Connecticut Boys' Lacrosse: 5/08 Rankings

By Mark Scalzo, hssportsct.blogspot.com

Here are the Connecticut boys' lacrosse rankings for May 8th. For each team, both the overall and out-of-state records are shown.

#1 Darien (10-2) (3-2)
Darien had a very impressive week picking up two more FCIAC wins against teams at the top of the conference. They topped Fairfield Ludlowe, the most underrated team in CT, 17-4 on Tuesday and then a Top Ten team, New Canaan, 11-5 this past Saturday. Having already beaten Wilton, Brien McMahon, St. Joseph and Greenwich, Darien only needs to be beat Ridgefield on 5/18 to solidify their spot atop the FCIAC and the state, although no CT team had come within seven goals of beating them until New Canaan only lost by six on Saturday. The Blue Wave have an easy week coming up with three opponents whose combined record is 10-24: at winless Fairfield Warde on Tuesday then two home games against 5-6 teams, Westhill on Thursday and Norwalk on Saturday.

#2 Greenwich (6-5) (0-3)
They may still be winless out of state but the Cardinals tore up CT this past week. To start, they upset previously third-ranked Ridgefield 9-8 on Tuesday but they weren't done there. On Thursday they had another home game and this time it was previously number two Fairfield. Again Greenwich shocked the state by dominating the Jesuits 10-4. On Saturday they tried their luck against Billerica Memorial, the second-ranked team in the MIAA East and number one team in MA 1. Greenwich's other out of state losses this season have been to nationally ranked lacrosse powerhouses Warde Melville (NY) and Conestoga (PA) so like Darien's two out of state losses, they are understandable. Greenwich's in-state, other than Darien, is Wilton but the way the Cardinals played this past week, that loss is forgivable as well. Greenwich goes to Stamford on Tuesday and should pick up a win before they get a very talented St. Joseph team at home on Thursday. Next Saturday they will take the short drive into New York to take on Rye High School, which beat New Canaan 12-8 and should provide quite a game for Greenwich too.

#3 Fairfield Prep (8-3) (1-2)
The minor dispute this season about whether Prep or Darien is the number one team in CT was settled as the Jesuits fell to Greenwich 10-4, a team that Darien handled 13-6. Make no mistake however, Prep is still one of the top teams in the state and, after their 14-2 slaughter of Xavier on Saturday to rebound from the Greenwich loss and a convincing 11-6 win over Cheshire, the defending Class L champions, for the second time this season, Prep is the number one team in the SCC. The Jesuits will finish out the season in-state with four SCC teams, the best of which is Hand that they beat 10-6 the first time around, before a make-up game on 5/18 versus St. Anthony's of New York, a nationally ranked team. Monday Prep hosts a decent Guilford squad and then on Wednesday they go to Branford and on Friday they go to Notre Dame-West Haven; they should end up with three high-scoring wins.

#4 Brien McMahon (9-2) (0-0)
Basically, the Senators didn't do anything to lose this ranking. Their impressive wins this season of St. Joseph, Wilton and Fairfield Ludlowe (Brookfield and Branford are decent too) are still enough to keep them up this high and in fact they helped their case with a 10-7 victory over Staples on Tuesday. They also beat Norwalk last week 17-6. McMahon's ranking will really be tested this week coming up though as they have three games, all of which are home for them. They warm-up with Trumbull on Tuesday but then Ridgefield comes to town (Norwalk) on Thursday and New Canaan comes on Saturday. Both of those teams are better than Staples so Brien McMahon will need to play like they did in their 11-10 win over Wilton back on 4/26.

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