Trinity College-bound senior attackman Ben Preston and Darien host Ridgefield in the teams’ first meeting since the 2009 season, when Ridgefield beat Darien twice, including in the FCIAC title game.
Back in the not too distant past, I used to get a chuckle when news colleagues would “gear up” for what they considered to be an extraordinarily annual event known as Election Day.
“In sports,” I would invariably tell them, “every day is Election Day.”
If that’s true, then yesterday, especially so.
After all, yesterday was seedings day, with playoff matchups unveiled in downstate New York. If you weren’t following along the way, it was quite an eventful one. You can get a quick recap by clicking here.
And, as always, you can all the seeds from throughout the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut, by checking msgvarsity.com 24/7.
Tomorrow, opening-round games will be played.
But today, there are still a handful of regular-season games, including a couple of highly anticipated ones.
The DHS Stadium Field at Darien High School will be one of today’s hotspots in the region, despite what is expected to be another dreary day weather-wise, with a 90 percent chance of rain, including some heavy rain. (For the updated forecast, click here.)
That’s where Darien, regarded as the odds-on favorite to win the FCIAC, will host red-hot Ridgefield.
The teams last met in 2009 as Ridgefield pulled out a 7-6 overtime win over the Blue Wave for its first-ever FCIAC title. The Tigers also downed Darien during the ’09 regular season.
This year, Darien is unbeaten in FCIAC play. Ridgefield, meanwhile, has won four straight and pulled off a Section 1 trifecta, winning border battles against Yorktown, Somers and John Jay.
It promises to be an interesting game, and an interesting FCIAC Tournament. But then again, that’s a pretty safe prediction as four teams have taken the conference title since 2007. (Scroll down for the info on that.)
Speaking of Darien, Ben Preston (pictured above) was one of our “Players to Watch” in the playoffs and Ridgefield one of our postseason “Teams to Watch” on yesterday’s tristate lax segment on MSG Varsity’s “High School SportsDesk” show. We also take a look at Kevin Cousin’s big win at Somers, Rye’s Christian Bonaventura, Sachem North’s George Raum and more.
In case you missed it last night at 6 p.m., you can check out the five-minute segment by clicking here.
If you’re in the Connecticut area, the Ridgefield-Darien game is not a “no-brainer” to attend. That’s because two of the top programs in the Northeast, Deerfield (Mass.) and Salisbury collide at Salisbury, in another 4:30 p.m. game.
Also of note today, Fairfield Prep, which lost a 7-6 decision to a Chaminade team that has beaten St. Anthony’s twice this season, visits St. A’s.
And Hackley, which is 16-1, plays at Riverdale Country Day (12-3).
Here’s today’s rundown:
Sayville at Miller Place, 4 p.m.
Joel Barlow at New Fairfield at Rebel Turf, 4 p.m.
Newtown at Masuk, 4 p.m.
Freeport at Calhoun, 4:15 p.m.
Burke Catholic at Albertus Magnus, 4:15 p.m.
Ridgefield at Darien, 4:30 p.m.
Northfield Mount Hebron at Westminster, 4:30 p.m.
Loomis Chaffee at Choate, 4:30 p.m.
Hotchkiss at Trinity-Pawling, 4:30 p.m.
Hackley at Riverdale Country Day, 4:30 p.m.
Fairfield Prep at St. Anthony’s, 4:30 p.m.
Deerfield at Salisbury, 4:30 p.m.
Edgemont at Westlake, 4:30 p.m.
Brunswick at Kent, 4:30 p.m.
Keio at Putnam Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Long Beach at Farmingdale, 4:30 p.m.
Shoreham-Wading River at Elwood-John Glenn, 4:30 p.m.
Eastport/South Manor at Kings Park, 4:30 p.m.
North Shore at Friends Academy, 4:30 p.m.
Warwick at Saugerties, 4:30 p.m.
Valley Central at Wallkill, 4:30 p.m.
Minisink Valley at O’Neill, 4:30 p.m.
Newburgh Free Academy at Millbrook, 4:30 p.m.
New Paltz at Pine Bush at Pine Bush Elementary, 4:30 p.m.
Mineola at Locust Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Island Trees at Seaford, 4:30 p.m.
Oceanside at Syosset, 5 p.m.
Brien McMahon at Glastonbury, 5 p.m.
Trumbull at Greenwich, 5 p.m.
Hempstead at Port Washington, 5 p.m.
Notre Dame-Fairfield at Pomperaug, 7 p.m.
Amity at Fairfield Ludlowe at Taft Field, 7 p.m.
Red Hook vs. Kingston at Dietz Stadium, 7:15 p.m.
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Recent FCIAC champions
The FCIAC has had different champions every year since 2007. Here’s a look at the result of each year’s title game:
2007 New Canaan (5-4 over Darien)
2008 Darien (13-9 over Ridgefield)
2009 Ridgefield (7-6 OT over Darien)
2010 Greenwich (5-4 over New Canaan)
Click here for today’s weather and a look at the three days ahead.
NCAA tournament schedule
For a rundown of scores and schedules for the NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments, click here.
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