Section 9 boys’ lacrosse finals previews

The Section 9 boys’ lacrosse finals matchups are set, so I thought I’d take a look at what we can expect on Friday evening at Middletown’s Faller Field.

One note if you’re planning to catch the games, the start times are approximate. With celebrations and warm-ups, the B and A games will likely start a bit later than the listed times.

I’ll be there covering all three games, so if you’re looking for live updates, check out my Twitter feed: @THR_Montgomery.

Class C

No. 1 Rondout Valley Ganders (15-2) vs. No. 2 Millbrook Blazers (11-2), 4 p.m.

Rondout Valley, in its third season as a varsity squad, will make its third straight appearance in a Section 9 final. The Ganders, however, are still looking for their first title after falling to Red Hook in the championship game each of the last two years.

Rondout Valley has lost just twice, losing to Section 1’s Putnam Valley and Minisink Valley, a Class A finalist in Section 9.

In the regular season, Rondout Valley defeated Millbrook 20-10 on April 28.

Rondout also has key wins over Cornwall, Saugerties, Kingston and Highland on its resume. With a strong blend of offensive firepower and a stout defense, look for Rondout Valley to finally capture a Section 9 title. Millbrook has had a fine year, losing only to Rondout and Cornwall, but Rondout should find a way to win here. It’ll be closer than 20-10, but the Ganders should come out on top.

Class B

No. 1 Cornwall Green Dragons(12-4) vs. No. 3 Saugerties Sawyers (10-7), 6 p.m.

It’s no surprise to see defending Section 9 Class B champion Cornwall in the championship game, but Saugerties upset No. 2 Highland on Tuesday afternoon to earn a spot in the final.

Saugerties lost three straight in late April, but the Sawyers have gone 7-1 since with the one loss coming against Rondout Valley.

Cornwall beat Saugerties 11-1 on April 8.

Cornwall comes into this game on a 9-game winning streak after having lost four games over the span of 17 days in early April. Those losses came against Rondout Valley, Warwick, Tappan Zee and Horace Greeley, so no knock against Cornwall there.

During the winning streak, Cornwall has not allowed more than eight goals and it has scored at least 12 goals in each game. So, like Rondout, the Green Dragons have a good mix of offensive weapons and defensive stoppers.

Saugerties should make this one interesting, but Cornwall enters as the heavy favorite on Friday night.

Class A

No. 1 Warwick Wildcats (16-1) vs. No. 3 Minisink Valley Warriors (13-5), 8 p.m.

Both Warwick and Minisink Valley avenged regular season losses in the semifinal round.

Warwick defeated Monroe-Woodbury, which had beaten Warwick 12-11 on April 2. Minisink Valley clamped down defensively to stop Valley Central, 15-10. Valley Central had beat Minisink Valley 18-8 on May 10.

These teams played twice as OCIAA Division II rivals. Warwick won both games by scores of 16-11 and 13-9.

Minisink Valley has a highly potent offensive attack, so the Warriors are likely going to find a way to score some goals here. The real question is, can Minisink Valley’s defense find a way to keep Warwick’s equally strong offense off the board?

It should be an entertaining, back-and-forth kind of game. And I expect a big and loud crowd for this rivalry game. Should be a great atmosphere.

Who wins? I think it’s a toss-up. Will Minisink Valley defend its two straight Section 9 titles and avenge another regular season loss? Or will Warwick cement its position as the top team in Section 9?

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