1. Can anyone in Connecticut beat Fairfield Prep?
The Jesuits went 17-0 against Connecticut competition last season. On paper, there are two state teams with a shot in the regular season to hand the Jesuits a loss: Greenwich (Prep home game April 24) and at New Canaan May 17.
2. Who will be the team(s) to watch in the powerhouse FCIAC?
Lacrosse fans will be treated to some exciting games on almost a daily basis in southern Connecticut. Darien, New Canaan, Greenwich, Ridgefield, Wilton, Staples and McMahon are all loaded with standout players.
3. Who will win the SCC boys title?
We actually go back to our first question above: Can any SCC team beat Fairfield Prep? With due respect to the rest of the teams, Cheshire and Hand are likely the only candidates. Hand gets the first crack at the Jesuits on Wednesday at Prep at 4 p.m. Cheshire is at Prep on May 22 at 4 p.m.
4. Who will win the SCC girls title?
Realistically, the regular season and tournament titles will likely come down to Hand and Cheshire. Both teams have talent and depth and of course solid coaching with Hand’s Kevin Siedlecki and Cheshire’s Dan Warburton. Cheshire has a wildcard though with Maddy Levy, who is improved and could emerge as one of the area’s leading scorers.
5. Who will emerge as the top boys or girls team in the Shoreline Conference?
Last season, the Haddam-Killingworth girls advanced to the CIAC Class S final for the first time. H-K was led by midfielder Kiley Anderson, who had a single-season school record 105 goals. That success should continue in 2014 with Boston College-bound Anderson back for one more season.