I can’t imagine having better matchups.
There are great story lines in place across the board today and any one of the games is worth the price of admission. Yes, it’s going to cost you $8 to get in ($5 if you’re a 12u or 62u). This is an event that has to be experienced live if you play or coach the game. Bring the youth teams.
I will be there for all three games, tweeting live throughout @lohudlacross. Josh Thomason is coming over to lend a hand, so there will be a story on each game in The Journal News tomorrow and on lohud.com tonight.
Section 1 Championships
at White Plains High School
No. 8 Mahopac (11-8) at No. 2 Mamaroneck (12-6)
History: The Tigers have played in four straight Section 1 title games, and have sent the Indians home each of the last three seasons.
Attack: Joe Frezza, Johnnie Ward, Shane McDonald.
Midfield: Danny Foley, Christian Donahoe, DJ Pearl.
Defensive midfield: Nick Sehring, Tom Wilson, Aidan Hynes (LSM).
Poles: Max Littleton, Zach Carlin, Chris Howard.
Goalie: Mike Aurisicchio.
Attack: Alex Ewald, Chris Conley, Jack Harrigan,
Midfield: Reed Malas, Charlie Harris, Eric Greenberg.
Second line midfield: Liam Monaghan, Jack Knowles, Emmett Fay.
Defensive midfield: Brett Young (LSM), Araad Shah Asiff, Quentin Sakakeeny, Se’ McElroy.
Poles: Ryan LeBlanc, Daniel O’Rourke, Jason Beinstock.
Goalie: Jack Dente.
Outlook: The Indians have captured some magic and will be motivated to gain a measure of revenge for the last three seasons. It’s probably going to be close so depth of talent could be the deciding factor. The Tigers just have more scoring options.
Pick: Mamaroneck 9, Mahopac 7
No. 7 John Jay (12-7) at No. 1 Yorktown (14-4)
History: The Indians have not been able to solve their biggest rival, losing 15-8 and 11-2 during the regular season. A championship meeting two years ago was a 17-3 blowout, too. The Huskers have won 10 in a row against John Jay and have sent the Indians home four years running.
Attack: Kyle Casey, Justin Cavallo, Logan Peters.
Midfield: Ryan Baker, Michael Dedvukaj, Nick Del Bene.
Second line midfield: Billy Strassman, Dom Cioffi, Nick Santavicca.
Defensive midfield: Jose Boyer (LSM), Brett Makar (LSM), Darren Mata, Ryan Cegielski.
Poles: Dan Del Bene, Tim Forbes, Tyler Makar.
Goalie: Liam Donnelly.
John Jay lineup
Attack: Ryan Lee, Matt Lupinacci, Wills Slater.
Midfield: Danny Skluth, Hunter Keech, Jackson Rieger.
Second line midfield: Willis Slater, Tommy Beeby, Jake Loeb.
Defensive midfield: Vince Foti, Johnny Cola, Jack Kingston, Thor Adamec (LSM) Jack Marschke (LSM).
Poles: Dan Jenkins, Jake Murphy, Braden Burke.
Goalie: Shahe Katchadurian.
Outlook: Yorktown’s loss to Fox Lane has indeed provided a ray of hope to John Jay, which hasn’t beaten the Huskers since April 3, 2010. The mistakes that have been made against lesser teams have to be eliminated, or the Indians will again fall behind in a hurry. Yorktown has been slowed by tentative starts and needs to correct that issue now.
Pick: Yorktown 12, John Jay 7
No. 2 Bronxville (13-4) vs. No. 1 Pleasantville (17-1)
History: The best small programs in Section 1 are squaring off in the championship game for the third time in as many years. It was a 9-7 final a year ago, and the Broncos eventually won a state title. The Panthers did beat Bronxville 10-8 back on April 15.
Attack: Gerry Frost, Ara Atayan, Henry Grass.
Midfield: Robbie Westerfield, Ted Forst, Michael Crawford.
Second line midfield: Andrew Murray, Alston Terry, Sam Powell, Ryan Alberghine, Liam Lynch.
Defensvie midfield: Sam Connors, Mac Crawford, Tucker Duncan.
Poles: Charlie Tarry, Jack Gelinas, Brendan Carty.
Goalie: Andrew Harwood.
Attack: Baylor Rosenbaum, Bryan Arcidiacono, Brian Reda.
Midfield: Josh Della Puca, Lucas Cohen, Declan McDermott.
Defensive midfield: Nolan McAndrew, Greg Driscoll.
Poles: Jack Drillock, Dante Bolla, Cullen Dell.
Goalie: Oscar Marchi.
Outlook: The time to stop underestimating this Panthers team has long since passed, and the Broncos learned a lesson during the regular-season loss. Watch for some lineup changes for Bronxville, which is angling for better matchups. Pleasantville can get away with a few mistakes, but has to avoid playing long stretches on defense.
Pick: Bronxville 8, Pleasantville 7