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June 19, 2021 — Just one more

Today on the national girls’ lacrosse docket of games are a few state title games, the New Jersey Tournament of Champions, and four matches in New York which aren’t being held anywhere else across the state.

As we mentioned a couple of days ago, the New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association has cancelled the state tournament, which was supposed to have been held at SUNY-Cortland. This meant that the sectional title games were as far as you could go in terms of achievement.

Or so we thought.

Athletic directors in New York’s Section XI (Suffolk County) and Section VIII (Nassau County) saw an opportunity to give its best spring sports teams in lacrosse, baseball, and softball, a terminal championship by playing the games which would have been the first round in the state tournament. Traditionally, winners in these two sections start off the state tournament against each other before meeting up against teams in other segments of the state over the proceeding weeks.

What this means is that there are four tremendous games scheduled for today at Bethpage (N.Y.). In Class A, you have our No. 1 team, Northport (N.Y.) taking on Massapequa (N.Y.) in the Class A game, followed by West Babylon (N.Y.) playing Garden City (N.Y.) in Class B.

The quadrupleheader finishes with Class C finalists Bayport-Blue Point (N.Y.) against Manhasset (N.Y.), and finishing with Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) against Center Moriches (N.Y.) in the small-school D final.

Now, I realize that, with 50 states and six non-voting territories in the country, there are many, many different ways of choosing a champion. I think it’s great to see Long Island choosing its champions in this way since travel is a relatively easy option.

Thing is, up the coast in Massachusetts, they’re just ramping up their state public-school tournament, which will go into the final week of June, if not beyond.

Why isn’t New York doing the same?