Heading into the CIAC Class M tournament I anticipated a Cheshire vs. Darien matchup in the semifinals.
No. 7 Cheshire faces No. 3 Darien at West Haven High’s Ken Strong Stadium at 5 p.m. today, barring any adverse conditions like rain and lightning. Below are the two storylines I wrote for each team in the New Haven Register/GameTimeCT postseason preview package:
Darien girls lacrosse, like the Darien boys, look unbeatable
Plot line: The defending Class L champion Blue Wave, who have won a state title five of the last seven years, are deep, talented, post-season tested and experienced.
They have balanced scoring led by Dillon Schoen, Hollis Perticone and Emily Stein and a strong defense led by goalie Kyra Gardner. They also have a pair of strong face-off specialists with Perticone and Katie Cronin.
You should know: The Blue Wave, 17-2 overall, have taken no prisoners in state competition with a 17-0 regular-season record against Connecticut teams. Darien defeated Wilton 9-7 in the FCIAC tournament championship.
Cheshire chemistry improving
Plot line: Cheshire had its best team effort of the season with its 13-7 win over Hand in the SCC tournament championship. The Rams have the talent to match up with any team in the state.
But here’s the big question – can Cheshire beat Darien? The Rams play in the Blue Wave bracket in Class L and the two teams should meet in the semifinals. Ball possession will be the key for any hope of a Cheshire win against Darien.
You should know: The magic formula for the Rams this season is to score 10 or more goals in a game. The Rams are 12-1 when scoring 10 or more goals in a game this season.