Connecticut Boys' Lacrosse: 5/15 Rankings

By Mark Scalzo,

Not much has changed from one week ago but I would like to comment on rakings in general for a second. Rankings are meant to reflect each team's strength relative to the other teams in the state. However, other rankings and polls in the state have, for two consecutive weeks, refused to reward teams that are doing well and drop those are losing to teams ranked below them. The most blatant mishap is ranking Ridgefield AND Fairfield Prep ahead of Greenwich, a team that beat both of them in the same week! I keep my rankings true to the talent each team has shown on the field this year, and I hope you enjoy them. For each team, both the overall and out-of-state records are shown.

#1 Darien (13-2) (3-2)
The Blue Wave officially captured the number one seed in the FCIAC lacrosse tournament with a 9-0 record in league play. They picked up 3 conference wins this past week against Fairfield Warde, Westhill and Norwalk by a combined score of 59-7; none of those three teams are above .500. They will play their final game of the regular season this Wednesday at home against Ridgefield; the FCIAC tournament starts on Saturday May 21st. Full coverage of all the conference tournaments can be found on my blog (see the link at the top or bottom of this post).

#2 Greenwich (8-6) (0-4)
Although they may not be the 2 seed in the FCIAC tournament due to the fact that their only two in-state losses have also come to conference opponents Darien and Wilton, the Cardinals have remained my number two team for their wins over Ridgefield and Fairfield Prep (and New Canaan too). Additionally, they went out and beat St. Joseph 11-6 and another FCIAC team, Stamford, 17-5 this past week. This past Saturday Greenwich took a trip to Rye, NY but, after a very close game, they failed, for the fourth time, to pick up an out of state win. They get their final shot on Monday, at Lakeland/Panas, a team that beat Rye 8-7. Greenwich also ends the season on Wednesday, at 3-11 Trumbull.

#3 Fairfield Prep (11-3) (1-2)
The Jesuits had a relatively quiet week this week but they got the job done, against better teams than Darien was beating up on, also going 3-0 and scoring 37 goals to their opponent's 11. They beat a very good 7-7 Guilford team Monday, a good 7-6 Branford squad on Wednesday and 4-7 Notre Dame-West Haven on Friday. Prep is also undefeated in their conference and has the number one seed in the SCC tournament that starts next Monday, May 23rd. They play their last in-state game at conference foe Daniel Hand on Monday of this week and then finish the season at St. Antony's in New York, the number two team in NY's Catholic school league.

#4 New Canaan (9-6) (1-4)
Not only did the Rams pick up three wins to move above .500 and clinch a spot in the Class M state tournament, but also they beat Brien McMahon 8-7 in THREE OVERTIMES to take over their former spot in this week's rankings. New Canaan's other two wins this past week were 15-8 over Westhill on Tuesday and 14-5 against Danbury on Thursday. With the win over McMahon, NC has earned the four seed in the FCIAC tournament and will host Brien McMahon in the first round Saturday. The Rams may have one game before that though as they close the regular season on Wednesday at defending Class L champions Cheshire.

#5 Wilton (10-5) (0-2)
If Wilton hadn't lost to McMahon 10-11 earlier this season, they probably could have jumped them in the rankings after how the two teams did last week. Wilton started on Tuesday by beating 6-8 Norwalk 15-3. From there they took out Fairfield Ludlowe 13-6 on Thursday and then finished with a 19-13 at St. Joseph on Saturday. All that is left for the Warriors is an out of state game on Tuesday at one of the best teams in New York, Yorktown. They will face Greenwich in the first round of the FCIAC tournament right now, a team they beat 9-8 earlier this season, but Staples will probably displace Wilton for the six seed and Wilton will fall to the seven seed and be get to face Ridgefield in the first round, a team they beat 10-6 on May 5th.

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