Connecticut Boys' Lacrosse: Final 2011 Rankings

#5 Greenwich (13-8)
Don't forget how good this team was this past season, just because they didn't play any games this past week after losing to Prep in the Class L quarterfinals last Saturday. They beat Staples twice, New Canaan, St. Joseph and Glastonbury, all teams below them in the rankings, this past season. At one point, the Cardinals did beat Ridgefield and Fairfield Prep in back-to-back games in early may. However, they lost to Ridgefield 5-10 in the FCIAC semifinals and Prep 9-10 in the Class L quarterfinals, bringing them to their final ranking of fifth overall this year.

#6 New Canaan (13-8)
The Rams finished as Class M runner-up to Wilton because of a 2-12 score but they still had an impressive season and tournament. They beat St. Joseph, Wilton once in the regular season before losing to them in the FCIAC tournament, Brien McMahon and Cheshire in the regular season. Then, in the tournament, they not only beat a very good Daniel Hand team, but they also did it by way of a 15-3 score! From there they beat ECC Champion East Lyme 10-4 in the quarterfinals and SWC runner-up New Fairfield 6-5 this past Wednesday in the semifinals.

#7 Staples (15-5)
The Wreckers' season ended this past Wednesday in a 3-10 loss to Ridgefield in the semifinals of the Class L state tournament. They gave Ridgefield a good game early on, but the Tigers outworked them and pulled away in the second half. Staples only other losses this season were a 6-10 game on 4/12 to Ridgefield, a 5-8 regular season meeting with Greenwich, then again to Greenwich 7-14 in the FCIAC tournament and a 7-10 regular season loss to Brien McMahon before beating them 8-4 in the Class L quarterfinals. The Wreckers beat St. Joseph by one goal in the final game of the regular season, Glastonbury 12-2 in late April and simply did not play Wilton, New Canaan or Darien.

#8 Simsbury (15-5)
The CCC West Champions cannot be lowered by a 2-7 loss to Fairfield Prep in the Class L semifinals last Wednesday. In fact, making the game that close may actually help the Trojans case as their only other four losses this season have been at Joel Barlow and at Xavier, two good teams in their respective conferences (SWC and SCC), in their first two games of the season, 6-8 to Daniel Hand and then 5-8 to Glastonbury in the last game of the regular season but they beat Glastonbury six days later, at Glastonbury again, to win the CCC West Championship. The Trojans did beat Brien McMahon, Cheshire, Conard, Guilford and Southington in the regular season. In the Class L tournament, Simsbury beat 12-5 Hall in the first round and then top-seed SWC Champion Newtown, a team that has appeared in my rankings this season, in the quarterfinals.

#9 Brien McMahon (13-6)
Like Greenwich, Brien McMahon did not play this past week since they were eliminated in the Class L quarterfinals last Saturday (4-8 to Staples). The Senators had a solid season beating Branford, St. Joseph, Wilton, Staples and Glastonbury and also taking New Canaan to three overtimes. Most importantly, they improved tremendously from their 6-10 season last year that failed to qualify for the FCIAC and Class L state tournaments, of which they were a part this year. This was the best season for the program since 2007 so the seniors, who were not in high school back then, worked hard to restore Brien McMahon lacrosse to elite status.

#10 St. Joseph (12-8)
I'll give it to the Cadets because they did beat top-seeded and former #10 Somers 15-6 in the Class S semifinals on Wednesday before topping Joel Barlow (also in my rankings at one point this season) 6-5 in a gem of a state championship game! St. Joseph was another one of these teams that you heard a lot about from me during hockey season as they had a very impressive season before getting shown up by Prep in the championship game this past March. However, if you remember my coverage of basketball as well, St. Joseph spanked Prep in the Class LL Championship game. I must also comment on just how generally good St. Joseph, a private school located in Trumbull, is at every sport. Besides lacrosse and basketball, they also won the state championship for football (Class S) this year, giving them a state championship in every season for the 2010-2011 school year!

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