1. New Haven area’s best hope for a girls lacrosse champ: Old Saybrook
Plot line: At the risk of putting more pressure on the Rams, they are the one girls lacrosse team in the New Haven area that has positioned themselves for a best shot at a state title. The Rams enter the CIAC Class S tournament as the top seed and one of two S teams that went 16-0 in the regular season. Stonington is the other team. When you have an attacker like Molly Beck who has over 100 points anything is possible at the Class S level. But there is more to the Rams than just Beck as they are talented at attack, midfield and defense. By being the top seed they are in a bracket where reaching the championship game is very attainable.
You should know: The Rams haven’t scored less than 11 goals in a game this season and allowed double-digit goals (10 or more) only four times.
2. Darien girls, 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, 16-2 overall heading into the FCIAC tournament final today (Friday), have taken no prisoners in state competition with a 16-0 record against Connecticut teams.
3. Cheshire chemistry improving
Plot line: Cheshire is coming off its best team effort of the season with its 13-7 win over Hand in the SCC tournament championship on Thursday. 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 could 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.
4. Talented Hand draws a tough bracket
Plot line: Like Cheshire, Hand has the talent to beat anyone in the state. The Tigers have balanced scoring, quickness for a transition game that produces almost a dozen fastbreak chances a game and a tough defense. Hand also has one of the top scorers in the state with Lauren Cole (97 goals, 21 assists) and one of the state’s top goalies with Emilee Wargo. However, the Tigers will likely face two-time defending M champion New Canaan in the quarterfinals.
You should know: One advantage No. 4 seed Hand would have over No. 5 seed New Canaan if they meet in the quarterfinals on Thursday (June 5) is the Tigers would host the game. Hand is 9-2 in home games this season.
5. Glastonbury: Hope of the north
Plot line: The Tomahawks graduated three of their top scorers from last season but still managed to dominate opponents and go 16-0 in the regular season. The Tomahawks excel in every phase of the game led by attackers Boston College-bound Taylor Walker and Cami Santor and defensive standout Sydney Keane. The Tomahawks are one of the top teams in northern Connecticut but like everyone in Class L will have to get by Darien for a title.
You should know: Glastonbury went 3-0 against SCC teams in the regular season with wins over Guilford, Hand and Cheshire.