About 15 minutes earlier, Yorktown had picked up a 9-6 win at Darien on a warm and sunny Saturday afternoon at this time last year, and I was standing alongside the fence at Darien High School, engaged in a conversation.
Suddenly, Darien players started making their way out to the field in perfect formation and with a sense of purpose you would expect from a team taking a field for a game.
Only the Blue Wave wasn’t getting ready to play a game. They were sent out to the field to do some extra running by coach Jeff Brameier.
While the Blue Wave and Huskers have developed a rivalry of mutual respect, that doesn’t mean a loss is easy to swallow for either of the teams — two of the top programs in the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region.
Darien has won five straight Connecticut Class M state titles. Yorktown has won six state titles in its history and 28 sectional titles the last 30 years. Game-time for their latest meeting, for the second annual Tom Lener Cup, is tonight at 7 at Charlie Murphy Field in Yorktown.
Also today in the Hudson Valley, Somers hosts Albany region power and 2009 state finalist Niskayuna at 7 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s state quarterfinal game, won by Nisky.
In another 7 p.m. game, Rockland rivals Pearl River and Tappan Zee meet at Tappan Zee.
At 8 p.m., John Jay hopes to complete a season series sweep of Horace Greeley. The Indians, who beat the Quakers 13-10 earlier this season, enter the game at No. 11 in the latest Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse National Power Rankings. The game will be played at a neutral site, Purchase College, at 8 p.m.
In 4:30 p.m. games, Bronxville hosts Ardsley, Hastings plays at Edgemont and Eastchester visits New Rochelle. Action in the Ossining tournament gets under way at 4 p.m. Scarsdale hosts Saunders at 5 p.m.
Moving to Connecticut, Weston, which suffered its first loss of the season on Monday after falling to unbeaten Staples, plays at Masuk at 4 p.m. At 4:30 p.m., Fairfield Warde visits Westhill. In 7 p.m. action, Notre Dame-West Haven plays at Hamden, Pomperaug hosts Newton and Trumbull visits Morgan at Peters Complex. Bunnell is at Stratford at 7:30 p.m.
On Long Island, Farmingdale, which has won eight straight after a 2-2 start (with the losses against Smithtown West and Lynbrook), hosts Lynbrook at 7 p.m.
Syosset hosts Uniondale, Baldwin plays at Herricks, Floral Park entertains Island Trees and Hempstead is at Freeport at 4:30 p.m. At 4:45 p.m., Clarke visits Friends.
In Suffolk, Ward Melville (10-2) hopes to bounce back from its 16-5 loss to West Islip on Wednesday, when it plays at William Floyd (7-5) at 4:15 p.m. Smithtown West visits West Babylon, North Babylon is at Brentwood and Riverhead hosts Copiague at 4 p.m. Connetquot visits Bay Shore and Smithtown East is at Lindenhurst at 4:30 p.m.
In 7 p.m. games, Sachem East hosts East Islip on its senior night. East Islip is 10-2 with its losses to West Islip, the nation’s No. 2-ranked team, and Sachem North, which is the only team this season to beat West Islip. Sachem East is 7-5.
Also at 7 p.m., Walt Whitman, coming off a 19-6 loss to East Islip, hosts Patchogue-Medford.
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