Senior defenseman-turned middie T.J. Tynan scored three goals today to help Fox Lane open its season with a 10-5 over Section 2’s Ballston Spa. Elsewhere, Hen Hud beat Mamaroneck 12-9 and Manhasset handled South Side 13-3. (Jim Stout/




Scrimmages. Shootouts. Season openers.

This Saturday has it all, my friends.

• Get live updates on today’s action throughout the region here. •

We will be posting updates throughout the day. Please pass along any info on events you may be at  as well.


11:35 a.m. — UPDATE 1: Hey guys, it’s Syracuse here. We will be putting up updates throughout the day. Joe is in New Fairfield, Conn., checking out a bunch of Section 1 teams, including Horace Greeley, as well as quite a few teams from Connecticut.. I hope to be going to Hen Hud’s season opener vs. Mamaroneck.

On to the early Hand Tournament updates.

I don’t have specifics, but Ridgefield assistant coach Don Connolly texted me a few minutes ago to tell me — and get this — Ridgefield beat Yorktown 9-7 in his group’s first scrimmage up in Hamden. I have no idea how many or how much each side’s starters played, but I asked Connolly how impressed he was with his guys’ early showing and he said:

“Considering it was really only our second day of playing together, I’m very excited,” Connolly said, adding, as a possible hint that the score is not indicative of how the play went when both team’s regulars were in, “Yorktown is loaded.”

So I wouldn’t read into this too much, save to say there is a ton of optimism at Ridgefield and Yorktown looks to be right on course to start the season. When I get the actual breakdown of when the goals were scored, I will post …

2 p.m. — UPDATE 2: Yorktown leads Duxbury 9-3 at the half.

Ridgefield lost to Ridgewood by a goal.


Noon — UPDATE 1: Hey everybody, as advertised by ‘Cuse, this is Joe at the New Fairfield Shootout.

Right now I’m watching Simsbury vs. Greeley. Simsbury has scored three straight goals and leads 5-2 with five minutes to go.

3 p.m. — UPDATE 2:

Here’s a smattering of scores:

New Fairfield 6, Put Valley 3

Somers 10, New Milford 3

Simsbury 6, Horace Greeley 2

Somers 8, Put Valley 5

Simbury 4, Somers 3

I’ll post more thoughts later in a separate post focusing on a pair of first-year head coaches: Lew Janavey (Somers) and Vin DeGregorio (Horace Greeley). 


Final: Manhasset 13, South Side 3 — Connor English has five goals and one assist for the Indians, who sure looked like the top team in Nassau.


UPDATE: In the day’s marquee matchup, Darien and West Islip played pretty evenly overall after West Islip built a 5-2 halftime lead when both teams’ starters were in. Of note, the Galasso vs Gorski matchup as Gorski held Galasso in check.

Darien got the better of Fairfield Prep 5-1 in first half with starters in. The second half was pretty even.

Darien led Shoreham-Wading River 5-1 with starters in. Some strong midfield play kept SWR in it.


Final: Smithtown West 9, Farmingdale 8 — James Pannell scores the winner with one second remaining.


UPDATE 1: Fox Lane leads 3-2 at the half.

UPDATE 2: Fox Lane wins 10-5

Here’s a report from Jim Stout of

Colin Dowey, T.J. Tynan and Chase Beitzel scored goals within a two-minute span early in the fourth quarter today, lifting Fox Lane to a 10-5 win against Section 2 Class A member Ballston Spa in the 2009 season opener for both teams in Bedford.

 Fox Lane, which is coming off a 4-14 season, was leading by only 5-4 when Dowey, Tynan and Beitzel errupted and provided their team with an 8-4 cushion. Tynan finished with three goals for the Foxes while Conor Morris registered two and three assists.

Ballston Spa was 11-8 a year ago. The Scotties had battled back from a 5-2 deficit in the third quarter to draw within 5-4 before Fox Lane put its fourth-quarter surge together. The game was scoreless after the first period; Fox Lane led by 3-2 at the break.

The strong start to the season was something  Fox Lane desperately needed. Last season, coach Chris Vazzano’s team lost its first five games and eight of its first nine.

“It feels great,” Vazzano said. “The seniors have worked their butts off for the moment right here. I couldn’t have asked for more from our seniors and the leadership they’ve provided.”

Vazzano liked the play of his midfield – anchored by Morris, Dowey and Tynan – as well as his team’s defensive intensity and its ability to push a high pace onto attack.  Senior Luke Robinson made 16 saves in goal for the Foxes. Seven different players scored.

“I expected a low-scoring game, for the game to be pretty tight at first,” Vazzano said. “Early on in the season, you have to expect low-scoring games. Hats off to our defense. They came out and really played and put the presssure on and executed.  Offensively we had the scoring divvied up among a number of players, so that was good. Our motto this year is that we have to keep focused and be able to finish games. Today we did that.”


Hey guys, Syracuse here.

I just got back and I gotta say both teams did a lot of really nice things, but also both have a lot to work on. Hen Hud won 12-9, but Mamaroneck hung in there until the final few minutes.

The Sailors led 8-5 at the half  and 9-6 after three. Their lead ballooned up to 11-7 about four minutes into the fourth, but the Tigers got it back to 11-9. Jake Green then tacked on an insurance goal with 6:05 to play and Hen Hud played keepaway for the final few minutes.

For my money, Hen Hud’s Cole D’Addario and Collin Parkhurst, as well as Mamaroneck’s Alex Bodor, were the best players on the field. D’Addario finished with six goals and two assists, while Parkhurst had a pair of goals and three helpers. Green(2, 1), Alex Kaufman (1, 2) and Matt McDermott (1, 2) rounded out the scoring for the Sailors, who next up have Lakeland/Panas on Thursday and Somers on Saturday.

“We did what we needed to do, but we left a lot of opportunities on the field,” Hen Hud coach Craig Solomon said. “Against the upper echelon teams the mistakes we made will turn into goals. But wins are wins.”

D’Addario did most of his damage early.

“On game days he really raises his level of play,” Solomon said. “He’s a great competitor and does a great job of finishing shots.”

Parkhurst, who will attend Siena next season, looked right at home in his first game at midfield after playing attack last season.

“Collin will do whatever is necessary to make our team better,” Solomon said of the position switch. “He’s a great kid and is always our hardest worker.”

Mamaroneck, which will be a work in progress this season due to a serious lack of depth, was led by Bodor’s three goals and four assists. Alex Denhoff went 2, 1, Mark Lanni scored twice and Mark Gardiner had a goal and an assist.

Bobby Sincero made made seven saves and fueled the break effectively for Hen Hud with some crisp outlet passes. Matt Weiner made nine saves and did a nice job keeping Mamaroneck in the game during the second half.

That’s it for now … I’ll try to put up more Hand updates as I get them.

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17 Responses to “Saturday smorgasbord”

  1. LAX says:

    Anyone updates on JJ vs. Delbarton?
    Btw- UVA vs. MD just started on ESPN2. JJ alumni Bohlander is on MD and Bocklet on UVA.

  2. syracuse says:


    Unfortunately there’s just Joe and myself covering stuff today and the New Fairfield Shootout, Hand Tourney and Hen Hud’s opener took precedence over all the other action. We’ll get updates from Jay I’m sure. I ask that everyone please post updates down here when you get them.

  3. LAX says:

    No problem cuse. Looks like Ridgefield is the real deal, it may have been different if Fennessy was covering White though. Also I personally think it’s ridiculous for Duxbury to be ranked over Yorktown in the national rankings, I’m looking forward to seeing that score.

  4. syracuse says:

    Actually, we will be getting updates from the Darien scrimmage, featuring West Islip and SWR, as well as the Fox Lane-Ballston Spa game. So please check back for information …

  5. BigBadBear says:

    for those on the fields, Va beats MD in an NCAA record 7 (yes seven) OT’s….10-9…MD got robbed in the first O/T when an inadvertent whistle cost them the potential game winner…caught no sight of the Section 1 kids on either team

  6. yoky says:

    JJ 1 Delbarton 12 Scrimmage ouch. I heard delbarton is a machine and might be the number 1 team in the nation.

  7. LAX says:

    Yes, longest game in D1 history, but in reality, it should’ve ended seconds after the 1st OT began, MD did get robbed. But both teams really impressed me, especially their goalies. Ghitleman was a monster in OT. I saw Bohlander without his jersey on the sideline for MD, don’t know why he wasn’t playing but normally he gets solid minutes for MD, didn’t catch Bocklet anywhere. Also UVA scored 3 goals within about 90 seconds in the 4th quarter to tie it up, Stanwick scored 4.

  8. Laximus says:

    Dang. Sounds like a sick game. How did Bo and Bocklet do???

  9. Admiral says:

    The Darien scrimmages looked like ALL teams and coaches using this as a labratory…West Islip looked best of all, but I wouldn’t read too much into any of the scores as the starting line ups from all teams were shuffled regularly….interesting to watch the coaches work and look for the synergies that will make their team the best it can be.
    Of note, Darien had a freshman at X who looked seasoned and comfortable. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a freshman with the ability to play like that….will he start???? stay tuned.

  10. Laximus says:

    Great job with all the updates guys.

    A little surprised Hen Hud didn’t beat Mamo by more and surprised Fox Lane beat a decent team so easily even though Fox Lane has a sick goalie.

  11. swinglax says:

    This seems to be the longest preseason ever!

  12. OldTimer says:


    I believe Bohlander is out with a concussion suffered in the first period against North Carolina last week.

  13. Lacrossegeek says:

    Was Tom L’s seat saved at the hand tournament?

  14. GreenWhite says:

    John Fenn sat out two of the three scrimmages yesterday but I heard he did play a bit wit starters vs Ridgefield.

  15. syracuse says:

    I just spoke with a guy who said he saw New Canaan play Corning East. Apparently, New Canaan is getting out of the gate slowly. The Rams’ roster is barely finalized. The guy told me East won 10-0, but you can take that with a grain of salt.

    In fact, I’d stop short of passing any negative judgment on any team in Connecticut for at least another week. We simply don’t know much that we can take to the bank because they’ve been practicing over there for just a handful of days.

  16. SGlax says:

    I believe that Coach Lou J. is doing a great job with the Somers as it is his 1st year with the team. Possible Section title for the first year Somers coach?
    Any takers?

  17. yoky says:

    You think Somers people would learn from football after losing in the first round of the playoffs. Wow they are cocky. Remember you have not won nothing yet.

    They will lose to hen hud in the semis

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