GameTimeCT / Register Boys Lacrosse Top 10 Poll: No. 1 Darien to host No. 2 Greenwich

The 2013-14 Register/GameTimeCT Top 10 lacrosse poll
Team (Record)(1st place) Points Last

1. Darien (9-0) (12)

129

1

Last week:  Defeated St. Joseph 18-3, Danbury 20-2 and New Canaan 11-10 (OT).
Bottom line: No. 1 vs. No. 2: Blue Wave’s next big test is against visiting Greenwich on Saturday .

2. Greenwich (10-1)

108

T2

Last week: Defeated  New Canaan 11-8 and Chaminade (N.Y.) 12-6 .
Bottom line: A fun week coming up for the Cardinals with games against Darien (see above) and McMahon (Tuesday) .

3. Fairfield Prep (6-3) (1)

104

T2

Last week: Lost 11-10 (OT) to St. Anthony (N.Y.).
Bottom line: Prep is 6-0 against Connecticut competition.

4. Ridgefield (8-2)

94

5

Last week: Defeated Staples 11-0, Yorktown (N.Y.) 7-4, Danbury 15-3 and lost 9-2 to Summit (N.J.) .
Bottom line: The loss to Summit snapped a seven-game win streak .

5. New Canaan (7-3)

78

4

Last week: Lost 11-8 to Greenwich and 11-10 (OT) to Darien .
Bottom line: The Rams’s schedule doesn’t get any easier as it hosts Barlow on Tuesday .

6. Simsbury (9-0)

61

6

Last week: Defeated Guilford 7-5 and New Fairfield 9-8 (6 OT).
Bottom line: The Trojans have emerged as the top team in the north thanks to a strong offense.

7. McMahon (9-0)

47

8

Last week: Defeated Norwalk 5-4 (OT), Weston 12-6 and Bethel 16-3 .
Bottom line: The Senators’s next big game is with visitng Greenwich on Tuesday .

8. Barlow (6-3)

38

9

Last week: Defeated Bethel 13-2 and lost 11-9 to Wantagh (N.Y.) .
Bottom line: Falcons had their five-game win streak snapped against Wantagh .

9. Staples (6-4)

22

7

Last week: Lost 11-10 to Ridgefield and 6-5 to Mamaroneck (N.Y.) .
Bottom line: The Wreckers are 1-4 in their last five games.

10. North Haven (9-1)

14

10

Last week: Defeated Hamden 12-7 .
Bottom line: The Indians scored less than 10 goals in only one game this season, an 8-3 win over Branford .
Dropped out: None.
First-place votes in parentheses and points tabulated on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
Others receiving votes: Newtown (8-2) 12; Glastonbury (6-3) 8.
The following voted: Brian Adkins, Foran coach and Connecticut secondary schools assistant liaison to U.S. Lacrosse; Mary Albl, Fairfield Minuteman; George Baldassare, Laxpower.com director of high school boys lacrosse; Frank Barron, Connecticut secondary schools assistant liaison to U.S. Lacrosse; Jeff Braimeier, Darien coach; John Nash, The Hour of Norwalk; Scott Hinchey, Glastonbury coach; Greg Lederer, Cheshire Herald; Joe Lombardi, LaxLessons.com; John Mathews, Weston coach; Dan Nowak, New Haven Register; Rich Pulisciano, Cheshire coach; Jimmy Zanor, Middletown Press.
Poll compiled by: Dan Nowak

Comments

  1. north haven is good but not top 10 says

    I respect north haven’s rise and they have a great core of players, Pecora, Halloran, Suraci, Kastenhuber, – all football players and standout ones at that, but they have played a much easier schedule than the rest of the top SCC schools. A lot of SCC teams like NH, Foran, etc have inflated records due to the influx of start up programs that aren’t very good and the teams like West Haven that have had the sport forever but just aren’t good. My point is they shouldn’t be in your top ten (yet).

    NH is a great example though of top athletes playing more than one sport for their schools. I wish more athletes realized the importance of being a teammate, training to be a better athlete and all of the good that comes from being a multisport athlete.

    • Consigliere says

      Your appropriate wording on a topic that could have come across rather sour is greatly appreciated. There is no question that FCIAC LAX is a much different animal than CIAC LAX, and, although we are relative equals on the gridiron, it’s clear that the CIAC has considerable “catching up” still to do w LAX. NH will face Prep next week, so, be prepared everyone! Many questions will be answered as to how good NH actually is (or isn’t …per FCIAC standards). Regardless of the outcome, the NH kids are fierce competitors…you missed a few names though, which I will not disclose here… believe it or not, NH has a few true ‘top tier” LAX players.

      Win or lose…expect a game vs. Prep!

  2. says

    I Have to wonder why Greenwich sits in the number 2 spot and Prep the number 3 spot as it seems a little perplexing to me. Prep is the only team to beat Greenwich this year which would likely place them ahead in the poll. Teams like McMahon and North Haven have great records so far this year but a little bit of an “eye test” needs to be included when ranking these teams. McMahon could very easily end the season at 9-7 as the back half of their schedule will present many challenges with the likes of St. Joe’s, Wilton, Ridgefield, Staples and other FCIAC teams. In my opinion, McMahon sits on the Top 10 Bubble until the defeat a quality opponent or two. Coach Baily and the North Haven team are having a tremendous year in the SCC conference, but it is in the SCC conference other than Prep the SCC conference is a little above mediocre this year, a TOP 10 ranking might be a little aggressive for these guys. Some teams that are not getting love this year is the best 5-6 team in thee state Wilton and a team that will win the Class S Championships St. Joe’s.

    By the way – Just a little color about the FCIAC for the person who feels Seymour should be ranked higher than New Canaan, lacrosse is a different game in the FCIAC – it’s faster, more depth on each team, more complicated sets and defensive looks, not to mention the numerous D1 recruits. I appreciate the growth and enthusiasm of this game but do not under estimate New Canaan or any other FCIAC team. Especially Ridgefield.

    Laxworm.com 10 –

    1 – Darien, 2 – Prep, 3 – Ridgefield, 4 – Greenwich, 5 – New Canaan, 6 – Simsbury, 7 – Staples, 8 – Wilton, 9 – Barlow 10 – Newtown

  3. The Dude says

    North Haven has beaten absolutely nobody and lost to the best team that they have played.

    Greenwich may have lost to Prep. But they have beaten both Ridgefield and Chaminade. I’m going to wait and see on Prep until after the Chaminade and New Canaan games.

    New Milford is probably better than the bottom half of the top 10 (beating Barlow yesterday) and doesnt even get any votes. Polls mean nothing.

    • says

      Although Greenwich beat Chaminade they squeaked by Ridgefield in a 4OT game so in my mind the two are pretty close in ranking but then when you factor in Ridgefields 11-0 dominance over Staples and their win over Yorktown and Garden City – I think Greenwich is a 4 team at the moment and Ridgefield is the 3 as far as Prep is concerned until they get beat they stay number 2 in my poll. If Ridgefield continues to play as they are currently we could see the Tigers playing Prep in the L champ game.

      I do agree with you that polls mean nothing as we may see some unranked teams vying for state champs.

  4. Paul McKenna says

    New milford won’t hang with the top 5 but they have a few top notch players that can play with anybody in Ct. The defense is young but the offense is talented. Beat Joel Barlow convincingly. Should be 9 or 10.

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