Connecticut Boys' Lacrosse: 6/05 Rankings

By Mark Scalzo, hssportsct.blogspot.com

The state tournaments for Class L, M and S have all begun, with the first round on this past Wednesday, June 1st and the quarterfinals on Saturday, the 4th. For my predictions, I went 17-3 in the first round and 16-0 in the quarterfinals, across all classes. The games I got wrong were Newtown defending their number one seed in Class L with a 13-10 win over 17 seed but defending Class L champion Cheshire. Also, I thought that Norwalk would beat New Fairfield in Class M, but the Rebels took that game 15-11. The big upset that I got wrong as well was 3 seed Xavier losing to 14 seed Conard 11-7 at home in a Class L first round game. The semifinals will be this upcoming Wednesday, and the three championships are scheduled for Saturday the 11th.

#1 Darien (19-2)
There is good news and bad news for the Blue Wave. They continue to steamroll their way through Connecticut competition with 17-2 and 10-5 wins over Notre Dame-West Haven on Wednesday and Fairfield Ludlowe on Saturday in the Class M tournament. However, in the first few minutes of Saturday's game against Ludlowe, junior attack Case Matheis (committed to Duke already) went down with a knee injury. They can be partially to blame for the 10-5 results after Darien's 17-4 and 17-1 wins over Ludlowe in the regular season. Whether Case will play on Wednesday against Wilton in the semifinals at a neutral site is still uncertain. Darien beat Wilton handedly 14-7 in the regular season but had to mount a comeback for a big and dramatic 9-6 win over them in the FCIAC tournament semifinals about two weeks ago. They will need Matheis to ensure victory but without him, they still have eight other players committed to Division I lacrosse schools.

#2 Ridgefield (16-5)
Nothing big for the Tigers this past week but they did what they had to in order to stay on top: a 20-6 win over Norwich Free Academy in the first round and then a 17-5 win over Conard in the semifinals, both of the Class L tournament. Next, however, they will face FCIAC foe Staples in the semifinals at a neutral site on Wednesday. It may not mean much now but Ridgefield did beat the Wreckers 10-6 at home on April 12th so they will be the favorites going into the game.

#3 Fairfield Prep (17-4)
The Jesuits are once again my number three team as they took out Greenwich in a 10-9 game that was only close because of a second half comeback by Greenwich. Greenwich had upset Prep 10-4 at home in the regular season but this quarterfinal game on Saturday was in Fairfield because Prep earned the higher seed in the Class L tournament. Plus, the Jesuits really get up for the postseason as they reclaimed the SCC Championship this year and are looking to do the same with the Class L Championship. In the first round, Prep dispatched of a good Southington team 14-4 also at home. For their quarterfinal game, Prep will play Simsbury at neutral site on Wednesday June 8th. Bonus fact is that Prep, Southington and Greenwich all had the same seeds in last year's Class L tournament (4, 13 and 12) and Prep beat the other two en route to the championship game.

#4 Wilton (14-6)
I gave the Warriors the jump over Greenwich based on the fact that Wilton has a real shot at beating Darien, or at the very least giving them a heck of a game, when the two meet in the Class M semifinals on Wednesday, just as they did in the FCIAC semifinals two weeks ago. This time, Darien may or may not be without Case Matheis but they do have Henry West back from injury and he has immediately stepped in as integral part of the offense. A new-look Darien may favor this Wilton team that has been solid all year while they only seemed to get better as a team. In fact, they blew out CCC East Champion Windsor 19-4 last Wednesday in the first round and then a very good Guilford team on Saturday in the quarterfinals by a score of 13-1. I'm not calling the upset, only saying to be vigilant for it.

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2011-06-06



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