What looks to be a wide-open race in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference begins with a bang today.

Ridgefield, the 2011 Connecticut Class L state champs and 2012 state finalists, visits Greenwich at Cardinals Stadium. Greenwich, with a roster of mostly underclassmen, finished 9-9 last year but is expected to contend for the top spot this year. You can watch this toss-up contest live on MSGVarsity.com at 4:30 p.m. This marks the second straight year the teams have opened the season against each other.

Defending FCIAC champion New Canaan plays its first game under new coach Chip Buzzeo when it hosts Wilton at Dunning Stadium at 7 p.m.

Defending Class M state champ Darien plays its first game of 2013 when it faces Fairfield Ludlowe at 4:30 p.m. at DHS Stadium.

Fairfield Prep, which beat Ridgefield in last year’s Connecticut Class L state final, has a big test when it plays at Chaminade (N.Y.), the consensus No. 2-ranked team in the nation, at 4 p.m.

New Jersey power Delbarton, which plays at St. Anthony’s on Saturday, opens things up with a home game against Ridgewood at Cocoziello Field at 4 p.m.

Turning to Long Island, there are some big games out East in Suffolk County.

Ward Melville hosts Smithtown East in a matchup of Class A contenders at 4:30 p.m. Also at 4:30 p.m., defending Class A state champ West Islip looks to bounce back from its loss to Chaminade on Saturday when it hosts Sachem North. Nationally ranked Smithtown West, meanwhile, hosts Sachem East at 5 p.m.

In the prep ranks, Loomis Chaffee (Conn.) plays at Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) at 3 p.m. and Avon Old Farms (Conn.) faces Phillips Exeter (N.H.) in a 2 p.m. game at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

There are seven games on the schedule in New York’s Section 1, including Irvington at defending Class A sectional champion Mamaroneck in a 7 p.m. game and 4:30 p.m. contests between Nyack and host Fox Lane, visiting Hastings and Clarkstown North and host Pelham and Eastchester.

Are we missing a game you’re looking forward to playing in, coaching or watching today? Be sure to weigh in with the info by posting score updates in the comment section below, or by letting us know at Twitter.com/LaxLessons.

For a look at big games through the nation this week, check the ILPreps Games of the Week rundown.

It will be a NJ vs. NY matchup of nationally ranked teams on Saturday, April 6 when Delbarton visits St. Anthony’s.

Our latest poll question asks who you think will win the game.

To vote, go to the right panel of this page. Then, scroll past the “New Comments” and “Popular” tabs and click on “Poll.” You will then see the poll questions and can cast your vote from the multiples choices, or, write in your choice if it’s not one of the choices.

Put those mobile devices to good use

Be sure, as always, to weigh in with info/thoughts/scores on games you attend by posting comments here. And don’t forget to provide in-game score updates as well as final scores.

Weather Forecast

Click here for today’s weather and a look at the three days ahead.

Today’s schedule/Regular-season schedules


* CHSAA boys

* CHSAA girls

* Section 1 (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess counties) boys, girls (click on “Game schedule” tab and use the pull-down menu)

* Section 2 (Albany area) boys, girls

* Section 3 (Syracuse area) boys, girls

* Section 4 (Binghamton area) boys, girls

* Section 5 (Rochester area) boys, girls

* Section 6 independents

* Section 8 (Nassau County) boys, girls (click on “Game schedule” tab and use the pull-down menu)

* Section 9 (Orange and Ulster counties) boys, girls

* Section 10 (Potsdam area) boys, girls

* Section 11 (Suffolk County) boys, girls (click on “Schedule” tab and use the pull-down menu)

* New York City boys

* New York City girls


* CIAC (Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference) boys

* CIAC (Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference) girls


* NJ boys

* New Jersey boys (Public/Parochial)

* New Jersey (Public) girls

* New Jersey (Parochial) girls


* NE boys

* NE girls


* Beyond the tristate region/boys

* Beyond the tristate region/girls


* Latest national men’s/women’s college, boys/girls high school lacrosse rankings


New iPhone/iPad app

* Download for free the new LaxLessons’ playbook iPad/iPhone app in the iTunes store.

* You can subscribe to LaxLessons.com’s playbook, featuring animated drills and plays for your team, by clicking here.

Recruiting coverage

* Updated tristate recruiting review and commitment rundown (for classes of 2013, ’14 and ’15)

* College-by-college breakdown for Class of 2013

* Recruiting commitment story archive

* 2012 Fall Signing Week story/photo archive

* Recruit profile archive

* For a list of committed players with their profiles up, click here.

* To get your profile up, click here

Have a recruiting commitment to report? Email us at info@laxlessons.com.

Connect with us

* Follow LaxLessons on Twitter by clicking here.

* Become a Fan of LaxLessons on Facebook now by clicking here.

Cast your vote in our latest poll

To vote, go to the right panel of this page. Then, scroll past the “New Comments” and “Popular” tabs and click on “Poll.” You will then see the poll questions and can cast your vote from the multiples choices, or, write in your choice if it’s not one of the choices.

Posted In: Gameday

If you liked this article, please take this time to share it with your Facebook friends using the Facebook button (see Facebook post button to the left) or retweet it using Twitter (see retweet button to the left). You may also want to follow us or subscribe to the site to stay up-to-date with this article. If you'd rather follow us from your Facebook account, join our Facebook fan page.

18 Responses to “Wednesday, 4/3: Connecticut teams get things started; Chaminade hosts Fairfield Prep; Delbarton faces Ridgewood in its Game 1; Ward Melville will be tested by Smithtown East”

  1. Hooper says:

    Wilton-NC: This will be a tight game. NC’s aggressive defense has a clear advantage over Wilton’s unimposing attack, but Wilton will win battle of possession with a dominant FOGO. Key for Wilton is quick & smart ball movement, catching defenders ball watching, and attacking the short sticks. I’m looking for a low scoring affair and for NC to just barely pull it out. NC 7, Wilton 6.

    Greenwich-Ridgefield: This is the best matchup of the day in CT and could very well be a FCIAC and/or Class L Finals preview. I think Ridgefield is the strongest team in CT so I’m inclined to give them the edge, but Greenwich is strong in all aspects of the game. It’ll be interesting to see how a young & inexperienced, but talented Ridgefield attack matches up with Greenwich’s veteran D. Bonaparte-Savio matchup well on F/Os and there are quite a few very strong midfielders on display here. Ridgefield 9 Greenwich 7.

  2. LaxLessons.com says:

    Ridgefield leads 5-1 midway through the second quarter. Brett Baker has three goals.

  3. LaxLessons.com says:

    Chaminade, the nation’s consensus No. 2-ranked team, pulls away for a 13-6 win over visiting Fairfield Prep.

  4. LaxLessons.com says:

    Ridgefield wins 10-5

    Three goals each by Baker, Bonaparte and Carbone.

    • LaxLessons.com says:

      Greenwich played without last year’s second leading scorer, Decker Curran, who was attending the funeral of his grandfather, Stephen Maloney, in Canada. Stephen Maloney is the father of former New York Rangers players Dave and Don Maloney.

      • Dwich1982 says:

        If “if and but were candy and nuts everyday would be Christmas”. Ridgefield won three faceoffs and still won easily. Ridgefield D too tough for the Cards to handle no matter who is there.

  5. LaxLessons.com says:

    Final: Ward Melville 14, Smithtown East 6

    Christian Mazzone had four goals and two assists and Jack Bruckner two goals and four assists.

  6. LaxLessons.com says:

    Final: West Islip 9, Sachem North 3

  7. LaxLessons.com says:

    Final: Delbarton 9, Ridgewood 5

  8. LaxLessons.com says:

    Final: Smithtown West 18, Sachem East 9

  9. LaxLessons.com says:

    Final: Darien 7, Fairfield Ludlowe 4

    Darien, the defending Connecticut Class M state champs, led only 4-3 at the half.

  10. LaxLessons.com says:

    Final: Mamaroneck 13, Irvington 2

  11. LaxLessons.com says:

    Final: New Canaan 10, Wilton 8

    Rams win in the head-coaching debut of former New Canaan HS and Princeton University standout Chip Buzzeo.

  12. Cards Lax says:

    Hats off to Ridgefield for a great effort. The second or even third meeting should be interesting. And yes, not having Decker and three other key players (out with injuries) was a blow. Take away Baker from Ridgefield and it would have had a similar impact. No excuses though. Ridgefield was better in Game 1.

  13. Copps Hill says:

    Nice job out there vs Greenwich Tigers! You look like you are already in state championship form!

Leave a Reply