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Joel Barlow coach John Distler, right, with team captain Liam Rooney after the Falcons’ 9-4 loss to Wilton in the 2013 Connecticut Class M final at Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk.

It’s a busy week in Connecticut with playoff action continuing in the FCIAC and getting under way in both the Southern Connecticut Conference  and South West Conference.

Among the SWC matchups — Joel Barlow (10-6) vs. Brookfield (12-5). Barlow is coming off a Class M state title-game appearance which came after the Falcons won the 2012 state title.

Barlow’s emergence as a state power is especially noteworthy since the lacrosse program at Barlow did not launch until 2000 and its first year at the varsity level was 2001.

Coach John Distler, a Mamaroneck (N.Y.) product, has been the catalyst behind the Falcons’ rise.

For more, check this story by Joe Lombardi at

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