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, Laxpower.com 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