Yorktown 13, Hen Hud 3: At Yorktown, Ty Schuldt had four goals and an assist. Justin Mabus had two goals and an assist for the 'Huskers. Kyle Fanning, Jake Green and Colin Parkhurst scored for the Sailors.
After playing second fiddle to Yorktown in the power rankings all season, Lakeland/Panas has an opportunity to steal a headline.
Taking possession of the Murphy Cup, the annual clash between these neighboring programs, won't be easy. Yorktown leads the series 17-2 and is favored this season, but the last two games were split and decided by a single goal.
It's worth noting, the Huskers were outscoring Section 1 opponents 63-24 heading into yesterday's game.
Here are the power rankings:
1. Yorktown (7-1): Until the schedule delivers more high-quality opponents like Chaminade, the Huskers are going to have to work hard in order to keep improving.
2. Lakeland/Panas (8-1): Will Fallo was the hero in overtime on Tuesday when the Rebels took down John Jay, but the offense is benefitting from the multiple threats now developing.
3. Putnam Valley (8-0): Knocking off an up-and-down Rye team wouldn't have been a statement if not for the way the emotional Tigers controlled the game from beginning to end.
4. Somers (6-3): The lineup has been a little unsettled because of injury and suspension, and faceoffs could be an issue until Matt Deiana recovers from a concussion he suffered last Saturday.
5. Iona Prep (9-3): A three-game winning streak was interrupted on Wednesday by nationally ranked Chaminade, but the Gaels could make a statement by knocking off Somers this weekend.
Spotlight on: For some inexplicable reason, it's been a tough season for Rye, which has won the last four Section 1 Class C titles. It's not a lack of talent. The Garnets have three outstanding individuals in Rob Santangelo, Cole McCormack and Donald Keough. It's not a lack of chemistry. These kids have spent more than enough time on the field together.
Perhaps it's the lack of intensity.
"We've got to come out more pumped," Santangelo said. "We've got to come out and play a four-quarter game."
They did that earlier in the season at Iona Prep and won.
Otherwise, it's been a matter of competing five minutes here and there. When there is urgency, Rye seems to play like a contender. "You just try to put together 48 minutes," Garnets coach Brian Dooley said. "Sometimes with high school kids, it's tough to do."
The schedule isn't getting easier, but most expect Rye to show up and play for another sectional title against Putnam Valley, which posted a 15-9 win in the regular-season meeting last Saturday.
"We haven't reached the point of no return," Santangelo said. "Not at all. Not at all. It doesn't matter what seed we are in the playoffs. We can beat anybody. We believe."
Looking ahead: Yorktown and Lakeland/Panas go head-to-head for the Murphy Cup tomorrow at 7 p.m. ... Iona Prep closes out its regular season tomorrow by hosting Somers. ... John Jay continues a brutal schedule tomorrow night when Niskayuna, an upstate powerhouse, comes to visit. ... Hen Hud takes a short ride up to Putnam Valley to renew that rivalry tomorrow under the lights. ... Mahopac's talented attack gets a crack at Horace Greeley's strong defense on Tuesday. ... Somers goes to Lakeland/Panas on Thursday for what could turn into another one-goal contest.