Connecticut Boys' Lacrosse: Final 2011 Rankings

By Mark Scalzo,

The state champions have been crowned, and although the favorites may not have won, the teams that were certainly not underdogs. The Ridgefield Tigers, a perennial powerhouse for lacrosse, won Class L while fellow FCIAC giant Wilton won Class M in dominant fashion. Class S was captured by St. Joseph, who won it just two years ago in 2009 and came in second last year; they are also from the FCIAC.

#1 Ridgefield (18-5)
The Tigers did what they had to in order to capture this ranking. They beat Staples once again on Wednesday in the Class L semifinals, by a score of 10-3. From there, they went on to upset, at least in my book, four-time Class L champion Fairfield Prep in the championship game, 11-10 on a goal by Sean Wilkinson with 14.5 seconds left. Although I do not think they would have won that game if Prep's goalie was not injured in the beginning of the second quarter when the Jesuits were leading 6-1, Ridgefield also would not have jumped Darien in the rankings if the Blue Wave hadn't fallen victim to injuries as well, resulting in their loss to Wilton. Ridgefield is still the third best team in the state but with the injuries that happened this postseason and the scores that resulted, the Tigers finish the season as the number one team in Connecticut!

#2 Wilton (16-6)
Class M champions by way of some seemingly divine intervention, the Blue Wave took out powerhouse Darien, a team without their two best players, 11-3 on Wednesday in the semifinals and then FCIAC foe New Canaan for the third time this season, 12-2 in the championship game on Saturday. Don't get me wrong, Wilton has a very good team this year, I just don't think they would beat Darien if Darien had Case Matheis and a 14-7 regular season meeting on 4/14 and a 6-9 FCIAC semifinal game on just 5/24 both agree with me. However, like with Ridgefield, the injuries happened and certain scores resulted so that is what I must base my rankings off of and that places the Wilton Warriors at number two in the state.

#3 Darien (19-3)
The best team in the state when they are healthy, Darien lost 3-11 to Wilton in the Class M semifinals on Wednesday and finishes the year at number three in my rankings. Their star attackman, junior Case Matheis (so good he already committed to Duke), went down in the Class M tournament quarterfinal game to Fairfield Ludlowe. He did not play in the semifinal game and worse, senior Richard Gregory, the team's leading scorer in both goals and points, experienced an injury in the second quarter of the Wilton game and could not play for the rest of the game. My best wishes for a full recovery go out to both players. Expect the Blue Wave to be back next year with a vengeance!

#4 Fairfield Prep (18-5)
Much like the team above them, Fairfield Prep fell due to key injuries. For the Jesuits it was goalie Mike Seelye, who had been on another level this postseason but, was injured in the second quarter of the Class L Championship game when his team was up 6-1 over Ridgefield. They ended up losing 11-10 on a game-winning shot that one could argue Seelye would have saved or at least not given away that he was expecting a low shot like the back-up goalie did. Fairfield Prep beat Simsbury 7-2 in the Class L semifinals on Wednesday to make it to the championship game. Seelye and midfielder Tyler Cox are the only seniors Prep is losing to graduation so the Jesuits will be heavily favored next year, especially with this added motivation to play for.

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