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Apr. 22, 2017 — Your Gains for Brains preview

Today’s Gains for Brains Invitational features nine matches at Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.).

With all due deference to the eight teams playing at the school’s upper field, the delicious action of the day will be occurring on the school’s football pitch. The five games starting on the even-numbered hours are all interstate matchups which feature nationally-rated teams and great traditions.

Take, for instance, the opener between Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) and Darien (Conn.). The Phantoms have done very well in Suffolk Class “C” the last decade or so, despite having great sides awaiting them in this tournament or the Nassau-Suffolk playoff to even get to the state semifinal round. Darien, coached by the long-time skipper Lisa Lindley, lost to fellow G4B participant Garden City (N.Y.) by six just a week ago.

Speaking of Garden City, the Trojans will take on long-time New Jersey powerhouse Moorestown (N.J.). The Quakers come into this weekend in the unusual position of not being the Tournament of Champions holder, and having two losses on their schedule.

I think, however, the best game will feature Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.) against Newfield Middle Country (N.Y.). B-R beat Moorestown in the last fortnight, and Middle Country (a co-op team featuring students from Newfield and Centereach) will have the services of Carolina-bound senior Jamie Ortega, one of the leading scorers in the history of the National Federation.

I think the noon match between Wantagh (N.Y.) and Ridgewood (N.J.) deserves a bigger buildup. Undefeated Ridgewood is a New Jersey state champion, having lost the Tournament of Champions final last spring by a goal to Summit (N.J.). Wantagh already has three defeats on its schedule, including a loss just two days ago to a very tough and determined Syracuse Christian Brothers Academy (N.J.).

Enjoy the games, everyone.

Gains for Brains Schedule
10 a.m. – Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) vs. Darien (Conn.)
11 a.m. – Farmingdale (N.Y.) vs Yorktown Heights Yorktown (N.Y.)
12 p.m. – Wantagh (N.Y.) vs Ridgewood (N.J.)
1 p.m. – Greenport-Southold-Mattituck (N.Y.) vs Bardonia Albertus Magnus (N.Y.)
2 p.m. – Garden City (N.Y.) vs Moorestown (N.J.)
3 p.m. – Eastport-South Manor (N.Y.) vs Suffern (N.Y.)
4 p.m. – Newfield Middle Country (N.Y.) vs Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J.)
5 p.m. – Northport (N.Y.) vs New Canaan (Conn.)
6 p.m. – Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) vs Summit (N.J.)

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