It’s hard to argue against the value of stringing quality opponents together.
There’s a reason why so many of the powers that be in Section 1 are clicking when the playoffs get under way. Mistakes do not escape notice against good competition and are quickly corrected. Bronxville is hoping the improved schedule helps prevent the kind of meltdown the Broncos experienced last spring against Shoreham-Wading River in the state semis.
“It’s been good,” head coach Tim Horgan said. “We took our lumps against Yorktown, but it’s nice to take those lumps at the beginning of the season rather than the last game of the season because you can learn from it.”
According to a mathematical formula used by LaxPower.com to rate strength of schedule, Yorktown has played the most difficult schedule thus far. John Jay, Somers and Lakeland/Panas are next in line.
The plan almost backfired on the Rebels, who are playoff eligible because they cannot finish any worse than 1-3 against Class A opponents.
Lakeland/Panas is a very young team that is not learning as quickly as hoped, but the Rebels have played most of their opponents close. They have suffered a total of six losses by four or fewer goals.
“We’re all friends here, but at the same time a point has to be made,” Brian Prunty said following a recent loss to John Jay. “This program is a winning program. We’ve won in the past and this year we’re heading down a different path. We have to start (holding each other accountable). We have to keep moving forward and learn from our mistakes.”
North Salem rolling now: The learning curve in the opening weeks of the season was steep, and North Salem had to learn some tough lessons against the likes of Hen Hud, Brewster, North Rockland and Putnam Valley.
Something clicked along the way and the winning streak is up to six in a row through Friday’s games.
“We are finally firing on all cylinders,” North Salem coach Kevin Flynn said. “Everyone on this squad buying into the program. We’re very proud of their play and the fact that they are not playing down to the competition.
“We had a tough schedule to start with and the Pearl River loss in triple-overtime hurt us, but we learned from the mistakes and catapulted to where we are now. Our boys have been very aggressive getting the loose ball and pushing in transition. We can’t wait for the playoffs.”
Game of the week: It’s always fun when a good private school team plays a quality Section 1 opponent and there will be plenty of interest on Thursday when Iona Prep comes up to John Jay for a 6 p.m. showdown. The game will feature two of the best defensive units in the area. Both teams have been sitting near the top of the LoHud power rankings all season.
In the crease: Games between Iona Prep and Fordham Prep and North Rockland and Warwick on Friday and Saturday were used to raise funds that will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. … Mamaroneck is dealing with its first losing streak since dropping the last eight games of the regular season a year ago. And the Tigers aren’t likely to become discouraged since they came back and won four straight to capture the Section 1 Class A title. … Yorktown debuted in the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse national power rankings this week at No. 10 after knocking off Chaminade, Mahopac and Ridgefield.