 p.m.
No. 3 Dobbs Ferry at No. 2 Bronxville, 5 p.m.
Section 8 quarterfinals
at Hofstra University in Hempstead
No. 6 Baldwin vs. No. 3 Syosset, 2 p.m.
No. 10 Port Washington vs. No. 2 Massapequa, 4 p.m.
No. B2-3 Bethpage vs. B1-2 Wantagh, 6 p.m.
No. B1-4 Carey vs. B2-1 Manhasset, 8 p.m.
Section 11 quarterfinals
No. 8 Smithtown East at No. 1 West Islip, 4 p.m.
No. 7 Northport at No. 2 Ward Melville, 4 p.m.
No. 11 Lindenhurst at No. 3 Smithtown West , 4 p.m.
No 5 Connetquot at No. 4 Sachem North, 4 p.m.
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