When you combine a marquee regular-season matchup with several of the most stacked annual preseason events, today may wind up being one of the most intriguing Saturdays of the entire season.
Wait, the season hasn’t even started — the regular season, at least — for most teams in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region.
But many of the top programs will be gathering in several showcase preseason tournaments.
The eight-team, fourth annual Somers Red/Gray Tournament includes three-time CHSAA champion St. Anthony’s, as well as Long Island upstart program Jericho as well as Kings Park and Section 1 contenders Lakeland/Panas, Fox Lane, Suffern and host Somers and New Jersey’s Don Bosco Prep.
The four-way Darien Jamboree features several perennial state champs in the host Blue Wave, West Islip and Fairfield Prep, as well as Shoreham-Wading River.
The annual, tradition-rich Daniel Hand Preseason Tournament once again features some of the tristate area’s premier powers. The event is in Madison, Conn. Participating teams include Wilton, and Cheshire from Connecticut; Syosset, Port Washington, Summit, West Genesee, Canandaigua, Corning and Fairport from New York; and Mountain Lakes, Summit and Bridgewater-Raritan from New Jersey.
Defending Section 1 Class B champ Yorktown hosts a three-way scrimmage starting at 10 a.m. that includes the section’s defending Class C champion, Bronxville, as well as Hauppauge.
As if that’s enough enough, there’s a marquee regular-season matchup as well. Two-time Class B state finalist Garden City hosts Suffolk Class A perennial power Ward Melville in a much-awaited 1 p.m. game.
The Bethpage and Island Trees Tournaments award champions today.
The Section 1 regular season starts at John F. Kennedy Catholic in Somers, where the Gaels will be proudly unveiling their new turf field in a noon game against Pearl River.
Also in preseason action today, Manhasset, which has won two New York State titles the last three years, visits defending Connecticut Class L state champion Ridgefield in a 10 a.m. scrimmage at Tiger Hollow Stadium.
In Section 9, Middletown, the site of this year’s New York state finals, hosts Minisink Valley in a noon scrimmage. Millbrook, FDR-Hydep Park and Kingston have a three-way scrimmage at Kingston’s Dietz Stadium at noon.
Also in Section 1, Arlington, Hastings and Westlake play at Clarkstown North in a four-way scrimmage starting at 10 a.m., and Archbishop Stepinac visits Tappan Zee in a noon scrimmage.
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Finally, a couple of notes of interest.
We’ve been having regular reports on star sophomores making college commitments. It’s been a controversial trend, to say the least. The Baltimore Sun ran a story examining it.
Also of note, two of the all-time leading players in Yorktown’s proud history, Ridgefield varsity coach Roy Colsey and Tim Nelson, are among 24 finalists — 12 men and 12 women — for the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
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