What’s better than a big inter-sectional Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut lacrosse showdown on a sunny Saturday?
How about three of them.
All at the same site.
That will be the scenario today at St. Anthony’s High School in South Huntington, which is the proud host of the Lead the Way Lacrosse Day of Heroes.”
Here’s the lineup:
* New Canaan vs. St. Anthony’s, noon: St. Anthony’s has not quite lived up to early season, No. 2 national ranking, having lost to Chaminade 14-8, but the Friars are traditionally a team that improves as the season goes on. New Canaan
* Yorktown vs. Chaminade, 2 p.m.: Yorktown pulled out a 9-8 win against Chaminade last year, but the Flyers check in at No. 16 in the latest Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse National Rankings while the Huskers have had what has so far been an up-and-down season.
* Darien vs. Manhasset, 4 p.m.: Unranked in the preseason, defending Class C state champion Manhasset has soared to the No. 4 spot in the latest national rankings. Darien, which lost a week ago to Conestoga (Pa.), fell to Manhasset 14-13 last year.
MSG Network will be airing all three games on Sunday at the following times: 8 a.m. (New Canaan vs. St. Anthony’s); 10 a.m. (Yorktown vs. Chaminade); and noon (Manhasset vs. Darien).
In another intriguing inter-state battle, the red-hot Mountain Lakes Lakers of New Jersey host Shoreham-Wading River at noon. In yet another, Rye hosts New Fairfield at 6 p.m. at Nugent Stadium.
There are also a couple of intriguing Putnam vs. Suffolk intersectional games.
Mahopac, which has a win over Somers and a loss to Yorktown most recently on its resume, plays at Northport at 1 p.m. Northport, guided by former Yorktown head coach George Searing, is 3-5, but those losses have been to Manhasset, East Islip, Walt Whitman, Connetquot and Smithtown East. The loss to East Islip (8-1) was 11-7. Mahopac fell to East Islip 14-13.
At 1 p.m., Brewster host Hauppauge. The Eagles are 7-1 with the loss against unbeaten Comsewogue.
Inter-state rivals John Jay and Corning East will meet for the fourth straight year. After John Jay won the first two meetings in the season, the Trojans, who have advanced to the Class C state final two times in the last three years, defeated the Indians 11-4 last season after John Jay beat Corning East 8-7 in 2007 and 16-11 in ’08. Game-time is noon in Cross River. John Jay checks in at No. 15 in the latest national rankings and No. 9 in Class B in the latest state rankings. Corning East is the state’s No. 4-ranked Class C team.
Horace Greeley has a big inter-state game of its own today as the Quakers face Guilderland at 3 p.m. at the University at Albany. The Dutchmen are 5-2 with the losses coming against Mercer Island (Wash.) and Shenendehowa.
Also today on Long Island, the Connetquot Thunderbirds, coming off their first loss of the season (10-7 vs. Ward Melville), host West Babylon at 11 a.m. Also at 11 .am., Port Washington visits Baldwin.
At 10 a.m., Seaford hosts North Shore, Mineola is at Floral Park, Oceanside visits Hicksville, Uniondale hosts East Meadow and Plainview is at Herricks.
Port Washington plays at Baldwin at 11 a.m. At noon, Tappan Zee visits Sewanhaka in a Rockland vs. Nassau battle. Cold Spring Harbor plays at Clarke at 1 p.m.
In Connecticut, unbeaten Weston (6-0) faces Guilford at Guilford’s Kavanaugh Field at noon. Also at 12 p.m., another 6-0 team, Staples, plays at Stamford.
At 1 p.m., St. Joseph-Trumbull hosts winless Trinity Catholic and Danbury visits Norwalk.
In Section 1, Somers, which has won back-to-back games after a 1-4 start, hosts Lakeland/Panas at 5:30 p.m. in a rematch of a game last year won by Somers 10-9. Adding spice to the matchup is the fact that second-year Somers coach Lew Janavey was a longtime assistant at Lakeland/Panas. As we told you Thursday night, it’s also the inaugural Communities Collide Benefiting Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is a group dedicated to raising awareness of Autism as well as funding research.
(A quick note about next week’s schedule: the Yorktown at Somers game, originally scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Somers, will now be played Monday at 7 p.m. at Somers.)
Also in Section 1 today, defending Class C sectional champ Put Valley, coming off back-to-back losses to Yorktown and Lakeland/Panas, hosts Fox Lane at 1 p.m. At 1:30 p.m., Irvington plays at Scarsdale.
Nauet visits Albertus Magnus, Byram Hills hosts Harrison, North Salem hosts Croton and Peekskill plays at Hastings at 11 a.m. At 10 a.m., White Plains visits Ardsley and North Rockland hosts Ossining.
Also this morning, Arlington takes on the Albany Academy.
It should be quite a day. By the time it’s over, we may have a better idea just who the best team in the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region is. Speaking of which, gang, be sure to check out our brand new poll question and exercise your right to vote.
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So let’s make this yet another week — and weekend — to remember. Be sure to post your thoughts and predictions on these matchups as well as any info on the scores and game details.
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