There’s no doubt that the marquee matchup of Tuesday’s state quarterfinal tripleheader at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy is the Yorktown-Niskayuna game, which marks the second time the teams have meet for a regional championship in the last three years.
Here’s a look at all three games, followed by state results, schedules, bracket and directions to the venues.
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Class B: John Jay (19-2) vs. Glens Falls (14-6), 3:30 p.m.
Winner plays: The winner of Tuesday’s 3 p.m. Long Island Class B championship game between Garden City and Huntington in Thursday’s 3:30 p.m. state semifinals
Scouting the Glens Falls Indians: Glens Falls is equipped with a strong finisher in junior Ian Saunders (No. 18) and a solid feeder in sophomore Beau Knapp (No. 4). The Indians have also have an experienced goalie in senior Eric Luhrmann.
Class C: Rye (15-7) vs. Johnstown (6-10), 5:30 p.m.
Winner plays: The winner of Tuesday’s 5:30 p.m. Long Island Class C championship game between Cold Spring Harbor and Shoreham-Wading River in Thursday’s 5:30 p.m. state semifinals at Hofstra.
Scouting the Sir Bills: Johnstown edged Greenwich 15-13 to win the Section 2 title Class C title after losing to Greenwich twice during the regular seaso and each of the last two years in the sectional finals. An interesting matchup should be Ohio State-bound all-America defenseman T.J. Smith of Rye on Johnstown’s leading scorer, Kevin Hunt (No. 22), a junior attackman.
Class A: Yorktown (11-9) vs. Niskayuna (17-3), 8 p.m.
Winner plays: The winner of Tuesday’s 8 p.m. Long Island Class A championship game between West Islip and Syosset
in Thursday’s 8 p.m. state semifinals at Hofstra
Scouting the Silver Warriors: Simply stated, Niskayuna is one of the most disciplined, well-coached and defensively dominant teams in the state. The Silver Warriors are also in the midst of an impressive run of three straight Section 2 titles that began in 2005 when Niskayuna defeated Yorktown 11-6 in the state quarterfinals. Last year in the quarterfinals, the Silver Warriors gave heavily favored John Jay all it could handle in a 7-5 loss. And the energy the Indians needed to expend in pulling out that win may have had a carryover effect in the semifinals as the Indians fell to West Islip by the surprisingly one-sided score of 13-1. Senior midfielder Nick DiSarro (No. 1) and senior attackman Jack Leary (No, 7) are the Silver Warriors’ main scorers. But the two players who may have the biggest impact in deciding the outcome of Tuesday’s game are Vermont-bound midfielder Chris Hall (No. 14) and sophomore goaltender James Machester. Hall is a faceoff specialist recruited by the Catamounts expressly for that purpose. Manchester, a first-year starter, who took over for three-time all-American Noah Fossner (who red-shirted at Delaware). Against mutual opponent John Jay, Niskayuna lost 9-3 and Yorktown fell 12-6. Niskayuna was tied at 3-3 with the Indians and trailed only 5-3 at the half. The Silver Warriors also went 2-1 in games against Guilderland, which lost to Lakeland/Panas by a goal.
State playoff results, schedule and brackets
at John Jay High School:
Class A: Yorktown 18, Pine Bush 8
Class B: John Jay 20, Saugerties 1
Class C: Rye 9, O’Neill 1
at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy
Tuesday, June 5
Class B: John Jay (Section 1) vs. Glens Falls (Section 2), 3:30 p.m.
Class C: Rye (Section 1) vs. Johnstown (Section 2), 5:30 p.m.
Class A: Yorktown (Section 1) vs. Niskayuna (Section 2), 8 p.m.
“Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Directions to RPI“:http://www.rpi.edu/virtual_tour/travel.html
at Hofstra University, Hempstead
Thursday, June 7
Class B, 3:30 p.m.
Class C, 5:30 p.m.
Class A, 8 p.m.
“Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Directions to Hofstra“:http://www.hofstra.edu/About/InfoCenter/info_hofdirect.html
at Cicero North-Syracuse School, Cicero
Saturday, June 9
Class B, 11 a.m.
Class C, 1:30 p.m.
Class A, 4 p.m.
“Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Directions to Cicero-North Syracuse High School”:http://www.syracusechargers.org/meets/throws/dirs/cnshs_dir.html