GameTimeCT / Register Preseason Lacrosse Top 10 poll: Darien kicks the season off at No. 1

The 2013-14 preseason Register/GameTimeCT Top 10 lacrosse poll compiled by Dan Nowak.

Team (Record)(First-place votes) Points; 2013 poll finish

1. Darien (12-8) (6)…101 pts…8

Last game: Lost 7-6 to Wilton in 2013 CIAC Class M quarterfinals .
Season opener: Hosts Trinity Catholic, Wednesday, 4 p.m.
Bottom line: The Blue Wave, led by Yale-bound goalie Phil Huffard, is on a mission to get back to the M finals.

2. Ridgefield (17-4) (3)…90 pts…2nd

Last game: Lost 12-9 to Fairfield Prep in Class L semifinals.
Season opener: Hosts Fairfield Ludlowe, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Bottom line: The Tigers, led by face-off specialist Will Bonaparte, will challenge for the L title.

3. Fairfield Prep (18-4) (1)……… 84  points ….. 1st

Last game: Defeated Staples 14-8 in Class L championship.
Season Opener: Hosts Hand, Wednesday, 4 p.m.
Bottom line: Two-time defending L champ Prep went 17-0 against state competition in 2013.

T4. Greenwich (15-6) (1)……. 74 points……. 7th

Last game: Lost 6-5 to Staples in Class L quarterfinals .
Season opener: Hosts Danbury, Wednesday, 5 p.m.
Bottom line: Cardinals will be a tough out in any game with its talent front to back.

T4. New Canaan (19-3)……. 74 points……. 5th

Last game: Lost 5-4 in overtime to Barlow in Class M semifinals .
Season opener: Hosts Trumbull, Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
Bottom line: Defending FCIAC tournament champion Rams are a top challenger for FCIAC and M titles.

6. Wilton (13-9)…….57 points…. T3

Last game: Defeated Barlow 9-4 in Class M championship game .
Season opener: Hosts Norwalk, Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Bottom line: Warriors are always prepared for the postseason with their tough regular season schedule .

7. Simsbury (17-4)……… 42 points……..10

Last game: Lost 4-2 to Staples in Class L semifinals.
Season opener: Hosts Xavier, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Bottom line: Trojans look to build off last season’s strong 14-2 record in their last 16 games.

8. Barlow (20-2)……….25 points…….. 6th

Last game: Lost 9-4 to Wilton in Class M finals.
Season opener: Hosts Mercer Island (WA), Wednesday, 4 p.m.
Bottom line: Falcons are postseason-tested with Class S title in 2012 and Class M runner-up finish in 2013.

9. Weston (14-9)……….15 points……….9th

Last game: Defeated St. Joseph 9-8 in Class S championship game.
Season opener: Hosts Staples, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Bottom line: Trojans not only have a high-powered offense, but also boast one of the top goalies in the nation with Loyola-bound Grant Limone.

10. Staples (16-5)……….12 points………. T3

Last game: Lost 14-8 to Fairfield Prep in Class L final.
Season opener: At Weston, Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Bottom line: Another strong FCIAC team that will challenge for postseason titles .

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: Glastonbury (13-7) 10; St. Joseph (12-9) 7; McMahon (8-9) 6; Guilford (13-5) 2; Xavier (13-5) 2; Avon (16-1) 1; Cheshire (8-10) 1; Hand (10-7) 1; Newtown (10-7) 1.

The following voted: Brian Adkins, Foran coach and Connecticut secondary schools assistant liaison to U.S. Lacrosse; Mary Albl, Fairfield Minuteman; George Baldassare, director of high school boys lacrosse; Frank Barron, Connecticut secondary schools assistant liaison to U.S. Lacrosse; Jeff Braimeier, Darien coach; Scott Hinchey, Glastonbury coach; Greg Lederer, Cheshire Herald; John Mathews, Weston coach; Dan Nowak, New Haven Register; Rich Pulisciano, Cheshire coach; Jimmy Zanor, Middletown Press.

Poll compiled by: Dan Nowak


  1. Truth says

    Kicks the season off? You do understand this is lacrosse, right?

    If you’re going to wallow in cliches, at least make sure the cliches are appropriate to the sport.

    I’m waiting to hear about how the football season faces off.

  2. says

    The Laxworm 15 differs from your choices – Greenwich is a very strong team this year with seasoned Defense, Solid face-off guy, stellar offensive play – don’t underestimate the Cardinals this year. Ridgefield a strong team but not sure they are a 2 ranking. Prep is not the Prep of years past, defense is not as sharp as a year ago, offense good but a good defense can control their offense, I will say they have a strong goalie – Austin Sims certainly a challenge but beyond him the team is vulnerable. I would also argue Staples is a better team than Simsbury, Weston and Barlow – I think maybe higher than Wilton. I agree Darien should be on top after that hmmm……

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