If the Branford at Hand girls lacrosse game on Monday was any indication, lacrosse fans will be treated to an exciting Southern Connecticut Conference tournament that begins Tuesday (May 24) with semifinals at Cheshire’s turf field with games at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The boys SCC tournament also begins on Tuesday with semifinals at Strong Stadium in Madison at 5 p.m.and 7 p.m. The championship games will be held May 26 at West Haven with the girls final at 6 p.m. and boys final at 8 p.m.
Because of the parity and depth of talent among boys and girls SCC teams this season, matchups, seedings and official qualifying won’t take place until the end of this week with key SCC matchups still needing to be played.
Two of the most successful SCC girls teams this season faced off on Monday. Hand entered the game with a 13-1 overall record and Branford entered with a 12-1 record. The game went back and forth and with the game tied at 9, Hand sophomore Taylor Scully provided the game-winning goal with 25 seconds left in the second half.
Hand coach Kevin Siedlecki believes the upcoming SCC tournament will be just as exciting no matter what teams end up qualifying.
“The league is tighter this year than it has been in a while,” Siedlecki said. “We have five really good teams with Branford, Cheshire, Guilford, Lauralton Hall and Hand and only four can make the tournament. Branford looked like the favorite early, especially with the huge win over Guilford, but that seems to be evening out as we hit the end of the regular season.
“It’s an exciting week to see where everyone ends up and the tournament should be very competitive. Since more big regular season games still need to be played, it’s hard to say who the favorite is. We can all compete with each other on any given day.”
There are too many scenarios to list in this notebook. But some games that will impact seedings, matchups and official qualifying this week will be Hand at Cheshire on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Guilford at Branford on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Tigers are the defending SCC girls lacrosse champions but Siedlecki hesitates to call his team the favorite to win the tournament.
“The tournament games will start at 0-0 no matter what the record or results against common opponents,” Siedlecki said. “All five teams (mentioned above), any four who could be in the tournament, are very competitive.”
In the SCC boys tournament, No. 8 Fairfield Prep is the favorite. The Jesuits are 9-0 against SCC teams this season with one SCC game remaining at Hand (Strong Stadium) on Thursday at 6 p.m. Xavier is the defending SCC boys tournament champion.
The Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference boys and girls tournaments begin with quarterfinals also begin this week.
The girls quarterfinals will begin Friday (at higher seeds) with semifinals on Monday at New Canaan at 5 p.m. and7:30 p.m. and the final on May 26 at McMahon at 4 p.m. The boys quarterfinals are on Saturday (at higher seeds) with semifinals on Tuesday at McMahon at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the final on May 26 at McMahon at 7 p.m.
The boys favorite is Darien and the Blue Wave, ranked No. 1 in the Register/GameTimeCT Lacrosse Top 10 poll, have been rolling all season. Darien entered Tuesday’s game against Stamford with a 15-0 record including 6-0 against state teams ranked in the Top 10 poll.