Games to Watch: May 29 to June 4
Championships are on the line this week with Group finals in New Jersey, Long Island county championships in New York and Ohio playings its final year as an unsanctioned sport with the semifinals and finals this week.
Also this week, a pair of games in Pennsylvania could have a lasting impact on the national record book.
Delbarton (New Jersey) vs. Bergen Catholic (New Jersey), June 1, Non-Public A title game
Bergen Catholic was considered one of the teams to beat entering this season, after winning the Non-Public A title last year and finishing as the Tournament of Champions runner-up. But a 1-5 start tempered those expectations. Now, the Crusaders are back in the title game and once again face Delbarton - the team they beat 15-14 last season. They have won 14 of their last 15 games are are led by Jeremy Magno (Harvard) who has 55 goals and 22 assists. Delbarton has been dominant this season, winning every game against New Jersey opponents since its season-opening loss to Summit, 7-3 in triple overtime. They’ve defeated New York powers St. Anthony’s (New York) and Chaminade (New York) in addition to Malvern Prep (Pennsylvania) this season. Keegan Khan leads the team with 40 goals while Rory Madigan is the team leader with 35 assists.
Upper Dublin (Pennsylvania) vs. Cumberland Valley (Pennsylvania) & Lewisburg (Pennsylvania) vs. Avon Grove (Pennsylvania), June 1, PIAA 1st Round
This is a two-for-one due to the players involved in these games. There’s a two-man race to become Pennsylvania’s all-time leading scorer and it looks like it could come down to how many playoff games Upper Dublin and Lewisburg have left. Currently in the lead is Matt Fedorjaka from Lewisburg (Lewisburg) with 303 career goals. The Fairfield commit has scored 11 goals and seven assists in two playoff wins for the Green Dragons. He has 477 career points, which makes him just the third player in state history to surpass 400 career points. Just behind Fedorjaka is Upper Dublin senior Michael Mullen who notched his 293rd career goal in the Cardinals District 1 championship victory on May 26. Mullen is having his best season yet, scoring 100 goals. His previous career high was 85 goals last year. The Vassar commit passed Casey Powell on the all-time goals list with his performance. Should both teams win they would play in the second round on June 4. Should they both win that game, Upper Dublin and Lewisburg would meet in the semifinals on June 7.
Massapequa (New York) vs. Syosset (New York), May 31, Nassau County Class A Championship
Syosset is currently the No. 8 team in the 3d Rising State-by-State Downstate NY rankings. Massapequa is just on the outside and with a win Tuesday, could make its case for re-entering the Top 10. The Braves have just two losses this season (Cold Spring Harbor and St. Anthony’s), and by a combined two goals. They already have a 13-12 win over Massapequa this season back on May 3. The Chiefs’ three losses are by a combined three goals and they can avenge one of those losses with a win over Syosset. Since that loss, Massapequa has rolled off five wins and have not allowed a team to score more than nine goals. Syosset’s defense has been equally stout, not allowing more than eight goals, including blanking Baldwin (Baldwin) on May 13.
Upper Arlington (Ohio) vs. Loveland (Ohio), June 1, State semifinal
Upper Arlington will likely be the No. 1 team in the state when 3d Rising releases its updated State-by-State rankings on Wednesday, but that could change if Loveland has anything to say about it by next week. The Golden Bears will move up after former No. 1 St. Xavier (Cincinnati) lost in the region finals last week. That loss was to Loveland, which is making its first state semifinals appearance. This is the first meeting this season between these teams, but both played St. Xavier. Loveland won that game, Upper Arlington lost 9-5 on May 7. The winner faces the winner of Hudson (Hudson)/St. Ignatius (Cleveland) on June 4.