Yorktown (N.Y.) at Darien, Saturday, 1 p.m.
The first real faceoff of the season comes Saturday morning at 10:30, when Stratford visits Lyman Hall. This might be the highlight of the first-day schedule, though. The Blue Wave’s last regular-season home loss was to Yorktown. Only 48 home games and almost six years ago (April 20, 2013).
Glastonbury at Hand (Surf Club), April 3, 6 p.m.
An interesting intersectional matchup. The visitors have talented players like Justin Hazard coming back from a semifinal appearance; the hosts have been to four straight Class M finals. The Tomahawks won 8-5 last year.
Ridgefield at Darien, April 5, 6:30 p.m.
The rematch. Ridgefield raced… well, “raced” has nothing to do with what the Tigers did in last year’s Class L final, but they took a 9-2 lead, holding the ball as long as they could, stalling, running a game plan centered on the word “boring.” (That was coach Roy Colsey’s word; the play might’ve been boring by design, but the game was not.) They held on to beat Darien 9-8. And here’s their first meeting since.
Greenwich at Wilton, April 6, 7 p.m.
If New Canaan is seen as the team with the most talent, if Ridgefield is the defending champion, and if Darien is Darien, these may be the next two FCIAC teams as the season begins, and this could be an interesting glimpse at where they both stack up early in the year.
Somers at Granby Memorial, April 9, 4:15 p.m.
Two solid Class S programs and perennials in the NCCC. They’ll meet again April 30 at Somers, and maybe once or twice more.
New Fairfield at Newtown, April 11, 7 p.m.
Amid an interesting out-of-state stretch at the start of New Fairfield’s schedule (St. Anthony’s of Long Island comes up to Sacred Heart University on April 4 to meet the Rebels) is this rematch (sorry about the trend) of the SWC final. The Nighthawks played New Fairfield about as close as anyone but Guilford and Weston last year.
Fairfield Prep at Cheshire, May 1, 6:30 p.m.
One of the SCC’s great lacrosse rivalries, they’ve met in the past two conference finals and 12 finals in all. Both of those past two championships went to the Jesuits, who look solid again.
Darien at New Canaan, May 11, 3 p.m.
It could be the regular-season game of the year. Both teams appear deep and strong again. They played three nail-biters last season. They’re Darien and New Canaan. Just a shame it’s six weeks away.
St. Joseph at East Catholic, May 14, 4 p.m.
Here’s an intriguing little late-season Class S matchup. The defending-champion Cadets go up to Manchester to visit the Eagles, two teams that are often around near the end of the tournament.
Darien at Brunswick, May 15, 7 p.m.
The Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse preseason national rankings have Brunswick 11th and Darien 21st. Nice addition to the local schedule. The Bruins will visit New Canaan, a featured matchup the past few seasons, on April 13 at 4 p.m.