Bracketology in Section 1 heats up as calendar flips to May

The final stretch of the spring season — and the 2017-18 school year — in Section 1 has begun as the calendar turns to May.

KDJMedia.com is the only source for Bracketology in all four sports: Boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, baseball and softball.

The standings are updated every day and include league standings, team-by-team results, daily schedules and scores and projected brackets for each class. Here’s a quick look at each sport entering the month of May:

BOYS LACROSSE

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Photo: Ray Gallagher

Team by team results
Class A
Class B
Class C
Class D

The Races
Class A: Scarsdale has been atop the standings in the conference for the past few weeks but Mamaroneck is closing quick. The Tigers are 6-2 in Section 1 and unbeaten in five games against Class A opponents. The top seed could come down to their May 8 showdown versus Scarsdale. Meanwhile, defending champ Lakeland/Panas is sitting in the No. 8 spot, which is dangerous for the No. 1.

Class B: It’s clearly a two team race for the Section 1 title as Yorktown and John Jay-Cross River have distanced themselves as not only the two best team in the conference, but the section as a whole. Jay won the first meeting in early April and is a lock for the No. 1 seed barring major upsets. Yorktown, which faces Lakeland/Panas in the Murphy Cup on Friday night, will be no worse than a No. 3, so these teams wouldn’t meet until the final, if they advance.

Class C: Hen Hud occupies the No. 1 spot in Class C and only has a loss to Scarsdale in the opener as a blemish to a 9-1 start. The Sailors face Pelham (possibly the favorite in Class C despite a 4-6 record) on May 8 and don’t play Rye. A No. 1 seed for Hen Hud is possible, even with a loss in any of their final six games. Two losses and Eastchester and Rye could pass.

Class D: No question that Pleasantville is the favorite to win, although the road could be difficult with Bronxville, Briarcliff and Westlake in the way. The Panthers face each of them in the final two weeks of the season. The picture will get clearly soon.

Playoff Calendar
May 17 – Seeding meeting
May 18 – First round Class B and C
May 19 – First round Class A and D
May 21 – Quarterfinal Class B and C
May 22 – Quarterfinal Class A and D
May 23 – Semifinal Class B and C
May 24 – Semifinal Class A and D
May 29 – Finals, Class B and C, at Lakeland
May 30 – Finals, Class A and D, at Lakeland

BASEBALL

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Team by team breakdown
Class AA
Class A
Class B
Class C

The races: 

Class AA: White Plains and Ketcham are each undefeated in Section 1 and well ahead of the pack in the Class AA playoff standings. As the nature of baseball, that could change instantly, especially when you look at the rigorous remaining schedule for each team. It would be a surprise if one of them wasn’t the No. 1 seed. Seeds 3-7 of Suffern, Arlington, Clarkstown South and Fox Lane could end up in any order because of how close they are in the standings and how many games remain. Watch out for Mamaroneck or New Rochelle to infiltrate the Top 8 with a strong final two weeks.

Class A: Rye really put a lot of room between itself and the 26 teams in the conference after sweeping Harrison this week. The top seed, and a league title, will be determined in their late-season series with Byram Hills. Hen Hud has surged towards the top and has a chance to build momentum in the final six games. If Rye stumbles at all, the Sailors could be the team that benefits most.

Class B: The race between Briarcliff and Keio is on. Both have just one loss and they meet in the regular season finale for the Bears on May 11. That game could determine the No. 1 seed in Class B. Neither team is expected to struggle much down the stretch. The top spot is key given both will want to avoid Blind Brook at No. 3 and its strong pitching staff in a potential semifinal. Albertus Magnus, the defending champ, is lurking way back at No. 7.

Class C: Tuckahoe appears to be at the top of the class here and has the talent to make an extened postseason run. The important thing for Haldane and Pawling will be to finish strong enough to avoid a drop to the No. 4 spot to avoid Tuckahoe until the final.

Playoff Calendar
May 16 – Seeding Meeting
May 17 – Outbracket games
May 19 – First round games (Class A and A)
May 21 – Quarterfinals (Class AA, A, B and C)
May 23 – Semifinals (Class AA, A and B)
May 24 – Class C Championship, at Pace University *Games 1 and 2
May 26 – Class AA, A and B, at Boulder Stadium; Class C Game 3, if necessary

GIRLS LACROSSE

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Team by Team results
Class A and B
Class C and D

Photo: Ray Gallagher

The Races

Class A: North Rockland again has seperated from the pack in Class A. They’ve dominated in Section 1 play, losing only this season to Long Island’s Bayport-Blue Point, and has recorded at least 12 goals in all eight Section 1 contests. The Red Raiders face the No. 2 team in Bracketology, Mamaroneck, on May 7 before rival Suffern on May 9.

Class B: This may be the most competitive and intriguing conference in girls lacrosse, or perhaps any sport, in Section 1. John Jay-Cross River, Yorktown, Suffern, Lakeland/Panas, Greeley, Somers and even a few others could legitimately contend to reach the title game. Jay at 10-2 has affirmed its place atop the standings, although they only beat contenders Somers by a goal and Lakeland/Panas 11-9. The title is very much up for grabs.

Class C: Another class with no shortage of contenders in Class C. Byram Hills currently is at the top and by a healthy margin over Brewster and Hen Hud. But the Bobcats lost 15-8 to Hen Hud and Brewster is not on their schedule. Rye is probably hte best team in the conference but, thanks to a grueling schedule, sits at No. 6 in Bracketology.

Class D: Bronxville is the perennial favorite in Class D and is No. 1 in the latest standings. The Broncos play a predominantly large-school schedule, although they were challenged by Class D foes Putnam Valley and North Salem. The Broncos could be vulnerable, especially with a senior-landed Albertus Magnus and and talented Pawling teams in the mix.

Playoff Calendar
May 14 – Seeding meeting
May 16 – First round Class A and D
May 17 – First round Class B and C
May 18 – Quarterfinal Class A and D
May 19 – Quarterfinal Class B and C
May 21 – Semifinal all classes
May 23 – Finals, Class A and D, at TBA
May 24 – Finals, Class B and C, at TBA

SOFTBALL

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Team by Team Breakdown
Class AA
Class A
Class B
Class C

Photo: Rick Kuperberg (HVSP.photo)

The Races
Class AA:
Expect the top spot in Class A to be shuffled quite a bit in the final two weeks, as it has most of the season. Suffern is currently No. 1 after beating Dutchess County powers Ketcham and John Jay-EF over the weekend. The Mounties’ schedule, however, includes a rival North Rockland, two against Clarkstown South, and possibly two against Yorktown, a preseason favorite. JJ-EF and White Plains are right behind at 2 and 3. But the seeds — with the potential of swining up or down 4-5 spots, could come down to the final day of the season.

Class A: Tappan Zee is nestled at the top of the standings in Class A, just ahead of Ardsley, with both having just one defeat. Odds are these two will vie for the No. 1 seed down to the final day. Neither has an advantage in schedule. Harrison, Panas and Pearl River hovering around the 8-12 seeds shows the depth of this conference and how chaotic the postseason could be. Again, a long way to go here.

Class B: Rye Neck is at the top of the conference and have already beaten most of the legitimate contenders. There’s pressure on the Panthers heading down the stretch. First will be the lock up the No. 1 seed, which wont be easy with Mamaroneck ahead on Wednesday. A loss could open the door, although unlikely. Westlake, Hastings, Put Valley and Valhalla figure to be the biggest threats in the postseason despite being scattered through the Bracketology standings.

Class C: Pawling is almost a lock to be the No. 1 seed and a clear favorite to win the title in the four-team conference. The Tigers handed Rye Neck its only defeat of teh season in the opener.

Playoff Calendar
May 15 – Seeding Meeting
May 16 – Outbracket games
May 17 – First round games (Class A and A)
May 21 – Quarterfinals (Class AA, A, B and C)
May 23 – Semifinals (Class AA, A and B)
May 25 – Championship, Class C at North Rockland
May 26 – Championship, Class AA, A and B at North Rockland

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