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Duke University-bound junior attackman Case Matheis and top-seeded Darien will meet Ridgefield in the FCIAC title game tonight for the second time in the last three years.
From start to finish, the Darien Blue Wave have dominated the FCIAC this season.
Darien is 12-0 in conference games, outscoring its opponents by an average score of 17.3-4.7.
That’s pretty one-sided.
So too was the Blue Wave’s regular-season meeting against Ridgefield. Darien jumped ahead early and coasted to a 17-10 win.
Tonight, the two teams meet for the FCIAC championship for the second time in the last three years.
Can Ridgefield turn what was a one-sided game into a down-to-the-wire one?
We shall see.
But yesterday, Lakeland/Panas, which fell to Mahopac 16-7 in the regular season, played the Indians to a 7-5 game in the Section 1 Class A final at Suffern Middle School.
More on that, and the other sectional finals — and the CHSAA title game — in a moment.
But before we close on tonight’s FCIAC final, we have a quick programming note.
You can catch the Ridgefield-Darien game today on MSG Varsity’s “Lax Live” on (Channel 14, Optimum) at 7 p.m.
Also in Connecticut, the SWC and SCC championship games will be played at Pomperaug and Branford, respectively. New Fairfield meets Newtown for the SWC crown at 5 p.m. at Pomperaug. Fairfield Prep and Cheshire meet for the SCC crown at 3 p.m. at Branford.
In New York, Fordham Prep hopes to complete a three-game sweep of Iona Prep when the teams meet for the Bronx/Manhattan/Westchester CHSAA title.
The Suffolk semifinals are also today. West Islip, which has won four state titles the last five years, has remarkably remained unbeaten, surviving three overtime affairs, including an 8-7 OT win over Connetquot on April 5.
The top-seeded Lions host Connetquot today. Also in Class A, No. 3 Smithtown West visits Ward Melville in a rematch of another overtime game, won by Ward Melville 10-9 on April 13.
Today’s winner advance to the Suffolk finals Wednesday, June 1 at Stony Brook University.
In the CHSAA title game last night at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium, St. Anthony’s, which fell to Chaminade twice during the regular season, won what’s become the teams’ annual third meeting of the year. The Friars beat the Flyers 12-10 in the CHSAA title game. For more, check out Bob Herzog’s story at msgvarsity.com by clicking here.
Now, to Section 1.
Mahopac won its first sectional title since 2004 by pulling out the previously mentioned win against the Rebels for the Class A crown.
In Class B, Yorktown pulled away in the second half for a 14-5 win over John Jay as Ty Schuldt had four goals and Justin Mabus’ six assist. It was Yorktown’s 34th sectional title.
Bronxville won its first-ever sectional title by winning 15-6 over Byram Hills.
For in-depth stories as well as photos and video highlights from msgvarsity.com, click here.
The respective class champions in sections 1 and 9 meet next Wednesday, June 1 in the state regionals at Middletown High School.
Yesterday’s Section 9 title-game action was highlighted by Saugerties beating Wallkill 10-5 for its ninth straight sectional crown. Pine Bush (Class A) and Red Hook (Class C) also took titles.
Before we close out, a note on college lax. Men’s and women’s champions will be crowned this Memorial Day Weekend. For the brackets and schedule of games, click here.
Today’s FCIAC final
at Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk
No. 3 Ridgefield vs. No. 1 Darien, 7 p.m.
Today’s SCC championship
at Branford High School
Fairfield Prep and Cheshire, 3 p.m.
Today’s SWC championship
at Pomperaug High School
New Fairfield vs. Newtown, 5 p.m.
Today’s Section 11 semfinals
No. 5 Connetquot at No. 1 West Islip, 4 p.m.
No. 3 Smithtown West at No. 2 Ward Melville, 4 p.m.
Today’s New York CHSAA final
Iona Prep vs. Fordham Prep, 4:30 p.m.
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)
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