Connecticut Boys' Lacrosse: 5/29 Rankings

By Mark Scalzo, hssportsct.blogspot.com

Somers not only stayed undefeated, but they also won the NCCC Championship 5-4 over Avon. Barlow was upset by New Fairfield in the SWC tournament, which Newtown went on to win over New Fairfield 12-7. In the CCC championships, both 2 seeds got revenge for losses in the regular season as Simsbury beat Glastonbury 12-10 and Windsor beat South Windsor 6-5 in overtime.

The SCC tournament saw Cheshire upset Guilford only to return to the trophy to Fairfield Prep 11-1. Darien remained undefeated against CT teams by capturing the FCIAC championship 10-7 over Ridgefield. The state tournaments started with play-in games on Saturday and will run on Wednesdays and Saturdays for the next two weeks; full coverage of all three state tournaments, Class L, M and S, can be found on my blog (see link above).

#1 Darien (17-2)
Now FCIAC Champions, the Darien continue to impress with big-time wins over other top teams in the state. In route to the FCIAC Championship, they beat Wilton 9-6 on Tuesday in come-from-behind fashion and then Ridgefield 10-7 in a close back-and-forth championship game on Saturday. Duke-bound Case Matheis, only a junior, continues to lead the offense while senior-captain Eric Parnon (headed to Maryland) has guided the defense and the team to this incredible season so far. As the number one seed, the Blue Wave will open the first round of the Class M tournament at home on Wednesday against the last team in, 16 seed Norte Dame-West Haven. Darien has won the state tournament for the past six years; the Class M tournament for the past five years and the Division I tournament the year before that.

#2 Ridgefield (14-5)
The Tigers have climbed to their highest ranking of the season by beating Greenwich 10-5 in the FCIAC tournament semifinals and then almost pulling the huge upset over Darien in the championship game (7-10 loss). Ridgefield is the sixth seed in the Class L tournament so they will host 11 seed Norwich Free Academy on Wednesday. This does not mean they are the favorite to win it all as they will face quality opponents every round after that: Xavier, Brien McMahon/Staples and then Greenwich/Newtown/Fairfield Prep.

#3 Greenwich (12-7)
Greenwich had a disappointing week, losing 5-10 to Ridgefield in the FCIAC semifinals on Wednesday but they bounced back well in their play-in game for the Class L tournament Saturday by beating 21 seed and last team in Stamford, for the second time this season by twelve goals, 16-4. Twelfth seeded Greenwich will take on the 5 seed, Glastonbury, in one of the best first round match-ups on Wednesday. The Cardinals will be slight favorites in the game and are one of the favorites to win the Class L tournament but, more so than Ridgefield, their journey won't be easy: Glastonbury, Fairfield Prep, Newtown and then Ridgefield/Staples/Brien McMahon.

#4 Fairfield Prep (15-4)
SCC Tournament champions once again (Cheshire broke Prep's streak at three straight last year), Fairfield Prep looks to return to being state champions once again too (they won four straight before Cheshire took that from them last year too). For the SCC tournament, Prep started off by blowing out Shelton 16-1 on Monday and then survived an overtime thriller against Hand on Wednesday before embarrassing Cheshire 11-1 in the championship on Friday. Seeded fourth in the Class L tournament, the Jesuits will open at home on Wednesday against a solid Southington team in the 4 versus 13 match-up, just like last year. From there they will see either Greenwich or Glastonbury in the quarterfinals and Newtown, Simsbury or possibly even Cheshire again in the semifinals. The playoffs won't be easy but with the great coaching of Chris Smalkais, Fairfield Prep will be focused and ready to get back on top.

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2011-05-29



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