It will be a Woodstick Classic rematch, not to mention an epic battle of highly rated teams, in the MaxPreps Xcellent 20 National Boys Lacrosse Rankings.
Long Island, N.Y., neighbors Garden City and Manhasset, who met April 30 in the 120th edition of high school lacrosse's longest continuously running rivalry, will be at it again on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Hofstra University's Shuart Stadium.
This time, the stakes will be higher for No. 4 Garden City and No. 8 Manhasset.
The teams will be playing for the Nassau County (Section 8) Class B championship, with a berth in the Long Island championship game against the winner of the Suffolk County (Section 11) final between Huntington and Shoreham-Wading River.
The Suffolk Class A title game, meanwhile, features another marquee matchup as top-seeded and unbeaten West Islip (No. 2 nationally) faces Smithtown West (No. 5) in a rematch of a regular-season game won by West Islip in overtime. West Islip has won four state titles in the last five years. That game is set for Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Stony Brook University's LaValle Stadium.
Darien now starts its pursuit of a seventh straight Connecticut Class M state title. The Blue Wave beat Ridgefield, 10-7, in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference title game behind Duke University-bound junior attackman Case Matheis'
five goals and two assists.
Salesianum School took the Delaware state championship by beating Tower Hill, 7-5, behind two goals each from Andrew Blundin
, William Freeborn
and Dillon Walker
third goal of the fourth quarter, with 5 minutes left in regulation, gave Linganore a 13-12 win over South River in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association 3A/4A championship game. Kenski finished with four goals and an assist. Teammate Alex Rice
had five goals.
In California, Christopher Hill
had three goals as Marin Catholic beat Aclanes, 8-7, to win the CIF North Coast Section championship Division II title. Patrick Rooney
scored the game-winning goal for Marin Catholic, which rallied to win after trailing 7-2.
Also in the CIF playoffs, Monte Vista defeated De La Salle, 10-7, to win the NCS Division I championship, ending the season with an 11-game win streak.
St. Anthony's, which fell to Chaminade twice during the regular season, won what's become the teams' annual third meeting of the year. The Friars beat the Flyers, 12-10, in the CHSAA title game. University of Maryland-bound midfielder Charles Raffa
was named game MVP.
In New York's Section 1 (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties), Mahopac won its first sectional title since 2004 by beating defending champion Lakeland/Panas by 7-5 for the Class A crown.
In Class B, Yorktown pulled away in the second half for a 14-5 win over John Jay as Ty Schuldt
had four goals and Justin Mabus
registered six assists. It was Yorktown's 34th sectional title.
Georgetown University-bound Charlie McCormick
had seven goals and two assists as Bronxville won its first sectional title by beating Byram Hills 15-6 in Class C.MAXPREPS XCELLENT 20 NATIONAL BOYS LACROSSE RANKINGS1. Haverford School (Pa.), 23-0:
The Fords extended their win streak to 26 straight games and finished the season undefeated by edging Malvern Prep (Pa.), 5-4, in the Inter-Ac final. (Last week's ranking: No. 1)2. West Islip (N.Y.), 18-0: Kyle Carrick
starred on close defense in the Lions' 6-2 win over Connetquot in the Suffolk County Class A semifinals. (Last week's ranking: No. 2)3. Conestoga (Berwyn, Pa.), 21-1:
Top-seeded Conestoga won its third straight District 1 championship by picking up a 10-4 win over Central Bucks East (Pa.). (Last week's ranking: No. 4)4. Garden City (N.Y.), 16-2: Rob Savage
won nine of 11 faceoffs in the Trojans' 14-2 win over South Side in the Nassau County Class B semifinals. (Last week's ranking: No. 5)5. Smithtown West (N.Y.), 15-3:
James Pannell and Kyle Keenan each had three goals and two assists in a surprisingly one-sided 15-7 win against Ward Melville (N.Y.) in the Suffolk County Class A semifinals. (Last week's ranking: No. 12)6. Darien (Conn.), 17-2:
University of Maryland-bound defender Eric Parnon
was named game MVP in the previously mentioned FCIAC title-game win over Ridgefield (Conn.), the Blue Waves' 11th straight victory. (Last week's ranking: No. 6)7. Summit (N.J.), 21-0:
The Hilltoppers take a 66-game win streak into this week's Group 2 championship game against Chatham (N.J.). (Last week's ranking: No. 7)8. Manhasset (N.Y.), 17-1: Harry Kucharczyk
had four goals and an assist in a 10-7 win over Wantagh in the Nassau County Class B semifinals. (Last week's ranking: No. 8)9. Jamesville-DeWitt (DeWitt, N.Y.), 18-0: Deke Burns
and Jordan Evans
each had five goals and four assists in a 23-7 win over Carthage (N.Y.) in the Section 3 Class B championship game. (Last week's ranking: No. 9)10. St. Anthony's (Melville, N.Y.), 14-3:
Charlie Raffa excelled on faceoffs and ground balls, and scored two goals in the previously mentioned win over Chaminade. (Last week's ranking: No. 13)11. Deerfield Academy (Mass.), 15-0: Ian Ardrey
and Jimmy Bitter
key a potent Big Green offense. (Last week's ranking: No. 11)12. Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.), 18-1: Ryan Ball
had five goals in an 11-10 state title game win over Kent Denver (Colo.). (Last week's ranking: No. 14)13. Chaminade (Mineola, N.Y.), 15-3:
The Flyers fell short of what would have been their first three-game sweep of rival St. Anthony's since 2006. (Last week's ranking: No. 10)14. Bridgewater-Raritan (Bridgewater, N.J.), 16-2:
Sophomore attackman Tyler Konen
had three goals and an assist in a 12-10 victory over Hillsborough (N.J.). (Last week's ranking: No. 17)15. Calvert Hall (Baltimore), 17-2:
Calvert Hall fell to Gilman (Md.), 13-8, in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship game after edging Boys Latin (Md.) by 7-6 in the semifinals. (Last week's ranking: No. 16)16. Ward Melville (East Setauket, N.Y.), 16-2: Will Mazzone
had two goals and an assist in the previously mentioned Suffolk County Class A semifinal loss to Smithtown West. (Last week's ranking: No. 3)17. St. Ignatius (San Francisco), 19-3:
Midfielder Matt Emery
is one of the nation's top sophomores. (Last week's ranking: No. 18)18. Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.), 20-1: Nick St. Laurent's
goal with 7 seconds left gave the Highlanders an 11-10 win over St. Andrew's in the state title game. (Last week's ranking: No. 19)19. Coppell (Texas), 15-4:
The Cowboys' 10-8 Division I state-title game win against Dallas Jesuit avenged for a 13-11 regular-season loss to the Rangers and followed an 11-10 triumph over St. Mark's in the semifinals. (Last week's ranking: No.20)20. Immaculata (Somerville, N.J.), 19-1:
The Spartans will square off against Montclair Kimberley (N.J.) in the Non-Public B title game this week.
Dropped out: Comsewogue (N.Y.), No. 15.Joe Lombardi writes the
"Lax with Joe" blog at LaxLessons.com and is an
analyst for the MSG Varsity Television Network. He is also the primary author of
the new edition of "Lacrosse for Dummies," which was released last year. He may
be reached at email@example.com and
followed on Twitter @joe_lombardi.