Championship Week is really just getting started.

But it will have to go a long way to top what happened yesterday.

In what were undoubtedly two of the most memorable Section 1 semifinals in history, defending champions Lakeland/Panas (Class A) and John Jay (Class B) advanced to the finals in the most dramatic fashion possible as top-seeded Suffern and Somers both fell, respectively.

Lakeland/Panas overcame a late three-goal deficit to pick up its second one-goal win of the season against Suffern, beating Suffern 13-12 in triple — yes, triple — overtime on a goal by junior Tony Laguerre.

John Jay, which had led by three goals late in the game only to fall behind, rallied back from a two-goal deficit with a minute and a half remaining in regulation to outlast Somers on a goal with four seconds left in overtime by Mike Lupinacci (pictured at left in the photo by Jim Stout/

I haven’t seen the footage of the games yet. I’m going to check it out today at our Long Island studio. Then, we will break down the highlights, have post-game interviews and previews of the finals on MSG Varsity’s “SportsDesk” at 6 p.m. on Channel 14. (The show reairs at 9 p.m.) Between JJ-Somers and LP-Suffern, that’s definitely “must-see TV.”

You can check out Isaac Cass’ story on the John Jay-Somers game at now by clicking here. There’s also a photo gallery and video highlights.

For the story, highlights and photos from the LP-Suffern game from Justin Mintzes, check this link.

In the meantime, you can relive all of yesterday’s amazing action now, by checking out yesterday’s “Gameday” post by clicking here, and reading the real-time score updates, coupled with the reaction.

In the other sectional semis yesterday, Yorktown easily handled Tappan Zee 18-4 in Class B and Mahopac beat White Plains 9-3 in Class A.

So Thursday’s Section 1 Class A and B finals at Suffern Middle School are set. Lakeland/Panas, making its fifth straight title-game appearance, takes on Mahopac, making its first appearance in the finals since 2005, at 3 p.m. Yorktown, making its 32nd straight sectional final, faces John Jay for the Class B final at 5:30 p.m.

We’ll know later today what teams will be playing in Thursday’s 8 p.m. Section 1 Class C title game at Suffern following the conclusion of today’s semifinals between Pleasantville and Byram Hills and Dobbs Ferry and Pleasantville.

We’ll also know what teams will be squaring off for the FCIAC crown on Friday night at Brien McMahon in Norwalk in short order.

That’s because Ridgefield and defending FCIAC champion Greenwich meet in one semi at 5 p.m. today at McMahon, in a rematch of a quarterfinal-round game last year won by the Cardinals.

Then, in the nightcap at McMahon, traditional rivals Darien, the top seed, and red-hot Wilton collide at 7:30 p.m., or 45 minutes after the first game ends.

As if all that’s not enough — and my goodness, don’t you think it ought to be — there’s a full slate of quarterfinal-round action in Section 8 (Nassau County) and Section 11 (Suffolk County).

The matchup we’re flagging is the Suffolk Class A contest between fifth-seeded Connetquot and No. 4 Sachem North.

Before we get to today’s schedule rundown, just a quick reminder to check in here with score updates from the field today with your mobile devices.

Now, without further ado, here’s today rundown:

FCIAC semifinals:

at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk:

No. 3 Ridgefield vs. No. 2 Greenwich, 5 p.m.
No. 5 Wilton vs. No. 1 Darien, 7:30 p.m.

Section 1 Class C semifinals:

No. 5 Byram Hills at No. 1 Pleasantville, 4:30 p.m.
No. 3 Dobbs Ferry at No. 2 Bronxville, 5 p.m.

Section 8 quarterfinals

at Hofstra University in Hempstead

Class A

No. 6 Baldwin vs. No. 3 Syosset, 2 p.m.
No. 10 Port Washington vs. No. 2 Massapequa, 4 p.m.

Class B

No. B2-3 Bethpage vs. B1-2 Wantagh, 6 p.m.
No. B1-4 Carey vs. B2-1 Manhasset, 8 p.m.

Section 11 quarterfinals

Class A

No. 8 Smithtown East at No. 1 West Islip, 4 p.m.
No. 7 Northport at No. 2 Ward Melville, 4 p.m.
No. 11 Lindenhurst at No. 3 Smithtown West , 4 p.m.
No 5 Connetquot at No. 4 Sachem North, 4 p.m.

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50 Responses to “Gameday Tuesday, 5/24: FCIAC, Section 1 Class C semifinals, Long Island quarterfinals highlight today's postseason slate”

  1. Old Rugger says:

    Here we go

    Rfield 9 Gwich 8
    Darien 10 Wilton 8

    BH 9 Pville 8 BH played a much better SOS and it will show here
    Bville 14 DF 6

    Syosset 7 Bwin 6
    Pequa 10 PW 5

    Wantagh 12 BP 6
    Sett 10 Carey 3
    WI 12 SE 6
    WM 11 Nport 7
    SW 13 Lhurst 6
    Cquot 12 SN 11

  2. Lax Novice says:

    For what it’s worth –

    Greenwich 10, Ridgefield 7

    Darien 11, Wilton 7

  3. LI Lax says:

    WM 3 Northport 2 in the first.

  4. Coach Neil says:

    Any WI – SE score yet?

  5. ReLAX says:

    Syosset/Baldwin should be done…any scores fr Hofstra?

  6. sec1 says:

    2-2 Halftime Pville vs Byram

  7. Hooper says:

    Let’s say: Ridgefield 7-6, Darien 12-9

  8. sec1 says:

    4-2 Byram 7:31

  9. sec1 says:

    5-2 Byram man up 4:10

  10. updater says:

    5 – 2 BH middle 3rd

  11. sec1 says:

    5-3 Byram 3:41

  12. sec1 says:

    6-3 Byram 2:19

  13. sec1 says:

    6-3 end of 3

  14. LI Lax says:

    FINAL: Ward Melville 12, Northport 9

  15. Joe Lombardi says:

    FCIAC semis at the half: Ridgefield 5, Greenwich 1

    • Old Growth says:

      Ridgefield needs to watch out for a let down in the 3rd quarter. That is how they lost the last game.

  16. sec1 says:

    7-3 Byram Final
    GB F/O big diff

    • Plenty to Clean Up says:

      Sec 1, I agree BH won today’s faceoff/groundball battle. BH still very sloppy with dropped balls and poor clearing passes.

      For BH to have a chance against Bville they’ve got to cut down on the drops and clear better. Need to look for the easy pass and not look for the homerun pass.

      Their defense was strong today -many good checks and good team defense -BH needs to play smart and close to error free on Thursday night to have a chance.

  17. LI Lax says:

    Connetquot pulls it off, they win 10-9

    WI wins 15-9

  18. Joe Lombardi says:

    Final: Ridgefield 10, Greenwich 4

    The third-seeded Tigers will face the winner of the 7:30 p.m. semi between No. 1 Darien and No. 5 Wilton on Friday at 7 p.m. in the FCIAC title game back at Brien McMahon HS in Norwalk.

    Second-seeded Greenwich, the defending FCIAC champs, awaits a state tournament berth.

  19. Joe Lombardi says:

    Darien leads Wilton 2-1 after one.

  20. Joe Lombardi says:

    Richard Gregory’s second goal of the game gives Darien a 4-1 lead.

  21. Joe Lombardi says:

    Serpa gets his second and 1ilton pulls within 4-2 midway through the second.

  22. . says:

    what was the final of bxville dobbs?

  23. Joe Lombardi says:

    Reyes Guerra Dunn and Gregory trade goals. 5-3 Darien late in the second quarter

  24. Bronco Bob says:

    It’s on to the finals, all! Congrats to Bronxville on a hard earned 15-2 win over a scrappy Dobbs Ferry team today in the semifinals.


    Henry Grass 4, 1

    Jack Grass 3, 2

    Charlie McCormick 3, 0

    • . says:

      near didnt do much?

    • dlax6 says:

      Dobbs Ferry’s Avalos is a great player. He is the man to watch this summer and next season. He led the team in goals and assists. He is all team. Congrats to the Eagle.

    • NYmike says:

      Hard earned at 15-2? Really? I love those Bronxville kids and that community, but – c’mon man. Congrats to DF on an excellent first year.

      • ReLAX says:

        I think it’s Dobbs’ first yr of varsity lax. Good job for them to get there, but you’re right the ville has had an easy path to the finals. Sure hope the BH kids can give the ville a game. So far it’s been a cakewalk!

  25. Joe Lombardi says:

    Ben Preston scores two in a one-minute stretch. 7-3

  26. Joe Lombardi says:

    Tony Britton intercepts a pass while Wilton is a man up and finds Case Matheis for a goal. It’s 8-3 Wave.

    • tigerfan says:

      as a ridgefield fan, this play was very athletic of britton, and matheis made a great play. One of the best goals I have seen in the FCIAC this year.

  27. Joe Lombardi says:

    Darien leads 8-4 after three.

  28. Joe Lombardi says:

    Weaver (Darien) and Greco (Wilton) scored. 9-5 Darien midway through the fourth.

  29. Joe Lombardi says:

    With a minute left, Reyes Guerra Dunn pulls the Warriors within 9-6.

  30. Joe Lombardi says:

    Darien wins 9-6.

    The top-seeded Blue Wave will face No. 3 Ridgefield in Friday’s FCIAC final at 7 p.m. back at McMahon.

  31. Laxin says:

    Nice job by Quot beating Sachem N 10-9. This team is playing with confidence and could give WI a run for its money.

  32. kr says:

    any update on the Manhasset-Carey game?

  33. Joe Lombardi says:

    Darien 2-3-3-1 = 9

    Wilton 1-2-1-2 = 6

    Darien scoring:

    Richard Gregory 3-0

    Ben Preston 2-0

    Bobby Weaver 2-0

    Graham Maybell 1-2

    Case Matheis 1-2

    Tim Murphy 0-1

    Ton Britton 0-1

    Wilton scoring:

    Mike Serpa 2-0

    Matt Reyes-Guerra-Dunn 2-1

    Connor Melillo 1-0

    Mike Grecco 1-0

    Mike Francia 0-1

    Pat Holland 0-1

    Darien goalies saves:

    Dylan Torey 9

    Wilton goalie saves:

    Sam Somers 12

    Darien record: 16-2

    Will play Ridgefield Friday night at 7:05 pm for the FCIAC Championships – live on MSG Varsity from Brien McMahon.

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