Can the CIAC Class L boys tournament get any tougher?
Why yes, yes it can. Class L has a long history of providing exciting boys lacrosse games with teams like Greenwich, Ridgefield, McMahon, Fairfield Prep, Glastonbury and Simsbury dominating play. But Class L just got a little more challenging and deeper with 2014 Class M champion Darien moving from M to L this season. Darien coach Jeff Brameier and his boys can’t wait for the challenge. “I love that we are moving up to Class L, it’s a much better tournament,” Brameier said. “We will face a much deeper pool of teams and as a result have a great challenge to win another title.”
Hand girls look like one of central Connecticut’s best shots for a state title
There are a lot of talented girls lacrosse players in the New Haven area. But Hand has exceptional talent in just about every phase of the game starting with a trio of elite players. Attack player Lauren Cole is a scoring machine and Erin Mammele is one of the best midfielders in the state. Add in Kelly Nizolek at defender and the Tigers have game-changing players in each on-field phase of the game.
Who’s lookin’ good up north this season?
The Glastonbury girls have a solid chance to get back to the Class L final where it lost to Darien last season. The Tomahawks will be tough led by 2014 All-American midfielder Taylor Walker and 2014 All-American honorable mention midfielder Sara DiCenso. Glastonbury and Simsbury should be among the most dominant boys lacrosse teams in northern Connecticut.
Three 2014 All-Americans will make strong FCIAC boys teams stronger
Greenwich, Darien and Ridgefield are always loaded with talented boys lacrosse players. But each team has a 2014 All-American who can make game-changing impacts and put on a clinic for fans every time they step on the field. Keep an eye on Greenwich midfielder Decker Curran, Ridgefield attackman Simon Mathias and Darien defender Mark Evanchick.
Darien girls go for the three-peat
Darien has won the last two Class L girls lacrosse championships and look primed to get their third straight title (fourth in the last five seasons if you count the Class M title in 2011). The Blue Wave have their usual depth led by attack players Mariah Matheis and Anna Moorhead, midfielder Caroline Benitiez and goalie Samantha Nielsen.