Ridgefield will be looking to win a state title for the first time in 10 years today when the Tigers take on New Fairfield in the Class L title game at 3:30 p.m. at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. The Tigers last took the championship when they beat New Fairfield 10-1 in the 2001 Division II state championship game back when there were only two divisions in the Nutmeg State.
Immediately after Wednesday’s night downstate semifinal tripleheader at White Plains High School, I headed out to Long Island’s East End for a quick two-day stay.
But now I’m back where the biggest games of the 2011 high school lax varsity season will be played. And I’m ready for what promises to be an eventful and memorable day.
Are you ready too, folks?
After all, it’s state championship — and Tournament of Champions — day.
Among the major storylines:
* Three new state champions will be crowned in Connecticut as all three of last year’s title-game winners — Cheshire (Division L), Darien (Division M) and Weston (Division S) — did not make the title game.
* A team other than Darien will win the Division M title for the first time in seven years, and that team will be one of the Blue Wave’s biggest rivals no matter who wins as it will be Wilton vs. New Canaan in the 1 p.m. title game, the middle game of the tripleheader at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk..
* Farmingdale, making just its third-ever state title game appearance, hopes to win a state title for the first time when it takes on Ithaca in the Class A final at today’s New York State championship tripleheader at Ciceo-North Syracuse High School.
* Bayport-Blue Point, one of the three LI teams in the finals, is also looking to take a first-ever state title.
* Garden City, which fell to Jamesville DeWitt 11-5 in last year’s final, meets the Red Rams once again for the Class B crown. J.D. is in pursuit of its third state title in the last five years. Garden City, which has won four state titles in its history, has not won it all since 2000, when it defeated Carthage.
* In New Jersey, if Summit captures its third straight Tournament of Champions title, it will end the year with a 69-game win streak. The Hilltoppers take on Bridgewater-Raritan at Rutgers University.
It won’t be long now before the games get going.
If you’re on hand for the action, be sure to put your cell phones to use and weigh in with info and insights.
Here’s the rundown:
at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, Syracuse
Class A: Farmingdale vs. Ithaca, 11 a.m.
Class B: Garden City vs. Jamesville-DeWitt, 1:30 p.m.
Class C: Bayport-Blue Point vs. Cazenovia, 4 p.m.
at Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk
Class L: Fairfield Prep vs. Ridgefield, 3:30 p.m.
Class M: Wilton vs. New Canaan, 1 p.m.
Class S: St. Joseph-Trumbull vs. Joel Barlow, 10:30 a.m.
NEW JERSEY TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
At Rutgers University
Bridgewater-Raritan vs. Summit, 3 p.m.
WEDNESDAY SEMIFINAL SCORES
Class A: Farmingdale 14, Shenendehowa 10
Class B: Garden City 10, Yorktown 8
Class C: Bayport-Blue Point 9, Bronxville 8
Class A: Ithaca 6, Pittsford 5, 2 OT
Class B: Jamesville DeWitt 9, Irondequoit 6
Class C: Cazenovia 15, Silver Creek 13
Class L: Fairfield Prep 7, Simsbury 2; Ridgefield 10, Staples 3
Class M: Wilton 11, Darien 3; New Canaan 6, New Fairfield 5
Class S: St Joseph-Trumbull 15, Somers 6; Joel Barlow 13, Stonington 7
NEW JERSEY TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Bridgewater-Raritan 12, Immaculata; Summit 10, Delbarton 5
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