Memorable Mondays: Memorable games
Welcome to MSGVarsity.com's Memorable Mondays, a summer-long series that looks back on the top players, games and moments from the past season and gazes ahead to 2012-13. As the summer goes on, we'll compile all the lists and post them here: www.msgvarsity.com/mondays. New lists will be posted every Monday morning.
In Week 8 of Memorable Mondays, we look at five of the most memorable games from the past school year.
Lawrence vs. Sayville football - Long Island Class III championship
Lawrence and Sayville put on a show that many will remember for decades to come. Two of the most potent offenses on Long Island in 2011 set the New York State record for the most combined points ever scored in a high school football game in which Sayville captured the LI title with a 78-61 win.
The longest drive of the game was slightly under four minutes; 17 records were at least tied or broken. Scores were aplenty in this game. Lawrence quarterback, sophomore Joe Capobianco threw for seven touchdowns and 541 yards, while Sayville's Zach Sirico ran for six touchdowns, both Long Island records.
The gridiron marathon, the first game of a double-header was so long that the next game that the next contest had to be pushed back about a half hour...
William Floyd vs. East Meadow football - Long Island Class I championship
It takes a lot to live up to such a record-breaking game, but William Floyd and East Meadow managed to pull it off.
East Meadow was making its first appearance in the Long Island Championship since 2006, while William Floyd was making its third straight appearance in the title game after two straight losses to Freeport in 2009 and 2010. Both teams didn't put up as many points on the scoreboard as Lawrence and Sayville, but they certainly matched the excitement level.
Stacey Bedell ran roughshod over the East Meadow defense by obliterating the LIC rushing record by running for 412 yards in a single game while East Meadow answered score for score with Floyd. In the end, it wasn't Bedell with the winning score, it was little-used Corey Banks in just his second catch of the season bringing the ball down in the end zone to give Floyd the 54-47 win and the Long Island title.
Bay Shore vs. Farmingdale - Long Island Class A girls lacrosse championship
Farmingdale has been the queens of Long Island girls lacrosse for the past half-decade. Winners of five of the last six Long Island championships, the Lady Dalers were looking to get back to the state final four.
But a new challenger was in town and looking to get to the Final Four. Bay Shore has not been to the last four since 2005 and looked like they would wait longer. However the Marauders cut a 13-9 second-half deficit to force overtime. And in the extra frame Bay Shore would take its first lead of the game to hold on to win the Long Island title 15-14.
Comsewogue vs. Sayville boys lacrosse - triple overtime thriller
A game that wasn't captured by MSG Varsity cameras, but a classic it was. Comsewogue and Sayville battled in a triple overtime Class B mid-April matchup.
The Warriors went into the halftime break with what seemed to be an insurmountable 6-2 lead, however a 5-2 run in the third quarter brought the Golden Flashes to within one goal, and eventually forced extra time tied at 9-9.
Both teams would play two extra periods with no score, however an overhead blast by Tom Hughes in the third extra frame would give the Golden Flashes the 10-9 triple overtime win
Calhoun vs. Connetquot baseball - Class AA Long Island Championship
You can't get any better than a walk-off hit to win the Long Island Championship.
Calhoun's Alex Vargas did just that as he propelled his Calhoun Colts to the NYS Final Four in walk-off fashion over Connetquot in the ninth inning of the Class AA LIC. But it didn't look like it was going to go that way.
Connetquot looked poised to be crowned the victors as it took a 5-3 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. But Calhoun wouldn't quit just becuase the scoreboard said they should. A wild pitch cut the lead to 5-4 and brought runners to second and third.
Then came Vargas' time to shine. The Calhoun pitcher drilled a fastball over the Connetquot leftfielder to give Calhoun the 6-5 win and ended one of the most exciting bseball games in the tri-state.
Join us throughout the summer as "Memorable Mondays" brings you more top 5 lists:
Aug. 20: Top five teams from 2011-12
Aug. 27: Top five teams to watch in 2012-13
Find them all at www.msgvarsity.com/mondays.