Games to Watch: June 5 to June 11
The final weeks of the high school lacrosse season is here and it is an exciting week with semifinals and finals taking place. Can the No. 1 team in the New York Upstate rankings continue its winning streak and have back-to-back undefeated seasons? Will the No. 1 team in Pennsylvania's PIAA rankings remain No. 1 or the teams that caused upsets last week do it again? Or will this be the year another team wins the Michigan state championship?
New York Class A Championship, June 11
The No. 1 team in the 3d Rising New York - Upstate rankings is still alive as Victor (Victor), the No. 5 seed in the semifinals, takes on Corning - Painted Post (Corning) on Wednesday. Lakeland-Panas (Cortland Manor) takes on the Downstate No. 4 team Ward Melville (East Setauket) in the other half of the final. Victor is undefeated and riding a win streak of 42 games after finishing 22-0 last season and starting 20-0 this year.
Connecticut Class L Championship, June 11
Four teams ranked in the 3d Rising Connecticut rankings face off in the semifinals on Wednesday. In one half of the bracket No. 1 Darien (Darien) takes on No. 4 Ridgefield (Ridgefield). No. 8 Simsbury (Simsbury) faces No. 7 Fairfield Prep (Fairfield). Should the higher CIAC seeds prevail, Darien and Simsbury would meet in the finals on Saturday. Darien has faced two out of the four semifinalists this season, including Ridgefield, which they defeated 11-5 on May 7.
Michigan Division I Championship, June 11
Three teams ranked in the Michigan Top 10 meet in the state semifinals Wednesday. Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills) has won 11 consecutive Division I state championships and takes on University of Detroit Jesuit (Detroit) in one half of the semifinals. In the other half No. 2 Detroit Catholic Central (Novi) takes on No. 5 Detroit Country Day (Beverly Hills). The last time Day met Central, the Yellowjackets defeated the Shamrocks 10-3 on April 5.
Pennsylvania Public School Championship, June 11
After a weekend in which upsets seemed normal - the No. 2 and 3 teams in the 3d Rising state rankings were knocked off in the quarterfinals - the state semifinals still features three teams ranked in the Top 10 of the 3d Rising Pennsylvania Public School rankings. The No. 1 team, La Salle College (Wyndmoor) is still alive and faces Manheim Township (Lancaster) in one half. In the other half the teams that beat the previous 2 and 3 teams face off. No. 4 Springfield-Delco (Springfield) takes on No. 5 Strath Haven (Wallingford). The championship takes place at West Chester East High School on Saturday.