Iona Prep hopes to be off and running on Wednesday against CHSAA rival Fordham Prep. (Photo by Stuart Bayer/The Journal News)
Are you ready?It’s time once again, my friends, for the return of our popular Monday morning feature, “Previews and picks.”
In case you forgot, here’s the deal.
I throw out a few games and give some analysis and predictions.
BUT … that’s just the start.
The rest is up to you.
I will then give a prediction on any game you want. You just have to ask.
So ask. I’m down.
All righty then, away we go …
Fordham Prep at Iona Prep (Wednesday, 4 p.m.): After seeing a pair of nationally ranked teams the last few days (John Jay in a scrimmage on Thursday and Chaminade in a game on Saturday), it will be interesting to see how Iona Prep does against its longtime CHSAA rival, Fordham Prep. The Rams are a young team with co-captain Michael Wrotniak, a defenseman, one of just three seniors. Iona Prep returns Nick Trizano, who led the LoHud region with 79 goals last season.
Prediction: Iona Prep 11, Fordham Prep 7
Lakeland/Panas at Suffern (Thursday, 6 p.m.): These teams have had some heated battles in years past and this one should be no exception. A Suffern win here would go a long way toward establishing the Mounties as a legitimate Class A contender. Lakeland/Panas may lack depth, but it has a solid group of potential impact players, starting with goalie Mike Mackay and including attackmen Jack Doherty and Keith Rodriguez, midfielder Mike Malan and defenseman Phil Honovich.
Prediction: Lakeland/Panas 9, Suffern 4
John Jay at Manhasset (Saturday, 7 p.m.): It would be hard to talk about this game without starting off with what happened last year when the teams met. In fact, we’d be foolish not to because it may have been the most exciting regular-season game of the year involving a Section 1 team. John Jay won 9-8 in triple OT for its first-ever win against Manhasset.
This year’s game could be equally as entertaining.
Manhasset is ranked No. 4 in the nation by Inside Lacrosse. John Jay is No. 9. But going in, Manhasset gets a slight edge because it returns nine starters, including Virginia-bound attackman Connor English and Harvard-bound defenseman Paul Pate.
One area that will be key is faceoffs as JJ’s Tyler Granelli and Harrison Silver square off against Manhasset’s Jeff Molinari in an intriguing game within a game. I project whoever wins the faceoff battle will win the game.
Prediction: Manhasset 10, John Jay 8
â€¢ “Here’s more”:http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080331/SPORTS02/803310324/-1/SPORTS on the showdown.
BTW – Connor English, who is a junior, even has “his own Web site.”:http://connorlax.com It’s called â€” what else? â€” connorlax.com.