If you’ve never witnessed The Murphy Cup live and in person, change your plans. Hire a sitter. Better yet, bring the kids along. There are very few high school events that can match the atmosphere or intensity of this game. I’ll be on the sideline tweeting away, so bring the smartphone along.
Let’s hope the storms make an unexpected turn.
The rivals will be spotlighting the Cheryl R. Lindenbaum Cancer Center at Hudson Valley Hospital Center and raising funds to support its mission. Donations will be accepted throughout the evening. Representatives from the Hudson Valley Hospital Center will be selling “Light up the Night with Hope” necklaces for $5.
Game time is 7 p.m. at Lakeland High School.
2011 – Yorktown 11, Lakeland/Panas 7
2010 – Lakeland/Panas 10, Yorktown 7
2009 – Yorktown 11, Lakeland/Panas 8
2008 – Yorktown 10, Lakeland/Panas 9
2007 – Lakeland/Panas 10, Yorktown 9
2006 – Yorktown 18, Lakeland/Panas 9
2005 – Yorktown 12, Lakeland/Panas 9
(Yorktown leads the series 19-3)
Yorktown (9-2) hasn’t lost to a Section 1 team since Mahopac beat the defending Class B champion last April 16. The Huskers are deep offensively and they average 12.5 goals a game. It’s hard to find any holes on the other side of the field. Yorktown is giving up 5 goals a game to sectional opponents.
Lakeland/Panas (8-4) has just one loss this season to a Section 1 opponent. The Rebels fell to John Jay earlier this week. It’s been a struggle at times for this team offensively, and Lakeland/Panas is 3-3 when scoring less than eight goals. Defense has been a bright spot, and the Rebels are giving up just 5.4 goals per game.
Offensive middies: Lakeland/Panas
Defensive middies: Yorktown
Close defense: Yorktown
Prediction: Yorktown 10, Lakeland/Panas 5