There’s nothing to do today except sit back and enjoy the weather. We could probably give a couple of pats on the back, too. I was really impressed by Putnam Valley’s win. Don’t tell anyone, but I think I called the Tigers a one-man team earlier in the week. And then seven players throw in goals against what I thought was a pretty strong Rye team. Oops.
Lakeland/Panas gets some accolades, too, for getting on the bus and knocking off Shenendehowa. Those sophomores will grow up quickly with more wins like that one. It was 8-4 going into the fourth, so there was some real stress down the stretch, but the Rebels hung on.
I’m pretty sure Brewster is feeling better about itself after removing Tappan Zee from the ranks of the undefeated. Edgemont ran its record to 5-1 with a win over Eastchester, and will have a chance to make some noise in the week ahead with a showdown against Dobbs Ferry looming. I bet Scarsdale celebrated that win over Saratoga with plenty of energy. A win always helps reinforce the lessons that have been coming fast and furious.
The big three – Yorktown, Somers and John Jay – failed to make a headline, but that’s really not the goal when scheduling the kind of competition they are facing. I’m thinking North Rockland’s double-overtime loss to Weston is going to pay dividends somewhere down the road.
Sunday, April 15
No games scheduled
White Plains 8, Stepinac 4
Edgemont 9, Eastchester 5
Highland 6, Albertus Magnus 1
Weston (Conn.) 7, North Rockland 6, 2OT
Mahopac 13, Horace Greeley 5
Brewster 10, Tappan Zee 3
Blind Brook 8, Peekskill 7
Pomperaug (Conn.) 15, Carmel 2
Pleasantville 16, Red Hook 6
Nyack 16, Ardsley 2
Lakeland/Panas 8, Shenendehowa 6
Putnam Valley 9, Rye 7
Manhasset 11, John Jay 10 OT
Ridgefield 17, Somers 8
Smithtown West 14, Yorktown 4
Scarsdale 8, Saratoga 7
North Salem 16, Westlake 5
A couple of thoughts on the game I was at … It was fun to watch the White Plains coaches on the sidelines during the first half while the Tigers were tripping over themselves. The only thing missing was a Three Stooges soundtrack. Stepinac took advantage, jumping in front 4-1, then simply faded away. White Plains dumped in two goals before the break, then valued the ball and out-shot the Crusaders 29-4 in the second half. I realize both teams are struggling with the learning curve right now, and I actually liked the post-intermission Tigers, who just need to finish more shots. This group has legs. And they will go by a defense with lesser feet, the shots are just a little soft right now. Stepinac is taking baby steps, and was a little shy about bodying up once White Plains got rolling.
Update, 4/16: The story in today’s paper had to be shortened to fit the news hole, but click here to read the full version that ran online.
We’ve got a busy week ahead. I’m going to be at four games … stay tuned.