Tuesday was bitter sweet for me in terms of my picks. Although I went a respectable 10-2, my Class A bracket took a major hit with my sectional champion, Somers, losing to Rye.
I’ll be honest, as good as my playoff record looks on paper, it’s a bit of a farce. To be honest, the first three rounds, in my mind, were pretty easy to pick, with the exception of one or two games.
The same cannot be said for the semifinals, as I could make a case for each of the 14 teams to make it into the finals.
As always, leave your picks in the comments and see how you match up with yours truly.
OVERALL RECORD: 62-10-6
PLAYOFF RECORD: 38-2-0
No. 5 Mahopac at No. 1 North Rockland, 3 p.m
Pick: North Rockland, 3-1. The Red Raiders have shown absolutely no signs of slowly down this postseason. As hot as the Indians have been down the stretch I think it all comes to an end at North Rockland. The Red Raiders have, seemingly, an endless amount of playmakers.
No. 3 Horace Greeley at No. 2 Clarkstown South, 5 p.m
Pick: Clarkstown South, 2-1. I really like this Horace Greeley squad. The Quakers, the only team to beat Byram Hills this season, have a lot of nice pieces. However, this Vikings’ team has had a firing burning in it since getting ousted last season in the sectional semifinals by North Rockland. Clarkstown South has a big senior class playing in its fourth season on varsity that is no stranger to big games. I think that all comes to play in front of what should be a big Vikings’ crowd due to the later start.
No. 4 Tappan Zee at No. 1 Byram Hills, 3 p.m.
Pick: Byram Hills, 3-2. The fact Tappan Zee has played in so many tight games this season gives them a slight edge over the Bobcats, who cruised this season for the most part, in that regard. Still, in terms of offensive firepower, it doesn’t get much better than Byram Hills.
No. 7 Rye vs. No. 6 Eastchester at Tuckahoe, 3 p.m.
Pick: Rye, 2-1. Oh boy, is this a tough one. It’s the first time I’ve had to differ from my original bracket all playoffs, and man, is it a real doozy. The fact the Eagles are playing at home (sort of) and have had no trouble finding the back of the net is a major plus. That being said, how can you pick against a Garnets’ team that already knocked off last season’s sectional champions and one of this season’s favorites.
No. 5 Albertus Magnus at No. 1 Briarcliff, 3 p.m.
Pick: Briarcliff, 1-0. The Falcons have played some of the best defense in the entire section. They have no problem battening down the hatches and grinding out one-goal wins. Still, there is a reason the Bears are the top seed. If there is any team that can break Albertus Magnus’ back line it’s Briarcliff.
No. 3 North Salem at No. 2 Bronxville, 3 p.m.
Pick: Bronxville, 2-1. I was really impressed with the Tigers on Tuesday. Lots of speed up front and a very well executed counter attack make them a formidable opponent. With injuries to the Broncos back line that leaves the reigning sectional champions even more exposed. Still, a solid midfield and experience in the playoffs, in addition to playing at home, all play into Bronxville’s favor.
No. 3 Tuckahoe at No. 2 Haldane, 3 p.m.
Pick: Haldane 3-1. In my minds, this comes down to competition played in the regular season. The Blue Devils had a tougher slate of games that prepared them for playoffs. I think that proves to be the difference.