Section 1 Championships
At White Plains High School
No. 1 Lakeland/Panas (16-2) vs. No. 3 Mamamroneck (13-5)
Previous meeting: The visiting Rebels put on a dominating performance in a 14-5 win over the Tigers on April 9.
Key matchup: Lakeland/Panas almost has to use Nick Vazquez to keep dynamic Mamaroneck midfielder Eric Greenberg in check.
Other payers to watch: Rebels – Kevin Prunty A; JoJo Janavey A; Joe Corteste MF; Tigers – Chris Conley A, Emmett Fay A, Jack Dente G.
Scouting report: Ignore the result from April, this one will be closer. Mamaroneck has rattled off six consecutive wins and this group seems to elevate itself in the postseason. It’s hard to stop both teams in transition, so the key is limiting turnovers and winning ground balls. Tim Fallo is out with an injury so Lakeland/Panas is down one scorer. There’s still plenty of serious firepower. Don’t forget, the Rebels got 11 goals off a goalie who could not have played any better on Saturday.
Prediction: Lakeland/Panas 14, Mamaroneck 11
No. 1 Yorktown (12-6) vs. No. 2 John Jay (14-4)
Previous meeting: The visiting Huskers pulled off a 9-7 comeback win on April 14 against the Indians.
Key matchup: Yorktown has a wall in goal with Liam Donnelly. John Jay has a rock in goal with Shahe Katchadurian.
Other payers to watch: Huskers: Jose Boyer LSM, Justin Cavallo A; Nick Cioffi MF; Indians: Matt Lupinacci MF, Hunter Keech MF, Thor Adamec D,
Scouting report: Yorktown might have an edge in marquee playmakers, but the matchups across the field are close to even. Both teams have played ambitious schedules to eliminate mistakes and prepare for the postseason. If you only have time for one game today, come watch this one. John Jay has more flash on the offensive end of the field. The Huskers probably have the most impressive defense in the section. Consistency has to be the one thing Dave Marr and Tim Schurr talk about beforehand. The Indians owned the first half back in April, then faded. Yorktown was fast asleep for two quarters before responding. This game could easily hinge on a timely faceoff win, a critical ground ball or a clutch save.
Prediction: Yorktown 10, John Jay 9
No. 2 Pleasantville (16-3) vs. No. 4 Bronxville (11-8)
Previous meeting: The Panthers shot down the visiting Broncos 9-8 in overtime back on April 8
Key matchup: Ara Atayan will have the ball a lot for Bronxville, so that means Jack Drillock will be a half step away most of the evening.
Other payers to watch: Panthers: Brian Reda A, Declan McDermott MF, Mike Hammond FO, Lucas Cohen A; Broncos: Alston Terry A, Andrew Harwood G, James Swartz G, Ralph Chrappa FO.
Scouting report: Pleasantville really hasn’t played a quality opponent in two weeks and has to be careful and stick to the game plan early on against Bronxville, which lost a number of key pieces to injury during the regular season. Almost everyone is back. It usually doesn’t take more than a few minutes for the Panthers to rev up the attack. Neither team has any real depth, so the heat could be a factor. The Broncos seem to be dialing up the intensity on the defensive end of late, too, and have limited teams like Mahopac, Rye and Briarcliff.
Prediction: Pleasantville 8, Bronxville 7