Photo by Ray Nelson
Denver coach Bill Tierney and his Duke counterpart, John Danowski, shake hands after the teams’ regular-season meeting, won by Denver 12-9. If the teams both win today in the Final Four, it will be a Denver vs. Duke NCAA Division I title game on Memorial Day.
Happy Memorial Day Weekend, gang.
By the time today is over, we will know what two teams will be playing for the Division I men’s national championship on Memorial Day.
More on that in a moment.
Led by the five-goal, two-assist effort of Duke-bound junior attackman Case Matheis, top-seeded Darien held on a for a 10-7 win over third-seeded Ridgefield at Brien McMahon High School for its first conference crown since 2008.
It was Darien’s 12th FCIAC title and 11th straight win. Matheis now has 42 goals and 33 assists (75 points this season).
You can read msgvarsity.com’s John Malone’s story on the game, see a photo gallery and video highlights by clicking here.
Meanwhile, on Long Island, the Suffolk County Class A title game is now set. West Islip prevailed 6-2 over Connetquot and Smithtown West pulled away for a surprisingly one-sided 15-7 win over Ward Melville. WI and SW will play on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Stony Brook University, with the winning advancing to the Long Island championship game June 4 back at Stony Brook.
Back to CT. Fairfield Prep, which fell to Cheshire three times last season, including in the Division L state title game, easily handled the Rams 11-1 in the SCC title game.
Newtown won the SWC championship by beating New Fairfield 12-7.
Today, the CIAC tournament gets under way with qualifying-round game.
Among the games, No. 21 Stamford at No. 12 Greenwich and No. 17 Cheshire at No. 16 Danbury in Division L.
You can check out the brackets for divisions L, M and S below:
In case you missed it, a total of 15 players from the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse, the Hudson Valley/Long Island/Connecticut region, have been selected to play for the North team at the sixth annual Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic.
You can find out check out the rosters for the game by clicking here.
Now, to college.
Today is arguably the most awaited day of the college season — Final Four Day. Both games, and Monday’s 3:30 p.m. title game, will be played at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Denver, the No. 6 seed, meets No. 7 Virginia in today’s first semi at 4 p.m. Then, at 6:30 p.m., defending national champion Duke, the fifth seed, squares off against unseeded Maryland.
Both games will be on ESPN2. The title game on Monday will be on ESPN.
The New York Times explores Denver’s quest to become the first D-I men’s national champion from a state that is not in the East Coast. You can read the story by clicking here.
Five other NCAA championships will also be decided this weekend: Division I women’s, Division II men’s and women’s and Division III men’s and women’s. The D-I women’s final is set for Sunday at Stony Brook as No. 1 Maryland takes on No. 2 Northwestern at Stony Brook at 4 p.m.
You can get the men’s and women’s brackets for all three divisions by clicking here.
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NCAA tournament schedule
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