If the game between Garden City-Syosset serves as the annual lidlifter for the regular season of Long Island lacrosse, then the annual John Jay-Darien scrimmage similarly marks the start of things in the Hudson Valley/Connecticut region.

Granted, it’s not an actual game, but it has been as anticipated and talked about as many — if not most — regular-season contests in the region.

Why? Because both squads are two of the most successful programs in the region, and because they do not meet again in the regular season.

This year’s scrimmage is set for 4:15 p.m. today at DHS Stadium in Darien.

In other scrimmages today, two of the top contenders in Section 1 Class A, Arlington and Suffern, meet at 4:30 p.m. Elsewhere, Staples hosts Pleasantville, Putnam Valley host Blind Brook, Ardsley meets Clarkstown North and Pearl River visits Westlake — also at 4:30 p.m.

In regular-season action, Jericho, which returns nearly its entire squad from last year’s 9-7 team, hosts Roslyn, which went 10-7 last year. Jericho is coming off a strong scrimmage showing against Cold Spring Harbor.

The Jayhawks will also face St. Anthony’s and Don Bosco in the Red/Gray Preseason Tournament at Somers on Saturday. Jericho standouts include junior D/LSM Chandler Kirby (a Cornell University commit) as well as classmate Noah Starr (attack) and senior attack/midfielders Cory Bogdan and Jordan Brett. Jericho heads into the season with some momentum from other sports, having won a state title in soccer and advancing to the county finals in basketball.

Elsewhere on Long Island, Bethpage looks to go 2-0 when it hosts Calhoun. Syosset hopes to bounce back from its 13-8 season-opening loss to Garden City when it hosts South Side, and Hauppauge visits Port Washington.

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29 Responses to “Thursday, 3/22: John Jay, Darien set for much-awaited annual preseason meeting; Jericho battles Roslyn in matchup of upstart programs”

  1. Indian J says:

    Who’s going to Blue wave vs. Jay ? It sure is nice out.

  2. Jester says:

    Huffard, the sophomore goalie, for Darien is going to be a good one.

  3. J says:

    Where are updates on the JJ Darien scrimmage?

    • Jaybird says:

      JJ- Darien was an evenly played scrimmage. When they shut off the scoreboard early in the 4th qtr Darien was up 9-7. They played a fifth 12 minute period too that I didn’t stay for.

  4. Laxit says:

    Great matchup of Jack Lambert (jr/UNC) on Case Mathies (sr/ Duke), two of the top players in the country. Case looked agile coming back from his injury but Lambert held him to 1-1.

    • Blutarsky says:

      Jack ” The Fang” Lambert is a “Baddd Man!!”

    • laxr says:

      Certainly a huge improvement over last year, when Case ran circles around him for 5-2. Hopefully it’s a sign that Lambert is really blossoming (as I’m inclined to think), and not that Case’s injury is holding him back.

  5. ralph moc says:

    remember Darien just started 3 days ago and jj has been going for 2 weeks and still lost

    • Blutarsky says:

      Ralphie Boy, Case should get use to it. “The Fang” will be wearing him out for years to come when North Carolina and Duke play. Should be fun to watch!

      Hope Case’s knee is 100% because when he’s 100% he awesome to watch. Its a show!

    • Doid23 says:

      Jay wins in the regular season, it’s because Darien has had a week less practice.
      Jay loses in a scrimmage, it’s because Darien is better.
      Jay is close in a scrimmage, doesn’t count because Darien has only practiced x days.
      Same broken record, different year.

      • laxr says:

        Pay no attention to it Doid; scrimmage results mean nothing and anyone who tries to rationalize scrimmage scores is obviously just pumping their team (having said that I believe that last year’s scrimmage was a bit of an exception – i think everyone knew who was the better team after watching that unfold).

      • Indian J says:

        Darien has been practicing as a team for longer than 4 days, even if not officially. Jay would have an advantage, but does it nullify the result ? No. Jay , at least at this extremely early point, is probably better than expected-we’ll see.

        • ralph moc says:

          final score of Darien is ?

        • Lax Novice says:

          I agree with this entirely. I was pleased to see Jay not only competing hard but very effective and having the better of the flow of play in the 1st quarter, which ended 1-1. Jay is the reverse of Darien, they’ll rely on their experienced defense and goalie early on while the offense finds their way working in many new guys.

          As far as the Wave are concerned I wasn’t unhappy with how things went yesterday either. I was told afterward that the lefty attack who was helped off the field yesterday will be fine, which is a very good thing. I thought his replacement, senior Jamie Kerr, was very effective in his stint thereafter. I left after 3 quarters and felt very satisfied that both teams accomplished what they had set out to do yesterday, and we’ll see how both bounce right back Saturday, Jay at Delbarton and the Wave hosting, Fairfield Prep, West Islip and SWR.

        • slacrosse says:

          My sense as well based upon the scrimmage (prob better then expected)

    • Geepers says:

      Wait, doesn’t Darien practice year round at SoNo? I was there not sure whether Darien isn’t as good as I thought they would be, or Jay is better than I thought they would be. Long season though, nice to see that Matheis kid back on the field.

  6. Sailors Fan says:

    Hen Hud scrimmages today at Suffern Middle School. Played four 25 minute running time games. Weather quality was unseasonably warm; lax quality was very much pre-season.

    HH 3 Arlington 4
    HH 6 Glen Rocks, NJ 4
    HH 3 Suffern 2
    HH 3 Scarsdale 1

  7. LAXVID says:

    Watched 3rd Quarter of Jericho Roslyn Game. Jericho dominated time of possession, scoring 6 goals in quarter. Bogdan, Brett and Starr were key contributors.

  8. SirLaxalot says:

    Speaking of Tommy Beck, Joe did a nice interview with him, Danny Caiola and Jack Lambert after the Darien scrimmage… http://www.msgvarsity.com/westchester/john-jay-cross-river?

  9. LaxFan12 says:

    Jordan Brett (Jericho HS, Ithaca College Commit) had a fantastic game against Roslyn, carrying the team to the 9-4 victory. Checking on newsday.com, he also had a nice showing in their opener. Watch out for Jericho this year, they have some potential in the strong Nassau Conference B.

  10. sgt hulka says:

    Anybody know who the John Jay captains are?

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