In less than 24 hours, we will have our 2013 state semifinal matchups completed in New York and Connecticut.
New York is holding its two downstate quarterfinals, highlighted by the Long Island championship games, as well as two upstate quarterfinals.
The LIC is a tripleheader at Hofstra University that begins at 2 p.m. with Miller Place, in just its fourth year as a varsity team facing one of the nation’s most tradition-rich and successful programs, defending Class B state champion Garden City.
Unbeaten Ward Melville, the nation’s top-ranked team, faces high-powered Nassau champ Massapequa to cap the day in the 7 p.m. Class A final.
The middle game features defending Class C state champ Shoreham-Wading River taking on the Friends Academy at 4:30 p.m.
You can watch all three games live on MSGVarsity.com.
The other downstate quarterfinal features sections 1, 2 and 9 with action divided between the University at Albany and Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor in Northern Westchester.
At Panas, Bronxville will be looking to advance to the Class C state semis for the third straight year when it faces Section 9’s Red Hook at 3:30 p.m.
Up in Albany, unbeaten Niskayuna (20-0), No. 2 in the nation and fresh off its huge win over Yorktown in the regional semis, takes on a first-year varsity program in Cornwall at 3:30 p.m.
Shenendehowa, which beat two-time Section 1 champion Mamaroneck in the regional semis, faces Section 9’s Minisink Valley in the second game of the doubleheader at 6 p.m.
Heading upstate, the quarterfinals will be at Union-Endicott High School and St. John Fisher College in Rochester.
Here’s the lineup at Union-Endicott: Section 4’s Vestal vs. Section 3’s Jamesville-Dewitt (Class A) 2 p.m.; Section 4’s Johnson City vs. Section 3’s Cazenovia (Class C) 4 :30p.m.; and Section 4’s Ithaca vs. Section 3’s West Genesee (Class A) 7 p.m..
Here’s the schedule for St. John Fisher: Section 5’s Canandaigua vs. Section 6’s Hamburg (Class B) 1 p.m.; Section 5’s Penn Yan vs. Section 6’s Silver Creek (Class C) 3:30 p.m.; and Section 5’s Penfield vs. Section 6’s Orchard Park (Class A) 6 p.m.
The state semifinals are set for Wednesday, June 5 at Marist College in Poughkeepsie (downstate semis) and St. John Fisher (upstate semis).
Turning to Connecticut, two state quarterfinals were held yesterday, with No. 1 Ridgefield (Division L) and No. 3 New Canaan (Division M) advancing to Wednesday’s semis.
Today’s featured quarterfinal matchups include No. 6 Greenwich at No. 3 Staples (Division L) in a rematch of a heated FCIAC quarterfinal, won by Greenwich 11-8 on May 18 and No. 17 Wilton at No, 6 Darien (Division M). Both games are 3 p.m. You can check the complete schedule of quarterfinals here.
New Jersey’s season-ending Tournament of Champions starts today with a doubleheader at Basilone Field in Bridgewater.
Third-seeded Chatham faces sixth-seeded Ridgewood at 7:30 p.m., with the winner playing No. 2 Don Bosco Prep in Wednesday’s semis.
The doubleheader begins with fifth-seeded Mountain Lakes taking on No. 4 Rutgers Prep at 5 p.m., with the winner facing No. 1 Ridge in Wednesday’s semis.
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