Big day tomorrow, with 12 Section 1 quarterfinal games on tap. If it matters at all, I predicted both Class C quarterfinal games on Monday correctly, and I’m 22 for 27 on predictions overall.
I plan to be at North Rockland to catch their game against Arlington, and after that, I’ll rush over to Clarkstown South to catch the tail end of their game against Mamaroneck.
Section 1 tournament
No. 8 Suffern at No. 1 John Jay-East Fishkill, 3 p.m.
A bit of a surprise to be named the top seed, John Jay-East Fishkill advanced to the quarterfinals despite scoring only one goal against 16th-seeded Clarkstown North in the first round. Suffern came out of the gate strong, but stumbled towards the end of the season to end up with a relatively low seed. These two teams are very close, but I have a feeling Suffern will pull the (very) minor upset.
No. 6 Arlington at No. 3 North Rockland, 3 p.m.
North Rockland is dealing with season-ending injuries to several key players, but got a 5-1 win over Mahopac in the first round, thanks in part to a marvelous varsity debut from eighth-grade JV call-up Kelly Brady. Arlington has been a very consistent team all season, and even ended the regular season on a high note with a 3-0 win over North Rockland. Despite that, however, I think a re-energized North Rockland squad will find a way to grind out a win.
No. 10 New Rochelle at No. 2 Scarsdale, 3 p.m.
These two teams play in the same league, with Scarsdale winning both meetings during the regular season. New Rochelle got to this point by upsetting Ossining, but I don’t think they have it in them to pull off another upset against a Scarsdale squad that will be looking to extend its unbeaten streak to 14 games.
No. 12 Mamaroneck at No. 4 Clarkstown South, 4 p.m.
This Westchester-Rockland match-up features another team that pulled an upset in the first round in Mamaroneck, who had a surprising 3-0 win against Yorktown. I think the Tigers, who feature one of the best all-round players in the area in Erin McClave, are starting to peak at the right time, but I don’t think even that will be enough to get past Clarkstown South’s depth.
No. 6 Nanuet at No. 3 Byram Hills, 3 p.m.
Both of these teams defeated Yonkers teams to get here (Nanuet over Yonkers, Byram Hills over Riverside). Nanuet has a nice core of Emma Danvin, Amanda Blutig, Lauren Curry and Abby Knobel, but Byram Hills, which is starting to get healthier, is simply too hot right now for me to pick against them.
No. 7 John Jay-Cross River at No. 2 Pearl River, 3:30 p.m.
Pearl River already got what head coach Tim Peabody said was a “semi-final game” against a seeded-way-too-low Tappan Zee in the first round. I think Pearl River’s defense, which will be led by the ever-present Lauren Gallagher, will hold John Jay off and get another shutout win.
No. 8 Lakeland at No. 1 Somers, 5:30 p.m.
Lakeland got to this point with a thrilling 1-0 win over Rye in the first round, while Somers was more or less its usual self in a 5-0 win over Sleepy Hollow. Lakeland did a good job keeping Rye’s offense from taking quality shots, but Somers’ machine of Hannon Eberts, Ciara Ostrander, Jenna Menta and Melina Couzis is a completely different beast.
No. 5 Ursuline at No. 4 Harrison, 6:30 p.m.
These two teams are very close. Despite a tight 2-1 sudden-OT win against Pelham in the quarterfinals, I think Harrison’s home advantage gives them a slight edge in this match-up. The key players to watch out for: Ursuline’s Julianna Vincini and Harrison’s Gia Mancini.
No. 9 Ardsley at No. 1 Irvington, 3 p.m.
Ardsley got past Valhalla in the opening round, but undefeated Irvington has feasted on teams of the Panthers’ caliber all year. With a star offensive player in Zoe Maxwell, I expect Irvington to continue their dream season and move to 18-0.
No. 7 Hastings at No. 2 Albertus Magnus, 3 p.m.
Hastings got a nice win over Putnam Valley in the first round, but I really feel that this is Albertus Magnus’ year. The Falcons feature a loaded core of upperclassmen led by captains Hope Kehoe and Carly Clinton, and I don’t see them faltering at this point.
No. 5 Pleasantville at No. 4 Briarcliff, 3 p.m.
Wow, what a match-up. Two of the top Class B schools around, and rivals to boot. These two teams split the regular season series, and this match could go either way. I think Pleasantville has been on a better run as of late, so I’m going to pick them to win this one.
No. 6 Blind Brook at No. 3 Bronxville, 3 p.m.
Blind Brook fought through to get a tough 1-0 victory against a surprising Yonkers Montessori team in the quarterfinals, while Bronxville took care of Edgemont relatively easily. These two teams met early in the season, with Bronxville winning 2-0. I think it’ll be a similar story here.