Kingston boys lacrosse coach Casey Westermann believes his team may be headed for another showdown with Monroe-Woodbury for the Section 9 Class A title.
Monroe-Woodbury won the championship match in 2017, but a young Kingston squad rebounded with a late-earned 9-7 victory in the schools’ regular-season meeting.
“Some juniors and some seniors struggled (last year),’’ Westermann said. “I think we are hungrier.’’
Second-seeded Monroe-Woodbury needs to get by No. 3 Valley Central first in a Monday semifinal, but looming is a Wednesday outing with Kingston at Faller Field in Middletown.
Westermann is happy with the recent win but he believes another Kingston-Monroe-Woodbury showdown is a toss-up.
“Monroe was the toughest game that we played,’’ he said. “That game could have gone either way but we pulled it out in the last three minutes. The beautiful thing about this game is it could go either way, like football and any given Sunday.
“It’s really tough to beat a team twice,’’ he added. “We didn’t beat them by a lot so I am sure they are coming in with the idea that they are going to win.’’
Kingston is fueled by a young squad full of sophomores, the product of a youth program that split from a larger development program (mentored by current Rondout Valley coach Tony Tocco) a half-dozen years ago.
James I. O’Neill is the only defending champion coming in as a top seed, in the two-team Class D. The Raiders will play Millbrook on Thursday at Marlboro.
Warwick and Rondout Valley are the top seeds in Classes B and C, respectively.