Connecticut Boys' Lacrosse: 5/22 Rankings

#6 New Canaan (10-7) (1-4)
New Canaan closed out their regular season great with an 11-9 win on Wednesday at defending Class L champion Cheshire, the other Rams in CT, but they did not fare so well in the FCIAC tournament. In the first round on Saturday they faced Wilton, a team they had taken down 10-8 earlier in the season, but the Rams looked foolish this time on the losing side of a 5-12 score; they simply got outshot and outplayed. The Rams now have no choice but to sit tight and wait for the Class M tournament to start next Wednesday where they may eventually see the likes of Wilton, Fairfield Ludlowe, Daniel Hand, Guilford, East Lyme, and, of course, Darien.

#7 Staples (13-4) (2-0)
I know I've got explaining to do about these next two rankings so here it goes: Staples not only beat St. Joseph 10-9 this past Tuesday on the road but they also put up 7 in a 7-14 loss to Greenwich on Saturday in the opening round of the FCIAC tournament. The team below the Wreckers did beat them by three in beginning of May but they beat St. Joseph by only 2 very early in the season and they got embarrassed by Ridgefield in the FCIAC tournament, 4-17. Staples also beat by twice the score Brien McMahon did. They will not wait for the Class L tournament to start next Wednesday as well, where they hold the 2 seed.

#8 Brien McMahon (12-5) (0-0)
By placing the Senators below Staples for all the reasons listed above, yes, I do think they would not beat Staples should they face them again this season, which is possible in the Class L tournament. After an impressive 18-1 win against Masuk on Monday and then a good 12-7 win at Glastonbury on Wednesday Brien McMahon was looking good. However, in the first round of the FCIAC tournament, McMahon was sent home 4-17 by Ridgefield and the Senators will now be idle until next Wednesday's Class L tournament.

#9 Glastonbury (12-4) (1-0)
The Tomahawks had their chance to move up when they played Brien McMahon this past Wednesday but they could not get the win and instead suffered a 7-12 loss. The reason they have not fallen in the rankings, besides the fact that McMahon is ranked higher than them, is due to their finals two games of the regular season: an 8-5 win over a Simsbury squad that one could argue is just as good as Glastonbury and then a 13-7 win over Southington, a talented team. Like with hockey, the CCC just has divisional championship games so Glastonbury will see the second seed in their division, Simsbury again, on Thursday at Conard High School in West Hartford. They do have one more regular season game before that, at 4-10 Farmington on Monday.

#10 Joel Barlow (14-3) (0-0)
This ranking warrants more explaining as well since this means that Barlow has jumped Newtown, a team they lost to in the regular season. For me, the reasoning is two-fold: first off, Newtown lost to an 8-8 Norwalk team this past Monday and I don't think Barlow would slip up like that but my second reason would be that Barlow is just a more dominant team. For example, Barlow and Newtown, playing in the same conference, have many of the same quality wins: Masuk, Weston, and New Fairfield. However, Barlow blows these teams out whereas Newtown just beats them, Masuk and Weston only just this past week. Compare the margins of victory, Barlow versus Newton: Masuk (2-14 vs 6-14), Weston (3-8 vs 9-13) and New Fairfield (7-17 vs 8-12). Barlow's out of conference wins against Hand and Simsbury are more impressive to me than Newtown's over Conard and St. Joseph, but at the end of the day Barlow and Newtown are pretty even in my book. That 17-7 win over New Fairfield, whose only in-state losses on the season are Barlow and Newtown, came just this past Wednesday for Barlow. Then, on Thursday, Barlow closed out their regular season with an 11-2 win over Brookfield, their first-round opponent on Monday in the up-coming SWC tournament; Barlow is the two seed and Newtown is number one. Basically, this ranking means that right now I would predict Barlow to beat Newtown in the SWC championship game, should both teams make it there.

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2011-05-24



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