Section 1 Tournament
At White Plains High School
No. 1 North Rockland (14-4) vs. No. 3 Mamaroneck (12-6)
Players to watch: A Kyle Michella (NRk), A Tyler Senatore (NRk), MF John Dapolito (NRk); MF Peter Conley (Mk), G Thomas Brill (Mk), A Scott Greenberg (Mk).
Scouting report: The Red Raiders do not have a lot of believers and are truly in a situation where they have an opportunity to shock the section. It’s a team with a good mix of seniors and underclassmen. And while the schedule could be called into question, North Rockland really didn’t have any bad losses. The Tigers surely have been tested more in the last two years and this group seems to block out the outside noise better than most teams. Mamaroneck has more firepower up front and realizes what going back-to-back would mean to the program. A good start is very important, but these guys know how to come from behind.
Prediction: Mamaroneck 9, North Rockland 6
No. 1 Yorktown (16-2) vs. No. 2 John Jay (12-6)
Players to watch: A Nick Mariano (Yk), MF Brian Prestreau (Yk), D Austin Fusco (Yk); MF Shawn Smith (JJ), LSM Jack Lambert (JJ), D Matt Lanza (JJ).
Scouting report: It’s just to hard for all but a few teams in New York State to keep up with the Huskers offensively, so it’s very important for the Indians to execute perfectly on the defensive end or come up with some new wrinkle to slow a potent attack. John Jay has also struggled to win face offs against good teams, so a major adjustment has to be made there. Yorktown won the first meeting back in April rather handily, but must find a way to finish early on. Letting the Indians hang around would be a mistake.
Prediction: Yorktown 10, John Jay 5
No. 1 Bronxville (17-1) vs. No. 2 Pleasantville (15-4)
Players to watch: A Henry Grass (Bx), A Jack Grass (Bx), A Matt Behrens (Bx); A Brendan Halloran (Pv), MF Greg Drillock (Pv), G Christopher Doerr (Pv).
Scouting report: The Broncos have to be careful they don’t get ahead of themselves after 14 consecutive wins. Letting the Panthers hang around would be a mistake. Pleasantville doesn’t have any superstars, and there’s not a lot of depth. This group simply works hard and looks to steal headlines. The Panthers have to play a perfect defensive game because they don’t match up with a Division 1 attack unit.
Prediction: Bronxville 10, Pleasantville 7