The CIAC quarterfinals are set for Tuesday. So let’s take a look at three things to watch.
First here’s the schedule:
Games scheduled for 5 p.m.
No. 9 New Milford at No. 1 Ridgefield
No. 12 Fairfield Prep at No. 4 Amity Regional
No. 7 Simsbury at No. 2 Newtown
No. 6 Glastonbury at No. 3
No. 8 New Canaan at No. 1 New Fairfield
No. 5 Guilford at No. 4 Wilton
No. 7 Conard at No. 2 East Lyme
No. 11 Fairfield-Ludlowe at No. 3 Darien
No. 9 Weston at No. 1 Granby
No. 5 Ledyard at No. 4 Morgan-Clinton
No. 7 Somers at No. 2 Joel Barlow
No. 6 Immaculate-Danbury at No. 3 St. Joe’s
Three things to watch
New Canaan vs. New Fairfield (Class M)
New Canaan boasts eight state lacrosse titles and a varsity program which predates Nixons resignation. New Fairfield burst into the limelight in 2008, largely on the basis of stat-stuffing longpole CJ Costabile.
That tomorrows Ram-Rebel matchup figures to be the highlight of the Class M quarterfinal draw, then, is a testament to Marty Morgans coaching prowess.
But the Rebels will have to dig deep for the victory. New Canaan rarely loses these sorts of games, and New Fairfield (19-1) has yet to face a team of the Rams caliber. To spring the upset, Morgans bunch will need to lean on an energetic home crowd and Nicky Costabiles strong goaltending. On the other end, Tufts-bound attackman Andrew Fiamengo must create opportunities against Rams lockdown defenseman Kevin Campbell.
Look for New Fairfield to keep things interesting. But the Rams who sport legitimate weapons in Joe Costigan, Cody Newton and Alex Garrison should gut this one out.
Wilton attackman Pete McMahon
Earlier this month, Joe Lombardi reported on Nick Trizanos record-breaking exploits at Iona Prep. Here in Connecticut, a similar story is unfolding.
Wilton attackman Pete McMahon who will play for Mike Pressler at Bryant next year is currently tied with Georgetown great Andy Flick on the Warriors all-time scoring list. Both have 302 points. Should McMahon tally a goal (or, as he is more wont to do, dish out an assist) at Fujitani Field tomorrow, he will cement his status as the career No. 1 scorer at Connecticuts most storied program.
McMahons (likely) achievement will overshadow another important milestone: with a victory over Guilford, the Warriors seniors will position themselves to play in their first CIAC final four. For Coach John Wiseman, who has been tasked with rescucitating the onetime state powerhouse, both should come as welcome developments.
Class L predictions
A humdrum first round in much of Connecticut was overshadowed by a wild opening weekend in Class L, which witnessed overtime, upsets and no-holds-barred scoring. And with the surprise exits of Greenwich and Brien McMahon, just one FCIAC representative Ridgefield, the tournament favorite remains.
The stage is now set for a quartet of intriguing quarterfinal matchups, previewed below:
Ridgefield vs. New Milford: The Green Wave have firepower (6-foot-4 midfielder Phil Dobson, attackman Drew Haig and junior Brandon Kuring), but Ridgefield also knows a thing or two about putting the ball in the back of the net. Look for a high scoring affair at Tiger Hollow, with Roy Colseys troops prevailing. Ridgefield, 16-8.
Amity Regional vs. Fairfield Prep: The Amity Regional Spartans have run hot and cold this season, rendering them difficult to forecast. Towson-bound defenseman Bill Choiniere will likely limit Chase Baileys (Bucknell) scoring opportunities, but Prep has the depth and experience to move on. Prep, 13-10.
Newtown vs. Simsbury: The Nighthawks survived and advanced, but Simsbury (a young team led by Salisbury-bound middie Paul Gallagher) should be the end of the road. Coach Dan Corcoran has quietly built a powerhouse in the Hartford suburbs. Simsbury, 11-7.
Xavier vs. Glastonbury: Glastonbury is one of the states hottest teams (CCC championship loss to Simsbury aside), and the Tomahawks buried Greenwich early on Saturday. Xavier will meet a similar fate. Glastonbury, 9-4.
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