Connecticut Boys' Lacrosse: 5/22 Rankings

By Mark Scalzo, hssportsct.blogspot.com

The major stories of the week were Somers and Stonington staying undefeated; both are 15-0 but Stonington actually beat some good opponents, like Guilford. Also, Newtown surprisingly dropped an ugly game to 8-8 Norwalk. Glastonbury had an impressive week beating Southington and Simsbury on back-to-back days to lock up the top seed in the CCC West (and CCC as a whole). The FCIAC tournament started on Saturday and, unfortunately for those teams, I must take those results into consideration for this week's rankings as well.

#1 Darien (15-2) (3-2)
No surprise at the top as Darien stays #1, as they have been all season. To their credit they beat Ridgefield 17-10 to close out their regular season on Wednesday and then a good Fairfield Ludlowe team 17-1 on Saturday to kick off the FCIAC tournament. Darien will move on to face Wilton on Tuesday in the semifinals of the FCIAC tournament and then, I think it's safe to say, either Ridgefield or defending FCIAC tournament champion, Greenwich, in the championship game on Friday; Darien beat all three teams in the regular season by seven goals each. The Class M tournament starts the following week.

#2 Greenwich (11-6) (1-3)
They did it; the Cardinals finally won an out of state game at Lakeland/Panas on Monday by a score of 13-12 in overtime. They closed their regular season on Wednesday with a 19-3 win over Trumbull but had a tough first round/quarterfinal game in the FCIAC tournament. Seventh-seeded Staples gave Greenwich a run for their money but Greenwich pulled together and got a 14-7 win to advance to the semifinals on Tuesday against the three seed, Ridgefield. The Cardinals are the defending champions of the FCIAC tournament and if they get by Ridgefield then they are almost certainly going to face Darien in the championship ... just like last year.

#3 Ridgefield (13-4) (3-1)
Big jump for the Tigers back inside the top five but I still cannot place them above Greenwich, a team that beat them fair and square during the regular season; however, Ridgefield will get another shot. After their loss to Darien 10-17 in the final game of their regular season, Ridgefield bounced back in the FCIAC tournament on Saturday by impressively topping Brien McMahon 17-4! Their next game is Tuesday in the semifinals against second-seeded defending tournament champions and bitter rival Greenwich.

#4 Fairfield Prep (12-4) (1-3)
Not their fault, but the FCIAC is clearly a better conference than the SCC for lacrosse. I do feel that they would be able to beat the teams below them in my rankings but they will wait and see if they match-up with Ridgefield or Greenwich in the Class L tournament, which I'm sure they will, before they can prove they will beat either of them. Prep took care of Daniel Hand 14-10 on Monday but lost to St. Anthony's (NY) 4-13 on Wednesday. The Jesuits head into this week as the number one seed in the SCC tournament, with a first round home game against Shelton on Monday and a possible semifinal opponent of either Hand again or Xavier; both teams that they beat in the regular season, Hand by four goals twice and Xavier by 12 goals.

#5 Wilton (12-5) (0-2)
Wilton got the boost back over New Canaan by beating them 12-5 on Saturday in the first round/quarterfinals of the FCIAC tournament. That win is certainly more decisive than the 8-10 loss to the Rams from earlier in the season plus the Warriors are pretty hot right now on an eight-game win-streak (since that loss to New Canaan, their only loss in May). They also beat Yorktown, a very good team from New York, 7-5 last Tuesday. Wilton now gets a shot at the team everyone wants to beat, number one Darien, in the FCIAC semifinals on Tuesday of next week; winner plays in the championship on Friday.

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2011-05-24



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