If the game between Garden City-Syosset serves as the annual lidlifter for the regular season of Long Island lacrosse, then the annual John Jay-Darien scrimmage similarly marks the start of things in the Hudson Valley/Connecticut region.
Granted, it’s not an actual game, but it has been as anticipated and talked about as many — if not most — regular-season contests in the region.
Why? Because both squads are two of the most successful programs in the region, and because they do not meet again in the regular season.
This year’s scrimmage is set for 4:15 p.m. today at DHS Stadium in Darien.
In other scrimmages today, two of the top contenders in Section 1 Class A, Arlington and Suffern, meet at 4:30 p.m. Elsewhere, Staples hosts Pleasantville, Putnam Valley host Blind Brook, Ardsley meets Clarkstown North and Pearl River visits Westlake — also at 4:30 p.m.
In regular-season action, Jericho, which returns nearly its entire squad from last year’s 9-7 team, hosts Roslyn, which went 10-7 last year. Jericho is coming off a strong scrimmage showing against Cold Spring Harbor.
The Jayhawks will also face St. Anthony’s and Don Bosco in the Red/Gray Preseason Tournament at Somers on Saturday. Jericho standouts include junior D/LSM Chandler Kirby (a Cornell University commit) as well as classmate Noah Starr (attack) and senior attack/midfielders Cory Bogdan and Jordan Brett. Jericho heads into the season with some momentum from other sports, having won a state title in soccer and advancing to the county finals in basketball.
Elsewhere on Long Island, Bethpage looks to go 2-0 when it hosts Calhoun. Syosset hopes to bounce back from its 13-8 season-opening loss to Garden City when it hosts South Side, and Hauppauge visits Port Washington.
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