Darien captured its 19th state championship with a 14-6 win over Ludlowe in Saturday’s Class L final, and with that, the Blue Wave finishes the season as the No. 1 team in the Connecticut Coaches Top 10 Girls Lacrosse Poll.
The Wave (18-3) had been the No. 2 team in the poll all season, with three losses to New Canaan (20-1), which had maintained a hold on the top spot. Darien finally beat the Rams 8-4 in the Class L semis, and the two rivals switched spots in the poll.
The coaches were split on the No. 1 vote. Of the 13 who voted, eight selected Darien as No. 1, while five went with New Canaan.
Class L runner-up Ludlowe (17-4), which reached its first state final since the 2010 Div, II title tilt, jumped up to the No. 3 spot, with Wilton at No. 4.
Guilford (19-2) moved up a spot to No. 5 following its dramatic 11-10 win over Joel Barlow for the Class M championship. The Grizzlies earned two titles this spring, as they beat Daniel Hand for the SCC Div. I title.
New Fairfield (17-3), which defeated Weston 11-8 for its fourth straight Class S championship, entered the poll in a ninth-place tie with Ridgefield.
|2||NEW CANAAN (5)||20-1||121||1||L|
|Coaches Voting: Sean Cole, Canton; Dan Warburton, Cheshire; Meg Cersosimo, Conard; Phil Schneider, East Lyme; Kris Cofiell, Glastonbury; Terri Ziemnicki, Granby; Steve Coppock, Joel Barlow; Kristin Woods, New Canaan; Maura Fletcher, Newtown, Lori Connelly, North Branford; Danielle McCauley, Pomperaug; and Meredith Meyran, Wilton.
Compiled by Phil Schneider, East Lyme
|Others receiving votes: Simsbury (15-4) 14, Newtown (15-3) 12, East Lyme (16-1) 10, Cheshire (12-6) 5, St. Joseph (12-8) 4, Weston (12-8) 2.|